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Her Majesty's Navy Including It's Deeds and Battles.

By Charles Rathbone Low

[1895]

J. S. Virtue and Co., Limited : London

11" by 9"

xi, 348pp [4pp publisher's adverts];

 

 

 

DETAILS

A complete three volume set of this charming work on the British Navy, by Charles Rathbone Low.

This work was originally issued on a subscription basis in twenty two parts, complete in printed paper wrappers. However, the work is usually found in bound volumes such as these, as a set of three or six divisions. With publisher's advertisements to the rear of each volume. This work originally contained illustrations by William Christian Symons and William Frederick Mitchell. Symons was an English decorative designer who notably produced mosaic work at Westminster Cathedral, yet he is best known as a painter in oil and watercolour. Mitchell was also a renowned British artist, commissioned to paint many naval and merchant ships. Whilst many of his collected works were originally published in 'The Royal Navy' in a series of illustrations, many originals are held in the National Maritime Museum Collection in Greenwich, England. This copy however is lacking all illustrated plates. Collated, incomplete with all plates removed to each volume. Charles Rathbone Low served as as a Lieutenant in the Indian Navy, and published numerous historical studies on maritime themes, including his best known work, his 'History of the Indian Navy (1613-1863)'. This copy is undated, dated using Copac.

CONDITION

 In the publisher's original pictorial cloth binding. Externally rubbed and bumped to extremities and head and tail of spine. Front hinge failed to volume I and rear hinge failed to volume III, with spine detached to backstrip. Front hinge split and tender, volume III. Internally generally firmly bound, strained in places. Binding failed between page 100 and 101, volume III. Pages bright and clean, with the odd spot to the occasional page. All plates removed to each volume. The odd pencil inscription to the occasional page.

Overall Condition: Fair

 

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