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The British Navy: its Strength, Resources, and Administration

By Sir Thomas Brassey

1882

Longmans, Green, and Co : London

9.5" by 6"

[8], vi-xvi, [1], xxvii-xix, [2], xxii-xxvi, [1], xxviii, [1], xxx-xxxvii, [4], 4-621; [5], vi, [1], viii-xiii, [2], xvi, [3], 4-421; [5], vi-xii, [3], 4-586; [5], vi, [1], viii-xiii, [5], 5-617; [7], viii, [7], 8-324pp

 

 

 

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The first edition of Thomas Brassey's extensive and greatly informative history and encyclopaedia on the Royal Navy, illustrated profusely throughout, including with folding plates. In a fine half calf binding.

The first edition of this work. Complete in five volumes. This work is in octavo. Volume I illustrated with a chromolithograph frontispiece, thirteen folding plates, twenty-six plates, and numerous in-text engravings. Volume II illustrated with two plates, and numerous in-text engravings. Collated, complete. This work is a comprehensive encyclopaedic history and examination of the British Navy. The work looks in detail at the workings of the Navy, discussing how they build their vessels, what types of vessels are used in their fleets, the organisation of the Navy, defensive weaponry on the shops, the dimensions of the ships, and many more interesting articles of historical information on the Royal Navy. The first volume contains descriptions of the important ironclad and unarmoured vessels in British and foreign navies. The second volume contains papes on armour, armament, torpedoes, and torpedo-vessels. The third volume contains a collection of opinions of main subjects of controversy with reference to shipbuilding policy. The fourth and fifth volumes contains speeches delivered to Parliament, and papers contributed to the 'Contemporary Review' and 'Macmillan's Magazine'. Written by Thomas Brassey, the First Earl of Brassey, who was a British Liberal politician. He founded 'The Naval Annual' in 1886. His passion for sailing begun whilst he was at Rugby School, and in 1876 and 1877 he circumnavigated the world in a yacht named Sunbeam. He is considered to have had a large role in the reforms of naval administration and maritime policy during his time in the House of Commons. He spent twelve years compiling this work with extensive research. Presentation label to the front paste downs; 'Presented by The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, to Mr G. G. Goodwin. R. N. for Meritorious Examination. 1883'. Goodwin was a Vice-Admiral, and was the former Engineer-in-Chief of the Fleet. He started his career in 1885 as an assistant engineer on the HMS Malabar, before rising in rank. He became the Engineer-in-Chief in 1917 and retired five years later. He received the Russian Order of St. Stanilas, First Class and other awards for his serviced in the First World War. A finely bound first edition of this interesting look at the British Navy.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with moire cloth to the boards. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the boards. Minor bumping to the extremities. A couple of light marks to the spines. Presentation label to the front pastedowns. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with the odd spot.

Overall Condition: Fine

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