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The Naval History of Great Britain. From the Declaration of War by France in 1793, to the Accession of George IV

By William James

1837

Richard Bentley : London

8.5" by 5.5"

xii, [1], ii-xxiv, [1], xxvi-xxxii, [1], 2-404; vii, [1], 2-396; viii, [2], 376; vi, [2], 2-375, [3]; vii, [1], 2-403; viii, [1], 2-567, [1]pp

 

 

 

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A very smart six volume set regarding Britain's Naval History. Written by William M James, a military historian whose works are regarded as being extremely accurate and a cornerstone regarding a Naval account of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

A new edition of this work, which was first conceived when James was imprisoned in America during the War of 1812. It was initially published between 1822 and 1824. The ODNB notes that James wished to compile an 'exact account of every operation of naval war during the period named. He consulted not only published works, especially the official narratives, both British and French, but also the logs of the ships, and, whenever possible, the participants themselves'. Due to the accuracy of this history, it was regarded by the Navy Records Society as an important source. This 'New Edition' sees additions and notes including an account of the Burmese War and the Battle of Navarino by Captain Chamier. Frontispiece to volume I. One plate to volume II, five plates to volume III, four plates to volume IV, five plates to volume V, four plates to volume VI. In addition to this there are several in-text diagrams of battle plans and maps as well as twenty-one statistical folding tables to each volume. Therefore there are twenty portraits total across these six volumes. With half-titles to all volumes. With the bookplate of one George Taylor to the front pastedowns of all volumes. This set has been bound without four of the portrait plates and seven of the folding tables. These folding tables should be in volume III. Tables 1-7 are across Volume I and II as called for. Tables 14-28 are across volumes IV-VI as called for. Volume III has no tables. James looks at specific battles, colonial expeditions, British fleets in the channel, Lord Nelson's career and much more in this comprehensive study. With errata to the rear of volume VI. A lovely set of this important naval history.

CONDITION

In uniform half morocco bindings with paper covered boards. Externally, very smart with minor shelfwear to the joints and extremities. Raised bands have patches of light shelfwear. Patches of light rubbing to the paper covered boards. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with occasional scattered spots, mostly to the plates. Occasional tape reinforcements to the folding tables at the rear.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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