The Navy List
Our latest themed list encompasses over 200 years of seagoing: from Hoste's classic of naval strategy sumptuously bound for Christian VII of Denmark; through to works on naval architecture, the principles of rigging, nautical astronomy and the chronometer.
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London: S. Hooper, 1788.
Naval manoeuvres in 1788Quarto, with 13 engraved plates of naval tactics; a a few early annotations; contemporary marbled calf, flat spine gilt with anchor motif repeated in compartmemts; an early naval diagram in pencil on front free endpaper. An important study of naval tactics and...
London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1924-1926.
A particularly handsome setSixteen parts bound in four volumes quarto, illustrated in colour and black & white; publisher's blue cloth boards, gilt, sailing ship vignette to front boards. An attractive set of Bowen's deluxe history of sailing and voyaging. The four volumes cover...
London: Ackermann, 1852.
Splendid marine lithographs by Queen Victoria's artistPair of colour lithographs, 375 x 535 mm. A fine pair of portraits of a splendid ship: these colour lithographs after original watercolours by Oswald Brierly were made by T. G. Dutton and printed by Day and Son for Ackermanns...
London: T. Osborne [etc], 1761.
"he has not been in the inside of a church for many years"Four volumes, octavo, with a number of oval portraits of naval figures, and six folding engraved maps, contemporary calf binding, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands, red edges. Third edition: a....
London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Tall quarto, copperplate engraved music and text;; contemporary half calf, a very handsome copy, the spine gilt and with an unusual triple "harlequin" set of labels in red, white & blue. First edition of this early collection of the patriotic ditties and rollicking shanties...
London: J.D. Potter, 1861.
The chronometers of HMS Fly, by an officer on boardOctavo, xvi, 228 pp., including appendices and tables. New edition, revised and considerably expanded. The work includes important statistical tables from the north Australian survey conducted by HMS Fly under the command of Francis Blackwood between...
London: J. Walthoe, 1726.
First history of medicine written by an EnglishmanTwo volumes, octavo, contemporary panelled calf. Attractive early mixed set of this first history of medicine written by an Englishman, comprising the third edition of the first volume and first edition of the second. Regarding nautical medicine, Friend...
London: W. Innys, R. Manby, T. Woodward, 1763.
From men-of-war to the Drury Lane TheatreTwo volumes, octavo, five folding plates, contemporary speckled calf. First edition: Hales' ventilators became known as "ship's lungs", and were so appreciated by eighteenth-century sailors, and contributed so significantly to an improvement in seaboard conditions...
London: The Marine Society, 1783.
Schools and gardens for the serviceTall folio, with nine engraved plates, five of them double-page or folding, minor offsetting, small neat library stamps; later half leather on earlier glazed cloth boards, gilt stamp of Inner Temple Library to front board, bookplate of the same...
Copenhagen: Ernst Henrich Berling, 1743.
Royal copy of an important work on naval manoeuvresFolio, with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, engraved allegorical frontispiece and 68 full-page plates, mostly showing various formations, manoeuvring, and engagements of naval fleets; title-page with oval library stamp of "Søe Officerernes Bibliothek Stempel"; a fine...
New York: E. Weyhe, 1926.
Deluxe editionQuarto, illustrations, original blue cloth, gilt vignette and slipcase. A handsome and useful work on early ship-building, profusely illustrated with 124 plates including 12 photogravures, the remainder full page photographic plates. Ships from many countries are represented including man-of-wars, yachts, flagships, frigates, galleys...
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longman, & Roberts, 1858.
Explaining the technical aspects of sailingSmall octavo, 124 pp., all edges gilt; a very attractive copy in plum morocco embossed in blind, lettered in gilt to front board and with royal arms to rear board, spine banded and gilt. First edition...
London, 1 Portland Place, Wandsworth Road: by Henry Moses, Dec 1st 1824. 11 etched plates, 193 x 282 mm; original illustrated brown paper wrappers. A very scarce series of privately-published etchings of shipping in the London Dockyards. This section of Henry Moses' publication comprises his complete series on London's Docklands...
London: Norie and Wilson, 1894.
The DIY guide to finding yourselfOctavo, charts and plans; contemporary half red morocco. This is a marvellous book, covering all practical aspects of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy - the "epitome" of the subject, in fact. It begins with a basic framework of mathematics, geometry...
Edinburgh: printed by Sir D. Hunter Blair & J. Bruce, 1803.
Surgeons on convict vesselsFolio, pp. -14, disbound. One of the most important amendments to the laws of Transportation, formalising the requirement for convict vessels to carry a Surgeon, and thus directly responsible for a huge improvement in mortality...
Portland: Henry F. Perry & Co. for the museum, 1881. Octavo pamphlet, 12pp., original printed wrappers. An eloquent plea to seafarers to collect natural history specimens for the Portland Society of Natural History - which had twice lost their magnificent collections to fire. The pamphlet, printed fifteen years after the...
London: J. Nourse, 1764.
From the library at Westport HouseTwo volumes, large octavo, 11 folding plates and five folding maps (two celestial), many diagrams and engraved headpieces; an attractive set in contemporary sprinkled calf; spines numbered but unlettered. A fine set, with apt provenance, of the rare second edition...
London: Edward Orme, 1805.
Superlative naval aquatint book of the Napoleonic eraLarge folio, with printed title page, 16 pp. letterpress description, engraved dedication leaf and a total of 17 plates (12 engraved and 5 aquatints, one of which is handcoloured); recent half calf preserving original blue tinted wrappers. The...
Paris: Victor Delarue, circa 1835.
Ship views of the 1830sOblong album, with title-page and eight large lithographic plate measuring 433 x 582 mm. (sheet size); old presentation note inscribed to top margin of title page, a very good copy in contemporary cloth boards with gilt blocked title. Attractive lithographic...
circa 1793-, 1797.
By an artist for Flinders and BlighWatercolour, oval shape, 132 x 195 mm., tipped on to card, in gilt frame. A finely executed watercolour of a fleet amidst icebergs. Although unsigned, this watercolour was originally found in a nineteenth century album with another of very similar...
London: Black, Parry and Co., 1815.
An old hand on Flinders, Australia and the Pacific: with an early USA provenanceFour volumes, octavo; scattered moderate foxing, old shelf notation from an early Philadelphia private library to the title-page of each volume, a very good set in understated uniform contemporary full...