Kingsland, P.W. and Keable, Susan. Illustrations by Peter Henville and Malcolm McGregor/BRITISH MILITARY UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT, 1788-1830. VOL. 1. Guinness Button, London, 1971. Unpaginated (48 pp.), 16 3/4" H, hard cover (bright red boards with gold lettering on front board) - no dust jacket. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions, drawings + 8 full-page colour uniform studies printed on 1 side of page only. Contents: Series 1. The Light Cavalry 1798 1855. No. 1 General Officer of Hussars; No. 2 3rd Light Dragoons 1821. Series 2. The Household Division 1750 1970. No. 2 Royal Horse Guards 1814; No. 1 Horse Grenadier Guards 1788. Series 3. The Highland Corps. No. 1 The 42nd Regiment Black Watch 1814; No. 2 The 92nd Regiment Gordon Highlanders. Series 4. The Rifle Regiments. No. 2 The 60th Regiment Kings Royal Rifle Corps 1824; No. 1 The Rifle Brigade. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing on boards, very small bump and tear at bottom of spine, tiny dint on bottom edge of boards. VG+
Patrick O'Brian.MEN-OF-WAR. LIFE IN NELSON'S NAVY. New York W.W. Norton 1995 0393038580 / 9780393038583 First American Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 95 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). "This richly illustrated book offers a concise overview of the historical background to Patrick O'Brian's acclaimed Aubrey/Maturin series, a straightforward exploration of what daily life in Nelson's navy was really like for everyone from the captain to the rawest recruit. What did they eat? What songs did they sing? What was the schedule of the watches? What was the division of prize money to offices and crew? How did these men end up at sea in the first place? These questions and many more are answered in O'Brian's elegant narrative, which includes wonderful anecdotal material on the battles and commanders that established Britain's naval supremacy. Line drawings and charts help us to understand the construction and rigging of the great ships, the types and disposition of the guns, and how they were operated in battle. Contemporary drawings and cartoons illustrate aspects of naval life from the press gang to the scullery. Finally, a generous selection of full-color paintings renders the majesty and the excitement of fleet actions in the age of fighting sail. Any Aubrey/Maturin reader determined to learn the locations of the orlop and the mizenmast, the etiquette of epaulettes, or the range of a 32-pounder will delight in this invaluable reference companion to O'Brian's majestic series."