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EMPIRE AND THE SEA., Pratt, Fletcher.  Illustrated by Inga Stephens.
41 Pratt, Fletcher. Illustrated by Inga Stephens. EMPIRE AND THE SEA.
Henry Holt, New York, 1946. 
446 pp, 8vo (8 9/16" H), hard cover (blue cloth with black title block, gold lettering and decoration on spine, gold decoration on front board) - no dust jacket. B&w drawings, maps/battle plans. The author weaves contemporary memoirs, letters and newspaper articles together "to reflect a British point of view (of the Napoleonic wars) which may be described as not so much insular as insulated. If Napoleon plays a relatively small part in it, it is because with relation to the war the English were fighting, he originated nothing, and was strategically as well as politically only the heir of the Revolution." Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, tiny surface paper pull on fornt endpapers, soft crease on half-title pag e , b r o w n i n g to edges of textblock - darker on top, small water mark on top of textblock, light edge wear, slight fading on parts of front board, fading/light browning on spine, bump to top of spine, wrinkling in cloth on top half of rear bo ar d, ve ry l ig ht r ub bing. Good+ 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
SHIPWRECKS OF THE BRISTOL CHANNEL., Smith, Graham.
42 Smith, Graham. SHIPWRECKS OF THE BRISTOL CHANNEL.
Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire, 1991, first edition. 
128 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 185306153 B&w map, photographs, reproductions. "Over the centuries, the Bristol Channel, with one of the highest tidal ranges in the world and opening out to the fury of the Atlantic Ocean, has seen the en d of many a fine ship. Both English and Welsh coasts have their own particular hazards, including the cruel chain of reefs, rocks and cliffs from Hartland Point to Bridgwater Bay and the treacherous Gower Coast. (This book) tells the stor i e s b e h i n d some of the most dramatic and unusual of these disasters. Lundy Island, for centuries the haunt of smugglers and pirates, was the scene in 1906 of the spectacular wreck of HMS Montague, a first class battleship of 14,000 tons. T he s ch o on er G ip sy brought the entire port of Bristol to a standstill in 1878 when she ran aground in the Avon Gorge. Locked in the holds of the Admiralty tender Caesar, 68 victims of the press gang drowned when she was driven onto the rock s o f P wll du He ad in 176 0. In 1883, the two daughters of the Mumbles lighthouse keeper stood in the raging sea, hauling survivors of the stricken lifeboat Wolverhampton from the waves. Graham Smith brings these and many more stories to life, reca llin g th e c hara cte rs who man ned these working vessels and the more unusual ships of this busy waterway. For this is an account not only of the ships that foundered but also of the courage and heroism displayed by seamen and those who ris ked t heir lives to save them ." Int erio r - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor wear at corners and top/bottom of spine, tiny scuff on spine edge, two small soft creases on front cover. Very Good 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HARD LYING:  THE BIRTH OF THE DESTROYER, 1893-1913., Smith, Peter.
43 Smith, Peter. HARD LYING: THE BIRTH OF THE DESTROYER, 1893-1913.
London William Kimber 1971 718301927 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
176 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs. "The ubiquitous destroyer, the Navy's maid of all work, is so familiar, so distinctive among small ships, that it is surprising how confusing are its origins. The idea behind its genesis was that it should meet the threat of the torpedo - which really began to look like a practical weapon of war in the 1860s; it was quickly realised how vulnerable the battleships could be to these small craft carrying their lethal torpedoes close in to the armoured leviathans whose guns were largely on too grand a scale to engage them. The Admiralty first called for designs for Torpedo Boat Catchers, and then Torpedo Boat Destroyers; in the meantime they hung nets and booms around the big ships to protect them from the torpedo - which fortunately proved slightly erratic in operation. From this early idea, from the torpedo boat destroyer, evolved the destroyer itself - somewhat larger than the catcher, and soon itself armed with torpedoes and ultimately with 4-inch guns, making the destroyer a formidable, sea-going ship with considerable range and endurance. In the years leading up to the First World War, the destroyers were soon numbered in flotillas, and larger operations in mass became tactically important. This is an informed and highly readable account of the first twenty years in the development of one of the best-loved and effective classes of warship in history." Very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two tiny closed tears, small sticker pull on both panels, minor edge browning, small white paint smudge and small area of soiling on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SEA BATTLES IN CLOSE-UP: WORLD WAR 2., Stephen, Martin.  Edited by Eric Grove.
44 Stephen, Martin. Edited by Eric Grove. SEA BATTLES IN CLOSE-UP: WORLD WAR 2.
Ian Allan, London, 1988, first edition. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0711015961 "10 crucial naval engagements of World War 2 are examined in depth by Martin Stephen and Eric Grove, supported by a comprehensive selection of 60 detailed maps and over 150 c arefully selected photographs; together they reflect the latest authoritative opinions on the subject." Contents: Introduction; The Battle of the River Plate; The Attack on Taranto; The Battle of Matapan; The Sinking of Hood and Bismarck; Th e S i n k i ng of Prince of Wales and Repulse; The Escape of Scharnhorst and Gneisenau; The Battle of the Coral Sea; The Battle of Midway; The Battle of the Barents Sea; The Sinking of the Scharnhorst; Select Bibliography; Index. Minor wrinkling a t t op /b ot to m of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small corner crease on rear flap, tint mark on front panel in title. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
NAVY & EMPIRE: A SHORT HISTORY OF FOUR CENTURIES OF BRITISH SEA POWER AND THE RISE AND DECLINE OF BRITISH IMPERIALISM FROM THE ARMADA TO THE FALKLANDS., Stokesbury, James L.
45 Stokesbury, James L. NAVY & EMPIRE: A SHORT HISTORY OF FOUR CENTURIES OF BRITISH SEA POWER AND THE RISE AND DECLINE OF BRITISH IMPERIALISM FROM THE ARMADA TO THE FALKLANDS.
William Morrow & Co., New York, 1983, Book Club Edition. 
430 pages, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0688021344 Illustrated with maps. Incorporates most of the history of the Royal Navy from the time of Drake and the Armada to the Falkland Crisis. Dust jacket has very light wear/ wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing and soiling on rear panel. Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND BANK, MAY 31 - JUNE 1, 1916.  THE DISPATCHES OF ADMIRAL SIR JOHN JELLICOE AND VICE-ADMIRAL SIR DAVID BEATTY., Terry, C. Sanford, editor.  (Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty.)
46 Terry, C. Sanford, editor. (Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty.) THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND BANK, MAY 31 - JUNE 1, 1916. THE DISPATCHES OF ADMIRAL SIR JOHN JELLICOE AND VICE-ADMIRAL SIR DAVID BEATTY.
London Oxford University Press 1916 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good - 
95 pp, 7 1/4" H. B&w maps/battle plans, small diagrams showing positions/directions of ships. "On May 31, 1916, the German High Sea Fleet was brought to an engagement off Jutland Bank, on the coast of Denmark. Earlier in the day Admirals von Scheer and Hipper had put out from their bases upon 'an enterprise directed northward', in the language of the German Admiralty. The phrase, if it does not conceal indefinite purpose, certainly connotes an enterprise other than the engagement of May 31, though the semi-official narrative of the battle, published on June 5, announced Admiral von Scheer to have left port 'to engage portions of the British Fleet, which were repeatedly reported recently to be off the coast of Norway'. Having regard to the patent facts of the naval situation, the statement is merely bombastic, except in so far a the surprise and destructiion of a scouting battle-cruiser squadron may have been hoped for." Fom the Introductory Note. Interior - small wrinkle at fore-edge of pages 1 to 6, tiny soft bump to top corner of approx. last 25 pages. Exterior - three corners with very small crease, very light browning to spine and edges of covers, minor edge wear/wrinkling. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
WARSHIPS 1860-1970.  A COLLECTION OF NAVAL LORE., Thornton, J.M.
47 Thornton, J.M. WARSHIPS 1860-1970. A COLLECTION OF NAVAL LORE.
Vancouver Douglas, David & Charles 1973 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- J.M. Thornton. 
96 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w drawings. "In this compendium, the development of the warship over nearly a century is highlighted in a fascinating series of informal line illustrations. From the end of the age of sail through to the present day, familiar and unfamiliar ships appear on these pages - dreadnoughts, monitors, submarines and carriers. Many curiosities are featured as subjects such as ships that might have been, deception at sea, merchantmen at arms, warships in 'retirement' and vessels that switched colors. For every historian and enthusiast, here is a delightful treasury of naval lore for reference and sheer enjoyment." Light cigarette odor, slight browning to free endpapers, light browning to top of text block, minor edge wear, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has very light rubbing, light browning on inside, crease down front panel at flap-fold. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL NAVY IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS., Trotter, Wilfird Pym.  Foreword by Richard Baker.
48 Trotter, Wilfird Pym. Foreword by Richard Baker. THE ROYAL NAVY IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS.
Naval Institute Press, (Annapolis. Maryland, 1975) 
Unpaginated, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), soft cover. ISBN 0870219596 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. Contents: Foreword; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Ironclad battleships built for the Royal Navy between 1960 and 1914 (list); Pictorial section with 190 captioned b&w photographs. Light cigarette odor, minor browning to edges of pages, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small soft bump to top corner of pages, small bump and tiny tear at top of front board, very light browning to edges of textblock - small light stain on top of textblock, minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling and small tears/tiny chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning, light soiling/rubbing. Good+/Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
IN ALL RESPECTS READY: THE MERCHANT NAVY AND THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, 1940-1945., Watt, Frederick B., Commander, RCN (R) Ret'd.
49 Watt, Frederick B., Commander, RCN (R) Ret'd. IN ALL RESPECTS READY: THE MERCHANT NAVY AND THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, 1940-1945.
Scarborough, Ontario Prentice-Hall 1985 0134536304 / 9780134536309 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Near Fine 
222 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. A first person account of the little known struggle by Royal Canadian personnel stationed in Halifax to help keep the Allied Merchant Navy afloat during the darkest days of WWII's Battle of the Atlantic. Bottom corner of rear board bumped and wrinkled, light edgewear to boards causing some loss of color at top and bottom near spine. Dust jacket has slight wrinkle to corner of bottom rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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