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Step by Step 1936-1939.   2nd imp. in dj , CHURCHILL, Winston S.
201 CHURCHILL, Winston S. Step by Step 1936-1939. 2nd imp. in dj
Thornton Butterworth Ltd., 1939, 
CHURCHILL, Winston S., The Rt. Hon. Step by Step 1936-1939. L: Thornton Butterworth Ltd.,1939. Second Printing. Pp. 365 including 1 in text map and one folding map at rear. 8vo, green blind-ruled cloth with gilt titling to spine. A series of eight-two speeches made by Churchill between March 13, 1936 and May 15, 1939. Of nautical interest: Our Navy Must Be Stronger - May 15, 1936; In Mediterrannean Waters - November 13, 1936; Rebuilding The Battle Fleet - March 22, 1937; Defending The Empire - May 13, 1937; Britain Rearms - January 7, 1938; The Anglo-German Naval Agreement - January 12, 1939. Lower edge of spine bumped, tape residue to small areas of both fixed endpapers, both free endpapers show minor adhesive residue, previous owner's name and date inked to fixed front endpaper. Dust jacket somewhat soiled (and more so at spine), jacket extremities worn, frayed and having some short tears, jacket has several light ink marks to front, and is price clipped. A good to very good copy. 200.00

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202 CHURCHILL, Winston S. World Crisis, 1911-1914. 2nd pr.
Thornton Butterworth Limited, London, 1923, 
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis, 1911-1914 . London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, (April 1923). Second UK Printing. Pp. (8),[1]-536, + 6 maps (5 of which are folding) and 2 facsimile leaves. 8vo, navy blue cloth, pressed titles to front, gilt titles to spine. Recounts Churchill's time spent as the First Lord of the Admiralty in the lead-up to the Great War. Contents: 1. The Vials of Wrath; 2. Milestones to Armageddon; 3. The Crisis of Agadir; 4. Admirals All; 5. The German Navy Law; 6. The Romance of Design; 7. The North Sea Front; 8. Ireland and the European Balance; 9. The Crisis; 10. The Mobilization of the Navy; 11. War: The Passage of the Army; 12. The Battle in France; 13. On the Oceans; 14. In the Narrow Seas; 15. Antwerp; 16. The Channel Ports; 17. The Grand Fleet and the Submarine Alarm; 18. Coronel and the Falklands; 19. With Fisher at the Admiralty; 20. The Bombardmentof Scarborough and Hartlepool; 21. Turkey and the Balkans. Some wear to ou ter hinges with light bumping to spine ends, else vg. 100.00

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203 CHURCHILL, Winston S.). GRETTON, Peter Former Naval Person : Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy. First Edition in dustjacket
Cassell, London, 1968, 
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.). GRETTON, Peter. Former Naval Person : Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy. London : Cassell, (1968). First Printing. Pp. (14),1-338 + 16 p. of black and white plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth, gold lettering to spine. Law 0656. "The only weapon with which we can expect to cope with great nations is the Navy. I confess I do trust the Navy...' These words, spoken by Winston Churchill in the Spring of 1901, could equally well have dated from any stage of his long and momentous parliamentary career. Not only did he trust the Royal Navy in war; he saw it as an enduringsymbol of what he believed to be Britain's traditional and rightful place in the world. No appreciation of Sir Winston's life and achievements can becomplete without a knowledge of his long association with the Navy, the in fluence of which on the history of the world has been so incalculable. "TheNavy that Churchill found when he first arrived at the Admiralty in 1911 w as in a state of upheaval. Reform and modernisation had come late to the Service, which had rested overlong on Nelson's laurels. The new First Lord, to the consternation of some of the admirals, flung the weight of his boundless energy and creative genius into the work of reconstruction. He met and talked with personnel from all levels of the naval hierarchy; he espoused suspect causes like those of the submarine and the aeroplane; and by 1914 the Navy, though still far from perfect, was very much on a war footing. Churchill must have felt well satisfied with his earlier efforts when he returned to the Admiralty and the very different Navy of 1939. "Churchill's tendency, during both his wartime spells as First Lord of the Admiralty, to takethat office at its face value and overrule his naval advisers if necessary , has made him an easy target for subsequent criticism. He has been largelyblamed for the Dardanelles fiasco and the gallant but futile Coronel actio n in the First World War; for the Narvik episode and the loss of the Princeof Wales and Repulse in the Second. Admiral Gretton's detailed research an d professional judgement have produced a more balanced picture, and a fitting tribute to Sir Winston's memory from the Service to which he gave so much." - from the dj. Very good in dustjacket. 35.00

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204 CHURCHILL, Winston S.). HOUGH, Richard Former Naval Person : Churchill and the Wars at Sea. First Edition in dustjacket
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1985, ISBN:0297787063 
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.). HOUGH, Richard. Former Naval Person : Churchill and the Wars at Sea. London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1985). First Printing. Pp (6),vii,(5),[1]-244 + 16 pp of plates. Maps in text. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Law 0657. "A soldier by instinct and by inherited martial prowess, it was the Royal Navy which brought Churchill into the full flood of publicity and controversy before the First World War. He did notcare for what he found at the Admiralty in 1911 and in his efforts to make the senior service shipshape for the inevitable coming war with Germany, h e gave scant regard for the feelings of admirals. By a stroke of fate that almost ended his political career, it was the leading soldier and the leading sailor of their time - Kitchener and Fisher - who were responsible for his downfall amid the minefields ana counter-bombardments of the Dardanelles. [...] This valuable new contribution to Churchilliana by one of the best-known and most experienced naval historians of today is concerned with the whole of Churchill's stormy association with the navy, and latterly with his remarkable relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt, which resulted in their momentous achievements during the Second World War." - from the jacket. Contents: The Fishing Party; 1. 'Kitchener the blackguard"; 2. Scottish Tryst ; 3. Recalcitrant Admirals; 4. Indignant Turks; 5. The Bombardment; 6. 'My regiment is awaiting me"; 7. "Disentangled from the ruins"; 8. "As navalpeople ..."; 9. Day of Infamy [Pearl Harbor]; 10. Premier's Team; 11. "A t rue affection .. " With appendices, sources and index. Appendix B. The Atlantic Charter Very good in unclipped dustjacket 30.00

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205 CHURCHILL, Winston S.). JABLONSKY, David. Cass Series on Politics and Military Affairs in the 20th Century, 5). WEINBERGER, Caspar W., foreword. Churchill, The Great Game and Total War. First Edition in dustjacket.
Frank Cass, London, 1991, ISBN:0714633674 
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.). JABLONSKY, David. Churchill, The Great Game and Total War. With a foreword by Caspar W. Weinberger. (London): Frank Cass, (1991). First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-xi,(1),1-237,(3). 8vo, red cloth with giltlettering to spine. Cass Series on Politics and Military Affairs in the Tw entieth Century, number 5. Series Editor: Michael I. Handel. "The First World War held many lessons for Churchill, the most important being the interaction in that conflict between the elemetns of what Carl von Clausewitz termed the 'remarkable trinity': the government, the military and the people. During the Second World War, the Victorian strands of pragmatism and romanticism combined in the British leader to produce a supreme optimization of these elements. Recalling the chaotic state of the British Government's organization in the First World War, Churchill streamlined the reins of leadership. To the 'great game', he brought his romantic fascination with deception and espionage combined with a pragmatic design for organizing the intelligence and scientific sinews of war. Political-military disputes had also made and indelible impression on Churchill during the 'Great War'. For him, civilian supremacy must be the rule in total war, and the precept that policy must dominate strategy was a cornerstone of his leadership throughout theSecond World War." - from the dustjacket. Very good in unclipped dustjacke t. 35.00

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206 CHURCHILL, Winston). HIGGINS, Maria S. Naval War College Review Volume XXV, Number 3/Sequence Number 252 November-GADDIS, John L. BATHURST, Robert B. Winston S. Churchill's Legacy to the Royal Navy, 1911-1915.
Naval War College Review, 1974, 
(CHURCHILL, Winston). HIGGINS, Maria S. "Winston S. Churchill's Legacy to the Royal Navy, 1911-1915." An article in Naval War College Review, Volume XXVII, Number 3/Sequence Number 252 November-December 1974, pp. 67-77. Newport, R.I.: Naval War College Review, 1974. Pp 94. Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated beige card covers. Also: "The Cold War: Some Lessons for Policymakers" by Professor John L. Gaddis; "The Patterns of Naval Analysis" by Captain Robert B. Bathurst, U.S. Navy; "The Issues and Costs of the New United StatesNuclear Policy" by Professor Lawrence J. Korb; "The Law of the Sea Confere nce: Issues in Current Negotiations" by Professor Lewis M. Alexander; "Diplomacy and Defense Planning" by Lieutenant Commander John G. Kost, U.S. Navy. Vg. For the issue. 12.00

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207 CHURCHILL, Winston). ROSKILL, Stephen. Churchill and the Admirals. First American Edition in dustjacket
William Morrow and Company, Inc., New York , 1978, ISBN:0688033644 
(CHURCHILL, Winston). ROSKILL, Stephen. Churchill and the Admirals. New York : William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1978. First US Printing. Pp [1]-351,(3),+ 28 pp. photos. Map. Index. 8vo, red cloth spine, black paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Contents : 1. First contacts : 1911-1914. 2. Blunders and disasters : 1914-1915. 3. Dismissal : 1915. 4. Excluded : 1915-1917. 5. Recall : 1917-1918. 6. The transition to peace : 1919-1929. 7. Out of office but active : 1929-1939. 8. Return to power and the Norwegian campaign : 1919-1940. 9. The admirals afloat. I. Home waters and the Atlantic : 1939-1942. 10. The admirals afloat. II. The Mediterranean : 1940-1942.11. The Indian Ocean and the Far East : 1941-1943. 12. The Mediterranean : 1940-1944. 13. Home waters and the Atlantic battle : 1943-1944. 14. The In dian Ocean and the Far East : 1944. 15. The months of victory : January - August 1945. Conclusion. Appendix : A historical controversy. Very good in unclipped dustjacket (with tears and crease to rear panel). 25.00

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208 CHURCHILL, Winston). ROSKILL, Stephen. Churchill and the Admirals. Uncorrected Advance Proofs
Collins, London , 1977, 
(CHURCHILL, Winston). ROSKILL, Stephen. Churchill and the Admirals. London : Collins, 1977. Uncorrected Advance Proofs. Pp [1]-338. 8vo, red card covers. Contents : 1. First contacts : 1911-1914. 2. Blunders and disasters : 1914-1915. 3. Dismissal : 1915. 4. Excluded : 1915-1917. 5. Recall : 1917-1918. 6. The transition to peace : 1919-1929. 7. Out of office but active : 1929-1939. 8. Return to power and the Norwegian campaign : 1919-1940. 9. Theadmirals afloat. I. Home waters and the Atlantic : 1939-1942. 10. The admi rals afloat. II. The Mediterranean : 1940-1942. 11. The Indian Ocean and the Far East : 1941-1943. 12. The Mediterranean : 1940-1944. 13. Home waters and the Atlantic battle : 1943-1944. 14. The Indian Ocean and the Far East : 1944. 15. The months of victory : January - August 1945. Conclusion. Appendix : A historical controversy. Spine sunned, else very good. 40.00

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209 CLARKE, Helen, Sarah PEARSON, Mavis MATE, and Keith PARFITT. COOK, James, Captain.) Sandwich : The Completest Medieval Town in England : A study of the town and port from its origins to 1600.
Oxbow Books, Oxford and Oakville, 2010, ISBN:9781842174005 
CLARKE, Helen, Sarah PEARSON, Mavis MATE, and Keith PARFITT. Sandwich : TheCompletest Medieval Town in England : A study of the town and port from it s origins to 1600. Documentary Resarch: Sheila Sweetinburgh, Bridgett Jones. Illustrations: Allan T. Adams, Barry Corke, John Hills, Howard A. Jones, Peter Williams. Oxford and Oakville : Oxbow Books, (2010). First Printing. Pp. (8),ix-xviii,[1]-326. Illustrated with colour maps. Double column. 4to,photo-illustrated blue glossy paper covered boards with cream and black le ttering to front board and spine. Small bump to tail of spine, else very good. NOTE Due to the excess weight of this book, extra shipping charges may be necessary to cover postage on international orders. 80.00 Foreword by Dr. Simon Thurley "Sandwich as once one of the great ports of medieval England. It possessed the special privileges of a Cinque Port, was strategically placed to serve successive monarchs as a military and naval base for their overseas expeditions, and its trading activities extended far and wide. [...] Evidence from standing structures, the archaeological record, and extensive documentary sources has been combined to trace Sandwich's development through the ages. New light has been shed on the location of the earliest settlement, the changes to the harbour and anchorage, the reasons for the unusual street pattern, and the relationship between town and royal castle. A survey of almost one hundred medieval houses brings out their urban form, and in conjunction with documents illustrates the different character of individual parts of the town and conjures up the material circumstances in which the inhabitants lived." - from rear. Contents: Part I: Introduction: 1. Background to the Sandwich project. Part II: Origins: 2. Environmental background and origins; 3. Sandwich in the eleventh century: the establishment of the medieval town; 4. Sandwich in the twelfth century: the growth of an urban society. Part III: 1200-1360: 5. The port and town: consolidation andoutside influences; 6. Religious buildings; 7. Secular buildings; 8. The t opography of the town by the mid-fourteenth century. Part IV: 1360-1560: 9.Trade and the haven; 10. The life of the town; 11. War, rebellion and defe nce; 12. Secular buildings; 13. Churches and hospitals; 14. The landscape of the town. Part V: 1560-1600: 15. The town; 16. The buildings. Part VI: Conclusions: 17. Sandwich in the context of wider studies of historic towns: an assessment. With appendices and index. Small bump to tail of spine, elsevery good. NOTE Due to the excess weight of this book, extra shipping char ges may be necessary to cover postage on international orders. 80.00

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210 CLAYTON, Tim. Tars : the Men Who Made Britain Rule the Waves.
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2007, ISBN:9780340898024 
CLAYTON, Tim. Tars : the Men Who Made Britain Rule the Waves. (London): Hodder & Stoughton, (2007). Pp. (6),vii,(1),1-376 + (24) p. of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth. "Tars is a gripping firsthand account of life in the Royal Navy during four years of crucial innovation and fierce war with France and Spain. Through the lives of a small band of sailors from across the ranks Trafalgar author Tim Clayton paints a vivid picture of the navy andthe era, from close-quarter battles and roistering on the streets of Londo n, to the political decisions that built and destroyed whole empires. In this death-or-glory era the navy became the cherished weapon of an aggressivenation hungry for wealth. Fighting at sea was carried out at ever-closer q uarters and with ever-increasing intensity of firepower. Using newly discovered first-person sources, Tars takes us right up close to the crashing waves, the coarse rope, 'the music of great-guns', the blood and splinters of a pitched sea battle--and to these men's daily struggles as Britain for thefirst time conquered the waves." -- from dust jacket. Very good in dust ja cket. 20.00

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211 CLOWES, William Laird, Sir Autograph Letter Signed, to Miss Symonds, from the Hotel Victoria, Davos, dated Oct. 29, 1899, thanking her in elegant phrases for a big and mysterious bottle of Chutney' which is one of his nine hundred pet weaknesses.
1899, 
CLOWES, William Laird, Sir. Autograph Letter Signed, to Miss Symonds, from the Hotel Victoria, Davos, dated Oct. 29, 1899, thanking her in elegant phrases for “a big and mysterious bottle of Chutney”' which is one of his ninehundred “pet weaknesses.” Single folded sheet (5 by 9inches), written on o ne side only. Sir William Laird Clowes (1856-1905) was a British journalistand naval historian. Creased, else very good. 150.00

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212 COAD, Jonathan G. Historic Architecture of the Royal Navy. in dj.
Gollancz, London, 1983, ISBN:0575032774 
COAD, J[onathan] G. Historic Architecture of the Royal Navy : An Introduction. Foreword by Admiral of The Fleet Lord Lewin. London: Victor Gollancz, 1983. First Printing. Pp. (5),6-160. Large 8vo, green cloth. "Historic Architecture of the Royal Navy concentrates on the period from 1700 to 1900, with particular emphasis on the dockyards built to service the sailing navy. ...With numerous illustrations featuring surviving buildings in Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth, Devonport, Harwich, Gibraltar, Minorca, Malta, Bermuda and Antigua [this] is a fascinating and important book." -from the dj. Contents: 1. Naval Bases; 2. Building and Maintaining the Fleet; 3. Manufacturing within the Dockyards; 4. Naval Warehouses; 5. Boundaries, Houses, Churches and Schools; 6. Provisioning the Fleet; 7. Arming the Warships; 8. NavalHospitals. Vg in unclipped dj. 40.00

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213 COBHAM, A.J. Hose and Scrubber
Underhill Ltd., 1948, 
COBHAM, Lieut.-Commander A.J. Hose and Scrubber : being Notes on Cable Work in the Royal Navy. With Foreword by Vice-Admiral Sir Harold Walker. Plymouth : Underhill Ltd., 1948. Pp 65. Illustrated. 8vo, blue wrappers. Chapters : Random Notes; Anchoring; Mooring; Berthing; Laying Out Anchors; Towing; Weighing without Cable-Holders; Survey and Test of Cables. Minor spotting and discoloration to covers, else vg. 30.00

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214 COBHAM, A.J. WALKER, Harold, Vice-Admiral Sir, foreword Hose and Scrubber
Underhill Ltd., 1948, 
COBHAM, Lieut.-Commander A.J. Hose and Scrubber : being Notes on Cable Work in the Royal Navy. With Foreword by Vice-Admiral Sir Harold Walker. Plymouth : Underhill Ltd., 1948. Pp 65. Illustrated. 8vo, blue wrappers. Chapters : Random Notes; Anchoring; Mooring; Berthing; Laying Out Anchors; Towing; Weighing without Cable-Holders; Survey and Test of Cables. Spine chipped, else vg. 25.00

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Extraordinary Seaman.  First Edition in dustjacket, COCHRANE, Lord). MALLALIEU, J. P. W. MALLALIEU, J. P. W. MUDGE-MARRIATT
215 COCHRANE, Lord). MALLALIEU, J. P. W. MALLALIEU, J. P. W. MUDGE-MARRIATT Extraordinary Seaman. First Edition in dustjacket
MacGibbon & Kee, 1957, 1957 
(COCHRANE, Captain Lord ) MALLALIEU, J.P.W. Extraordinary Seaman. Illustrated by Mudge-Marriatt. London : MacGibbon & Kee, (September) 1957. First Edition. Pp. (9),ix,(1),1-179,(3). 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775-1860), was a British politician and naval adventurer, considered one of the most daring sea captains during the Napoleonic Wars. Although Captain Cochrane is considered one of Britain's finest sea fighters, his name is not well known, even by his own countrymen. His life and exploits served as inspiration for the naval fiction of 20th century writers C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian.

"Captain Cochrane went to sea in the Royal Navy's greatest period. He became one of the finest sea fighters Britain has ever known. His scientific ingenuity and imaginative genius made him a pioneer of combat methods which were only fully developed nearly one hundred and fifty years later in the second world war. By his skill and daring he did more than any one individual to bring independence to three great countries, which, together, are larger than the whole United States.

Yet todav his name is almost unknown even in the British Isles. For every ten thousand Britons who have heard of Davy Crockett - a minor American frontiersman during one of the less creditable periods in United States history - perhaps one has heard ot Captain Lord Cochrane, tenth Earl of Dundonald." - from the dj.

Chapters :
1. Men from the North;
2. Giant-killer;
3. Sea Harvest;
4. Commando;
5. Fire in the Roads;
6. The Stock Exchange Mystery;
7. Against the Odds;
8. Cutting out the Esmeralda;
9. The Chase;
10. Conquest by Bluff.
With bibliography.

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216 COCHRANE, Thomas, Admiral THOMAS, Donald Cochrane : Britannia's Last Sea-King
Andre Deutsch, London, 1978, ISBN:0233969667 
(COCHRANE, Thomas, Admiral Lord). THOMAS, Donald. Cochrane : Britannia's Last Sea-King. (London) : Andre Deutsch, (1978). First Printing. Pp [1]-383,(1),+ 8 pp plates. Maps. Index. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. “The bare facts of the life of Admiral Lord Cochrane [1775-1860], 10th Earl of Dundonald, read like some impossible and picturesque historical novel. Born the son of an eccentric and indigent Scottish peer, he entered the Navyat about the same time as his fictional counterpart, Horatio Hornblower, a nd in a series of successful and heroic actions made his name as one of thedashing, famous frigate captains of his day/” - from the dj. Contents : 1. The Lords of Culross. 2. Steering to Glory. 3. “A Sink of Corruption.” 4. “Excessive Use of Powder and Shot.” 5. In the Face of the Enemy. 6. “Announce Lord Cochrane's Degradation.” 7. The Devil's Admiral. 8. Under Two Flags. 9. See, the Conquering Hero Comes! Very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 50.00

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217 COCHRANE, Thomas, Lord) LLOYD, Christopher. Lord Cochrane : Seaman - Radical - Liberator. red cloth, gilt to spine.
Longmans, Green,, 1947, 
(COCHRANE, Thomas, Lord). LLOYD, Christopher. Lord Cochrane : Seaman - Radical - Liberator. Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane 10th Earl of Dundonald. L.: Longmans, Green, (1947). Pp 222, including colour frontis., + [4] pp of plates and [1] plate leaf and [1] pp battle plan. 8vo, reddish/brown cloth, gilt to spine, and pictorial pasted to upper board. This is a biography of the great and controversial British naval officer, inventor, tactician, Member of Parliament, who though accused of being a "mercenary admiral", eventually went on to become Admiral of the Fleet. Upper board splayed, lower corners bumped, slight soiling to pictorial, edgeworn, ow vg. 30.00

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218 COCHRANE, Thomas, Lord). THOMAS, Donald THOMAS, Donald Cochrane : Britannia's Sea Wolf. 5th pr.
Cassell, 2002, ISBN:030435659x 
(COCHRANE, Thomas, Lord). THOMAS, Donald. Cochrane : Britannia's Sea Wolf. (L): Cassell, (2002). Fifth Printing. Pp. 383. With three maps. Also shown is a list of 8 plates, although these appear to have not been included in this particular edition. 8vo, ill. card covers. A Cassell Military Paperback. A biography of Lord Cochrane, who made his name battling Napoleon's Navy.Later in his naval career he was involved in the liberating of Brazil and Chile from colonial rule. Previous owner's name whited-out, else vg. 14.00

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Early Sea Painters 1660-1730.  new in dj. , COCKETT, F.B
219 COCKETT, F.B Early Sea Painters 1660-1730. new in dj.
Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995, ISBN:1851492305 
COCKETT, F.B. Early Sea Painters 1660-1730 : The Group Who Worked in England under the Shadow of the Van de Veldes. (Woodbridge, Suffolk): Antique Collectors' Club, (1995). Pp 142. 4to, blue cloth. "British marine painting really began with the arrival from Holland in 1673 of the Van de Veldes, who so dominated the world of marine painting that work by other attractive andcompetent artists working in England at the time received little attention . This hitherto neglected group were the artists who illustrated the marinehistory of Great Britain in the period of great naval and merchant fleet e xpansion under the Stuarts, William and Mary, Anne and George I- a period which saw the building of some of the most beautiful and visually impressiveships ever designed, when great care and labour was lavished on their deco ration." -from the dj. New in dj. 80.00

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220 COLES, Alan Invergordon Scapegoat : The Betrayal of Admiral Tomkinson. First Edition
Allan Sutton, 1993, 1993 0750902337 / 9780750902335 
COLES, Alan. Invergordon Scapegoat [dustjackets adds subtitle: The Betrayal of Admiral Tomkinson.] (Stroud, Gloucestershire / Dover, N.H.) : Allan Sutton, (1993). First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-x,1-193 + 14 pages of b&w photos and other illustrations. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

A reinterpretation of the 1931 "outbreak of indiscipline" at the Royal Navy anchorage at Invergordon which seeks to exonnerate Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson, in part by emphasizing the truly incendiary situation he faced as acting Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet.

"Did Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson preserve the social structure of Britain and prevent a red revolution by his mild handling of the Royal Navy's mutiny at Invergordon in September 1931? This is the question posed by Invergordon Scapegoat, an intriguing insight into the life of the senior officer who was betrayed by his friends at the Admiralty, many of whom thought he should have turned his ships' guns on the mutineers.Tomkinson was never allowed a chance to give his version of the mutiny at an official inquiry or court martial, but instead was thrust into involuntary retirement when on the brink of becoming a Sea Lord. Yet his earlier career - as a protege and friend of the swashbuckling Admiral Roger Keyes - had been exemplary. He fought courageously in the Boxer Rebellion, commanded one of the first submarine flotillas, fought in the opening naval battles of the First World War, and saw close-range action at Keyes's side in the epic Zeebrugge raid.

Alan Coles is the first biographer of the `faceless' admiral who has hitherto been largely ignored by historians. Drawing on many previously unpublished letters and diaries he attempts to reveal the truth behind the mutiny at Invergordon, raising uneasy questions about the background to this dramatic event in British naval history."

Prologue;
1. Tomkinson Dynasty;
2. Famed Friendship;
3. Boxer Rebellion
4. Bravest Man of Year;
5. Destroyer Captain
6. Battle of Heligoland;
7. Disenchanted by Blunders;
8. Battle of Dogger Bank;
9. Venetian Venture;
10. Caught in the Vortex;
11. The Great Plan;
12. St George's Day Raid;
13. Last 'Big Push';
14. Hood and the Mediterranean;
15. Royal Oak Farce;
16. Mutiny or Disaffection;
17. Unofficial Inquiry;
18. The Axe Falls;
19. Last Confrontations
Epilogue.
With notes, bibliography, and index.

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