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H.M.S. Rodney at Sea: Being the Story of the Second Commission of His Majesty's Battleship Rodney.  no dj., BENSTEAD, C.R
81 BENSTEAD, C.R H.M.S. Rodney at Sea: Being the Story of the Second Commission of His Majesty's Battleship Rodney. no dj.
Methuen, London , 1932, 
BENSTEAD, C.R. H.M.S. Rodney at Sea : Being the Story of the Second Commission of His Majesty's Battleship 'Rodney'. London : Methuen & Co. Ltd., (1932). Pp (),vii-xii,(2),1-205, (3),(8, publisher's catalogue) + frontispiece,+ [19] leaves plates. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Originally intended as a private cruise book for Rodney's crew, this volume details ( in a charming and lighthearted manner) the battleship's voyages in 1930-31-32. The itinerary includes Iceland, the Azores and West Indies, Madeira andGibraltar, as well as extensive cruising in the Channel, North and Irish S eas. With a list of the ship's officers, and chronicles of sporting and cultural events on board. 1. Tells how we commission at Devonport on a fine dayy, hoist a Commander-in-Chief's Flag at Portsmouth in the rain, and sail for a remote northern settlement called Invergordon, occupying ourselves with warlike measures on the way. 2. In which we proclaim an aesthetic affection for pigs and poached eggs, and descending from our high estate, blink sardonic eyes at Joshua, whom we find in Scapa Flow, where, incidentally, we meet our Waterloo. Tells, in conclusion, of men whose stern sheets are likened to water-tight doors. 3. Tells how we find Devon in Ulster, and among its dangerously hospitable inhabitants much solace, not to mention a newly-born street and a black kitten. Embraces the most single-minded city in the British Isles [Londonderry / Derry], and describes, in conclusion, how we come to pick up a Parliamentary Delegation at Rothesay, in Bute, and sail with them for a land that belies its name. 4. In which we come to a barren and dry land, find a garden in a cinder, and meet Gerd, the daughter of Gymir, among the cod-fish- Tells, too, how we lose a boat-race, see a mirage, save an airman, and finally vanish into the blue. 5. Tells how we find men living on rocks that are gardens, and how while listening for a noise, disconcertingly hear the bray of an unspecified ass. Recounts, too, our adventures under sail at Falmouth, our misadventures under power at Lyme Regis, and finally delivers us safely back to Devonport, there to meet an invasion. 6.In which we come again to Invergordon, and, while devoting ourselves to co mpetitive art, lose our cable and win a cup. Describes, too, he now we survive an Admiral's inspection, and then hurry south to Portsmouth, where we delight the gaze of a King and incidentally endure much hardship. 7. In which it's westward-ho for Trinidad, and it's eastward-ho for Spain, between which considerable voyages we enable a pitch lake to fulfil its destiny, search in vain for Friday's footprint, look into the crater of a volcano, and learn how to pronouce Antigua. Tells, too, how all the Med warships and all the Med men, sailed out from Gib and then back again. In short, a very longchapter. 8. Introduces Bill, and tells how we occupy ourselves with guns a t Invergordon, oars at Scapa Flow, and a peculiarly contumacious breed of torpedo at Weymouth, before going by way of Spithead and Torquay to Teignmouth where several young ladies run away to sea. Mentions, too, the start of a great controversy. 9. Describes how we come yet again to Invergordon but return unexpectedly to Devonport; also how we come to poach an expeditious egg in the Firth of Forth. Mentions the genesis of this record, and tells in conclusion of one of our number who takes the cake. 10. In which the curtain comes down on the second act. Before that it completes the story of Rodney's Church, and tells how we uphold the name of Rodney to the end. But itis, of necessity, a short and rather sad chapter. Appendix : The second co mmission of H.M.S. Rodney: List of Officers. Sport. Table of dates, places,and distances steamed. Rubbed, very occasional light foxing, bookplate (As hcroft Collection, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust), else vg. 125.00

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82 BENYON-TINKER, W.E Dust upon the Sea. no dj.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1947, 
BENYON-TINKER, W.E. Dust upon the Sea. L: Hodder & Stoughton, (1947). Pp 215, frontis., [26] pp plates, 2 folding maps. 8vo, orange cloth. Law 0356. A first-hand account of what was surely one of the most romantic services of the Second World War: The Royal Navy's Levant Schooner Flotilla. Rubbed, dampstaining to cloth esp. to rear board, spine sunned, ffep clipped at corner, owner's signature, else vg. 45.00

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Creators and Destroyers of the English Navy.  First Edition in dustjacket,, BERCKMAN, Evelyn
83 BERCKMAN, Evelyn Creators and Destroyers of the English Navy. First Edition in dustjacket,
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1974, ISBN:0241890349 1974 0241890349 / 9780241890349 
BERCKMAN, Evelyn. Creators and Destroyers of the English Navy : as related by the State Papers Domestic. London : Hamish Hamilton, (1974). First Edition. Pp (8),[ix]-xii,(2),[3]-212 + 16 pages of plates. 8vo, dark blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

Evelyn Domenica Berckman (b. October 18, 1900, Philadelphia – d. September 18, 1978, Kensington, London).

A comparative examination of the naval policies of Elizabeth I, James I, Charles I, Cromwell, and Charles II.

"The Creators: Elizabeth 1, Charles 1, and Charles II. The Destroyers: James I, and Oliver Cromwell. For a hundred years the Navy alternately flourished and rotted in neglect. During Elizabeth's reign, piracy was kept to a minimum; when James l, intent on more personal matters than the strength of his Fleet, reigned, Dutch fishermen trespassed in English waters, harbours and lighthouses decayed, the Admiralty itself was riddled with graft and treachery. Charles I and Charles II maintained a continual interest in the Navy and in the seamen's conditions; under the Commonwealth, there was massive impressment but nothing for the victims because of Cromwell's misappropriation of Naval monies. Amazingly, the spirit the Navy, although it weakened, never died, and in Charles I and Charles II found its greatest champions.

Evelyn Berckman has harvested much unforgettable material from the State Papers jn this remarkable panorama of Naval history We see Elizabeth on the eve of the Spanish Armada and hear Francis Drake: 'Stop them now, and stop them ever.' We witness the rise of James's favourite Buckingham, and the launching of Charles I's great ship, Sovereign of the Seas. Turkish pirates land at Monts Bay and carry off sixty men, women and children, and the Dutch fleet sails up the Medway to devastate Chatham and Rochester. The House of Commons is in uproar over the hated Ship Money, and Prince Rupert of the Rhine leads his guerilla fleet on raiding parties. In the background, men like John Milton and Samuel Pepys work away. And, always, there is the ordinary sailor, exposed to danger, appalling conditions, plague, contempt." from the dj.


1. The Source;
2. Elizabeth I : Creator;
3. James I : Destroyer;
4. Charles I : Creator;
5. Cromwell : Destroyer;
6. Charles II : Creator.
With index.

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84 BERCKMAN, Evelyn Victims of Piracy : The Admiralty Court 1575-1678.. in dj.
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1979, 
BERCKMAN, Evelyn. Victims of Piracy : The Admiralty Court 1575-1678. London: Hamish Hamilton, (1979). Pp 134, [8] pp plates. 8vo, blue cloth. Evelyn Domenica Berckman (b. October 18, 1900, Philadelphia – d. September 18, 1978, Kensington, London). "In this fascinating book Evelyn Berckman studies piracy from the largely neglected viewpoint of plundered merchant-importers and abused seamen, along with other crimes that came before the Admiralty Court, which examined them with ruthless thoroughness. An enormous mass of highly personal and detailed records survives, and light is thrown on little-known facets of history." -from the dj. Very good in slightly nicked dustjacket. 60.00

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85 BERCUSON, David J. and Holger H. HERWIG HERWIG, Holger H. Destruction of the Bismarck. 1st pr. pbk
Overlook Press, Woodstock, 2003, ISBN:1585673978 
BERCUSON, David J. and Holger H. HERWIG. The Destruction of the Bismarck. Woodstock: The Overlook Press, (2003). Pp. 385 + [16] pp of plates. 8vo, ill. card covers. "In the late morning of May 27th, 1941, the Bismarck, [...] the pride of the German navy was sunk [...] what was at stake when the British and Nazi fleets clashed that day was nothing less than the control of the North Atlantic shipping lanes and the survival of Great Britain." - fromthe cover. Covers rubbed, "as seen on the Discovery Channel" label to fron t cover, ow vg. 15.00

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86 BERCUSON, David J. HERWIG, Holger H. Destruction of the Bismarck. First Canadian Edition in dustjacket.
Stoddart, Toronto, 2001, ISBN:0773733256 
BERCUSON, David J. and Holger H. HERWIG. The Destruction of the Bismarck. (Toronto) : Stoddart, (2001). First Canadian Printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-viii,(6) of maps,1-385,(1), + 16 p. of plates. 8vo, black cloth. "At 19,000 tons fully loaded, the sight of the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen was shocking enough; even more so was the sight of the Bismarck - the pride of Hitler's navy -a ship shrouded in myth, an awesome and mysterious behemoth of destruction ." - from the dj. This image was destroyed along with the Bismarck when it faced an overwhelming British armada of ships on the morning of May 27th, 1941. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 25.00

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87 BERCUSON, David J. HERWIG, Holger H. Destruction of the Bismarck. First Edition in dustjacket.
Overlook Press, Woodstock, NY, 2001, ISBN:1585671924 
BERCUSON, David J. and Holger H. HERWIG. The Destruction of the Bismarck. Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, (2001). First Edition. Pp. 385 + [16] p. of plates. 8vo, red paper covered spine with black paper covered boards. "At 19,000 tons fully loaded, the sight of the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen was shocking enough; even more so was the sight of the Bismarck - the pride of Hitler's navy - a ship shrouded in myth, an awesome and mysterious behemoth ofdestruction." - from the dj. This image was destroyed along with the Bisma rck when it faced an overwhelming British armada of ships on the morning ofMay 27th, 1941. This is the story of the last days of the Bismarck. Vg in dj. 25.00

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Letter Addressed to Sir John Barrow, Bart.  disbound. , BERKELEY, Capt BARROW, John, Sir.
88 BERKELEY, Capt BARROW, John, Sir. Letter Addressed to Sir John Barrow, Bart. disbound.
1839, 
BERKELEY, Capt. A Letter Addressed to Sir John Barrow, Bart. on the System of War and Peace Complements in Her Majesty's Ships. L: J. Ridgway, 1839. Pp 21. 8vo, printed wraps. An entry into the controversy over the appropriate level of manning for warships of the Royal Navy in peacetime. The author traces the general scarcity of trained seamen to the dislocations in training caused by the increasing predominance of steam shipping, and argues that RN ships (especially smaller ones) should be maintained continually at full complement in order to avoid shortages in times of crisis. Disbound, slightly rubbed, else vg. 120.00

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Captain Dauntless.  1st in ch dj. , BIDDLE, Nicholas). CLARK, William Bell CLARK, William Bell.
89 BIDDLE, Nicholas). CLARK, William Bell CLARK, William Bell. Captain Dauntless. 1st in ch dj.
Louisiana State University Press, 1949, 
(BIDDLE, Nicholas). CLARK, William Bell. Captain Dauntless : The Story of Nicholas Biddle of the Continental Navy. [Baton Rouge]: Louisiana State University Press, 1949. First Edition. Pp 317. Port. frontis., 8 leaves of plates. 8vo, red cloth. A full biography of a former RN midshipman and member of the Phipps polar expedition of 1773 who joined the Continental Navy, rising to command the brig Andrew Doria and the new frigate Randolph. Very slight adhesive remains to fpep, else vg in rubbed, slightly chipped dj. 90.00

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90 BIENKOWSKI, Lee NELSON, Horatio) Admirals in the Age of Nelson. First Edition in dustjacket.
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 2003, ISBN:1557500029 
BIENKOWSKI, Lee. Admirals in the Age of Nelson. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, (2003). First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-ix,(3),[1]-294,(6). 8vo, black cloth with copper lettering to spine. "The period of the French Wars (1793-1815), known as the golden age of fighting sail in Great Britain becauseof the extraordinary victories won by the Royal Navy, produced an impressi ve roster of brilliant flag officers. To date, however, these naval leadershave been overshadowed by the legendary status of their contemporary, Admi ral Lord Nelson. This book corrects the oversight by placing eleven 'other admirals' in the limelight." - from the dustjacket. Includes biographical profiles of Richard Howe, Alexander Hood, Samuel Hood, John Jervis, Adam Duncan, George Keith Elphinstone, James Gambier, John Duckworth, John Borlase Warren, James Saumarez, and Edward Pellew. Very good in crisp dustjacket. 20.00

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91 BIGLAND, Eileen Story of the W.R.N.S. no dj.
Nicholson & Watson, 1946, 
BIGLAND, Eileen. The Story of the W.R.N.S. L: Nicholson & Watson, (1946). Pp 188, frontis., [16] pp plates. Small 8vo, tan cloth. Law 0914. An informal overview of the range of duties undertaken by WRENS during the Second World War. Rubbed and lightly soiled, rear inner hinge broken, owner's signature, else vg. 50.00

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British Submarine in Being , BLACKBURN, J. A. and Kenneth WATKINS WATKINS, Kenneth
92 BLACKBURN, J. A. and Kenneth WATKINS WATKINS, Kenneth British Submarine in Being
Gieves Publishing Co, London, 1920, 
BLACKBURN, J. A. and Kenneth WATKINS. The British Submarine in Being . L.: Gieves Publishing Co., Ltd., [n.d.]. [ca 1920?]. Pp. 191 + 8 leaves of plates. Small 8vo, white cloth spine with green paper covered boards. Anderson 115. Contents: I) Anatomy and Habits of the Submarine ; II) The Weapons of the Submarine ; III) How a Submarine is Handled ; IV) A Tour of Inspection ; V) The Human Element ; VI) Submarine Strategy and Tactics ; VII) A Quiet Patrol ; VIII) Missed ; IX) The Reward of Patience ; X) Anti-Submarine Methods ; XI) "Fritz" ; XII) "Der Tag!". Edges slightly sunned and spotted, rubbed, bookplate, else vg. 80.00

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93 Blackwood) Tales of the Fighting Navy from Blackwood. in dj.
William Blackwood, Edinburgh:, 1968, ISBN:851580106 
(Blackwood). Tales of the Fighting Navy from Blackwood. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1968. Pp 202. 8vo, blue cloth. "This collection presents a good slice of maritime history - and encounter between men-o'-war in the Caribbean, battle engagements in the Napoleonic Wars, frigates duels during the American War of Independence, gunnery battle stations in the First World War,undersea warfare, Fleet Air Arm sorties, and many more." -from the dust ja cket. Chapters : 1. Davy Jones and the Yankee Privateer; Michael Scott; 2. Tenerife Invicta; F. D. Spinney; 3. Nelson's Blackwood; Oliver Warner; 4. ASignal Midshipman at Copenhagen; Mrs McCormick; 5. Farragut's First Fight; Lieutenant-Colonel P. R. Butler; 6. The Duel of the Frigates; Victor Allan ; 7. The Gunlayer; Captain Bower; 8. Sunk; A. F. Whyte; 9. Enemy in Sight!;Esmond Knight; 10. From a Submariner's Notebook; John Gibson; 11. Morning Watch; Eric C. Hiscock; 12. Human Torpedoes; Commander George Stitt; 13. The Escort Carrier; Hugh Popham; 14. Inchon - There and Back; P. M. Stanford;Envoi : A Battle Prayer; Captain Bower. Thin 4" horizontal razor like cut across top board, ow vg in lightly nicked, price-clipped dj (with as similar razor like slash to front pane). 15.00

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94 BLACKWOOD) JAMES, William H., Admiral Sir. (Bubbles) SLEATH, Frederick. RAMSDEN, B.B., Lieutenant. Sea Tales from Blackwood. in dj
Blackwood, 1960, 
(BLACKWOOD). Sea Tales from 'Blackwood'. With a Foreword by Admiral Sir William M. James. Edinburgh/London: William Blackwood & Sons Ltd., (1960). Pp.(4),[v]-vi,(2),[1]-294,(2). 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "This is not an anthology from the pens of professional writers: it is, with one notable exception, a selection from the writings of sailors. Some of the authors remain anonymous; the great majority are unknown to what is sometimes called the Literary World, but every one has had something worth while to write about." from the dj. Contents: 1. Lieut.-Colonel M.C. Henniker's "The Launch of HMS Vidal"; 2. A.A. Beldon's "The Road to the Shore"; 3. A.C.'s "Roman Camp"; 4. Frederick Sleath's "A Pentland Crossing"; 5. C.A.'s "A Day's Fishing"; 6. R.G. Mills's "St. George's Day"; 7. Lieut.-Comdr. A.G. Hamilton's "Across the Indian Ocean"; 8. Lieut. B.B. Ramsden's "Sinking the Scharnhorst: 26th December 1943"; 9. James Harper's "Perils for Trial"; 10. Sleath's "Himmer-Kin"; 11. John Pawle's "Destroyer Time"; 12. Shalimar's "The Old Nag"; 13. Lieut. L. O'Toole's "Meeting off May Island"; 14. Peregine's "Trans-Atlantic"; 15. Goosewing's "The Last Days of Chinnampo"; 16. Beldon's "The White Nakhouda"; 17. G. Hartley's "The Laurel and the Snow". Light foxing, name to ffep, else very good in spotted, nicked dust jacket. 25.00

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How Sailors Fight: An Account of the Organization of the British Fleet in Peace and War with some Tactical Illustrations of the Behaviour of Modern Fighting Ships in Action, BLAKE, John LAMBTON, Hedworth, Captain, The Hon., intro.
95 BLAKE, John LAMBTON, Hedworth, Captain, The Hon., intro. How Sailors Fight: An Account of the Organization of the British Fleet in Peace and War with some Tactical Illustrations of the Behaviour of Modern Fighting Ships in Action
Grant Richards, 1901, 
BLAKE, John. How Sailors Fight : An Account of the Organization of the British Fleet in Peace and War with some Tactical Illustrations of the Behaviour of Modern Fighting Ships in Action. With an Introduction by Captain The Hon. Hedworth Lambton. L: Grant Richards, 1901. Pp 259, incl. frontis. and plates. 8vo, pict. blue cloth. A well-illustrated popular review of the organization and operations of the Edwardian Royal Navy. Contents include: "TheKeepers of the King's Ships"; "The First Line"; "The Battleship in War"; " Our Lady the Frigate"; "The Cruiser in War"; "The Torpedo and its Fighting Craft"; "The Torpedo in War"; "War Under Water- The Submarine Boat"; "The Handy Man"; "The Higher Ratings"; "The Naval Brigade". Heavily rubbed with wear to extremities, inner hinges broken, eps browned, ffep loose, else vg. 130.00

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96 BLIGH, William) Chamber's Miscellany of Useful and Entertaining Tracts. Vol. XIV
William and Robert Chambers, 1846, 
(BLIGH, William). Chambers's Miscellany of Useful and Entertaining Tracts. [Volume XIV]. Edinburgh: William and Robert Chambers, (1846). Pp [various pagings]. Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated paper covered boards. Contents of Volume XIV: 1. Gustavus Adolphus and the Thirty Years’ War; 2. The Stranger'sVisit to Edinburgh; 3. Narrative of the Mutiny of the Bounty; [32 pp]; 4. The Ettrick Shepherd; 5. History of the Plague in London; 6. Schools of Industry; 7. Quintin Matsys, the Blacksmith of Antwerp; 8. Selections from Shakespeare. Spine back missing, boards worn, abrasions to rear, edges frayed,hinges cracked, fragile, some foxing, dampstaining to detaching title page . Fair Condition: As Is. 35.00

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97 BLIGH, William, Captain). TOOHEY, John. Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare. From the Bounty to safety -- 4,162 miles across the Pacific in a rowing boat. First American Edition in dustjacket.
HarperCollins, New York, 2000, ISBN:0060195320 
(BLIGH, William, Captain). TOOHEY, John. Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare. [Dj adds: "From the Bounty to safety -- 4,162 miles across the Pacific ina rowing boat"]. (New York): HarperCollins Publishers, (2000). First Ameri can Printing. Pp. (6),vii,(5),[1]-211,(1). 8vo, red cloth spine, white paper covered boards, silver lettering to spine. At dawn on April 28, 1789, Captain William Bligh and eighteen men from HMS Bounty were herded onto a twenty-three-foot launch and abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thusbegan their extraordinary journey to Java. Covering 4,162 miles, the small boat was battered by continuous storms, and the men on board suffered crip pling illness, near starvation, and attacks by islanders. The journey was one of the greatest achievements in the history of European seafaring and a personal triumph for a man who has been misjudged by history. 'Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare' reveals Bligh's great mapmaking skills, used to particular effect while he was exploring with Captain Cook. We discover his guilt over Cook's death at Kealakekua Bay. We learn of the failure of the Bounty expedition and the myths that surround it, the trials and retributions that followed Bligh's return to England, his successes as a navigator and as a vice-admiral fihgting next to Nelson at the Battle of Copenhagen." - from the dustjacket. Remainder mark to bottom edge, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 15.00

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98 BLIGH, William. BOWMAN, Robert, ed. Account of the Mutiny on HMS Bounty. Sutton Paperback.
Alan Sutton, Gloucester, 1981, ISBN:086299005x 
BLIGH, William, Lieutenant. An Account of the Mutiny on HMS Bounty. Edited by Robert Bowman. (Gloucester) : Alan Sutton, (1981). First thus printing. Pp. (6),[7]-158,(2). 8vo, art-illustrated peach card covers wtih black lettering to front and spine. "The Mutiny on the Bounty must surely be one of the best known of all naval stories. It has been written about and recreatedon film many times, with varying degrees of accuracy. From the various ret ellings of the story have come commonly held views of all the central characters involved, and chiefly William Bligh and Fletcher Christian. Bligh is commonly represented as a harsh and brutal sea captain who drove his men tomutiny by his evil ways. Christian is seen as a reluctant mutineer, who ch ampioned the cause of the down-trodden crew of the Bounty. Neither representation is factual, and now, with the republication of Bligh's own narrativeaccount of the mutiny, we are afforded some insight into the characters of both William Bligh and Fletcher Christian. Bligh published his narrative i n 1790 to try and vindicate himself from the charges that he had ill-treated and cruelly abused his crew. Many of these charges had been circulated bythe wealthy families of Fletcher Christian and Peter Haywood, and Bligh wa s not entirely successful in his aim. His narrative skill stands as a worthy document to Bligh's courage, and contains a moving account of his epic voyage after being cast adrift from the Bounty. His concern for the welfare of his men, his interest in natural history, and his fine navigational skills all emerge from the pages of his own narrative to restore respectability to the name of William Bligh over 150 years after his death." - from the rear cover. Very good. 12.50

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99 BLIZARD, Derek Normandy Landings : D-Day : The Invasion of Europe, 6 June 1944. in dj.
Hamlyn, London, 1993, ISBN:0600581586 
BLIZARD, Derek. The Normandy Landings : D-Day : The Invasion of Europe, 6 June 1944 . (L.: Hamlyn, 1993). Pp. (1)-160. Illustrated. Double column 4to,blue cloth with silver lettering to spine. A comprehensively illustrated v olume chronicling the Allied offensive into Normandy. Gift inscription on the title page, else vg in dj. 20.00

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100 BlLAKE, Nicholas and LAWRENCE, Richard Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy. First American Edition in dustjacket.
Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2000, ISBN:0811708640 
BlLAKE, Nicholas and Richard LAWRENCE. The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy. (Mechanicsburg, PA): Stackpole Books, (2000). First American Edition. Pp. (5)[6]-207,(1). Illustrated throughout. Large 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "No other period of history has spawned such a huge fictional oeuvre as the Nelsonic era. Marryat, Forester, Pope, Kent, Woodman, Donachie, and O'Brian are a few of the authors whose heroes fought against the French. The genre has fascinated millions of readers but The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy is the first book which explains, with reference to the novels, that harsh world in which those heroes lived. This Companion describes every aspect of navy and brings vividly to life the , life the shipboard world of the seaman. The workings of the Admiralty; the design and building of ships; food, drink and entertainment; discipline, medicine,fighting tactics, gunnery, seamanship and shiphandling; the merchant fleet s and the opposing navies and their feats in battle - this and much more isdescribed and explained in succinct texts and illustrated with over 500 sk etches, maps and diagrams. " - from the dustjacket. Contents: The World Background :The Admiralty - The Navy Board - The Royal Navy's Dockyards - The Royal Navy's Bases - British Strategy - The Course of the Wars. The Navy : The Fleet - First Rates - Second Rates - Third Rates - Fourth Rates - FifthRates - Sixth Rates - Smaller Ships and Vessels - The French Navy - The Sp anish Navy - Other European Navies - The American Navy - Merchantmen. The Sailors : Seamen - Warrant Officers - Midshipmen - Lieutenants and Masters &Commanders - Captains - Commodores and Admirals - Marines. Life on Board : The Ship's Day and Week - Cabins and Hammocks - Sanitation, Disease, Injur y and Death - The Officers' Food - The Men's Food - Rum and Drink - Amusement - Discipline, Mutiny and the Articles of War - The Great Mutinies - Women at Sea. The Ships : Construction - 74-gun Ship - Frigate - Masts and Yards - Standing Rigging - Running Rigging - Sails - Fore and Aft Rig - Cannon - Carronades - Specialist Weapons and Small Arms - Shiphandling - Tacking and Wearing - Navigation - Anchors and Cables - Signals - Boats - Storms andShipwreck - The Ship in Action. The Navy at War : The Fleet Action - Battl e of Cape St Vincent, 14 February (1797) - Battle of Camperdown, 11 October(1797) - Battles of the Nile, 1-2 August (1798) - Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April (1801) - Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October (1805) - Amphibious and Combined Operations - The Speedy and the Gamo - Cutting-Out Expeditions - British Invasion Defences - The Invasions of Ireland and Wales - The Invasion Flotillas - The War of 1812 - Rewards. With Glossary of Sea Terms; Weights and Measures; Bibliography of Naval Fiction and Index. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00

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