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BOSANQUET, Harry T.A., Captain AYLWARD, J.D. MAY, W.E., Commander. MUNDAY, John. Listings

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1 BOSANQUET, Harry T.A., Captain AYLWARD, J.D. MAY, W.E., Commander. MUNDAY, John. Naval Officer's Sword. in dj.
HMSO, 1955, 
BOSANQUET, Henry T.A., Captain. The Naval Officer's Sword. With a Note by J.D. Aylward; Sketches by John Munday; Edited by Commander W.E. May. London : HMSO, 1955. First Edition. Pp (2),iii-vi,[1]-[240]. With a few drawings in the text. 8vo (175 mm x 215 mm), blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, gilt sword to front board. The last 12 pages were printed on glossy stock and include b&w photos of manufacturer's cards, invoices, &c.

Captain Henry Theodore Augustus Bosanquet, C.V.O., R.N., F.S.A. (b. August 3, 1870, Bombay - d. January 17, 1959, Southampton), Secretary of Marine Society.

Commander William Edward May, R.N., (b. November 10, 1899, Reading - d. April 26,1989) the then Deputy Diector of the National Maritime Museum and a founder member of the Institute of Navigation.

"Who is there among us to whom the sword does not still stand as a symbol of romance, conjuring up for us visions of the smoke of battle, flashing steel and gallant officers leading their men in hand-to-hand encounter? Many a family proudly preserves the sword of some ancestor who followed the sea, and in sales rooms competition is keen for the swords of the famous.

Sir Geoffrey Callendar, formerly Director of the National Maritime Museum, invited Captain Bosanquet to list every weapon in the collections, checking and counter-checking the attributions of each. The result is something far more than the ordinary dry museum catalogue, of interest only to the expert. In describing the swords, he takes us behind the scenes and shows us how their history can often be traced and confirmed or denied. A most useful adjunct is the hitherto unpublished list of sword cutlers with their dates and places of business, which is of the greatest value in checking the date of a naval sword." - from the jacket.

Part I. Introduction.
An Introduction to the Sword.
Explanation of Terms.

Part II.
Naval Swords and Dirks in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Index to the Above.
Presentation Swords and Dirks of the Patrotic Fund at Lloyd's.

Part III.
The Sword Cutler and His Trade (by J.D. Aylward)
Prefatory Note to the List of Sword-Cutlers.

Select List of Sword-Smiths, Sword-Cutlers, Goldsmiths and Jewellers, Gold and Silver Lacemen, Naval and Military Tailors, Outfitters and Accoutrement Makers, 1670 - 1850. London.

Provincial Sword-Smiths and Sword-Cutlers.

Birmingham
Chatham
Edinburgh
Plymouth and Devonport
Portsmouth, Portsea, Landport, Southsea and Gosport.
Bill Heads and Trade Cards.

Faint shelfwear, a few spots to edges, expunged signature to flyleaf, else very good, bright and tidy in slightly rubbed unclipped dustjacket, with two short tears to jacket. 500.00

Price: 500.00 CDN
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