Title:British Naval Dress. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  J.M. Dent and Sons, London, 1960, 1960
Seller ID: 38379
JARRETT, Dudley. British Naval Dress. With a colour plate and over one hundred black-and-white illustrations. London : J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd, (1960). First Edition. Pp (6),vii--xi,(1),1-148 + colour frontispiece. Illustrated throughout with drawings, b&w photos, and b&w reproductions of works of art. Index. 8vo, pale blue cloth with pictorial device to front, black lettering to spine, top edge dyed black.
A delightfully illustrated look at the evolution of British naval uniforms from the early eighteenth century to the time of publication.
“This book deals authoritatively with the development of naval uniforms from the dress of the civilian landsman roughly adapted to meet the needs of life at sea to the monkey-jacket and zip-fastening coat-style jumper of today's Royal Navy.
Extracts from slop seller's contracts and Admiralty memoranda will be found in their place but this is no dull compilation of orders, instructions and regulations. Mention is made of Nelson's purchase of his first epaulets, of Lord Saint Vincent's method of punishing irregularly dressed officers, of how the ship's company of the Antelope set about making frocks and trousers and of the 1917 Wren's reaction to her sailor collar.
The illustrations and text are closely related. Crude representations of early seamen in petticoat-breeches, superb paintings of flag officers in the ornate splendour of their full dress, photographs of crumpled-looking Victorians and streamlined modern seamen have been brought together. Clear line-drawings by the author have been used mainly to supply material unsuited to photography.
This generous use of illustration not only makes clear details which it would have been tedious to describe in writing, but helps greatly to re-create the atmosphere of the periods concerned. ” - from the dj.
Contents : Introduction. 1. Before 1748. 2. 1748 to 1829. 3. 1830 to 1900. 4. After 1900.
Bookplate, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 100.00