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Boudriot, Jean
Seventy-four Gun Ship; Four volume set of beautifully illustrated, extraordinary folios
London: Naval Institute Press, 1986. First English language edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. Four 10"x 12" volumes of clean, tight, 4tos. Vol. 1, Hull Construction: 165 pages, color plates I thru XVI, 106 black and white illustrations. Vol. 2, Fitting Out the Hull: 203 pages color plates XXVII thru XLII, black and white illustrations 107-197. Vol. 3. Mast, Sails and Rigging: 277 pages, color plates XLIII thru LV, black and white illustrations 215 thru 349. Vol 4. Manning-Ship Handling: 378 pages, color plates LVI thru LXXII, black and white illustrations 35 thru 514, plus an eleven page Vocabulary. Many of the illustrations and plates are fold-out. The books all have mylar covers. Scarce, especially in this near perfect condition. The books cover in exquisite detail the building and operation of a French Seventy-four-gun warship. This ship, according to the author, was chosen as the most representative vessel possible as a model, and, "because it is the most representative expression of the art of the naval architect, and secondly, it formed the backbone of the fleets and thus of the maritime power of nations. The era from which Boudriot chose the ship was around the time of the Revolutionary War in America and after, so he decided on 1780 as his subject time.
Bookseller: The Wright Book [United States]
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