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Album - "Flotte De Nos jours" - Beautifully Mounted Naval Lithographs
France 1870 - France, circa 1870. A lovely album presentation of nineteenth century ships of the French Navy Fleet illustrated in lithograph, with a frontis scene and a French title page with gilt lettering. Oblong 8vo. contains 15 nautical lithographs compiled and neatly mounted on cardstock leafs by an unknown naval enthusiast who frames each image with manuscript lines. In an elegant early twentieth century binding, gilt tooled navy boards with four raised bands to spine, titled to front and spine, with a lovely nautical motif of gilt ships and anchors. Volume measures approximately 20 x 25 x cm. Very good condition, a pleasing nautical volume. Title: "Flotte de nos Jours" [Our Fleet Today] This work represents the revival of the French Navy after suffering greatly during the Revolution. With tireless effort and generous investment, during the nineteenth century, the French Navy not only recovered, but became the second finest in the world after the Royal Navy. Each flying the colours of France, mid-nineteenth century sailing vessels herein illustrated at sea include a frigate that may very well be the Napoléon (1850-1876), some ironclad battleships such as Gloire (1859) and Solférino (1859), examples of the Algésiras class steam ships of the line such as Redoutable (1857) and Borda (1864). We also find a singular example of an ocean-worthy was a three-masted wooden-hulled steam and sail and paddle frigate similar to Descartes. The Napoléon was a 90-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, and the first purpose-built steam battleship in the world. She is also considered the first true steam battleship, and the first screw battleship in history.
      [Bookseller: Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts]
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