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An History of Marine Architecture.
London: by Bye and Law, for R. Faulder; G. G. and J. Robinson and Co.; A. and J. Black, and H. Parry; [& 26 others in London and 1 in Cambridge],, 1800–02. Including an Enlarged and Progressive View of the Nautical Regulations and Naval History, both Civil and Military, of all Nations, especially of Great Britain; derived chiefly from Original Manuscripts, as well in Private Collections as in the Great Public Repositories: and deduced from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. 3 volumes, quarto (288 × 228 mm). Mid-19th-century half calf, spines gilt tooled on the raised bands and at head and tail, dark brown labels, marbled sides, brown speckled edges, Volume I with additional engraved title page (dated 1801) and incorporating a roundel vignette of Britannia by Shipster after Benjamin West & Dominic Serres, 99 plates (34 aquatints, 65 line engravings, 21 folding). A few scrapes to bindings, a little wear to extremities, front joint of volumes II and III partially split, internally clean and a very good set. First edition of the first serious study of British naval architecture, with "100 handsome plates" (McDonald). "The definitive work of the period on the design and building of ships" (JCB Catalogue). Although McDonald warns that it can be uneven and anecdotal, and ODNB cautions that Charnock followed the opinions of sea officers in over-praising French ships and designs at the expense of their British equivalents, this is certainly the most comprehensive history of marine architecture up to its time. The engraved plates are magnificent and a rich source of information in themselves. Provenance: engraved armorial bookplates (dated 1900) of Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th baronet (Harington baronetcy of Ridlington, Rutland), JP, High Sheriff of Herefordshire: served in the London Brigade of the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers (1880-91), commanded Artillery Company of the Calcutta Port Defence Volunteers (1900-09), volunteered for Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on outbreak of Great War (aged 53), promoted to rank of chief petty officer in Anti-Aircraft Corps, in which capacity he served until 1916; with two letters (both circulars, one dated 2 June 1916 on Chancellor of the Exchequer stationery, concerning American dollar securities; the other dated 2 June 1926 on LMS stationery, concerning the General Strike).
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