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A History of Naval Architecture
London: Whittaker and Co., 1851. lxxxiv, 415 pp. plus 58 b/w plates. First edition. “ which is prefixed an introductory dissertation on the application of mathematical science to the arts of naval construction.” The plates are an excellent source of visual information on the construction and decoration of ancient and contemporary vessels. MacDonald 303. Not in Scott. This is a crisp copy, inscribed on the title page, "To the Hon. R. Dundas etc. etc. etc. most respectfully presented by The Author." Sir Richard Dundas was a vice admiral who played a role in the First Opium War and the Crimean War. He was appointed First Naval Lord in 1857. Apparently his duties kept him too busy to do much reading about the history of naval architecture. Pages after p. 57 are unopened. Bound in original blindstamped cloth, lightly sunned. Backstrip laid down. An excellent association copy.
      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
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