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Instructions... Relating to the line of battle, orders of sailing, etc. etc
This is an officer’s manuscript copy of signals and instructions. It follows a familiar format, listing battle instructions, using color drawings of flags to show signaling methods, which correspond to “Significations” which are indexed and numbered. Also included is a drawing illustrating a method of signaling with oars from a boat. The book is thumb indexed for easy reference. On the inside of the back wrapper is written, “Mr. Thompson, HMS Talavera.” The Talavera was a 74 gun third rate ship of the line, launched in 1818 and destroyed by fire in 1840. The paper endsheets are watermarked 1831, suggesting Thompson served aboard the Talavera toward the end of her career, and that the instructions herein are a later iteration of those appearing in Howe’s printed “Signals and Instructions.” Text in ink and watercolor. Bound in blue wrappers, in a protective red leather box with spine label.
      [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.]
Last Found On: 2013-11-29           Check availability:      IOBABooks    

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