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Grimble Ian - The Sea Wolf: The Life of Admiral Cochrane

Hardback. A near very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which has minor edge tears. Gift and ownership inscriptions on front end-paper. 399 pages. Illustrated. Described as "a fascinating biography of a great man" who "was, next only to Nelson, the most brilliant and daring naval commander Britain has ever known."
Published : Blond & Briggs, London 1978, First Edition
£12.00

Hakluyt Richard - A Selection of the Principal Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Pp.xxiv,293. Many illustrations, some tipped-in. Preface by Laurence Irving.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1926, First Edition Thus
£15.00

Halcrow Capt. A. - The Sail Fishermen of Shetland and Their Norse and Dustch Forerunners

Hardback. A good copy in light blue cloth. The spine is faded and browned. Internally very good. Small ownership inscription. Pp.xv,187. Many illustrations.
Published : T & J Manson, Lerwick 1950, First Edition
£30.00

Hancock H.E. - Semper Fidelis: The Saga of the "Navvies" (1924 to 1948)

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Pp.xv,140. Many illustrations. This is "an account of the Services of the ships and men of the General Steam Navigation Company, Limited, in peace and war throughout the period 1924-1948."
Published : The General Steam Navigation Co., London 1949, First Edition
£10.00

Hayward Edward - The Sizes and Lengths of Riggings; and the Hayward-Kendal Pamphlet Controversy, 1656

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in silver. This is no. 62 of 500 copies. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription.The book was ordered by the Commissioners for the Navy and was first published in 1655. It gave rise to an acrimonious exchange of pamphlets with George Kendall which is also reproduced here.
Published : Francis Edwards Ltd, London 1967, First Edition Thus
£18.00

Heckstall-Smith B. - Yachts & Yachting in Contemporary Art

4to. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and upper board. Bevelled edges. Top edge gilt. Fairly extensive foxing but plates appear unaffected. Pp.xvi,48 + 103 plates including quite a number of tipped-in colour plates.
Published : The Studio, London 1925, First Edition
£60.00

Howarth Patrick - The Life-Boat Story

A very good copy in a slightly chipped dustwrapper which has sellotape along the top and bottom of the spine. 203pp. 31 illustrations. A standard work on the life-boat service.
Published : Routledge & Kegan Paul, London 1957, First Edition
£5.00

Hunting Sir Percy - The Group and I an Account of the Hunting Group with Which is Interwoven My Own Life and Thoughts

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper with a few very minor edge tears. 136pp. Many illustrations. A history of the shipowning and aircraft manufacturing group.
Published : The Hunting Group of Companies, London 1968, First Edition
£8.00

Hyslop Donald, Forsyth Alaistair, & Jemima Sheila - Titanic Voices: The Story of the White Star Line, Titanic and Southampton

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 296pp. Many illustrations. This is a recreation of the sinking of the Titanic, reliving the events through the first-hand accounts of those who were there.
Published : Southampton City Council 1994, First Edition
£18.00

Hythe Viscount (editor) - The Naval Annual 1913

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 520pp. Illus. This volume is a comprehensive review of the progress and policies of the major navies of the world on the eve of the First World War. It includes an essay on the progress of naval aeronautics.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1970, Reprint
£7.00

Jane Fred T. - The British Battle Fleet Its Inception and Growth Throughout the Centuries

Illustrated by W. L. Wyllie.
Hardback. A very good, bright, copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Foxing to edges and end-papers. No ownership inscription. Pp.xvi,406. Frontispiece and 24 colour illustrations by W.L. Wyllie. Ships' photographs, portraits, maps, plans and diagrams.
Published : S. W. Partridge & Co, London 1912, First Edition
£30.00

Jarvis S.D And D.B. - Officers Who Died in the Service of British Commonwealth and Colonial Navies, Regiments and Corps and Air Forces 1914-1919

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Some light edge foxing. 171 pages. "An alphabetically compiled record of officers and nursing sisters who died in the service of their country identifying where they died and are commemorated". This is volume III of "The Cross of Sacrifice".
Published : Roberts, Reading 1994, First Edition
£30.00

Jarvis S.D And D.B. - Officers Who Died in the Service of the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Marines, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Air Force 1914-1919

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 165 pages. "An alphabetically compiled record of british officers who died in service of their country identifying where they died and are commemorated". This is volume II of "The Cross of Sacrifice".
Published : Roberts , Reading 1993, First Edition
£15.00

Jarvis S.D. And D.B. - Non- Commissioned Officers, Men and Women of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Empire Who Died in the Service of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Flying Corp and the Royal Air Force 1914-1921

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a fine dustwrapper. 321 pages. "An alphabetically compiled record identifying where they died and are commemorated". Includes Commonwealth navies and air forces. This is volume IV of "The Cross of Sacrifice".
Published : Roberts, Reading 1996, First Edition
£30.00

Jobe Joseph (Editor) - The Great Age of Sail

Hardback. 4to. First published in 1967 this is described as a "reduced, unabridged version of the first edition." Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 252pp + 22 unnumbered pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. Includes a list of sailing ships which "have been preserved either as training-ships or floating museums."
Published : Patrick Stephens/Edita Lausanne,
£30.00

Johnson Brian - Fly Navy The History of Maritime Aviation

A very good copy in a near VG dustwrapper. 383pp. Many photographic illus. There are chapters on both World Wars.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1981, First Edition
£5.00

Johnston Ian - Ships for a Nation: John Brown & Company Clydebank

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. 360 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout. A history of perhaps the most famous of the Clyde shipbuilding companies. Includes a list of all ships built by the company with dates, details and the ship's fate.
Published : West Dunbartonshire Libraries & Museums 2000, First Edition
£40.00

Johnston, Ian - Ships for a Nation: The History of John Brown & Company Clydebank

Softback. 4to. A very good copy. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. 360 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout. The story of a famous Clyde shipbuilding yard. Includes details of all ships built by the company.
Published : West Dunbartonshire Libraries & Museums 2000, First Edition
£18.00

Keir David - The Bowring Story

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little chipped and torn and with spots of foxing to the spine. The book is dedicated to Compton Mackenzie and beneath the dedication the author has written "from David with affection". (This copy came from Compton Mackenzie's library). 448 pages. 10 illustrations. Folding genealogy at end.
Published : The Bodley Head, London 1962, First Edition
£30.00

Kenworthy, Lieutenant-Commander the Hon. J.M. - The Real Navy

Hardback. A very good, bright, copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 288 pages. Many illustrations. Mostly about life in the navy after the First World War but with two chapters on the early history of the Royal Navy, two chapters on lessons of the First World War etc.
Published : Hutchinson & Co., London 1932, First Edition
£30.00

Kinnear A. Balfour - Leith Harbour and Docks: New Works - Western Extension Scheme: Construction of East and West Breakwaters

Softback. A very good copy except for some fading to the rear cover. 38 pages. Illustrated. An account of the western extension scheme to Leith harbour and docks which was undertaken between 1936 and 1942. Uncommon.
Published : Leith Dock Commission 1946, First Edition
£10.00

Laughton John Knox (Editor) - Journal of Rear-Admiral Bartholomew James 1752-1828

Hardback. A good copy in rather soiled cream boards with black cloth spine lettered in gilt. Bookplate. Ownership inscription. Pp.xxvii,402. 4 illustrations.
Published : Navy Records Society 1896, First Edition
£15.00

Lavery, Brian - Nelson's Navy : The Ships,Men and Organisation,1793-1815

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 352 pages. Many illustrations. A study of the British navy at the time of Nelson.
Published : Conway Maritime Press, London 1995, Reprint
£18.00

Lavery, Brian - The Ship of the Line - Volume 1 - The Development of the Battlefleet - 1650 - 1850 and Volume 11 - Design, Construction and Fittings

Hardbacks. 4to. A near fine two volume set in fine dustwrappers which are now protected in clear, removable, sleeves. A couple of board tips just slightly bumped. Vol. I is a 1984 reprint and Vol. II is a 1997 reprint. Both are clean copies without foxing or ownership inscription. The author is the leading authority on sailing line-of-battle ships. Vol. I "covers the general historical background, and includes extensive tables listing all ships of 50 guns and above, divided by period, rate, class and design, with full technical data." Vol. II "is devoted to technical developments in hull design, construction, rigging, armaments and fitting." Vol. I is 224 pages and vol.II is 191 pages. Numerous illustrations.
Published : Conway Maritime Press Ltd, London,
£65.00

Lenman Bruce - From Esk to Tweed Harbours Ships and Men of the East Coast of Scotland

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is now protected. 255pp. 16 plates. 8 maps.
Published : Blackie, Glasgow 1975, First Edition
£5.00

Leslie Jean and Paxton Roland - Bright Lights the Stevenson Engineers 1752-1971

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows some edge wear and tear. Small ownership label. This is an inscribed presentation copy from "Roland", very probably the co-author. 207 pages. 128 illustrations of which 36 are in full colour. Includes a chapter on Robert Louis Stevenson's life as a reluctant trainee civil engineer together with his own account of a "night stage-coach journey south after his uncongenial experiences working at Wick breakwater."
Published : Published By the Authors, Edinburgh 1999, First Edition
£24.00

Lewis Michael - A Social History of the Navy 1793-1815

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. In a good plus dustwrapper which shows some edge wear, particularly at head of spine. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription, foxing or other internal marking. 467 pages. 32 pages of illustrations. A social study of the British sailor in Napoleonic times.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1960, First Edition
£13.00

Lipscomb F.W. - Heritage Of Sea Power The Story Of Portsmouth

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 256pp. Illus. Includes much on England's naval heritage.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1967, First Edition
£5.00

Lockhart Sir Robert Bruce - The Marines Were There; the Story of the Royal Marines in the Second World War

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little frayed at top of spine. 229pp. 4 maps.
Published : Putnam, London 1950, First Edition
£9.00

Long, Bill - Bright Light, White Water: Story of Irish Lighthouses and Their People

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 224 pages. Colour plates. Black and white illustrations. Includes a roll call of lighthouse keepers.
Published : New Island Books, Dublin 1993, First Edition
£15.00

Loomis Alfred F. - Ocean Racing: The Great Blue Water Yacht Races

Hardback. A very good copy in a slightly worn but otherwise very good dustwrapper. Pp.viii[6],278 + 8 pages of track charts at end. Frontispiece and 18 illustrations. The story of all the famous yacht races from the race from the USA to England in 1866 to the race to Bermuda in 1946. Includes a register of ocean racing yachts, a comprehensive list of architects and a chapter on "The Rules of the Game" by Herbert L. Stone.
Published : Yachting Publishing Corporation, New York 1946, Revised Edition
£18.00

Lubbock Basil - Coolie Ships and Oil Sailers

4to. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Very small tear in cloth of spine. Some light foxing mainly to end-papers. Pp.x,180. Many illustrations.
Published : Brown Son & Ferguson, Glasgow 1935, First Edition
£55.00

MacArthur Iain C. - The Caledonian Steam Packet Co Limited : An Illustrated History

Hardback. A good plus copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xxiv,290. Map end-papers and one other map. Coloured frontispiece and 138 plates (including a colour plate showing timetables and guidebooks). The story of a mainly Firth of Clyde steamship company initially set up by the Caledonian Railway Company.
Published : Clyde River Steamer Club, Glasgow 1971, First Edition
£22.00

Macdonald, Roderick - The Figurehead : A Story of Conflict and Loyalty at Sea in World War II

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xix,201. Numerous drawings by the author. Two maps. "presents a unique account of life in a destroyer H. M. S. Fortune, commanded by an eccentric at odds with both officers and ship's company in the early 1940s during the deepest pit of World War II."
Published : The Pen Tland Press, Edinburgh 1993, First Edition
£8.00

Macfarlane, Alasdair (text By Adam and Sheena Duncan) - Marine Drawings

Hardback. Oblong 4to. This would be a very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper but unfortunately the pages have suffered from paper adhesion at some point and a few of the drawings have been damaged when clearing the adhesion. The great majority however are unaffected. The book contains 169 scraperboard drawings, done in the 1950s, of Clyde-built ships. "Each drawing is accompanied by a clear text, identifying the ship, the builder, the owner, the gross tonnage and the year built." Ships built by 22 Clyde shipyards are included.
Published : Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd, Glasgow 1986, First Edition
£30.00

MacGregor David R. - The China Bird; the History of Captain Killick and One Hundred Years of Sail and Steam

Hardback. A very good plus copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xvii,366. Frontispiece and 58 plates. 56 figures. 3 folding plans. Map end-papers. The story of Captain Killick who was a clipper captain in the China tea trade and his associates and successors in the firm of Killick Martin & Co.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1961, First Edition
£9.00

MacNab John - Catechism of the Laws of Storms for the Use of Sea Officers with an Appendix Dealing with Odds and Ends Connected with Modern Seamanship

A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the upper board. A previous owner has drawn neat diagrams on the end-papers. 70 pages. Folding frontispiece and four other diagrams.
Published : George Philip & Son, London 1907, Fifth Edition Revised
£25.00

Madge, Tim - The Last Hero - Bill Tilman : A Biography of the Explorer

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 288 pages. Maps. Illustrations. A biography of the mountaineer, sailor and explorer.
Published : The Mountaineers, Seattle, WA, U.S.A. 1995, First USA Edition
£12.00

Mahan Captain A.T. - the Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire 1793-1812

Hardback. Nd. Vol. 1 may be first edition of 1892. Vol. II is fifth edition. A very good two volume set in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Top edges gilt. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Vol. 1,pp.xx,[2],380. 10 maps and battle plans. Vol.II,pp.xvii,[3],428. 3 maps and battle plans.
Published : Sampson Low Marston & Co, London,
£45.00

Marcus, G. J. - Heart of Oak : A Survey of British Sea Power in the Georgian Era

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xi,308. Illustrations. Maps. This is a study of the British sailing navy between 1714 and 1830.
Published : Oxford University Press 1975, First Edition
£8.00

Markham Clements R. - The Arctic Navy List; or a Century of Arctic and Antarctic Officers, 1773-1873 Together with a List of Officers of the 1875 Expedition and Their Services

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 62 pages. Facsimile reprint of the first edition of 1875. The book "is an attempt to give a complete enumeration of all Officers who have served in the Arctic or Antarctic regions in the century between 1773 and 1873."
Published : The Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth 1992,
£12.00

Markham, Sir Clements (Editor) - Selections from the Correspondence of Admiral John Markham During the Years 1801-4 and 1806-7

Hardback. A near very good copy in cream and black cloth lettered in gilt. Cream cloth a little soiled and fore-edge a little rubbed at one point. No ownership inscription. Moderate foxing to first few pages. Pp.xx,451. Frontispiece.
Published : Navy Records Society 1904, First Edition
£18.00

Martin, Angus - Herring Fishermen of Kintyre and Ayrshire

Softbacxk. A very good copy. Gift inscription on half-title. Signed by author on title page. Pp.xii,194. Map. 16 illustrations. "More than 140 years of Scottish fishing history as told through the fishermen's own memories and traditions, concentrating on the time when crews worked with oar and sail".
Published : House of Lochar, Colonsay 2002, First Edition
£9.00

Mathias Peter and Pearsall A.W.H. (Editors) - Shipping; a Survey of Historical Records

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 162 pages. Brief shipping company histories with notes on archives and record office holdings.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1971, First Edition
£5.00

McCart, Neil - Illustrious and Implacable Classes of Aircraft Carrier, 1940-1969

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 191 pages. Coloured frontispiece. Many black and white illustrations. Contains "comprehensive histories of the six fleet aircraft carriers of the Illustrious and Implacable classes which dominated the Royal Navy's aviation between 1940 and the early 1950's: "Illustrious", "Formidable", "Victorious", "Indomitable", "Indefatigable" and "Implacable".
Published : Fan Publications , Cheltenham 2000, First Edition
£58.00

McCrorie Ian - Royal Road to the Isles: 150 Years of MacBrayne Shipping

Softback. A near fine copy. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 189 pages. Map end-papers. Numerous illustrations with many in colour. Published to mark the 150th anniversary of the company which was to become Caledonain MacBrayneLtd.
Published : Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd, Gourock 2001, First Edition
£9.00

McGivern Cecil - The Harbour Called Mullberry : The Story of the Harbour That Sailed to France on June 6, 1944 Dramatised for Radio

Softback. A very good copy. 44 pages. Numerous photographs. The text was first broadcast on the BBC on March 5, 1945. Described as "a wireless epic" and "without question the finest documentary in the English language."
Published : Pendulum Publications, London 1945, First Edition
£12.00

McGowan, Alan - HMS "Victory": Her Construction, Career and Restoration

Illustrated by John McKay.
Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.x,222. Numerous illustrations, drawings and plans including 200 superb drawings showing HMS Victory as she was in 1805 at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar. The book is "both the story of a famous ship's career as well as a highly detailed technical manual on the construction and fitting, and the alterations and restoration of an eighteenth-century man-of-war."
Published : Chatham Publishing, London 1999, First Edition
£45.00