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Mends Bowen Stilon - Life of Admiral Sir William Robert Mends G.C.B. Late Director of Transports

Hardback. A good plus copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. A little flecking to front board and spine. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xvi,380 + 4pp publisher's adverts. 18 illustrations, plans and a map. Mends was a mid-19th century British Admiral who served during the Crimean War and who was later Director of Transport at the Admiralty.
Published : John Murray, London 1899, First Edition
£24.00

Mets J.A. - Naval Heroes of Holland

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt and decorated on the spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. 248 pages. 8 illustrations.
Published : The Abbey Press, New York 1902, First Edition
£20.00

Middlemas Keith - Command the Far Seas a Naval Campaign of the First World War

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little worn at the edges. Lacks half of front end-paper. 255pp. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. 5 maps. An account of the German cruiser raiders of 1914 and the naval battles of Coronel and Falkland.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1961, First Edition
£12.00

Millar W. J. - The Clyde from Its Source to the Sea

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original decoarated cloth. Smallish cup mark on rear board. Neat ownership inscription. Pp.xii,324. Illustrated. Deals with the development of the Clyde "as a navigable river, the rise and progress of marine engineering and shipbuilding on its banks, and the leading historical, geological, and meteorological features of the Clyde valley."
Published : Blackie & Son, London 1888, First Edition
£25.00

Mitchell Mairin - Elcano: The First Circumnavigator

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy with little foxing and no ownership inscription. 198 pages. Illustrated. Endpaper map. A biography of the Basque sea-captain who made the first voyage round the world in 1522.
Published : Herder Publications, London 1958, First Edition
£19.00

Morley Geoffrey - The Smuggling War

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Many black and white illustrations. No inscriptions. 170 pages. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is protected in a removable cover. The Government's fight against smuggling in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
Published : Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd., Stroud, Gloucestershire 1994, First Edition
£9.00

Morris, Ruth and Frank - Scottish Harbours: The Harbours of Mainland Scotland

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 232 pages. Numerous black and white illustrations. A county by county description of mainland Scottish harbours.
Published : Alethea Press, Everton, Sandy 1983, First Edition
£25.00

Munro, R. W. - Scottish Lighthouses

Hardback. A very good copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 307 pages. Numerous black and white illustrations. This is the first comprehensive account of the Scottish lighthouse service.
Published : The Thule Press, Stornoway 1979, First Edition
£25.00

Murray Marischal - Union-Castle Chronicle 1853-1953

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. No ownership inscription and just a little foxing. Pp.xvii,392. Approx. 150 illustrations including six in colour. A shipping company history of the Union Line, the Castle Line and the conjoined Union-Castle Line. An Appendix lists all of the company's ships with a brief note on each.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1953, First Edition
£28.00

Napier James - Life of Robert Napier

Hardback. A good copy in the original cloth which is lettered and decorated in gilt. Some edge foxing but internally clean. Pp.xiv,267. Illustrations. "The object of this volume is to relate in some detail the life of one who, by his energy and perseverance, caused the Clyde to become the most famous ship-building centre in the world---."
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London 1904, First Edition
£30.00

Newbolt Henry - The Year of Trafalgar: Being an Account of the Battle and of the Events Which Led Up to it, With a Collection of The Poems and Ballads Written Thereupon Between 1805 and 1905

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and in black on the upper board. A little foxing but no ownership inscription. Pp.xvi,244 + adverts. 6 illustrations.
Published : John Murray, London 1905, First Edition
£50.00

Nicolson James R. - Hay & Company Merchants in Shetland

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 228pp. 30 illustrations. Covers Shetland's economic and social history from the early 19th century. Much on the fishing industry.
Published : Hay & Company (Lerwick) Ltd. 1982, First Edition
£25.00

Norton Peter - The End of the Voyage; an Account of the Last Sailing Craft of the British Coasts

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has one small edge chip and which shows a little edge wear and tear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xiv,145. 20 drawings. 39 photos. 35 plans. A memorial to the working sailing craft of the British coast.
Published : Percival Marshall, London 1959, First Edition
£14.00

O'Brien Captain F.T. - Early Solent Steamers a History of Local Steam Navigation

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper with some fading to the spine. 248pp. Illustrations. 2 maps. An account of the early days of steam navigation in the Solent area from 1817 to the 1860's.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1973, First Edition
£8.00

Oppenheim M. (Editor) - The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson in Six Books Vol. I

Hardback. A very good copy in cream boards with black cloth spine lettered in gilt. Bookplate. Pp.lxvi, 395. 7 maps (two folding). Late 16th century naval adventures.
Published : Navy Records Society 1902, First Edition
£35.00

Oppenheim M. (Editor) - The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson in Six Books Volume V

Hardback. A very good copy in cream boards with black cloth spine lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. Pp.xii,370 + 5pp list of books issued by the Navy Records Society.
Published : Navy Records Society 1914, First Edition
£15.00

Parker John P. - Sails of the Maritimes

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 226 pages. Many illustrations. Folding plans. This is the story of the development of the large cargo schooners built in Canada for about 80 years up to the early 1920's.
Published : 1969, Reprint
£25.00

Patterson A Temple (Editor) - The Jellicoe Papers: Selections from the Private and Official Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe of Scapa Volume I 1893-1916 and Volume II 1916-1935

Hardbacks. A near very good two volume set in black and cream cloth published in 1966 and 1968 respectively. Spine to volume II a little spotted. Vol. I pp.xi,315. Frontispiece, map and four diagrams of the Battle of Jutland. Vol. II,pp.xiv,497. Frontispiece.
Published : Navy Records Society, First Edition
£30.00

Pemberton Charles Reece - The Autobiography of Pel. Verjuice with an Introduction on His Life and Work

Hardback. A good copy in orange cloth which is marked towards the foot of the spine. There are two numbers on the spine, a school library label on the front fixed end-paper and a note of the person who presented the book to the library on the front free end-paper. Some end-paper and edge foxing. Pp.xxiv,313. The Introduction on Pemberton's life and work is by Eric Partridge. Pemberton was born in 1790 and ran away to Liverpool at the age of 17. He was seized by a press-gang and served on ships of war from 1806 to 1812. Much of the autobiography is concerned with this period. In later life he was an actor and lecturer. This edition is limited to 1000 copies.
Published : The Scholartis Press, London 1929, First Edition Thus
£42.00

Phillipson David - Smuggling A History 1700-1970

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 155pp. 32 illus.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1973, First Edition
£6.00

Plimsoll, Samuel M.P. - Our Seamen. An Appeal

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in black on the upper board. Ownership inscription and date (April 1873) on front end-paper. A little foxing. Pp.vi,[2],121. Folding frontispiece map being a Wreck Chart of the British Isles for 1871. A book about the needless loss of life in shipwrecks and what could be done about it by the man after whom the Plimsoll Line is named.
Published : Virtue & Co, London 1873, Popular Edition
£35.00

Poolman Kenneth - Experiences of War the British Sailor

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Previous owner's blind stamp. 180pp. More than 100 photographs. Memories of war told by British sailors.
Published : Arms & Armour Press, London 1989, First Edition
£7.00

Portal Sir William - Cowes Castle and the Royal Yacht Squadron (Together with Some Account of the Commencement of Yachting in England)

Hardback. A very good copy in a cream half-leather binding with light green boards lettered and decorated in gilt. Bookplate. 27 pages. Frontispiece and one other illustration. This was a paper read before the Members of the Hampshire Archaeological Society at Cowes Castle on 11th October 1916 and printed by request. Uncommon.
Published : Privately Published 1927, Second Issue
£30.00

Powell J. R. (Editor) - The Letters of Robert Blake Together with Supplementary Documents

Hardback. A near very good copy in cream and black cloth lettered in gilt. Boards a little marked. No ownership inscription. Moderate edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xxii,501. Frontispiece. Blake fought at sea for the Commonwealth during the English Civil War.
Published : Navy Records Society 1937, First Edition
£25.00

Pursey H.J. - Merchant Ship Stability (Metric Edition)

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.x,173. 85 figures. Two folding diagrams at rear.
Published : Brown Son & Ferguson, Glasgow 1971, Fifth (Metric) Edition
£10.00

Raikes, Rev. Henry (Editor) - Memoir of the Life and Services of Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton, Baronet, K. C. B.

Hardback. A good copy in blind-stamped dark greenish-blue cloth. Re-backed with old spine laid down. New end-papers. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Pp.viii,652. Brenton was a late 18th/ early 19th century British Admiral who saw action against the French in the Napoleonic Wars.
Published : Hatchard and Son, London 1846, First Edition
£140.00

Reynolds Stephen - Alongshore : Where Man and the Sea Face One Another

Illustrated by Melville Mackay.
Hardback. A near very good copy in blind-stamped dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Mark on rear board. Gift inscription and stamp of a hotel on front end-paper. Pp.xvii,325 +26pp adverts and reviews of another of the author's books. 8 illustrations. The life and memories of the small inshore fisherman of southern England in the late 19th/ early 20th centuries.
Published : Macmillan & Co, London 1910, First Edition
£20.00

Reynolds, L. C. - Dog Boats at War : A History of the Operations of the Royal Navy D Class Fairmile Motor Torpedo Boats and Motor Gunboats 1939-1945

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,289. Many illustrations. Maps. An authoritative history of the "dog boats" in Home, Mediterranean and Norwegian waters.
Published : Sutton Publishing 1998, First Edition
£30.00

Ridgway John & Blyth Chay - A Fighting Chance

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. SIGNED by both authors . 255 pages. Illustrated. End-paper maps. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. The authors' account of rowing the Atlantic.
Published : Paul Hamlyn, London 1967, Second Impression
£12.00

Rippon, P. M. - Evolution of Engineering in the Royal Navy Volume I 1827-1939

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in the original mauve cloth lettered in gilt. In a very good dustwrapper which has small tears at the upper board tips. Ownership inscription (of a Lieut.-Commander) on the front end-paper. 304 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout.
Published : Spellmount, Tunbridge Wells 1988, First Edition
£22.00

Roach Peter - Voyage in a Barquentine

Hardback. A near very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in silver. In a good dustwrapper which has very minor edge chipping and tears and some spotting to the rear panel. Edge and end-paper foxing. 272 pages. Photographs, maps and sailing and rigging diagrams. Introduction by Adrian Seligman. The story of the author's two years' voyage round the world between 1936 and 1938 in the Frenche sailing ship, Cap Pilar.
Published : Rupert Hart -Davis, London 1952, First Edition
£15.00

Robinson Commander Charles N. (Editor) - Britannia's Bulwarks the Achievements of Our Seamen the Honours of Our Ships

Illustrated by Charles Dixon and C.J. Staniland.
Hardback. Oblong folio. A very good copy in dark blue cloth which is lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and little foxing. 96 pages. 48 full-page coloured illustrations by Charles Dixon R.I. Many black and white illustrations by C.J. Staniland R.I. A history and celebration of Britain's naval prowess with "a gallery of naval portraiture such as has not before been seen".
Published : "Navy and Army Illustrated", London 1901, First Edition
£85.00

Robson, Adam - The saga of a Ship : The Earl of Zetland

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription on front end-paper. 336 pages. Many illustrations. The story of a ship which became the lifeline of the people of Shetland, of the men who manned her and those who sailed in her.
Published : The Shetland Times Ltd, Lerwick 1982, First Edition
£12.00

Robson, Adam - The Saga of a Ship : The Earl of Zetland

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is price-clipped but otherwise complete and untorn. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 336 pages. Many illustrations. The story of the ship which became the lifeline of the people of Shetland, her crew and the people who sailed in her.
Published : The Shetland Times Ltd, Lerwick 1982, First Edition
£12.00

Robson, Adam - The Saga of the Earls : Earl of Zetland I 1877-1950 Earl of Zetland II 1939 -

Softback. 4to. A near fine copy. Signed by the author. 148 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. A pictorial history of two ships which served the Shetland Isles.
Published : The Shetland Times Ltd, Lerwick 2002, First Edition
£25.00

Rohwer Jurgen - The Critical Convoy Battles of March 1943 the Battle for HX.229/SC122

A very good copy in a near vg dustwrapper with one closed tear. 256pp. Many illustrations and maps. A detailed study by a distinguished German naval historian of the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Published : Ian Allan, London 1977, First Edition
£12.00

Roskill Captain S.W. - The War at Sea 1939-1945 Volume III the Offensive Part I 1st June 1943-31st May 1944

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which shows the fairly inoffensive traces of a label at the top of the front panel. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xv,413. Illustrations, maps and tables. Erratum slip. Review slip. A nice copy.
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London 1960, First Edition
£65.00

Shanahan Phil - The Real Enigma Heroes

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine, price-clipped, dustwrapper. 223 pages. Many illustrations. The story of three British servicemen who retrieved vital German codebooks from a sinking U-boat which enabled Bletchley Park's code-brakers to crack Enigma and so win the Battle of the Atlantic.
Published : Tempus Publishing 2008, First Edition
£10.00

Shaw Captain Frank - Under the Red Ensign

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Previous owner's blind stamps. Tales for boys and girls of merchant navy heroism in wartime.
Published : The Bodley Head, London 1957, First Edition
£8.00

Showell, Jak P. Mallmann - U-Boat Commanders and Crew 1935-45

Hardback. Small 4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 144 pages. 120 photographs. The book concentrates on the men who manned the U-Boats, their background, training, tasks, their daily life, how successful they were etc. Includes very detailed Appendices on all known commanders and their boats.
Published : The Crowood Press, Marlborough 1998, First Edition
£20.00

Smith B. Webster - The War at Sea 1941-1943

Nd. c. 1945. A very good copy in a good, complete dustwrapper. Previous owner's blind-stamp on front end-paper. 192pp. 8 illustrations.
Published : Blackie & Son, London, First Edition
£8.00

Smith Peter C. - Pedestal: The Malta Convoy of August 1942

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Previous owner's inscription on front end-paper. 208pp. 32 illustrations. 9 maps. The story of the convoy which lifted the blockade of Malta.
Published : William Kimber, London 1970, First Edition
£12.00

Smout T. C. (Editor) - Scotland and the Sea

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.vii,232. Illustrated. Essays on Scotland's maritime history.
Published : John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh 1992, First Edition
£25.00

Somerville Vice-Admiral Boyle - Commodore Anson's Voyage Into the South Seas and Around the World

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. Pp.xvii,317. 10 illustrations. 8 maps and plans including end-paper maps. Sellotape repair at page 61/62.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1934, First Edition
£12.00

Southey Robert - The Life of Nelson

Hardback. A very good copy in bright green bevelled cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Ownership inscription on front end-paper but otherwise a lovely clean copy internally with little foxing. Pp.xiv,[1],351,[1] + 16pp publisher's catalogue. 12 plates by Westall printed in Woodburytype. Folding plan of the Battle of the Nile. Illustration showing Nelson's signature at various dates. A handsome book.
Published : Bickers & Son, London 1883,
£50.00

Stephen Adrian - The "Dreadnought" Hoax

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cream boards with illustration to upper board. Spine a little browned. A little wear to lower board tips. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 47 pages. Frontispiece and two other illustrations. The story of a hoax in 1910 by Horace De Vere Cole and friends (including Virginia Woolf) who had themselves made up as Abyssinian Royals and tricked the navy into showing them around their flagship, the battleship H.M.S. Dreadnought.
Published : Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, London 1936, First Edition
£120.00

Stevenson Robert Louis - The New Lighthouse on the Dhu Heartach Rock, Argyllshire

Softback. As new and unopened in its cellophane wrapper. Stevenson's esay, drafted in 1872 and now first published "tells the story of the construction of the Dhu Heartach lighthouse on an isolated, menacing rock fifteen miles at sea in the North Atlantic, off the west coast of Scotland". Includes a number of other unpublished sketches by RLS and a substantial introduction by Roger G. Swearingen titled "Robert Louis Stevenson and Lighthouses".
Published : Northern Lighthouse Board, Edinburgh 1995, First Edition
£18.00