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Circular, No.200 to Circular, No. 399.

Binder's contemporary cloth and half roan, a bit rubbed, joints intact, scattered foxing, occasional vertical fold and crease, but overall a very good copy.

*Nos. 295, 341, 342 are lacking; no.358 is duplicated. Three un-numbered Admiralty memoranda are added; an Admiralty Notice respecting LIGHTS and FOG SIGNALS is loosely added, undated and un-numbered; an Admiralty Letter, 12th.Dec.1859, signed by Vice-Admiral B. Reynolds and W. G. Romaine, concerning Corporal Punishment is bound in. It is not clear that the missing circulars were printed or might have been cancelled. Ms. notes to some of the Circulars do record cancellations. See NAVAL SOCIAL HISTORY INDEX which lists by title a number of the circulars included above. It makes the comment - 'With some exceptions, see below, the Numbering of Circulars seems to cease ; in addition series of Circulars on specific topics that were numbered become unnumbered Memoranda or Circulars, sometimes with a date, at other times without....all a little frustrating having had a year, 1860, when they appear to be well organised.' These 200 documents provide an exceptional insight into all aspects of naval administration from the most mundane [Issue of Split Peas; Stearic Candles; Price of Combs] to Desertion, the Cost of Uniforms, Crimean Medals, Payment of Wages and Allowances. The size varies from single pages to as many as 64 pages.


Date Published: July 16th, 1855 to 21st. December 1859.

Stock No. 59868

Price: 850.00