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BOYD, John M'Neill.
A Manual for Naval Cadets.

pp. xx, 548, 32 Catalogue. 2 handcoloured plates of compass and flags to face page 1, plate of Union Jack with 2 folding overlays, 8 plates of flags [all chromolithographs], folding lithograph of Classification of Masts, Yards, and Gear for Vessels of War, one lithographed plate at the end, facing p.532, 239 text figures. Original blue cloth, impressed crown and anchor device within decorative borders on each board, joints cracked and holding by the cords, one plate coming loose and nicked at the fore-edge margin, an ink spill along the lower edge of the book-block just affecting the lower margins of the first and last few text leaves, but mostly affecting the lower inner corners of the plates, especially those at the end of the book where the ink has corroded some of the paper [without loss of image], withal offered as a good working copy.

*First issued in 1857, both editions are very scarce. A third edition was published in 1864. It is a vast and fascinating encyclopaedia of necessary knowledge, and includes a section on the steam engine in addition to the expected chapters on sails and sailing ships. The Appendix begins with an astonishing list of what a cadet required for his Improved Iron-Bound Sea chest, including 36 shirts with Linen Fronts, 4 Table Cloths 4 yards each, a bath and one set of silver spoons and forks [ 'spoons and forks must be silver, not plated, and are more easily identified by initials than by crests. The rising extravagant habits which threatened to supplant the old-fashioned frugality and manly indifference to epicurism, have been so promptly checked by the Authorities, that it is needless to do more than quote their Circular on the subject......']. With signature of B. KELSO (?) on the front paste-down and pencil notes on the reverse of the half-title listing 'Five of my passing questions for ****** on board Britannia for Lieutenant ............ Everything Very Good ***** First Class Cert.' WIKIPEDIA - 'HMS Britannia was a 120-gun first-rate ship-of-the-line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1813 and launched on 20 October 1820. Commissioned in 1823, she saw service in the Mediterranean from 1830-1 and in 1841. She was decommissioned in 1843, before returning to service for the Crimean War, serving as flagship of Admiral Sir James Deans Dundas, commanding the British fleet in the Mediterranean and Black Sea from 1851-4. She returned to England at the beginning of 1855 and that year became a hospital ship at Portsmouth, then a cadet training ship in 1859. She was moved to Portland in 1862, then Dartmouth in 1863, where she served as residential barracks for cadets.'

Longmans, Green, Longman, and Roberts. London.

Date Published: 1860. Second edition.

Stock No. 61385

Price: 165.00