Title: Her Majesty's Navy Including Its Deeds and ...
Publisher: J. S. Virtue & Co. Limited, London
Publication Date: 1890
Book Condition: Good
Three volumes bound in six. All six divisions have title-pages and four pages of publisher's adverts at the end. 348; 352; 352 printed pages. Three chromolithographed title-pages with vignette illustrations (one for each volume). 43 tissue-guarded chromolithographic full-page colour plates by William Christian Symons and William Frederick Mitchell, tissue guards are foxed but most plates are clean. The final volume contains the preliminary leaves for each of the three volumes (xii; x; vii). All plates present. No date (but 1890 according to COPAC). All edges gilt. Scattered foxing and extremely mild and very marginal staining. 23 x 28.5 cm. Original publisher's pebbled navy blue buckram. Spines with gilt lettering. Upper boards with red lettering (title in "rope" stylised font), within red borders. Back covers with publisher's cypher in the centre. Lettering of final division feint. Bindings generally in very good condition, except for some minor marks, very minor stains and very light wear. The hinges are all firmly intact and very strong except the upper hinge of the first division that is cracked. Corners slightly bumped. Symons was an English decorative designer who notably produced mosaic work at Westminster Cathedral, yet he is best known as a painter in oil and watercolour. Mitchell was also a renowned British artist, commissioned to paint many naval and merchant ships. Whilst many of his collected works were originally published in 'The Royal Navy' in a series of illustrations, many originals are held in the National Maritime Museum Collection in Greenwich, England. Charles Rathbone Low served as as a Lieutenant in the Indian Navy, and published numerous historical studies on maritime themes, including his best known work, his 'History of the Indian Navy (1613-1863)'. These three volumes are a comprehensively detailed history of the Royal Navy from the American Revolution through 1892. Besides the Revolution and the War of 1812, Low covers the Napoleonic Wars and Admiral Nelson and his battles. Please email me before you place your order to find out the cost of shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 4455