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Book Description
First edition. 8vo. Forty Volumes. Bound in contemporary full mottled calf, edges speckled, with gilt spines, and contrasting title and volume labels. Collation: the volumes have uniform or nearly uniform contents consisting of printed title page, dedication (verso list of plates), preface, main text and index. Additionally, many volumes have a funeral memorial frontispiece commemorating the death of a famous naval figure, and most an engraved title page (all present where called for in this set). The text length is typically, about 500 pages. For example; Volume XIX 1813: January to June runs. Portrait, engraved frontis, printed title page, dedication, (verso list of plates), preface, pp viii, 512, [xvi] (Index), including a note of births and deaths. Occasionally there is a variation, such as the two folding plates within the pagination in Vol IX: 389-390 on longevity (which here are also present).
Dealer Notes
The Naval Chronicle in a contemporary binding very rarely comes onto the market, all the more so one so complete. Condition. In this set, unusually all the 524 numbered plates are present as well as the occasional supplementary, unnumbered plates. All pages present and intact. Only slight rubbing to the binding, all labels present and original, light foxing or marking only to most volumes. Faults: Vols I-V in less clean condition than the average for this set, having at some point come into contact with water, leaving occasional marks; II endpapers replaced; V slight worm trace to lower outer margin of first few leaves (not affecting text); VIII knocked hard to front cover, hinges very weak, XVI more notably foxed in places; XX stained to prelims outer margin; XXVII upper margin single worm trace to final leaves, affecting the word Index, but not otherwise. The plates themselves display a wide range: portraits, charts, depictions of vessels and harbours, and technical aspects of shipping, and often attractive and evocative in their setting. The text has a huge range of possibilities for browsing and research, covering detailed descriptions of the Royal Navy during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and is strongly reflective of the global presence of the British Navy. To take only a small number of instances of the material offered: Nelson and Trafalgar, Collingwood, the Naval war with America (including a proclamation from the President), Cochrane, the imprisonment of Sydney Smith, Hood and so on: the subjects, eclectic and varied though they are at the same time read as if a roll call of the most famous and distinguished figures. The Naval Chronicle is rightly regarded as a cornerstone of any library of Maritime History, an inspiration to writers of naval fiction to give accurate atmosphere, and to historian for ideas for fresh projects. This set is fully fit to take its place in any collection, indeed the best that we have seen, extremely unusual on the market in such contemporary condition. Post free within UK; post at cost overseas.
Author {Anon]
Date 1799
Binding Contemporary full mottled calf
Publisher London: printed and published by and for Joyce Gold, 103 Shoe-Lane. 1799-1818
Condition good

Price: £5000.00

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