Her Majesty’s Navy including Its Deeds and Battles - Lieut. Chas Rathbone Low 1890 - 1893 - J. S. Virtue & Co., London - First Edition A spectacular example of this splendid six volume set, illustrated with forty six full page colour plates, from pictures painted expressly for this work by W. Christian Symons and noted British naval and marine artist W. Fred Mitchell. In bright original navy blue cloth with gilt titles, red lettering, all edges gilt.

No Englishman could wish for a more inspiring theme than to record the deeds of the British Navy.’

Celebrating one thousand years of British naval history, beginning with King Alfred’s construction of a naval fleet, and their victory over the Danish fleet off the coast of Essex in the year 885, the final volume ending with the Navy’s support of the doomed ‘Nile Expedition’ to relieve Gordon at Khartoum in 1885. There is a supplementary chapter detailing the Navy’s assets in 1892, and a comparison with other foreign navies.
  Charles Rathbone Low FRGS (1837-1918) served as a Lieutentant in the Indian Navy. He published numerous respected factual works, particularly his History of the Indian Navy, and Her Majesty’s Navy, he co-authored at least one work with W.H.G. Kingston.


Six demi-quarto volumes pp. [8 colour plates][1 title page][1] 176 [4 publisher’s ads]; [7 colour plates][1 title page][1] 177-348 [4 publisher’s ads]; [8 colour plates][1 title page][1] 180 [4 publisher’s ads]; [7 colour plates][1 title page][1] 181-352 [4 publisher’s ads]; [8 colour plates][1 title page][1] 180 [4 publisher’s ads]; [8 colour plates][1 title page][1] 181-352, xii (consisting of preface to the set, and volume I title page, contents and list of illustrations), viii (consisting of volume II title page, contents and list of illustrations), viii (consisting of volume III title page, contents and list of illustrations) [4 publisher’s ads]. In publisher’s blue pebbled cloth, spine lettered in gilt, decorative lettering in red to front boards, brown coated endpapers, all edges gilt.

Collation: 19 Portraits: 3; 3; 4; 3; 3; 3. 24 Ships: 4; 4; 4; 4; 4; 4. 3 Title Pages: 1; 0; 0; 0; 1; 1.
  Condition: Near fine to fine, slight spotting to publisher’s advertisements (printed on different paper stock, and some foxing to tissue first tissue guard in volume I, one torn tissue guard in volume VI.   Ref: 108062   Price: HK$ 15,000