The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire 1793-1812 - Captain A. T. Mahan Circa 1894 - Sampson Low, London - Fourth Edition Two volumes by this influential naval strategist, illustrated with five full page maps, one large folding map of the ‘North Atlantic Ocean’, and seven full pages of battle plans. With interesting provenance.

‘Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was an American naval officer, considered one of the most important naval strategists of the nineteenth century. In 1885 he was appointed Lecturer in Naval History and Tactics at the US Naval War College, and became President of the institution between 1886–1889. These two volumes, contain Mahan's detailed analysis of British and French naval strategy during the French Revolution. Mahan recounts chronologically the major naval battles and campaigns between Britain and France and their allies, analysing the different naval strategies used and discussing Britain's successful naval tactics.’ (CUP).
  Provenance: Captain E.T. Parson. Gifted to him by Admiral Thomas Wilson C.B. with his gift inscription dated September 1894 to the title pages, and a hand written letter from Admiral Wilson’s son William B. Wilson, to Captain Parons, mentioning the times Parson had spent with his father.

Admiral Thomas Wilson, C.B., F.R.G.S., R.N. [ - 1894] entered the Navy in 1828 and passed his examination in 1835. He took part in most of the operations of the China War as Lieutenant in BLENHEIM, and at the assault and capture of the forts and batteries at Chuenpee, 7 January 1841, he commanded in person the BLENHEIM’S seamen (London Gazette 1841, p. 1163). He was promoted Commander in 1843, Captain in 1853, and served in the Second China War whilst commanding H.M.S. WINCHESTER. His last commission was in command of H.M.S. ST VINCENT (1859-62). Three years later he was appointed to the post of Captain Superintendent of Greenwich Hospital for a period of five years, during which time he was honoured with the award of a C.B. on 13 March 1867. He retired on 1 April 1870 at the end of his appointment as a Rear Admiral (Retired), rising automatically “in dead men’s shoes” to Retired Vice Admiral in 1875 and Retired Admiral in 1879.

First Published in Boston, 1892. The fourth American edition was published in 1894, thus we date this fourth English edition 1894, which is backed up by the 1894 date of the hand written inscription.

References: Naval Medals 1793-1856.

Two volumes pp. [2] xx [2] 380; xvii [3] 428. Publisher’s smooth navy cloth, lettered in gilt to spines, gilt vignettes of boat to front boards, top edges gilt, black coated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to edges and corners, inner hinges starting.   Ref: 108636   Price: HK$ 1,800