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New York: Taylor and Clement, 1841. First Edition. Hardcover. 328 pages. Frontis illustration of the U.S. School Ship North Carolina present Illustrations (8 folding plates and the Frontispiece). Dedicated to John Gallagher, Esq., Captain United States Navy. Captain Gallagher commanded the USS North Carolina as a ship of the line and into her role as a receiving (training) vessel. Index. Tables. Some foxing. Front flyleaf torn out, pencil notes inside rear board and flyleaf, spine quite worn: small tears, slits, pieces missing. Boards weak and quite scuffed and spotted. A portion front endpaper missing. Sentiment written inside the rear board: Brother Sailor here do stop and bend a hand to strap this block. Howes B-715; Albion, p. 71. Considered by Albion one of the most substantial and useful books on naval history. The rare first edition. It is noted that there was another publication of this work in 1841 by Shaw and Frye, also of New York. The first USS NORTH CAROLINA, a 74-gun ship of the line, was launched in Philadelphia, September 1820, and fitted out in Norfolk, Virginia, with Master Commandant Charles W. Morgan in command. A three-masted square-rigger with an overall length of 196 feet 3 inches and beam of 54 feet, she displaced 2,633 tons and carried a complement of 820. As Commodore John Rodgers’ flagship in the Mediterranean from 1825-1827, NORTH CAROLINA symbolized naval might and provided the young republic much-needed prestige and respectability. Her second voyage was in the Pacific Squadron from 1836-1839. Then the Ship-of-the-Line became a receiving [training] ship in New York Navy Yard.
London: J. Griffin and Co., 1911. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Hardcover. vi, , 472 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Tables. Some cover and edge wear. Sticker inside front cover. Spine and other parts of the cloth have some soiling and staining. Some endpaper, edge and page soiling noted. The Naval Annual was a book that provided considerable text and graphic information (largely concerning the British Royal Navy) which had previously been obtainable only by consulting a wide range of often foreign language publications. It was started by Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey in 1886. Though often compared with Jane's Fighting Ships, the two British annuals were, in fact quite different. The Brassey series began a dozen years earlier, and its special strength was the dozen or more detailed articles on naval matters, authored by experts. They covered British and other nations' naval developments ranging from the latest ships to overall policy.