London. 1847-58. See listing of titles below. 19th-century half calf and marbled boards, leather label, raised bands. Edges rubbed, corners worn. Internally clean. Contemporary manuscript table of contents bound in. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM25937
A group of seven works relating to steamships, naval architecture, sailors' homes, and naval affairs in general, two of which are noted as printed for private circulation. A list of the titles follows: 1) Nixon, Christopher Nugent: OBSERVATIONS ON STEAM SHIPS, AND THE USE OF IRON IN THEIR CONSTRUCTION, THE SUPERIORITY OF WHICH AS A MATERIAL WAS EVIDENCED IN THE CASES OF THE "NEMESIS" AND THE "ARIADNE," OFF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE AND IN THE CHINA SEAS. London. 1847. 30,pp. Calls for innovations in naval architecture. 2) FACTS FOR CONSIDERATION WITH RESPECT TO THE NAVY (PRINTED FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION). [Np. nd]. ,18pp. Crimean War, military preparedness, and the importance of the navy to national defense in Great Britain. 3) Prideaux, T. Symes: TREATMENT OF AN INVENTOR BY THE ADMIRALTY. AN INSTRUCTIVE NARRATIVE FOR ENGLISHMEN, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SHAREHOLDERS IN STEAM SHIPS. London. 1857. 32pp. A presentation copy, inscribed on the titlepage: "With the Author's Compts." Details of Prideaux's improvements in steam engines, and an account of the Admiralty's rejection of his application for backing. In particular, Prideaux had an axe to grind against Mr. Lloyd, Chief Engineer of the Navy. 4) Hall, W.H.: SAILORS' HOMES, THEIR ORIGIN AND PROGRESS...WITH NOTES FROM MR. MONTAGUE GORE'S PAMPHLET; TO WHICH IS APPENDED AN ACCOUNT OF THE SAILORS' HOMES INSTITUTION.... London. 1854. 32pp. plus one plate illustrating the Sailors' Home on Craven Street. 5) Henderson, Andrew: REPORT ON THE STATISTICS OF LIFE- BOATS AND FISHING-BOATS ON THE COASTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. London. 1858. -329pp. plus two folding plates. The folding plates show sections and designs for better lifeboats made of metal, and the text includes suggestions for improving buoyancy and stability. 6) Slade, Adolphus: A FEW WORDS ON NAVAL CONSTRUCTION AND NAVAL PROMOTION. London. 1846. 38pp. 7) Fishbourne, E. Gardiner: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRESENT STATE OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE, ADDRESSED TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE SIR JOHN PAKINGTON, BART, M.P. FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY. PRINTED FOR PRIVATE CIRCULATION. [Np. nd]. ,36pp.