LE VAISSEAU DE 74 CANONS. TRAITE PRATIQUE D'ART NAVAL. VOLUMES I TO III : CONSTRUCTION DU VAISSEAU. VOLUME IV : L'EQUIPAGE LA CONDUITE DU VAISSEAU. (THE SEVENTY-FOUR GUN SHIP: A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON THE ART OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE. VOLUME I: HULL CONSTRUCT
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4 Vols. Paris: Collection Arch?ologie Navale Française, 1977, 1977, 1975, 1977. Vol. I: 166 pp., 16 plates (each double folding into 4 sides), 106 drawings, tables & vocabulary of terms. Vol. II: 213 pp., 26 plates (some fldg. as above, some cold.), 107 drawings, & vocabulary of terms used. Vol. III: 280 pp., 13 plates (some fldg. as at Vol. .I, some cold.), 134 drawings & vocabulary, &c. Vol. IV: 392 pp., 17 plates (some cold., some fldg to 3 sides), 167 drawings, tables, bibliography & general vocabulary of terms used). All volumes in d.j's. 32 x 24cm. All FINE. [French text] A major and extremely important and useful French four-volume study of the capital ship of the 18th century – the 74-gun ship. The author, Jean Boudriot, is the world's leading authority on French warships of the sailing era and this work has been written to the highest standards of historical accuracy and research, benefiting from Boudriot's remarkable skill as a draughtsman. The author presents a highly detailed examination of the French 74-gun ship of the 18th century, and a large number of differences emerge from its rival and counterpart built in English yards. The 74-gun ship-of-the-line represents the expression of the art of the naval architect and formed the backbone of the fleets in the latter part of the 18th century. Boudriot has based this work on the 74' of around 1780: the ships that fought in the American War of Independence and later in the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars from 1793 to 1815 - vessels that would have been very familiar to English admirals from Rodney to Nelson. The first volume, Hull Construction, examines the administration of the ports and dockyards, the work of the surveyors, the work of the shipwrights, materials, dockyard installations, hull timbers, fastenings and caulking. It is illustrated with 16 folding plates and 106 drawings, plus tables and a vocabulary of terms used. The second volume, Fitting Out the Hull, covers hull fittings, internal arrangements, ballast and stowage and the warrant-officers' stores. This volume is illustrated with 26 plates (some folding and some in colour), plus 107 drawings. The third volume, Masts – Sails – Rigging, deals with these three areas and their maintenance. Other features include general concepts, cost of building, a list of ships in the French Navy in 1780, and a vocabulary. The volume is illustrated with 13 plates (some folding, some in colour) and 134 drawings. The final volume, Manning – Shiphandling, describes the officers and crew, their work, life on board, ship-handling, naval evolutions and operations, navigation, and colours and signals. It is illustrated with 17 plates (some folding, some in colour) and 167 drawings. There are also tables, a general vocabulary and a useful bibliography. The importance of this study cannot be over-emphasised. THE DEFINITIVE STUDY OF THE 18th CENTURY FRENCH 74-GUN SHIP IN 4 VOLUMES.