New York, Washington & Falls Church, The First Seven Editions, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1950 & 1958. 48, 48, 64, 80, 96, 56 & 64 pp., all profusely illustrated with photographs & maps. Pict. p.c., 23 x 15cm. V.G. Fahey provided a detailed and comprehensive list of the ships and naval aircraft of the United States Navy from 1939 onwards. These first seven editions include the important wartime issues ' Two-Ocean Fleet Edition, War Edition, Second War Edition, & Victory Edition - when the USN grew to a remarkable size in order to counter the threat from Japan and Germany. During the 19 years covered by these books, the US Navy underwent great changes chiefly brought about by the war, and by 1958 only one vessel, the oiler CIMARRON, remained in service from the fleet of 1939. The books are profusely illustrated with photographs and contain a wealth of detailed information and data on every type of ship from battleship and carrier, down to submarine and patrol craft. The books also give the same commitment to naval aircraft and fleet auxiliaries. The first and early editions are scarce. THE FIRST SEVEN EDITIONS OF FAHEY'S HANDBOOK OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, 1939-1958. AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF REFERENCE.