2 Vols., [All Published], 1st.ed., 1847. Vol. I: Xxv + 469 pp. Engrv. frontis + armorial title + ills in text. Vol. II: Viii + 534 pp. Engrv. frontis + armorial title + ills in text. Both vols rebound in red half-calf; raised bands; blue/green calf title-pieces to spines; marbled boards & all edges. 22 x 14cm. FINE. Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas (1799-1848) is best remembered for his seven volumes of Nelson's letters and correspondence published during the mid-184o's (see above). He began this equally ambitious project shortly afterwards but sadly did not live to complete it. The author died in France in 1848 driven to an early grave by overwork. However, his two volumes are complete in themselves and record the early history of the Royal Navy down to the reign of Henry V. Sir William Laird Clowes, taking up the same challenge almost 60 years later, wrote: "Nicolas spared no pains in research ; he was never satisfied until he had consulted the best contemporary authorities for details of every event…" (Clowes, Vol. I, p. vii). Nicolas begins with the maritime affairs of the Ancient Britons and examines the origins of British Sea Power down to the 1400's. His was the first to be based on public records and, unlike any previous attempts it contains not only descriptions of sea fights but also describes the ships themselves and their equipment - thus tracing the creation, progress and organization of the early foundations of the Navy. NICOLAS'S HISTORY OF THE ROYAL NAVY DOWN TO THE REIGN OF HENRY V. FINE SET IN TWO VOLUMES.