1st.ed., 1897. Xxiii + 339 pp., photogravure frontis, 2 oval photogravure portraits to title-page, + 7 other photogravure plates. Rebound in maroon cloth ; gilt. 24 x 16cm. Binding : FINE. Stain upper corner of a few Index leaves o/w V.G. A remarkable and important study of naval administration at the Admiralty from the reign of George IV in 1827, to the administration of the Rt. Hon. Lord George Hamilton towards the close of the Victorian era in 1892. Sir John Henry Briggs spent 65 years serving under men such as the Duke of Clarence, Viscount Melville, Sir James Graham, Earl de Grey, Earl of Auckland, Earl of Minto, Earl of Ellenborough, Sir Francis Baring, Sir Charles Wood, Rt. Hon. Sir John Pakington, Rt. Hon. Hugh Childers, and many other notable 19th century personalities holding high office and great influence over the Royal Navy. Briggs himself became Third Class Clerk in April 1827, and held this post until December 1834. He then became Second Class Clerk until January 1849 when he reached the position of First Class Clerk. In July 1865 he arrived at the top of his profession by becoming Chief Clerk to the Admiralty. He also served as Reader to the House of Lords from June 1841 to July 1865 (see Sainty, Admiralty Officials, 1660-1870, p.112). There is a particular interesting chapter in which Sir John Briggs remarks on the Naval Programme for 1894-95. Illustrated with fine photogravure plates which include portraits of Admiral Sir George Cockburn, Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, and Captain (later Admiral) Lord Charles Beresford.