1st.ed., 1988. Xiv + 178 pp., profusely illustrated (some cold. plates). D.j., 27 x 20cm. 2 bookplates. FINE. When the Napoleonic Wars began in 1793, Spain possessed the third largest navy in the world after England and France. Its ships were well designed and constructed, and they where manned by professional and dedicated sailors. This is the first English-language book to throw light on the Spanish Navy during the 18th century leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The author examines Spanish men-o'-war, their design and construction, the much-maligned Spanish naval officers, and Trafalgar itself and its significance to Spain. Profusely illustrated, some plates in colour. FINE copy.