Lavery, Brian. (Ed.)


1st.ed., 1981. 128 pp., many illustrations, diagrams & plans. D.j., 30 x 25cm. FINE. Sir Anthony Deane (b.1638) was one of the most celebrated ship designers of the Restoration period. He was Assistant Master Shipwright at Woolwich and after acquiring the patronage of Pepys in 1662, he rose rapidly to become Master Shipwright, first at Harwich and then at Portsmouth. Deane enjoyed a reputation for building highly successful men-o’-war and wrote his Doctrine in 1670 at Pepys’s suggestion – one of the most important texts in the history of naval architecture and widely quoted by modern historians. The original manuscript is preserved at Cambridge and this is the first time the complete work has been published. A series of appendices augments Deane’s descriptions with documents discovered in recent years, including specifications for a Third Rate of the period giving complete scantling details and a carving manifest. Illustrations include a set of plans for Deane’s most famous ship - the 70-gun RESOLUTION. FINE copy.

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