BIBLIOTHECA NAUTICA : BOOKS, PRINTS AND MANUSCRIPTS RELATING TO NAVAL BATTLES AND THE SCIENCE OF NAVAL WARFARE, SHIPBUILDING AND THE ART OF NAVIGATION, PIRATES, BUCCANEERS, AND PRIVATEERS, SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS AT SEA. PART I : 1928. PART II : 1930. PA
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Maggs Bros., 34 & 35 Conduit Street, W.1 ; & 130, boulevard Haussmann, Paris. 4 vols in 1, 1st eds., 1928, 1930, 1933 & 1938. Part I : 208 pp., port. frontis + 24 other plates + many facsimiles, etc. Part : 156 pp., port. frontis + 29 other plates & facsimiles, etc. Part III : 259 pp., port. frontis + 201 other plates, facsimiles, ills., etc. Part IV : 228 pp., port. frontis + 43 other plates, facsimiles, etc. All rebound (originally published in card covers) in dark half-calf ; gold lettering & lines ; marbled boards & endpapers. 24 x 19cm. Binding : FINE. Internally some entries have been ‘ticked' ; light soiling & creasing of a few leaves ; lacking a small number of entries which have been cut out o/w Nr.FINE. Maggs Brothers, one of the great names among London booksellers, was founded during the 1850s. They moved to Conduit Street in 1918 and to their 18th century premises in Berkeley Square – formerly Canning's London home – in 1939. They moved recently to smaller premises nearby. Sadly, in recent years, they have neglected their naval and military stock, an area in which they once excelled, and Bibliotheca Nautica is in fact a complete collection of four interwar catalogues in which their wealth of nautical books, engravings and manuscripts reached their peak. Bibliotheca Nautica today provides a most valuable source of reference with 3,000 entries in total. They contain a great deal of interest with regard to Lord Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars period, and the Supplement of naval medals is of further interest to the books, engravings, prints, manuscripts, maps, charts, etc., covering all aspects of naval and maritime history. Complete sets are scarce.