Portsmouth, 1st.ed., 1937. Unpaginated. 31 cold. plates (all tipped in). + 3 b&w plates of silhouettes. Qtr. dark blue goat ; blind decorated front blue cloth board ; gold lettering ; marbled e.p's. 26 x 19cm. Neatly re-backed ; some shelf wear to extremities of boards & slight foxing as usual, o/w V.G.+. A very attractive work containing, among other illustrations, 31 coloured, tipped-in plates, by the author/artist recording the evolution of British warships from the oared galleys of King Alfred to the powerful battleships of the 1930s. Ships include : REVENGE (1588), PRINCE (1672), Anson's CENTURION (1744), two views of Nelson's VICTORY, the famous paddle-steamer GORGON (1837), AGAMEMNON (1852), WARRIOR (1860) now preserved at Portsmouth ; MINOTAUR (1867), THUNDERER (1872), BENBOW (1885), MAJESTIC (1895), DREADNOUGHT (1905) and later warships of the 20th century including IRON DUKE, QUEEN ELIZABETH, NELSON, HOOD, etc. There are also plates of cruisers, destroyers, submarines, aircraft carriers and fleet auxiliaries of the inter-war era. Lt.Cmdr. Rowland Langmaid, R.N., (1897-1956), was a marine artist with exceptional talent who was a student of W. L. Wyllie - and Wyllie's influence is clearly seen in Langmaid's work. The author served in the Royal Navy in both World Wars and later lived in Spain on doctor's orders. He died at Malaga in 1956. His only other book, The Med. (1948) provides a record of his work under Cunningham as Fleet Artist during the war. The beautiful tipped-in coloured paintings in this his first work, give witness to the tremendous talent and eye for detail that Langmaid exhibited as a marine artist.