Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, 1st.ed., 2000. 207 pp., profusely illustrated (many cold.). D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. Signed Presentation Copy inscribed : "For Charles, with very best wishes. Old ships are leaky ! David Joel. 18. i. 07." (Lt.Cmdr. Charles Poland Addis, MBE, RN.,1925-2012, a former C.O. of HMS VICTORY). Also, tipped in, ALS (2 sides) from the author to Charles Addis (30 June 2001) with reference to the author's uncle at Jutland, to this book, and to other matters. Also a postcard, signed, from the same to the same, 24 Dec. 2010. During the short life of Charles Brooking, the artist produced some of the most atmospheric and beautiful marine paintings of the 18th century, but by the time of his death at the early age of 36 he had received little recognition. The author examines Brooking's technique and illustrates all his known paintings and drawings. He explains how the Dutch School influenced English artists of the period ' whose biographies are included here with examples of their work. The result of 30 years of study, the catalogue raisonn' which appears at the end of the book aids identification of the types of ships, their flags, boats and rigging for this era. This is the first book to chart Brooking's life and to evaluate his work and is profusely illustrated with many reproductions in full colour. A special Presentation Copy.