1st.ed., 1948. 336 pp., frontis., + 19 other plates ; map e.p’s. grey cloth ; green lettering. 22 x 14cm. V.G. Book label of Denis Gray. The authors in this post-war study portray in outline the background of trade against which the Navy of Nelson’s day had to operate. Divided into two parts, the first has six chapters. (1) Shipowning and Marine Insurance. (2) The Seaports (London, Liverpool & Bristol.) (3) The Employment of British Shipping. (4) Ships of the Period and Developments in Rig. (5) Seamen. (6) Health and Sickness. The second part of the book also has six chapters. (7) The East India Trade. (8) The West Indian Trade. (9) The American Trade. (10) The Newfoundland Trade. (11) The Slave Trade. (12) The Post Office Packets. Illustrated with twenty interesting plates, it is written by leading maritime writers of the post-war era and introduced by Admiral Sir William M. James. Much has been written on the naval aspects of the Napoleonic Wars, but it is sometimes overlooked that one of the Navy’s most important tasks was to protect Britain’s vital overseas trade.