BRITISH WARSHIP RECOGNITION : THE PERKINS IDENTIFICATION ALBUMS. VOLUME I : CAPITAL SHIPS 1895-1939.

Perkins, Richard.


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Seaforth/NMM, 1st.ed., 2016. 176 pp., profusely illustrated (all cold.). D.j., 40 x 31cm. FINE. Richard Perkins was an amateur naval photographer and avid collector who amassed one of the world’s largest personal collections of warship negatives in the interwar era. He began to produce drawings of individual ships that incorporated as much visual detail as possible, chiefly concentrating on external features, and, wherever possible, precisely dating alterations to the vessel’s appearance, all portrayed in exquisite multi-coloured, annotated line drawings. Reproduced for the first time, every page is presented at full size, making the extensive hand-written annotations readable, and the superb colours retained in all their glory. This is the first volume in the series, complete in itself, recording capital ships of the Royal Navy from 1895 to 1939. A second volume has been published, and a third is due this spring. The NMM has eight volumes in all, Seaforth, the publisher, plan to publish all eight in seven volumes (volumes 7 and 8 in one volume), all by 2018. This monumental work is truly outstanding and will prove invaluable in identifying warship photographs.


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