Richard Bentley, 2 Vols., 1st.ed., 1868. Vol. I : Xv + 304 pp., 5 cold. maps. Vol. II : Xi + 316 pp. Both volumes bound in original blue cloth with gilt 'ship' to front boards ; neatly re-backed in contrasting black cloth ; gilt. 21 x 14cm. Shelf wear & slight marking to edges of original boards o/w clean, tight & V.G. Armorial/pictorial Bookplates of Herbert John Gladstone, Viscount Gladstone (1854-1930), politician and Governor-General of the Union of South Africa, born at No. 12 Downing Street (now known as No. 11), then occupied by his father, Chancellor of the Exchequer, William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), later Prime Minister. Herbert Gladstone served as Home Secretary 1905-1910 and Governor of South Africa 1910-1914. A Victorian study of English Tudor seamen, the first volume, illustrated with five coloured maps, covers : Antecedents of Tudor Seamanship, Voyage of the Cabots (1485-1517), Henry VIII's Navy (1511-1546), Sebastian Cabot's later work (1527-1557), Promoters of Cathayan enterprise under Queen Elizabeth (1558-1575), Martin Frobisher's three voyages in the direction of Cathay (1575-1579), Colonizing projects of Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1574-1583), Sir Walter Raleigh's Virginia (1584-1590), John Davis's three voyages in the direction of Cathay (1585-1587), and The end of the Cathayan quest (1579-1603). The second volume examines : Queen Elizabeth's Navy and its earlier work (1558-1585), Earlier exploits of Sir John Hawkins & Sir Francis Drake in the Spanish Main (1562-1576), Voyages of Sir Francis Drake & Thomas Cavendish to the Southern Seas and round the world (1575-1593), Prelude to the great Armada fight (1585-1587), the great Armada fight (1588), and Sequel to the great Armada fight (1588-1603). An interesting and informative study in two volumes, from the library of one of Gladstone's children with a bookplate that includes a picture of his father, William Ewart Gladstone, working at his desk. SCARCE.