1st.ed., 1911. Xiv + 371 pp., guarded cold. frontis., + 50 other plates. Blue cloth ; gilt ; cold., picture mounted to front cover ; edges uncut ; 23 x 15cm. V.G. Signed Bookplate of Rear-Admiral Ronald Arthur Hopwood, CB., RN.,1868-1949. (Hopwood entered the Royal Navy in 1882 and specialized in gunnery. He retired from the Navy in 1919 as a rear-admiral. From 1910 to 1912 he was flag-captain to Jellicoe and at the outbreak of war commanded the cruiser GIBRALTAR. However, it was for his poetry that Hopwood is best remembered, especially for Our Fathers, The Old Way, The Secret of the Ships, The Laws of the Navy, etc. He was appointed poet laureate of the Royal Navy in 1941. Hopwood was also an authority on Nelson's ships.) One of the author's attractive early works which firmly established him as a prominent historian and author of nautical books, here he describes the long and distinguished history of the Royal Navy from before the Norman Conquest to the creation of the Grand Fleet ' soon to go into action. In between he examines the Navy up and through the Elizabethan era, the three Dutch Wars, the conflicts with France from the war of 1689 to the Treaty of Versailles in 1783, and from the French Revolutionary War of 1793 to Nelson's death in 1805. He continues with the Napoleonic War and the Naval War of 1812, on down to the Crimea and beyond. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece and fifty other plates, this remains one of the best concise accounts on the subject. Rear-Admiral Hopwood's Signed Copy.