FIRST EDITION, N.D. 96 pp., 54 ills. Cold. pict. p.c. (stating 53 ills) bound in. Contemporary maroon three-quarter calf ; brown pebble-grain cloth ; re-backed in black calf ; gilt. 21 x 14cm. Corners worn o/w V.G. Armorial Bookplate of Thomas Parkin (Baron Rancliffe ; Parkyns of Bunny Park, Nottinghamshire. Bookplate of Sir Thomas Mansfield Forbes Parkyns (or Parkin), 6th Baronet, 1853-1926) The year 1891 saw the great Naval Exhibition held in London which placed on display a vast number of naval relics and other objects from books and paintings to ship-models and prints from both public and private collections. The Exhibition was designed to celebrate the long history and glorious achievements of the Royal Navy. One popular aspect of the Exhibition was its collection of nautical caricatures from such masters of the art as Gillray, Rowlandson, and the Cruikshanks ; artists who illustrated the salty ballads of Dibdin, Captain Barker, and others also printed here. In the 18th and 19th centuries these artists and ballad-writers portrayed Jack’s amusing characteristics and antics, both at sea and on shore, and today they provide a valuable contribution to naval social history. Out of the Exhibition came this attractive publication with examples of the ballads and their humorous art, illustrated with 54 engravings. It contains much of Nelsonian interest as well as throwing contemporary light on the activities of the press gangs, the great naval battles under sail (including the Nile and Trafalgar), Jack’s sweethearts, and his energetic carousing ability. This is a copy of the original edition. A second edition followed with 55 illustrations, 98 pages, and a different title. Copies of the original First Edition are SCARCE.