1st.ed., 1922 (25th year of issue). 58 (advt.) + 426 pp. Profusely illustrated with photographs, plans, silhouettes, sleeve markings, & flags. Original blue cloth neatly re-backed ; gold lettering to spine ; blind on front covers. 33 x 20cm. Wear to edges of original covers ; 1 advt. leaf creased & slightly frayed ; o/w V.G. Founded in 1896, Fred T. Jane's Fighting Ships quickly established itself as the definitive annual on the world's navies. This issue for 1922 appeared during the slump in naval affairs following the Washington Treaty, with suspension of 'big gun' construction. Nevertheless, this issue contains a mass of new information and a larger number of fresh photographs than had ever occurred before. Competition in capital ship building had ceased but new interest in aircraft carriers ' HERMES, EAGLE, SARATOGA and LANGLEY ; as well as in light cruiser, destroyer and submarine programmes, had taken its place. As a source of reference on the warships of this post-Great War era, Jane's Fighting Ships is without equal.