1st.ed., 1912. Xvi + 308 pp., guarded cold. frontis + 7 other guarded cold. plates, 96 b&w ills., + photo-plates & plans. Cold. & many other plates by Frank H. Mason. Green cloth ; gilt ; cold. decorated cover. 23 x 17cm. Lacks (blank) front free endpaper ; light staining to covers, o/w V.G. Walter Wood (1866-1961) in this early work, gives a history of the British battleship from its origins to the eve of the First World War. He describes the ships-of-the-line of the Nelson era, the commissioning and fitting out of a large battleship, their duties at sea and in harbour, the period of transition from sail to steam ' including early ironclads, guns, the ram, armour, and propelling machinery. There is even a chapter on Women in Battleships. Illustrated with fine coloured and black & white plates by Frank H. Mason, plus photographs and plans, and bound in its original attractive decorative binding.