Griffin, Portsmouth, 1st ed., 1908. Xi + 452 pp., guarded frontis + 4 other plates, + diagrams, + 67 drawing plates & a number of other ills. Blue blind decorated cloth ; gilt. 25 x 16cm. Ex.Lib. (Institute for Advance Study with reference number to spine but very little in the way of internal library markings. Edges of front cover slightly bumped, o/w a clean, tight & bright copy, V.G.+. Brassey's Naval Annual established itself during the early 1880s as the prime source of naval information, at a time when crisis after crisis was facing Britain and the wider world, and the arms race with Germany was slowly taking off. This issue for 1908 appeared at an interesting Edwardian period and examines not only the Royal Navy's growing dreadnought fleet, but also that of the foreign naval powers. There are articles by some of the leading naval writers of the day, and a great deal of data on naval guns and small arms. Articles and features include : Foreign Naval Manoeuvres. The Armoured Cruiser Question. Experience with Marine Turbines. The Personnel of the French Navy. The Second Peace Conference and Naval Interests. The Naval & Maritime Industries of Italy. List of British & Foreign Ships. Plans of British & Foreign Ships. First Lord's Statement. British Navy Estimates. Programme of Shipbuilding. Returns of Gunlayer's Tests & Battle Practice. The Hague Conference. Estimates for the Austro-Hungarian Navy, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, the USA, etc. Generously illustrated with photographs, plans, diagrams, drawings, etc.