Naval Historical Centre, Dept. of the Navy, Washington, 3 vols., 1st.eds., 1985, 1992, & 2002. Vol. I : Liv + 714 pp., frontis + 36 other ills + fac. e.p’s. Vol. II : Xlv +779 pp., frontis + 36 other ills., pict. e.p’s, & 5 maps. Vol. III : Xlvii + 874 pp., frontis + 31(pict. e.ps called for but never bound in !) + 14 maps. Vols. I & II are in dust-jackets ; Vol. III is in pict. boards as published. Vols. I & II 25 x 17cm. chipped d.js., o/w V.G. +. Vol. III 26 x 18cm FINE. Vols. I & II are signed & inscribed from the editor of the first two volumes (Michael Crawford edited Vol. III) Vol. I :"For Bridget and Michael Crawford.(?) With best wishes and many thanks for encouraging our renewed family ties. Bill Dudley 23 June 1993." Vol. II : "For Bridget and Michael Crawford (?) With best wishes and in appreciation of our rediscovered past. Bill Dudley 23 June 1993." A documentary history on the naval and maritime aspects of the War of 1812, the documents being selected from a wide variety of sources, American and British, including plans and reports, personal letters, ships’ logs, and newspapers. The documents are arranged chronologically by topic and theatre of operations, with explanatory texts that build up to make this an important and essential study for a proper understanding of the naval conflict between Great Britain and the fledging United States – a war neither side wanted – but by 1812 had become unavoidable. The first volume covers the year 1812 : the maritime causes of the war 1805-1812. Naval operations in the Atlantic January to August. The Northern Lakes June to December. The Gulf Coast February to December. And the Atlantic September to December. The second volume covers the year 1813, all January to December : Atlantic theatre. Chesapeake Bay. Northern Lakes. Gulf Coast. And the Pacific theatre. The third volume covers the final years of the conflict, 1814-1815 : Chesapeake Bay January 1814 to May 1815. Northern Lakes January 1814 to June 1815. And the Pacific January 1814 to August 1815. The three volumes contain a wealth of illustrations and their importance as a scholarly historic study cannot be over-estimated. Full sets are SCARCE.