Philip Allan, 1at. Ed., 1931. X + 308 pp., port. frontis + 25 other plates (2 fldg.). Blue cloth ; gilt ; edges uncut. 23 x 15cm. Spine discoloured (gilt bright) foxing to edges o/w V.G. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Grafton Road, Acton, Saint (?) Day 1988." Although the deeds of privateersmen have been often written about, before this inter-war work the various periods and phases of privateering had not been brought together in a single volume to form a coherent and consecutive whole. The result is an historic panorama of privateering covering some seven hundred years down to its decline and final abolition. The author describes the true nature of private men-of-war and the part they played in the history of Britain’s Mercantile Marine and that of her overseas colonies and what is now Canada and the United States. Includes the adventures of Hawkins, Howard, Drake, Dampier, Morgan, Kidd, Barss, Cavendish, Hutchinson, Mainwaring, Mings, etc.