2 Vols., 1st.eds., 1983 & 1984. Vol. I : 224 pp. Vol. II : 191 pp. Both profusely illustrated with photographs, reproductions, drawings. D.j's. 30 x 25cm. FINE. An excellent study of the design, construction fittings and development of the sailing ship of the line from 1650 to 1850 ' the classic age of fighting sail. The first volume provides a general historical background and includes extensive tables listing all ships of 50 guns and over divided by period, rate, class and design, together with full technical data. The second volume describes the technical developments in hull design, construction, rigging, armament and fittings. Chapters in the two volumes include Frigates and the Line of Battle 1642-1660. The Age of the Establishments 1714-1739. The Impact of War 1739-1755. The French Influence 1783-1801. Last of the Line 1815-1845. Decoration. Masts and Yards, Fittings. Accommodation. Armament. Etc. Profusely illustrated with photographs, plans, drawings & reproductions. A well-researched and important study.