HMSO, 1st ed., 1899. Xxxi + 343 pp. Contemporary (or near-contemporary) blue buckram ; gilt ; top edges speckled. 24 x 16cm. Some discolouring of binding o/w V.G.+. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Acton, Feast of St. Theodosius the (?) 1996." Francis William Leyborne-Popham (1862-1907) of Littlecote and Hunstrete House amassed an important collection of family manuscripts which include two distinct series of papers, one being chiefly concerned with army matters, and the other with naval affairs. Of the latter, the so-called Popham papers, with a few exceptions, consist of the correspondence of Colonel Edward Popham, one of the three 'Generals at Sea' at the time of the Commonwealth. Edward Popham was born c.1610 and was captain of the ill-fated 5th WHELP, cast away in 1637. This vessel was built by Peter Marsh of Wapping and spent most of her days in Irish waters. She foundered in the North Sea on the 28th June 1637 and sank with the loss of 17 seamen. The blame was placed at the door of her builder for using "mean sappy timbers". The papers include documents, orders and letters to the Generals at Sea, also manuscripts to and from the Admiralty around the time of the Anglo-Dutch Wars. Includes correspondences with Monk, Blake, Vane, etc. SCARCE.