A SHORT HISTORY OF H.M.S. "KENT", 1653-1928.



1st.ed., n.d. (1928), Large Paper De-Luxe Edition. 58 pp., on handmade paper. Guarded frontis., + 4 other guarded photo-plates. Full navy morocco ; gilt letters & 4 gilt fouled anchors to spine ; foliage-design gilt-tooled inner dentelles ; fine blue/gold endpapers ; t.e.g., others uncut. 23 x 15cm. FINE. A history of the eight British warships bearing the name KENT from a Fourth Rate of 46 guns built at Deptford in 1653, to the 8-inch cruiser built at Chatham in 1928 – the first to be built conforming to the Washington Treaty. KENT had, up to this date, eight battle honours to its credit. Lowestoft 1665, St James’s Day 1666, Barfleur and La Hogue 1692, Vigo Bay 1702, Malaga 1704, Cape Passaro 1718, Second Battle off Finisterre 1747, and the Falkland Islands 1914. The cruiser added four more during her active career : Atlantic 1940, Mediterranean 1940, Arctic 1942-43, & Normandy 1944. She survived the war and was broken up in 1948. The small format ordinary edition is normally encountered ; less so this Large Paper De-Luxe edition in its attractive full morocco binding, printed on fine hand-made laid paper. FINE copy ; SCARCE.

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