Portsmouth, Griffin & Co., 8th .ed., 1898. Xiv + 686 pp., numerous illustrations charts & diagrams (some double-page ; some partly cold.). Black calf ; gilt (including arms of the ‘The Royal Academy, Gosport’ on rear board) ; neatly re-backed in black cloth ; gilt ; all edges red. 15 x 13cm. Boards rubbed o/w clean, tight & V.G. Royal Academy prize label to front paste-down, dated July 1901. This popular Victorian book was designed to be a companion to the author’s The Sailor’s Hand-book and should not be confused with that work. Admiral Bedford’s popular Pocket Book was first published in 1873 and going through many editions it was extensively used by the Royal Navy well into the 1920s. The book is divided into twelve sections covering everything from naval signals and piloting to charts and disembarking troops ; from steam engines and naval guns to the use of pigeons for Naval Service ! The book was also designed to be a guide for Jack ashore in foreign ports and contains a wealth of information of equal interest to the naval student of today as it was to the sailor of yore.