Waterlow Bros. & Layton Ltd., 2nd ed., Revised & Corrected by E. W. C. Gibbs, 1896. Viii + 296 + 13 (advt.) pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, + 2 pp. of flags (cold.) of principal Yacht Clubs. Original full black morocco ; elaborately gilt tooled foliage boarders to front & rear boards ; gilt lettering & gilt crown & fouled anchor to front cover, and gilt vignette of the battleship H.M.S. MAJESTIC ; beautiful gilt vignette of White Star Line’s R.M.S. TEUTONIC, – H.M.’s First Mercantile Cruiser at Naval Inspection, Spithead, August 1889 ; neatly re-backed in black calf ; gilt lettering & double lines ; all edges gilt ; inner gilt dentelles. 31 x 26cm. Only moderately rubbed ; frontis (by W. L. Wyllie) very lightly foxed ; o/w a clean, bright, sound copy ; V.G.+. Dedicated to Captain (later Admiral) Lord Charles Beresford whose portrait is present ("mainly instrumental in getting the Naval Defence Bill passed, the result being an addition to the Fleet of 70 ships …") this beautifully bound and profusely illustrated book, describes not only the warships of the Royal Navy, but also those of 32 other navies including America, Austria, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Persia, Russia, Siam, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, etc. The British Navy of 1896 is divided into Battleships, Cruisers (1st 2nd & 3rd class), Armoured Coast Defence Ships, Torpedo Gunboats, Gunboats (1st 2nd & 3rd class), Sloops, Special Service Vessels, Torpedo Boat Destroyers, and Torpedo Boats. In addition, there is a Complement Table for the British Navy ; Comparison Sheets ; Number of men in the Royal Navy and R.N.R. ; Principal Naval Ports ; Subvention Ships and Ships at the Disposal of the Admiralty ; List of Extra Fast Ships that could be used of 16 knots and more (the two latter covering merchant ships) ; and Ships Building and those to receive New Armament. Data is given for every warship and merchantmen (including the finest passenger liners of the day to be converted in time of war into Armed Merchant Cruisers) and the book is illustrated with a fine frontispiece by W. L. Wyllie of H.M.S. CONDOR ; plus numerous first-rate quality photographs and two coloured pages of Yacht Colours. There are full-page advertisements for the Union Line (later Union-Castle), White Star Line, and North German Lloyd. One of the most beautiful and lavishly illustrated books on the warships of the late Victorian era in general, and the Royal Navy in particular. SCARCE.