Portsmouth, 9th ed., Revised & Enlarged, 1903. Xiv + 686 pp., charts, diagrams & illustrations (some cold., some double-page). Black cloth ; gilt ; professionally re-backed in black goat. 15 x 13cm. Ink stains to covers o/w V.G. +. This popular Victorian book went through several editions and was first published in 1873. Admiral Bedford wanted to provide a book that would help the sailor to make the most of his voyage. Divided into twelve sections, subjects covered include : Colours, Signals, Telegraphy, Compasses, Piloting, Wind and Weather, Lights, Admiralty Charts, the Sextant, Boat work, Rockets and Mortars, Lifeboats, Accidents and Wounds, Money matters, Naval Guns, Tonnage of Ships, Docks, Repairing and Engineering, Coaling Stations, Ropes and Cables, Anchors, Painting Ship, Pigeons for Naval Service, Steam Engines, etc. Illustrated with charts, diagrams & other illustrations.