- A very fine copy with a few unobtrusive defects: occas. sl. foxed; a few plates captions shaved. Corners and raised bands sl. rubbed/ chafed.
= The first edition of this classic work on the history of shipbuilding, this copy with an albumen print of "HMS Asia" tipped in at the end of vol. 3 (with an accomp. manuscript note on the ship by its midshipman Thomas William Oliver, dated November 1892, mounted opposite the photograph). Cat. NHSM II, p.752. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LVI.