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43 Naval Magazine. The Naval Magazine; or Maritime Miscellany, 3 volumes, Harrison, Cluse, and Co. [volume 3: Alexander Hogg], 1799-1801, engraved additional vignette title-page to each volume, 27 engraved plates of which 14 hand-coloured, occasional spotting and soiling, volume 2 vignette title damp-stained, a few colour plates smudged or offset, bound with: Falconer (William), Falconer Improved and Modernized. The British and French Mariner’s Encyclopaedia; or, New, Universal, and Complete Naval Dictionary ... a new edition, revised, corrected, and improved, by J. W. Norie, 1st edition thus, for Alex Hogg, 1802, 14 engraved plates (one handcoloured), plates browned, 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, relined, some wear, 8vo (21 x 12.8cm)

44 Walker (Bethune James). A Code of Signals for the Use of the Mercantile Navy, part first [only: of two], 1st edition, William H. Allen and Co., 1841, xxxii + 491 pp., 3 double-page wood-engraved plates including frontispiece (one hand-coloured), one further plate (‘The Homograph, a Substitute for the Semaphore’), woodengravings in the text, 4 pp. advertisements to rear, presentation inscription ‘Presented by the author to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, May 10th 184[?5]’, related library plate and ink-stamp to front pastedown, original cloth, rebacked retaining part of original spine, corners worn, large 8vo (25.3 x 15.6cm)

A near-complete set of this extremely uncommon, attractively illustrated but short-lived naval periodical, issued monthly from December 1789 apparently until June 1801 (Taylor, ed., The Personal Notebooks of Thomas Hardy, p. 152 n. 590; our set ends with the issue for March 1801). No sets traced in UK libraries; OCLC identifies four sets of undetermined completeness in US libraries, and a stray copy of the second volume. The Naval Magazine commenced publication simultaneously with the Naval Chronicle, and probably failed to keep pace with the competition. ‘Copies of it are a great rarity. It appears to have escaped the attention of naval bibliographers until quite recently’ ( Robinson, ‘A Forgotten Naval Magazine. The Naval Magazine or Maritime Miscellany’, The Mariner’s Mirror, 1:6, pp. 168-70). Bound in at the rear is a copy of J. W. Norie’s revised edition of Falconer’s Marine Dictionary. Provenance: Library of Colin and Joan Deacon. (3) £300 - £400

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Uncommon: Copac traces six copies only in UK libraries; none traced in commerce. Walker (1785-1868) was a Royal Navy officer who appears to have later adopted the surname Walker-Morison. He notably recommends the adoption of the homograph method of signalling as a cheaper alternative to semaphore. The second volume, absent here, is much shorter than the first, at 168 pages only. (1) £100 - £150

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