Good. The cover on this book is worn. There is a ripple on the front cover with bumping and scuffing on the corners and along the edges. The cover edge is torn at the top of the spine in two places, however, the binding of the book is holding without strain. There are some pencil scribbles on the inside of the cover and on a few places on the interior of the book. There is some mild yellowing and some soiling on the exterior page edges. The previous owner's name is written on the inside rear cover. The interior of the book is remarkably clean and sharp.; This book is bound in a red cover which shows the book title, author's name and an embossment of a coat button worn by engineers in the Royal Navy between 1841 and 1856 in guilt gold on the spine. The illustrations, pictures, and graphs and charts are clean. The content deals mainly with steam vessels and includes chapters on iron vessels, propulsion, navigation, and torpedo craft. An amazing piece of history in book form and an amazing addition to your naval collection.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 376 pages.
First Edition 8vo. hardback bound in red cloth, gilt. 376pp., illustrated with b/w plates and diagrams. A clean copy with no previous owners' markings or inscriptions. Slight fading to spine and a little wear to top and base of spine. Overall a Very Good Copy. (Shelf 200)
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