AN HISTORY OF MARINE ARCHITECTURE, by John Charnock - 1801 [1st Ed, 3 Vols]


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An History of Marine Architecture, Including an Enlarged and Progressive View of the Nautical Regulations and Naval History, both Civil and Military, of all Nations, Especially of Great Britain; Derived Chiefly from Original Manuscripts, as well in Private Collections as in the Great Public Repositories, and Deduced from the Earliest Period to the Present Time

by John Charnock

FIRST EDITION. Published by: Bye and Law, London, 1801.

Hardbacks are overall in FAIR condition.

  • Volumes display commensurate wear and aging, with stains throughout, some quite heavy, and expected wear to covers.
  • Half-bound in leather.
  • Boards display severe overall wear, with rubbing and fading as well as cracking to leather. 
  • Leather and paper have rubbed off many areas on covers. Colored design on paper is severely faded.
  • Volume 1 has small red paper residue on back cover.
  • Volumes 2 and 3 have front shoulders splitting. (See photos)
  • Spines feature two red title blocks with gilt, and are notably cracked and rubbed, with rubbing and chips to ends.
  • Volume 2 has a vertical crack splitting spine from head to foot. (See photos) 
  • Binding is fragile in all volumes, with hinges starting to split.
  • Volume 1 has ownership signature on front fep. (See photos)
  • Volume 1 is missing frontis and plate 3.
  • Three plates from volume 3 bound into volume 2. 
  • Interior shows expected age-toning, as well as stains throughout, in all volumes. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Some pages including plates and fold-outs show severe edgewear with creasing and tears. (See photos)
  • Many plates are totally usable.
  • Textblock edges show expected toning and wear.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
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368 pgs (vol 1) + 496 pgs (vol 2) + 436 pgs. (vol 3) 9.5 x 11.75 inches.

From the time of the Roman galleys to the 18th century British fleet, this is a detailed history of boats and ships, including their origins, functions, and the historical contexts of the stages of development. Combined with the context of historical events, the modifications of maritime architecture and the creations of new sorts of seafaring vessels are explored in detail with plates to illustrate the multitude of diverse styles. Marine architecture is an art that changes and evolves with the times, the people, and the various functions it serves. A study of naval structures shines light on the evolution of society, commerce, and warfare--wherein maritime strength is always considered an asset.  

This series is noted as "the first serious study of naval architecture in Britain in particular, while also noting major developments in Europe and beyond," including ancient China and Egypt. It has been considered the most significant work by British Royal Navy volunteer John Charnock (1756-1807).
Three volumes. Illustrated with numerous plates and fold-outs. Includes a preface, dedication and detailed table of contents.

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Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Binding: Leather
Region: Europe
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Special Attributes: Fold-Outs
Subject: History
Topic: Architecture
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Bye and Law
Year Printed: 1801
Author: John Charnock
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