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RUSSELL, J. SCOTT. - The Modern System of Naval Architecture.

 1468727193,
London, Day & Son [1865]. Three volumes large atlas folio modern half calf and cloth; large folding plate as a frontispiece in volume 1 (the text volume) and 167 plates, most double page or larger, some very large indeed, in the two volumes of plates. Title and following two leaves of the text volume creased, miniscule blindstamps in the margins and creeping dust into the margins of the plates in volume three (easily cleaned away by anyone with patience); two plates misfolded. In all a very good, remarkably good, copy. ¶ The Great Eastern of naval architecture books, a description I read somewhere which is true enough except that Russell's book has a happier history than his ship. Published at 40 guineas this was certainly a massive venture and of course offers an impressive record of the Great Eastern among the wide range of ships described and illustrated (these include plates of a screw steamer for the Australian trade of which five were built). Despite Russell's impressive list of achievements he never quite attained or held onto the success he probably deserved. Apparently this was largely due to the fact that he was 'not quite a gentleman'.
AUD 9500.00 [Appr.: EURO 5944 US$ 6746.05 | £UK 5082.25 | JP¥ 750722] Book number 8513

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