BRITISH WARSHIP RECOGNITION: Set of 4 Albums Volumes I to IVRICHARD PERKINS Book Number: 88099 Product format: Hardback
Richard Perkins Warship Identification Albums form one of the most detailed studies ever undertaken of the changes to the appearance of Royal Navy ships. It is a unique hand-drawn manuscript artifact in the care of the National Maritime Museum, rarely seen by anyone besides the museum's curators, for whom it is a precious resource, used on an almost daily basis. In collaboration with the museum, Pen & Sword publications under their Seaforth imprint undertook the first publication of this monumental work in a superb multi-volume edition. It captures all the qualities of the original and every page is reproduced at full size. The exquisite hand drawn coloured images are beautiful and fascinating at the same time. There is extensive handwritten annotation, and the fine line drawings retain all the colours that Perkins used to denote appearance differences and alterations. He was a keen amateur naval photographer and avid collector who amassed one of the world's largest personal collections of warship negatives in the interwar years. In 1930 he became a founding member of the Naval Photograph Club where he soon became the acknowledged expert on identifying and dating warship photos. The project grew into an enormous resource covering virtually every Royal Navy ship from 1860 to 1939 and here are many familiar names like Dreadnought, Royal Oak, battlecruisers Indomitable and Invincible. Bibliophile is thrilled to have imported from the USA these very rare and collectable volumes, the final remaining copies, and the first four large folio volumes in the series. Volume One: Capital Ships 1895-1939. Volume Two: Armoured Ships 1860-1895, Monitors and Aviation Ships. Volume Three: Cruisers 1865-1939, Part One and Volume Four: Cruisers 1865-1939 Part Two. See the disappearing guns on Montcrieff Mountains in Barbette Towers on the Temeraire (Chatham) - 1877 (1876) to 1921 - Indus II (1904); Akbar (1915). For each its history, details of funnels and masts and history all in what are glorious artbooks, indexed and even with facsimiles of Perkins' lists of ships, all handwritten. Each volume measures 12" x 15½" tall and were published at £50 for Volume One and £60 for Volumes Two, Three and Four. Save £100!
Published price: £230
Bibliophile price: £130.00