2 GILLY, W. O.S. Narratives of shipwrecks of the Royal Navy 106


Description: GILLY, William O.S.

Narratives of shipwrecks of the Royal Navy: between 1793 and 1849. Compiled principally from official documents in the admiralty.
London, John W. Parker, 1850. 12mo. Original blind-blocked blue cloth, with title in gold on spine and a ship in gold on front board.
€ 500

First edition of "a selection of the most interesting shipwrecks of the Royal Navy", written by William O.S. Gilly and with a preface by his father, William Stephen Gilly (1789-1855). It describes in detail the wrecks of 37 ships, wrecked all over the world, mentioning how it happened, how the captain and crew tried to save the ship, and what happened to them afterwards. Included at the end is a letterpress table listing all the shipwrecks between 1793 and 1850, mentioning when and where they wrecked, the ship's captains, the number of guns, and the number of men aboard, followed by the number of men lost.
With owner's inscription of Captain Jele(?) on paste-downn. With a few minor stains. Binding only very slightly rubbed at the top and bottom of the spine. Overall in very good condition.
R. Baehre, Outrageous seas, p. 7; cf. Huntress 375C (second edition); not in JCB, Maritime books.
  • Number: 1060892
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum