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Barrow’s Naval History, First Edition

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Barrow’s Naval History, First Edition

Date of publication:

  • 1758
  • Binding:

  • contemporary calf
  • Author:

  • John Barrow
  • Edition:

  • first edition
  • The naval history of Great Britain; with the lives of the most illustrious admirals and commanders, from the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Interspersed with accounts of the most important discoveries made in the several parts of the world; and including all the great events of the present war, to the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight. London: printed for James Rivington and James Fletcher… and John Hinton 1758

    According to ODNB Barrow (fl 1735-1774) was a naval schoolmaster, instructing 'young gentlemen' in mathematics and navigation. He was the author of ‘Navigatio Britannica’ (1750) – a practical manual of navigation and chart making which was frequently reprinted – and he compiled a number of scientific and geographical dictionaries, histories, and a collection of voyages. Read more

    Condition & Materials

    First edition. 4 vols, 12mo. pp. xlviii, 271, [i]; xii, 336; xi, [i], 339; xi, [i], 370 + 4 black and white folding maps of the continents: Europe engraved by Joseph Ellis; Asia by John Gibson; Africa and America by Thomas Kitchin. Also with 10 black and white medallion portraits engraved by Thomas Chambars, William Proud, John Ryland, Charles Grignion and J Miller. Occasional spotting and one or two light stains, neatly closed tears (without loss) to a couple of the maps. Worn contemporary calf, recently rebacked to style.

    Early ownership signature of Matthew Buchanan at the head of each title-page. A revised edition was published in 1761, bringing coverage of the Seven Years' War up-to-date.


    ESTC T174549; Sabin 52078. Read less