by Jean Boudriot.
Jean Boudriot publications, 1986-88.
4 volumes. all 1st English editions. large format [32x25cm].
fine set of the De Luxe Edition, limited to only fifty numbered sets and bound in full navy blue morocco leather with gilt decoration and lettering to the spines. with authentication slip signed by Jean Boudriot and the translator, David Roberts
the English translation of Boudriot’s monumental study of the 74-gun ship of the late 18th-century French Navy – construction, equipment, manning, sailing, etc. plus background information on the administration of the French Navy, and other relevant topics. justly renowned for the superb illustrations, including 72 plates, mostly folding, and hundreds of text drawings.
vol 1 – Hull Construction. vol 2 – Fitting out the Hull. vol 3 – Masts, Sails, Rigging. vol 4 – Manning & Shiphandling.