An Inquiry into the means which have been taken to preserve the British Navy
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from the earliest period to the present time. particularly from that species of decay, now denominated Dry-Rot
London, printed and sold by Winchester & Varnham, 1821.
4to [27x22cm]. ppxvi, viii 164. a little foxing, but generally in good fresh condition in a contemporary half calf binding, but with the following important condition notes.
there are the remnants of a paper covering adhering to the binding. the upper board is detached and the first seven leaves would also be loose, but a previous owner has applied very crude glued paper strengtheners to keep them attached. A paper conservator may be able successfully remove these. also the outer edge of these pages have been roughly trimmed with scissors.
library label and ink notes to foot of title-page.
an important early work on the effects and prevention of dry rot in the timbers of the Royal Navy's ships, including chapters on the properties and qualities of timber, the proper seasons for felling timber, seasoning timber, chemical means for promoting the durability of timber, questions of durability in the practical and theoretical construction of ships, means for the preservation of ships after they are built, nature, cure and prevention of the dry-rot, etc.
ex- South Devon Library, with their label on the front board (with a curious threat to fine readers one shilling per volume for books returned before 11am or after 4pm) and stamp at the foot of the title-page