Charles Birchall, Liverpool, 1903.
1st edition. ppxvi 328 + 3 advert pages. well illustrated with photographs of ships, and with four double page coloured plates depicting the international code flags and company flags and funnel colours.
very good clean condition hardback in a smart blue cloth binding. owner's book-plate to inside front cover.
Part one is a history of the development of steam navigation, and part two comprises histories of 23 individual deep sea and coastal shipping companies, plus brief notices of another eleven.
an important book on the history of deep sea and coastal steam navigation through the 19th century