11th July 2016
[COOPER, William]. Yarns for Green Hands: a Treatise on Practical Yachtsmanship by Vanderdecken. London: Hunt & Co., 1860. First edition, 8vo (199 x 123mm.) 2 folding plates, 2pp. advertisements at rear. (Some browning and spotting, heavier spotting to folding plates.) Original cloth blocked in gilt and blind, spine gilt with a twisted rope and anchor design (extremities bumped and scuffed, spine slightly darkened, joints starting to split). Provenance: George Fenwick (bookplate to front pastedown and signature to front-free endpaper); George Naish (ink inscription 'from the collection of George Naish 1978' to front-free endpaper); The Michael Gilkes Collection. Note: George Naish was the son of a keen maritime archaeologist and joined the National Maritime Museum in 1935, in 1940 he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer becoming lieutenant-commander on transferring on demobilisation to the Royal Naval Reserve, in 1947 Naish became Honorary Secretary to the Society for Nautical Research and attained the ranks of Keeper and Historical Consultant at the Maritime Museum.
Hammer price: £100
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