Possession For Sale
Possession
Byatt, A S
Click to view details

Rodger, N A M - The Wooden World An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy - ( Item 117782 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2009. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Near Fine slipcase. Slight marks to panels of slipcase. 22pp. 2009. Numerous colour photographic reproductions. First published in 1986 this Folio Society edition follows the text of the 1998 Fontana Press paperback edition with corrections. Brutal captains, dishonest pursers and an inefficient Board doling out inedible rations to a drunken crew this was once the traditional image of the 18th-century British Navy. Yet how could this regime have given rise to the greatest sea power in the world, glorious victor in a succession of conflicts including Quiberon Bay and the Battle of Havana? In this ground-breaking social history, Nicholas Rodger explodes the Victorian myth of the Georgian Navy as a 'floating hell'. Focusing mainly on the period of the Seven Years' War, he draws on ships' musters and pursers' accounts to reveal a highly organised fighting force that was also a society in miniature. Rodger shows that surprisingly few men deserted, that volunteers far exceeded impressed men, that captains were loath to flog and that the Navy Board responded promptly to complaints. For penniless recruits, the Navy offered a decent wage, a uniform and even a pension. It was also to a large extent a meritocracy, providing the opportunity for competent sailors to rise to become petty officers, with a few even reaching high command. Placing naval history within its wider context, Rodger shows how the Navy was a world apart, with its own traditions, dress and language, but also how these customs mirrored British society in general. His lively account introduces us to the everyday reality of life at sea, from a typical list of livestock on board (a goat, half a dozen sheep, four hogs and thirteen ducks) to the crew who complained that they had to 'creep on our hands and knees to our hammocks' since the ship was so small. For anyone interested in the navy of Nelson or the fiction of Patrick O'Brian, this is an absorbing and entertaining ship's-eye view. New foreword by the author. Bound in cloth, printed and blocked with a design by Mark Myers, based on 'Section Through a First-Rate, 1701'. Set in Minion Pro. 448 pages; frontispiece and 24 pages of colour and black & white plates. Size: 10x7 ins.

Price 27.90                 Other items you may like                 Others by the same author

To buy this item online using any major credit or debit card or Paypal, click the appropriate delivery option below to add the item to your basket. Please use Option 1 or 2 for 1st class or 2nd class post if you are in the UK, Option 3 if you are in Europe outside the UK, Option 4 for surface mail outside Europe, Option 5 for airmail to USA or Canada, or Option 6 for airmail outside Europe, USA and Canada. Alternatively please contact us at RNewbury@ardis.co.uk for further information or to order with payment by cheque.



Safe and Secure Online Buying

To buy online, please click the appropriate postage option in the item boxes above. You will be transferred to secure pages hosted by Paypal, the largest online transaction processor in the world. You can pay with any major credit or debit card or by Paypal. When ordering multiple items in the UK, you may be entitled to a postage discount. This will be refunded when your order is received. If you prefer to pay by cheque, or would like a quotation for buying multiple items, please email us at rnewbury@ardis.co.uk with the unique item numbers required.

Money Back Guarantee, Secure Packaging and Fast Response

We are a major online trader with excellent feedback from satisfied customers on Amazon and Ebay (over 20,000 customers). We will refund your costs for items returned within seven days for any reason. If we are at fault we will also refund your return postage. Items are sent in top grade book boxes for protection. Large items or multiple purchases may be boxed. Items will be despatched within a day of receipt of your order, usually on the same day if ordered before noon.

[Back to top]

Useful Links

Home Page
Links
Contact Us
Blog

Information

Terms and conditions
Delivery information
About Ardis Books

Policies

Returns policy
Cancellation policy

Contact

Customer services
Email Ardis Books
What our customers say