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A welcome return of an out-of-print classic,
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This review is from: British Battleships 1889-1904 (Hardcover)
I have a copy of the original edition of this book. Which being somewhat specialist has been out-of-print and very expensive to obtain for years.
Seeing a revised edition of this classic book, I immediately decided to buy it, mainly for the increased number of photos.
Am I pleased with the new edition ?
This is the definitive book on British Pre-Dreadnought Battleships. And it has been improved !
Coverage includes numerous photos, magnificent plans, diagrams and profiles of each class. Often at several different times of the ships appearance. Full technical history and careers. Incisive comment.
The overall size of the book has increased from 320 pages to 352. Page size from 245mm by 240mm to a far more impressive 290mm by 240mm.
The book is now on glossy paper.
Consequently the photos are very much improved in quality and size. And there are far more of them.
And just as importantly, the plans are larger and much clearer.
The colour plan end papers which grace the new edition are also well worth while, as a new colour section on appearance which has been added to the introduction.
The only major retrograde step is the typesetting.The new typeface is very slightly smaller and considerably lighter. This makes it a little more of a strain to read.
The cover, by David Gibbons on the original, has been replaced by one, which to my mind, is very inferior.
If you do not already have a copy of this, do not delay. Buy one now before it goes out of print.
If you have a copy of the old edition, upgrade now !