- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Quercus; 1st Ed. (U.K.) edition (25 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847241719
- ISBN-13: 978-1847241719
- Product Dimensions: 36.6 x 2.6 x 43.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fighting Ships 1750-1850 Hardcover – 25 Oct 2007
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This stunning collection of over 170 large-format colour illustrations includes paintings of ships at sea, in action, in convoy, and in siege; architectural drawings; battle diagrams; sea charts and signals; portraits of leading figures in naval history; and details of guns, sails, and life below deck. Taken from contemporary sources, they range from the Seven Years' War to the American Civil War. The book focuses on the navies of all the major Atlantic sea powers of the time, including Britain, America, France, Holland, Sweden and Russia. Arranged in chronological order, each illustration is accompanied by an extended caption that adds to this visual feast a compelling history of naval warfare in the last great age of sail. This volume is divided into eight chapters: The Seven Years' War 1755-62; The Napoleonic Wars 1803-15; The War of American Independence 1775-1783; The War of 1812; The Years of Exploration c.1770-1794; The Last Days of Sail; The French Revolutionary Wars 1792-1802; and Steam and Iron.
About the Author
Dr Sam Willis is one of the world's leading authorities on the sailing navy and was awarded a PhD in Naval History for his thesis on Command and Tactics in the 18th-century Navy. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter's Centre for Maritime Historical Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Sam was presenter of the BBC series Shipwrecks and has consulted on maritime painting for Christie's and the BBC, spending 18 months as a Square Rig Able Seaman, sailing the tall ships used in the Hornblower television series and Channel 4's award-winning film Shackleton. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including the bestselling 'Hearts of Oak' Trilogy. www.sam-willis.com.
N. A. M. Rodger is Professor of Naval History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of numerous books including The Wooden World, The Admiralty, The Safeguard of the Sea and Command of the Ocean.
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bought it by Books Any and people there are real stars. They sent it to me 3 times untill I've finally got it in Germany. Their way to reply my messages was remarkable and they showed lots of stile in the art how they stood calm and focused on their goal: to deliver the solt item to the customer, actually to sell the tresure to Europe, which was this book. I have never seen any thing like this before. The People are just great. Now I know, what does it mean meeting real americans. I am Russian living in Germany and since yesterday, when I have finally received the book, I mean to know the real Americans. They are just great people.
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