Roger Chesneau & Eugene M Kolesnik, eds
Contributors: N J M Campbell, Aldo Fraccaroli, David Lyon, Hugh Lyon, John Roberts, Erwin Sieche, H C Timewell, & A J Watts
Line drawing by John Roberts
Conway Maritime Press Ltd, London, 1979.
Hardback; 230 x 315 mm; blue boards with gold titles on spine; 440 pages plus unpaginated front matter including Contents, Foreword by Robert Gardiner, Editorial Director, and Abbreviations. Original unclipped dust jacket.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound. The dust jacket and covers show very slight bumping. The edges of the leaves are discoloured, visible when the book is closed, and here and there are very small spatters of tea/coffee. The verso of the front free endpaper has a black mark from its sticking to the recto of the fly title from the title printed there. There is slight foxing of the front matter. The verso of the back free endpaper is noted in pencil “11-2-81”.
The period 1860-1905 witnessed the introduction of armour plate, breech-loading guns, the turbine, and the modern torpedo; it saw the victory of steam over sail, and iron and steel over wood; and by its close there were signs that the submarine and the aeroplane would change the face of naval warfare still further.
At the time this book was published, there was very little information in print, no standard reference work, and not even an accessible class list before the advent of Jane’s in 1898. Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships 1860-1905 presents in quite exceptional detail information on the ships of all classes of all the navies of the period, including the Confederate Navy, even down to the island of Zanzibar. Over 400 photographs are included with 500 constant scale (1/1000) drawings commissioned specially for this book.
This book will therefore appeal to all those with an interest in naval history especially of this period, and the technical developments that took place.