This is an attractively produced Folio Society edition of the book, first published in 1986, with light brown illustrated covers and gilt titles. The book is in excellent 'as new' condition, held in a dark brown slip-case which has some light general handling marks. On the half-title page is a gift dedication written neatly in black ink, dated June 2011.
'The Wooden World', subtitled 'An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy', brilliantly dissects eighteenth-century naval society, lays out clearly how the navy worked, and what life was really like below decks. The picture Nicholas Rodger paints not only completely overturns the traditional view, but is probably one of the most complete portraits we have of a navy of any age. Includes three sections of colour illustrations.
"A deeply satisfying book firmly based on new evidence but highly readable; it is enlivened by a multitude of startling and hilarious incidents, recounted with style and wit, and a whole gallery of amazing characters, from ratings to admirals." - John Kenyon, 'Observer'