Historia Navalis Antiqua, libris quatuor.

Ryves (Thomas, Sir)

Historia Navalis Antiqua, libris quatuor.

Description: one folding plate with five woodcuts (in this copy divided into two and bound at the end), some browning and spotting, small square excised from blank area of title-page and repaired, ownership stamp, pp. [viii], 357, 356-491, [3], 8vo, early nineteenth-century European marbled calf, smooth spine divided by triple gilt fillets between decorative pallets, red morocco lettering- and dating-pieces, central gilt tools, boards bordered with a double gilt fillet and a floral roll, a.e.r., a bit rubbed, spine chipped at head, good

Publication Details: Apud Robertum Barker, 1633

Notes: Sir Thomas Ryves (d. 1652), a civil lawyer and amateur historian and polemicist, published three books on naval history: the first, 'Historia Navalis, lib. i' was a short treatise which appeared in 1629, and was incorporated into this larger 'Historia Navalis Antiqua' a few years later, covering naval history down to the Roman empire. His third was a further continuation, to 1453, which appeared in 1640. 'In 1683 Samuel Pepys praised Ryves's Historia navalis in fulsome terms, "there being not anything I know of extant in history, so much to the honour of our country as this piece of Sir Thomas...more

Bibliography: (ESTC S116320)

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Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1633

Stock Number: 48575

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