Published by Navy & Army Illustrated, 1901, Hardback.
Condition: Good+. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with slight rubbing to the same. Slightly shaken. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned although the plates remain well preserved.
48 Colour Plates. From the introduction: Britannias Bulwarks is a linking of the old with the new in a manner altogether new. The famous ships of glorious memory are presented by picture and pen alongside their counterparts in the Modern Navy. The renowned vessel of Grenville, for example, in her glorious fight with the Spaniard, is linked with the Revenge of those days; Cochranes Speedy taking the Gamo appears with her namesake, the torpedo-gunboat of the Modern Navy; the London, burnt in the Medway in 1664 is a contrast and companion to the London, launched in 1890. The leading idea has thus been to group some modern ship much in the public mind with her famous namesake in the old wars, and thus to represent the navy in its past and its present, illustrating its continuity and employment. The result, it is believed, is the production of a gallery of naval portraiture such as has not before been seen.