RALFE, James (fl. 1820-1829). The Naval Chronology of Great Britain; or, an Historical Account of Naval and Maritime Events, from . . . 1803, to . . . 1816. London: L. Harrison for Whitmore and Fenn, 1820.
3 volumes, 8° (240 x 157mm). Hand-coloured portrait frontispiece, 2 aquatint frontispieces, one printed in two colours, 57 hand-coloured aquatint plates by T. Sutherland, F. C. Lewis, D. Havell and others after T. Whitcombe, J. Beresford, W. A. Armstrong, J. Gore, W. Hill and others. (Light light oxidisation to plates, more particularly to plates 19, 36 and 44.) 20th-century blue morocco gilt, by Bayntun (Riviere), covers with gilt fillet and strapwork borders, the corners with fouled-anchor tool, spines in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with repeat pattern centred on the fouled-anchor tool, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION. The plates, based on drawings made by officers who participated in the actions, were issued either coloured or uncoloured. Tooley 392; Abbey Life 342; Sabin 67602. (3)