Publisher: [London]: Printed Anno, 1690.
Edition: First edition, the issue for private distribution without the commercial imprint on the title-page; the regular issue has the full imprint: "London: Printed for Ben. Griffin, and are to be sold by Sam. Keble, 1690."
Bibliographical References: Pforzheimer 793 (regular issue with the full imprint); Wing P-1450.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; upper joints starting, but sound; fine copy.
Book ID: 25299
Description8vo, contemporary panelled calf, red morocco label, gilt decorations and lettering. Frontis portrait and folding table.
Comments¶ Pepys' account of what he thought was needed for the Royal Navy, written just after his retirement as Secretary of the Navy in 1688. It is the only work that is known to have published in his lifetime. This copy has nine of the manuscript corrections (in Pepys’ hand or under his direction) and the usual cancels. ¶ Early ink signature on the title-page of "Northesk," which is probably that of John Carnegie (1756-1831), the seventh earl of Northesk, who served in the Royal Navy with great distinction.