London: Sampson Low, Marston and Company, 1893. [Naval History] FIRST UK EDITION. Two volumes. Octavo (23 x 17cm), pp.xxii; 380; pp.xx; 428. With thirteen maps and plans, some folding. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spines and gilt warship motifs to upper boards. Top edges gilt; blue endpapers. Pencil ownership to verso of each flyleaf. Offsetting from newspaper clippings to preliminaries of volume II. Exceptionally clean and fresh, with only very minor rubbing to bindings. Near fine. Following 'The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783' (1890), the author continues his exposition of the art of war at sea, particularly in relation to his students at the United States Naval War College, where he was a lecturer in History and Tactics. These books, along with 'The Life of Nelson' (1897) and 'Sea Power in Relation to the War of 1812' (1905), established Mahan as the foremost naval theorist of his day. Item #53564
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