Captain Frederick Marryat RN (1792-1848) A Code of Signals, 9.5x6in(24x15cm)
Lot 28
Captain Frederick Marryat RN (1792-1848) A Code of Signals, 9.5x6in (24x15cm)
Sold for £660 (US$ 1,071) inc. premium

Lot Details
Captain Frederick Marryat RN (1792-1848) A Code of Signals,
For the Use of Vessels Employed in the Merchant Service. Eight Edition, published by JM Richardson, London 1841.
Marbled board covers with tooled green leather binding, consisting of six parts; A list of English Men of War, A list of foreign Men of War and French merchant vessels, A list of English merchant vessels, A list of lighthouses, Ports, Headlands, Rocks etc. A slelection of sentences and The vocabulary. With hand-coloured fold-out of flags and pendants. Bearing a book plate for Admiral Bonham. 9.5x6in (24x15cm)

Footnotes

  • Captain Marryat entered the Navy in 1806 and served an exciting apprenticeship with Lord Cochrane in HMS Imperieuse. An able and active Officer, he rose through the ranks until promoted Captain in 1820. Awarded the Royal Humane Society's medal in 1821 for his design of a lifeboat, he first published a signal code for the Merchant Service (adapted Sir Home Popham's Naval signal code used at Trafalgar) in 1817. He was elected a member of the Royal Society for this work in 1819. An instant success, it went through numerous editions, and although superceeded by the International Code of Signals which was published in 1855, copies were still in use in the merchant marine as late as 1895. The 1841 edition was the last to be edited by Marryat personally.

    Copies of Marryat's code are still useful today in identifying vessels in 19th century paintings.
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