Royal Navy Children’s book

THE WONDER BOOK OF THE NAVY

 

THE WONDER BOOK OF THE NAVY

A small photograph showing the condition and general appearance of the front of the front board of "THE WONDER BOOK OF THE NAVY"

The twelfth edition of "The Wonder Book of the Navy" was published in the middle 1950's. Illustrated with eight full-page colour plates and nearly 300 illustrations it covers every aspect of life in the Royal Navy; from boys training to service in the different branches ashore and at sea.

This early 1950's twelfth edition published by Ward, Lock & Co., London and Melbourne

12th. edition

ISBN: n/a

Available in Hard-cover

Book Condition:

A large format heavy book bound with pictorial boards which are rubbed and worn on edges and corners - light green cloth with black lettering to the spine still attractive with no serious wear or fading. Front free end paper has a school prize lable dated 1957-58 (plus a gold school crest has been stamped to the front board above the forecastle see illustration to right!). End papers are illustrated with naval cartoons by Thomas Maybank similar to the background of this page. Page block is tight, bright and absolutely clean; no marks, foxing or inscriptions; Condition is at least GOOD PLUS.

BOOK PRICE £10.00 plus postage (UK Postage included) - see table below for other destinations!

Prices correct from April 2014
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£14.50
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£20.55
Airmail World Zone 2
£21.45

Book Details:

224 pages.

200 mm x 250 mm x 23 mm.

Weight unwrapped 900 grm. - weight wrapped for postage >1000 grm.

 

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COMMENTS and IMAGE

THE WONDER BOOK OF THE NAVY (Twelfth Edition)

A small photograph of "The Wonder Book of the Navy" showing the condition and general appearance.

The twelfth edition of The Wonder Book of the Navy was published in the middle 1950s. Illustrated with eight full-page colour plates and nearly 300 illustrations it covers every aspect of life in the Royal Navy; from boys training to service in the different branches ashore and at sea.

The Royal Navy described in this book has just recovered from WW2 and the Korean War and, although in reality was undergoing a manning problem, partly due to conditions and attitudes barely changed for half a century coupled with the parsimonious exchequer, is shown here as an attractive career prospect to the young people it was aimed at.

The different branches are represented and briefly described and nicely illustrated with photographs. Many of the previous editions of this book were edited by Harry Goldring - this one has no accredited editor, only a foreword by Earl Jellicoe. The majority of the chapters are uncredited but there are four chapters by Commander A. O. Watson, R.N.; “Looking Ahead”, “Engineering”, “Flying in the Navy” and “Seaborne Operations” as well as “A Day in the Life of a Midshipman” and “The Navy’s Work in Times of Peace” by Lieutenant-Commander John Irving, R.N. with Commander Gordon Franklin, R.N. accredited with “The Navy and the Commonwealth”.

This page’s background is adapted from the delightful cartoons on the free endpapers
of the twelfth edition of Ward, Lock & C0.'s "The Wonder Book of the Navy"
drawn by the illustrator Thomas Maybank

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