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[ROYAL NAVY], [HOUSE OF COMMONS]. Navy. Return to an Order of the Honourable The House of Commons, dated 20 March 1840;- for, statistical reports on the health of the navy, for the Years 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835 and 1836. (South american, west indian and north american, mediterranean and peninsular commands.).

[London]. [s.n.], [1840].
xxii, 323pp, [1].

[Bound before:] [HOUSE OF COMMONS]. Navy. Return to an Order of the Honourable The House of Commons, dated 5 October 1841;- for, statistical reports on the health of the navy, for the Years 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835 and 1836...Part II. (Cape of good hope and west coast of africa, and east india commands, home, and various forces, together with the totals for seven years throughout the service.) [London]. [s.n.], [1841]. xii, 340pp.

[And:] [HOUSE OF COMMONS]. Ships pique, inconstant, &c....Copy of reports of Senior Officers on the Sailing Qualities of Her Majesty's Ships Pique and Inconstant, of Vanguard, Pembroke and Bellerophon, of Rodney and Vanguard, during their respective Trial Cruizes... [London]. [s.n.], [1839]. 151pp, [1]. With three engraved folding plates.

[And:] [HOUSE OF COMMONS]. Navy (trial cruises)...Copies "of the several Reports...of the Sailing and other Qualities, as exhibited during the late Trial Cruises of Her Majesty's Ships Queen, Caledonia, St. Vincent, Camperdown, Albion, Espiegle, Daring, Flying Fish, Mutine, Waterwitch, Pantaloon, Osprey, and Cruizer; with the Names of the several Constructors of the same... [London]. [s.n.], [1845]. 55pp [1]. With 52 engraved folding diagrams.

Quarto. Contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, contrasting black morocco lettering-pieces. Extremities rubbed. Bookplates and ink shelf-marks of Bath Reference Library to endpapers, embossed stamp of same to first title-page, very occasional light spotting, tears to leaves CC1 and CC2 of second bound work - touching text without loss of sense.
Four parliamentary reports concerning the Royal Navy; two regarding the condition and sailing qualities of various vessels during their trial cruises prior to being placed into service; and two providing statistical information concerning the onboard health of officers and crew serving both at home and abroad in the early 1830s - including the African, West Indian, and North American territories. The tables provide detailed accounts of the numbers of cases of each disease recorded by servicemen - febrile, cachectic, and nervous - including cholera, syphilis, epilepsy, and jaundice. The reports are preceded by introductory remarks on the history of the development of medical treatment throughout British naval history.
£ 950.00 Antiquates Ref: 15427