Wooden Books of the Royal George and Mary Rose


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WOODEN BOOKS OF THE ROYAL GEORGE AND MARY ROSE, 1840–1849, by William Braithwaite

On 20 July 1545, The Mary Rose sank at Spithead outside Portsmouth harbour. 237 years later, HMS Royal George also sank at Spithead on 29 August 1782. Both vessels sank within sight of shore and with great loss of life.

In the 1840s accounts of the sinking of the vessels were published, bound in the wood of the relevant wrecks. 28 variations of the Royal George book are known to have been published, and 4 different editions of the Mary Rose book. In this book, the author, William Braithwaite, provides a comprehensive and fully-researched account of the events, their associated personalities and the various editions of the books. It is more than a valuable reference book, it is also an enjoyable read.

211 x 298 mm (8.5 x 11.75 in)
15 black and white illustrations.
Published in association with the Historical Diving Society
Published 2004

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Weight 0.59 kg