This is a wonderful vintage and rare collectible set of 4 paperbacks in slipcase. 1994 8th Printing Edition of the original 1939 Naval Institute Press. This set is fine, like new in like slipcase. Each paperback is crisp and clean inside. Pages clean and free of markings. Stapled binding on each tight and straight. There is little to no shelf wear to the paperbacks. The slipcase in in fine like new condition also. It is clean with barely a hint of shelf wear from display.
This set of 4 includes The War Edition (orig. published 1942), 1939 edition reprint, Two-Ocean Fleet Edition (orig. published 1940), and The Victory Edition (includes addenda to 1948 in back of book).
The 1939 edition shows a Fleet in peacetime, soon to be plunged into war. Some of the featured ships detailed will not survive.
The Victory edition has detailed information regarding losses in the war. The information in all generally covers 1929-1940. The information in all is precise, detailed and illustrated with accompanying photos for each ship or aircraft. Editions range from detailing the great expansion of the Navy ships and aircraft to the wartime expansion. The date ordered, the builder, the keel laid, the launch date and first commission are included in descriptions.
These are comprehensive, detailed and are great collectibles for any history or military library.
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