The Bye-Laws and Regulations of the Marine Society,
Incorporated in M,DCC,I,XXII with several Instructions, Forms and Indentures and other instruments used by it
1809 - London - Printed by Strahan and Preston
7" by 4.25", 180pp
A finely bound copy of the uncommon book of regulations by the Marine Society.
A lovely copy with a great history.
Bound in leather with gilt lettering and detail to the spine.
Contains the bookplate of George William Gent, with an ink inscription which states thathe became a govenor of the Marine Society for life for 12 Guineas in March 1816.
The Marine Society was the world's first seafarers’ charity. In 1756, at the beginning of the Seven Years' War against France, Austria, Russia, Sweden and Saxony (and subsequently Spain and Portugal) Britain urgently needed to recruit men for the navy. Jonas Hanway (1712-1786), who had already made his mark as a traveller, Russia Company merchant, writer and philanthropist, must take the chief credit for founding the society which both contributed to the solution of that particular problem, and has continued for the next two and a half centuries to assist many thousands of young people in preparing for a career at sea.
Jonas Hanway (1712 – 5 September 1786), English traveller and philanthropist, was born at Portsmouth. In 1756 he founded The Marine Society, to keep up the supply of British seamen.
At the rear is A Sermon Preached by the Rev. Dr Glasse, Chaplain of the Marine Society.
The binding is tight and firm. There is some slight wear to the extremities including slight bumping. The front inner hinge is slightly strained. Internally the pages are clean and bright. There is a neat ink inscription and bookplate to the front pastedown as detailed above. Overall the condition of the book is very good.
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