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During the century 1795-1895, the Royal Navy repeatedly surveyed the south-western coast of Africa. "By Command of their Lordships" publishes verbatim extracts from the ships' "Remark Books", together with information on the ships, sketch maps showing the ships' tracks, manuscript and published Admiralty charts, and historical notes and pictures. The book brings to life a period that combined serious scientific work with adventure at sea, gun-running, feudal hegemonies, suicidal politics, diplomatic wrangling, danger and betrayal.
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In the Foreword to this book, Rear-Admiral JAL Myres, Hydrographer of the Navy, points out that Naval Remark Books have proved to be "mines of information" for scholars in many disciplines ever since the observations were recorded. Thus, this book forms an encyclopaedic resource on the Namibian coast, making it a handy reference work. There is also a well-researched chronology of historical events and characters important during this century, and a commentary on the local historical significance of each vessel's visit, and why it was sent there. An essay describing the methods of survey used to map the coast at the time helps understanding of the technical details recorded in the Remark Books. The lyrical prose and firsthand, immediate descriptions of a dramatic coastline, together with accounts of the sea adventures befalling the naval explorers will engage the reader's attention and immerse him in the nineteenth century.From the Author:
This book was great fun to compile. It started with a lively correspondence with the Head of Sailing Directions at the Hydrographic Office in the U.K. to get original historical descriptions of the Namib Coast as part of an historical-archaeological project. Soon I realised I had valuable resources for other researchers in the realms of toponymy, history, natural history, cartography. As an academic, I had been accused of never presenting information in a form understandable to the lay public - here was an ideal way of giving the public access to the material of research, which could be enjoyed for itself, or put to scientific purposes. I linked verbatim copies of the Remark Books from 24 voyages along the Namib Coast with introductions giving their historical contexts, and summarized the century's history in an illustrated chronology. The book brought me many new friends, notably from those who had a lifetime passion for the sea and for whom the book was especially meaningful. Historical material presented for the first time in the book has been used subsequently in other publications.
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Book Description Namibia Archaeological Trust, Windhoek, Namibia, 1992. Softcover. Condition: Very Good-. Glossy softbound covers. Light shelf wear to the edges of the covers. Ao underlining. Former owner's bookplate inside the front cover.; 216 pages. Seller Inventory # 17788
Book Description Namibia Archaeological Trust, 1992. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. 216 pages. Wraps a bit edge worn and marked. A bit foxing and minor handling markings on page edges. Still in a very good condition, tightly bound and internally clean. MK. Seller Inventory # 97ks
Book Description Namibia Archaeological Trust, 1992. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG999167070X