Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty’s Service at Sea


The Admiralty.


London: Established by His Majesty in Council, 1790. Thirteenth edition. Quarto (25.5 x 20cm), [2], 158, [3], 158-231, [1] page; 6 headpiece and two tailpiece illustrations; bound in contemporary calf boards recently re-backed with red title label framed by gilt fillets. In this edition on p. 40 the last line of paragraph LVII reads: “to put them in Execution.” P. 158 is followed by 3 unnumbered pages and a second page numbered 158; lacks final folding leaf numbered 232 on recto; W. Sharpe printed on p. 229.

Boards lightly scuffed and corners bumped, recently rebacked, vertical tear at M₂ expertly repaired, clean throughout, lacks final folding leaf.

Up until the early eighteenth century commanders-in-chief issued their own sets of instructions to their ships. But in 1731 the Admiralty published these regulations to govern the organisation and discipline of the British navy. They continued to be regularly updated: this thirteenth edition was published in the same year the first rescue lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne in England (Jan 30th) and the Citizens of Paris celebrated the unity of the French people and the national reconciliation, in the Fête de la Fédération (July 14).