London (1933-34): George Newnes. First Edition. Original Wraps. Item #08748
First edition, quarto, in the original 26 fortnightly parts; original pictorial wrappers; illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps. Owner name written in pencil on front wrap of part 17 thus: "Lt. D. K. Buchanan Dunlop HMS Douglas." The crew of HMS Douglas served actively in WWII: 28 Apr 1941. The German submarine U-65 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Iceland, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Douglas (Cdr. W. E. Banks, RN). HMS Douglas also picks up 18 men from the British tanker Capulet that was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarine U-552, south of Iceland. 13 Nov 1942. The British merchant Louise Moller is torpedoed and sunk about 240 miles east by south of Durban, South Africa, by the German submarine U-178; HMS Douglas (Lt. Cdr. R. B. S. Tennant, RN) later picks up 29 survivors. 31 Oct 1943. The German submarine U-732 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic near Tangier, by depth charges from the British trawler HMS Imperialist and the British destroyer HMS Douglas. HMS Douglas was taken in tow to the breaker's yard at Inverkeithing near Rosyth and arrived in May 1945. This WWI built destroyer had a particularly active service until 1943 and received little publicity. Her primary contribution was the safe and timely arrival of convoys with the 2nd Escort Group. A very good to fine set. On front wraps of parts 1 through 21 is printed "To be completed in about 24 fortnightly parts." On front wraps of parts 22 through 26 is printed "To be concluded in twenty-six parts." Part 26 contains the final pages of Chapter XCVIII, the last chapter of the work, as well as the errata, about 40 pages of appendices, an index and various graphs referred to in the previous parts. A lovely set, handsomely presented in a pair of custom blue quarter-leather clamshell boxes. Armorial bookplate.