VOL. I. Report from the Select Committee on Harbours of Refuge, together with the Proceedings of the Committee, Minutes of Evidence, Appendix, and Index;
VOL. II. To Complete the Enquiry on Harbours of Refuge, Minutes of Evidence.
[London:] Ordered by the House of Commons to be Printed, 11th August 1857 [-1859]
2 volumes, complete, bound in 1. Folio, 13 x 8 inches, 34 x 20 cms. 1857, Vol I: viii [intro]; pages 1-242 [Minutes of Evidence]; 243-280 [Appendix]; 281-323 [Index]; 7 folding charts numbered I-VII including a wreck chart around the complete coast of the British Isles, and several regional coastal charts of particularly dangerous areas. 1859 Vol II: vii [Alphabetical list of witnesses]; 1-940 [Minutes of Evidence at many different locations around the coast].
Full maroon cloth library binding; a few library stamps. Overall very clean with few signs of use - one of two of the folding charts a touch misfolded and edge frayed without loss.
Seldom, if ever, found as it is here complete with the supplementary volume 2 of 940 pages containing 30,340 questions to, and answers from, about 550 professional shipmasters, shipowners, pilots, harbour masters and the like around Britain.
Nowhere else is gathered together such an enormous amount of research material, both national and regional, on the dangers presented to coastal shipping around the shores of Britain in the mid-1800s and the steps that were being proposed to reduce greatly the annual loss of both vessels (averaging 500 per year over 5 years) and lives (averaging 830 per year over the same period) then being suffered through storms and inclement weather.
This is essential detailed information for anyone interested in the history and development of shipping and safety at sea in the 19th century.
NOTE: The 2-volume single work is large and heavy and must be collected in York, Yorkshire. No postage unless by prior special arrangement.