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Entitled ‘A Plan of Mathematical Learning Taught in the Royal Academy’ 520 pp illustrated with full page frontispiece 21 vignette illustrations of which 12 are original watercolours and 9 are original pen and ink wash drawings 4 full page and one large folding maps with outline colour 4 full page astronomical illustrations 1 full page compass rose and numerous small colour outline navigational charts all executed by Royal Naval Academy student William St John
Bound in contemporary English diced calf, multiple gilt tooled border fillets, gilt decorated spine in compartments
Portsmouth, England 1807
Size: 37cm high, 27.5cm wide – 14½ ins high, 10¾ ins wide
An officer in the Navy was however, required to be able to navigate and command as well as reef and steer and to this end the Royal Naval Academy 1733 – 1837 was established at Portsmouth Dockyard as a facility to train officers and in an attempt to improve their education. However, the sincere belief in the superiority of practical experience learned on board ship ensured that the officer class favoured the traditional model. King William IV demonstrated this in his remark ‘there was no place superior to the quarterdeck of a British man-of-war for the education of a gentleman’.