Fighting Ships by Fred T. Janes, 77 volumes, 1898-2002 (110879)

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Fighting Ships by Fred T. Janes, 77 volumes, 1898-2002  (110879)
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This is an incredible reference library of 70 volumes of the world's military fighting ships. Fred Thomas James published this set starting in 1898 as an aid in playing fighting games. Instead, it became the standard warship reference work for decades to come. It is the quintessential military ship reference work, a necessity for all military or marine scholars. James, an accomplished fiction writer and artist, originally drew all of the ships themselves, many with several views. Through time, photographs of the ships replaced James' sketches. After he died in 1916, other editors continued the series, known as Janes' Fighting Ships. He also created a continued work on airplanes. Interestingly, we could find no reference that flatly stated that the volumes were published annually. As such, this may be more of a complete set than known otherwise. The 70 volumes do not include any of the reprint volumes. They are original, and many have the original dust jackets. The early editions have spectacular advertisements inside - from ship ammunition to ship parts (telescopes, lighting devices, ammunition, etc.), other ships, and so forth. Some volumes are tabbed by country, otherwise seperated by country. It includes all three of the most valuable volumes, the first three published. The following volumes are present: 1898, 1898 second edition, 1899, 1901, 1905-6, 1906-7, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943-4, 1944-5, 1946-7, 1947-8, 1949-50, 1950-1, 1952-3, 1953-4, 1954-5, 1955-6, 1956-7, 1957-8, 1958-9, 1959-60, all of the 1960's, 1970-1, 1971-2, 1983-4, 1985-6, 1987-8, 1989-90, 1991-2, 1993-94, 1997-8, 1999-2000, 2000-2001 (this is a plane volume- not ships), 2001-2002 . These volumes are exceptionally rare, and finding a library of this completeness is remarkable. The group covers all the world's wars from the Spanish American War onward into the beginning of the post-2000 era. Each ship is attended by a detailed description and pictorial reference. The foreword sections, as well as significant text sections throughout the series of each volume contain an explicit discussion of the current genre a well as specific changes to individual ships and fleets over short and long term. Comparative charts, sometimes complete with pictorial comparisons, are present. Some volumes as well show non-fighting ships of various nations. With guides such as these, the mere sighting of a profile at sea and use of these reference works would tell a ship's captain if the ship was friend or foe. As you go through these volumes, it is easy to note the rapid advancement in warfare technologies, especially after the development of ICBMs.

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