War at Sea 1939-1945 - John HamiltonPoole, New York & Sydney: Blandford Press, 1986, Hardback in Slip Case.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Slip Case. Slip case a little rubbed at the corners with a split developing to one edge. Boards and spine slightly mottled. Text complete, clean and tight.
A limited printing of 750 copies of which this is number 499. Signed by the author, without dedication, on the beneath the limited edition — without provenance. Contains: Chronological tables ; Colour plates; Maps; Tables; All edges gilt; 3-column text;
From the cover: “John Hamilton is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading painters of the Second World War at sea. His paintings of the war in the Pacific are on exhibition in Washington DC while a permanent site for them is being established. The series portraying the conflict in the Atlantic and European waters forms an essential part of the Imperial War Museum’s collection on board HMS Belfast in the Pool of London.
War At Sea includes 176 of his superb paintings. Careful research and the assistance of a worldwide panel of advisers have ensured great accuracy both in the events depicted and in the equipment, vessels and aircraft involved.
Above all, the paintings give a clear and dramatic impression of war at sea. They are a tribute to the courage and endurance of the sailors and marines, soldiers and airmen of all nationalities, whether on the convoys to Russia, supporting the D-Day landings or launching an assault on the Pacific islands. They do not glorify war but are dedicated to the belief that to understand it is to understand also how urgent is the need to keep the peace.
The paintings are supported by a lively text with 43 maps. Together, they make War At Sea a unique contribution to the literature of the Second World War.”