British Warship Recognition: The Perkins Identification Albums

Vol. III: Cruisers 1865-1939, Part I
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Binding:Hardback
Published:May 15, 2017
By Richard Perkins (Author), Andrew Choong (Introduction)

The Richard Perkins warship identification albums form one of the most detailed studies ever undertaken of the changes to the appearance of Royal Navy ships. However, it is a unique hand-drawn manuscript artifact in the care of the National Maritime Museum, so despite its value it is rarely seen by anyone besides the museum’s curators, for whom it is a precious resource, used on an almost daily basis.

The Richard Perkins warship identification albums form one of the most detailed studies ever undertaken of the changes to the appearance of Royal Navy ships. However, it is a unique hand-drawn manuscript artifact in the care of the National Maritime Museum, so despite its value it is rarely seen by anyone besides the museum’s curators, for whom it is a precious resource, used on an almost daily basis.

The first publication of this monumental work in a superbly produced multi-volume edition that captures all the qualities of the original has been possible because of the collaboration with the museum. Every page is reproduced at full size, making the extensive hand-written annotation readable, while the fine-line drawings retain all the colors that Perkins used to denote appearance differences and alterations.

Following the museum’s binding arrangement, the third volume of the series is the first half of the coverage of all cruisers from the Amazon-class corvettes of 1865 to the Belfast-class of 1939; the second half constitutes Volume IV. Highlights of this first part include armored cruisers, the so-called large light cruisers, and the cruisers of the inter-war period.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Ship Design & Reference
  • Hardback : 192 pages
  • Illustrations: 500 colored drawings; 22 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1473891450
  • ISBN-13: 9781473891456
  • Product Dimensions: 9.75 X 14.75 in
  • Shipping Weight: 27.38 oz
Praise
  • ‘Naval Books of the Year’. “[F]or photograph collectors, modellers, and anyone else interested in the development and appearance of Royal Navy warships during the period, [this book is] likely to be regarded as indispensable.” —Warship

RICHARD PERKINS originally produced what he called his “Historical Identification Book” to help identify and date photos in his immense collection, but its wider significance is highlighted in this edition by an introduction by ANDREW CHOONG, a curator at the National Maritime Museum for whom the albums are an indispensable reference.

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ANDREW CHOONG's introduction highlights the wider significance of this edition. Choong is a curator at the National Maritime Museum for whom the albums are an indispensable reference.

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