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How to row a Trireme : a Sammelband, 1881-1907

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John Wigham RICHARDSON (1837-1908, shipbuilder, author & compilor), and others (authors).

[TRIREMES]. A sammelband of articles (some inscribed), notes, and sketches, relating to the ancient Trireme and how they were rowed. [Various places: 1881-1907].  Various works and part works, original letters, sketches and plans, octavo (10 x 6 ½in; 254 x 165mm). Contemporary vellum by Birdsall of Northampton, covers with gilt-ruled border, flat spine gilt with dark leather lettering-piece, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.

Provenance: J.W. Richardson (bookplate, compilor, by descent); Sir Philip Wigham Richardson (1865-1953, armorial bookplate).

Unique compilation of printed and manuscript material, put together by a wealthy Tyneside shipbuilder whose knowledge of the subject was both practical and theoretical. Richardson was clearly fascinated by the so-called ‘trireme puzzle’ (das Trierenratsel): ‘How did the ancient Greeks row their triremes or war-galleys?'. The present work includes not only the best contemporary theories, but also the compilor’s own thoughts (published and un-published) and sketches.

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