Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1985. Drawings by David L. Wood. Hardcover. Quarto, blue cloth, xv, 240pp, apps., sources, biblio, index, illus. with historic photos and drawings. Item #900241
Illustrated with rare photographs and specially commissioned drawings by David L. Wood, this book presents a comprehensive design history of the 12 armored cruisers built between 1888 and 1910, and places them in a context of technological, naval, and world events. Details like dimensions, speed, endurance, armament, machinery, protection, modifications, and an operational history of each type of cruiser are included. The author has sourced memoirs and other personal documents to provide anecdotes of life on board cruisers and a description of the Spanish-American War. Modest bumping to bottom extreme corners of boards, else fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.