I have managed to purchase a plate (above) for the back cover so am finishing off the book today.
I have got thus far with the intro, something I always find very difficult because I deliberately haven’t read it yet. I always wait now until I have the finished reprint as you can only read a book for the first time once, and are much more likely to spot errors on the first reading, any help from someone who has read it would be appreciated.
On a clear day Deal is visible from Ramsgate as you can see from the back cover picture, which comes from the Naval Chronicle for July 31st 1817.
With this in mind it thought iIapposite to do this reprint for our maritime neighbour.
Deal and Ramsgate both have a long history much of which relates to the shipping in the downs, many a sailor owes his life to the seafaring skills of the people of both towns.
I couldn’t find a coloured picture of the right period that was recognisably Deal, so that one based on the frontispiece I commissioned especially for this book.
Original copies of this book sell for about £150 making it out of reach of may who would like to read it, a mixture of this and my high regard for the people of Deal made me think to produce this reprint, a small token for deal.
Michael Child 16th February mmix