First edition of From Sail to Steam by Admiral C.C. Penrose Fitzgerald, signed by Admiral Roger Keyes.
Octavo, xi, 303pp, [12pp ads]. Navy blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, anchor stamped in blind on front cover. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, wrinkles to cloth, light wear along edges, foxing throughout. Complete with sixteen illustrations, including frontispiece with tissue guard. From the library of Admiral Roger John Brownlow Keyes, with his signature and inscription on front endpaper.
Admiral of the Fleet, Roger Keyes, (1872-1945) was a British naval officer, member of the House of Commons and the first Director of Combined Operations during World War II. While in the House of Commons, he played a pivotal role in the Norway Debate, which resulted in a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and rise of Winston Churchill.