Rare book to be auctioned

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IT GIVES a snapshot of the Royal Navy at its glorious peak, and now a souvenir guidebook from 1907 is going under the hammer.

The leather-bound copy of the book, titled Visit to Portsmouth, May 1907, was produced to mark a naval review in the city.

It is unknown who originally received the copy, but the books were produced for colonial premiers and other dignitaries who visited Portsmouth.

The book will be auctioned at Lockdales in Martlesham, near Ipswich, on October 16 and is expected to fetch £60.

Lockdales’ fine arts director Oliver Miller said: ‘The heads of state from many countries were given royal treatment and more by British ministers wanting to sell them battleships and submarines in the naval dockyard.’

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