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Well, I don’t know quite how to characterize Maritime List 250. It’s a fairly even mix of books, manuscripts, and ephemera, with a goodly percentage of the unique, the unusual, and the downright bizarre. I’m quite charmed by Bílá velryba. Illustroval Rockwell Kent – Moby Dick in Czech, with the Rockwell Kent illustrations (item #37), but I’ve decided to make Roland Gould my cover boy (item #18), because he’s got an honest face and an interesting back story. I’ve had this book several times, but I never noticed, until I was cataloging this particular copy, that it’s actually a plea for financial support by the poor old sailor, who has gone blind. His shipmate of yore writes in the Preface, “I would commend him to the public, as one worthy of their confidence and sympathy” and a group of his neighbors add, “We cheerfully recommend Mr. Gould and his book to public patronage.” That struck a chord with me. In essence, I’m doing what Mr. Gould was doing – asking for money in exchange for my books. Having said that much, I cheerfully recommend this list to public patronage.
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