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Remember the old days when booksellers used to sell books rather than manuscripts, documents, autographs, broadsides, posters, prints, newspapers, photographs, and maps? Well, maybe it’s a sign of my advancing age, but this list is a throwback to those sunny days. It consists of sixty items, almost all of which are books. There are a few manuscript items, but even those come in covers, and look like books. Highlights include a first American edition of Moby Dick, ditto Cooper’s scarce War of 1812 novel Ned Myers, whaling logs documenting the last days of the Atlantic sperm whale fishery, a presentation copy of Scott-Russell’s monumental Modern System of Naval Architecture, some rare sailor’s narratives, and a little clutch of books about the Viking Sagas. Yarr!
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