Maritime List 150

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126. Sawyer, L.A. and W.H. Mitchell. VICTORY SHIPS AND TANKERS. n.p. (1974) b/w plates. 230 pp. The history of the “Victory” type cargo ships and of the tankers built in the United States of America during World War II.” VG, dj. $50
127. Seaverns, A. H. ‘SCONSET SKETCHES. Seven b/w ills on a sheet measuring about 4 3/4 x 26 inches. Title cut, Lightning Express, ‘Sconset Street, Post Office, ‘Sconset Bank, Village Pump, and Interior Fish House, ‘Sconset are the titles of the views. The sheet folds twice, is blank on the back, and may have been a promotional piece for Seaverns’ “Picturesque Nantucket - Sketches.” A most unusual Nantucket item, not in Crosby. VG $125
128. Seeler, Katherine and Edgar. NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP BASKETS. Nantucket. 1972. color, b/w plates. 116 pp. First edition. Definitive. VG $75
129. Shipwreck Bible. HOLY BIBLE “PRESENTED TO CAPT. CHAS. W. POPHAM OF THE SHIP SHEFFIELD. SUNDAY NOV. 12 MDCCCXLIII” Lon. 1841. 924 (218)- 1211 (30) pp. The Sheffield, after a difficult passage from Liverpool, grounded on a shoal within sight of New York. The cabin began taking on water, driving people on deck. Masts were chopped down and thrown overboard to lighten her. Captain Popham kept order for several dangerous and uncertain hours, until Capt. Vanderbilt of the Staten Island steamer Wave was able to evacuate the passengers. One of them, Benjamin Cutler, wrote an account of the event in 1844. (See Huntress 326C.) It also is written up in such chronicles as Edwards’ “Port of New York.” This handsome leatherbound doorstop of a bible was presented to Popham by his passengers in appreciation of his bravery. There is a page long manuscript presentation in front describing the incident, and signed by 7 of the passengers, including Cutler. Also laid in are newspaper clippings about the wreck and the presentation of the bible. On the back blank is a full page manuscript acknowledging receipt of the bible, signed by Popham. His family obviously used it, since there is an 1875 marriage notice written in, and a watercolor of flowers, signed “A.P.” The bible is bound in full black morocco with elaborate gold designs stamped on boards and spine. The presentation cited above is printed in gold on the front cover. Minor wear, but VG. A true relic. $500
130. Sirr, Henry Charles. CHINA AND THE CHINESE:... THE EVILS ARISING FROM THE OPIUM TRADE... Lon. 1849. Color frontispieces in each vol. 2 vols. xvi, 447; vii, 443 pp. An informed and sympathetic look at Chinese culture and history. The author defends the minority view that the British Empire acted immorally foisting Indian Opium upon the Chinese in an attempt to balance its trade deficit. Ex-lib, small oval blindstamp on title and color plates. Sticker on backstrip and card pocket on back endpaper. Some binding wear. Text clean. $200
131. Smeaton, John. NARRATIVE OF THE BUILDING AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE WITH STONE... Lon. 1793, b/w engravings. Folio. xiv, 198 pp. plus 23 plates. The great book about the great early lighthouse, narrating early attempts by Winstanley and Rudyerd, and Smeaton’s ultimate triumph. A huge book, measuring neary two feet tall, with dramatic plates. Rebound in half red morocco over marbled boards. An excellent copy. $2000
132. Snow, Alice Rowe. LOG OF A SEA CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER. Bos. (1944) Color and b/w plates. 108 pp. First edition of this scarce book by Snow’s mother. Signed, with her notations on front flap about price of book, a note in pencil about one of the illustrations on p. 8, and a pressed fern laid in back with her pencil note that it was collected in “Chile, South America.” VG in chipped pictorial dj. $125
133. Snow, Alice Rowe. MORE STORIES FROM THE LOG OF A SEA CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER. Winthrop, MA. (1949). b/w illus. 123 pp. Signed by Alice, Edward’s mother. With her four page illustrated prospectus for the book laid in. VG, dj. $75
134. Solis, (Juan Diaz de), and (vincente Jaime) Pinzon. EERSTE SCHEEPS-TOGT TER VERDERE ONTDEKKINGE VAN DE WEST INDIEN... GEDAAN NAAR JUKATAN IN’T JAAR 1506. Leyden. 1706 b/w cut on title page. 27, (5) pp. Spanish voyage to the West Indies following Columbus’ success. Sabin 86427 notes that this work weas included in Pieter van de Aa’s collection of voyages, and that it is “Sometimes found seperately” as this copy, with its own title page, was. Bound in later marbled wrappers. VG $200
135. Starbuck, Alexander. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WHALE FISHERY FROM ITS EARLIEST INCEPTION TO THE YEAR 1876. Wash. 1878. b/w plates. ix, 50, 1029 pp. This is the first appearance of Starbuck’s great history. He reprinted it later himself and it has reappeared twice since then. In this present form it occupies about 780 pages of the Report of the Commissioner of Fish and Fisheries for 1875-76, with linecut plates of whales and whaling tools. It is one of the key books on American whaling and the information it contains has remained essential. Forster 148. Jenkins p. 147. Howes S-892. Bound in original government calf, minor wear to backstrip, label lacking. Text and ills. VG $350
136. Steel, David. THE ELEMENTS AND PRACTICE OF RIGGING AND SEAMANSHIP. Lon. 1794. b/w frontis and 94 b/w plates, many folding and two volvelles. 4to. 2 vols. in one. xv, 425; 147 pp. First edition of an early and important assemblage of shipbuilding knowledge. Material covered includes mast making, rope making, anchor making, sail making, block making, rigging, naval tactics, damage control and dimensions of standard and running rigging. This work is justly famous for its dozens of plates illustrating fine points of sail making, rigging, ship building and naval tactics. MacDonald 270. JCB Maritime History Catalog 175. Bound in contemporary calf over marbled boards, nice wide margins. A rare book. $4000
137. Stewart, C. P. and Douglas Guthrie (eds.) LIND’S TREATISE ON SCURVY. Edinburgh. 1953. b/w frontis xi, 440 pp. Bicentenary reprint of Lind’s treatise, with additional notes. $350
138. Strange, J.N. ELEMENTS OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE... Lon. 1846. 5 b/w folding plates. viii, 46 pp. “Being a translation of a work entitled Traite Elementaire de la Construction des Vaisseaux, par M. Vial de Clairbois.” A fugitive production, since Clairbois’ work does not appear in Scott or Polak. Clairboise was, in fact, the translator of Chapman into French and a contributor to Dictionnaire de Marine, from which this excerpt is taken. The present work deals with technical and theoretical aspects such as displacement, center of gravity, stability, and hydrodynamics. With 26 page publisher’s catalog bound in. Scott 670. Light tide mark at the tops of folding plates, plate 2 torn on first fold but complete, minor coverwear. Scarce. $175
139. Sumner, Thomas H. A NEW AND ACCURATE METHOD OF FINDING A SHIP’S POSITION AT SEA... Bos. 1845. duotone folding chart, b/w plates. 88 pp. Second edition of a book that introduced a revolutionary navigation technique. The method used fixed lines and differences of latitude along that line to fix position. (See Hewson, “A History of the Practice of Navigation” pp. 251-255 for an explanation of this method and its importance.) This copy has rather faded covers and is foxed throughout, priced accordingly. $75
140. Taylor, E.G.R. THE HAVEN-FINDING ART. Lon. (1958) b/w plates. xii, 295 pp. Well written and concise history of navigation from Odysseus to Captain Cook. Few spots on front cover else VG in dj. $50
141. Todd, Mabel Loomis. CORONA AND CORONET. Bos. 1898. b/w plates. xxxviii, 383 pp. The purpose of the cruise was to observe the sun’s corona during the eclipse of 1896. Much sight-seeing was also accomplished, particularly in Hawaii and Japan. This gaff-rigged schooner has an interesting history. She was recently home-ported in Gloucester. Toy 689. Morris & Howland p.146. A VG copy $125
142. Town of Truro, Massachusetts. HIGHLAND LIGHT. Truro. 1927. b/w plates. Oblong 12mo. 25 pp. As it says on the front cover, “This little booklet tells you all about it.” A handsome ephemeral publication, probably distributed by the Highland House, which has a printed ad on the back cover. VG in original pictorial wrappers. $45
143. (Treasury Department) REPORT OF THE CRUISE OF THE U.S. REVENUE CUTTER BEAR... FOR THE RELIEF OF THE WHALERS IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN... Wash. 1899 b/w plates, folding map. iv, 144 pp. Successful rescue of 8 whalers trapped in the Arctic ice. Wickersham 7604. Arctic Bib. 18402. VG. Folding map intact. $125
144. Tredgold, Thomas. MARINE ENGINES AND BOILERS EXEMPLIFIED IN NUMEROUS EXAMPLES OF BRITISH AND AMERICAN STEAM VESSELS. Lon. n.d. (ca. 1850?) b/w plates, many folding. 4to. 2 vols. various paginations. (about 1000 pp.) This is a later, augmented edition of a work which first appeared in 1838. In its present state it consists of 11 essays on various aspects of steam navigation - history of the steam engine, memoirs of steam voyages, engines, boilers, vessels, paddle wheels, screw propellors, etc. With a glossary of terms relating to marine steam, with French and Spanish translations. Each section is profusely illustrated with engraved plates, not only of mechanical devices, but also lines and plans of steam vessels. This work is encyclopedic for its time. See Scott 637. Beautifully bound in full black morocco with gold filigree border on boards and elaborately gilt spine. 2 vols. $1250
145. Webb, William H. THIS BOOK CONTAINS PLANS OF WOODEN VESSELS SELECTED AS TYPES FROM ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY OF VARIOUS KINDS AND DESCRIPTIONS, FROM A FISHING SMACK TO THE LARGEST CLIPPER AND VESSELS OF WAR, BOTH SAIL AND STEAM, BUILT BY WM. H. WEBB, IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK, FROM THE YEAR 1840 TO THE YEAR 1869. (N.Y. n.d. ca. 1895.) b/w plates, many multi-sheet.. Oblong folio, 2 vols. unpaginated. William Webb was one of the great American shipbuilders. Though best known for his clipper ships he produced a wide range of vessels and also founded Webb Academy and Webb Institute. McDonald says of this work, “The great American shipbuilder presenting his and his father’s (Isaac) wooden ship designs. A treasure trove of authentic mid-19th Century plans.” Brewington calls it the “best American collection of lines in book form.” It is a spectacular production. The page size is 15 1/2 inches high, with some plans extending out to 6 feet in length. Volume I shows 33 vessels in 61 plates. Among the vessel plans and lines are the pilot boat John McKean, schooner Vigilant, steamer California and clipper Young America. Volume II contains plans of 32 vessels in 60 plates. Vessels depicted include the steamers W.H. Webb, San Francisco, and Sacramento. See DAB, McDonald 347 and Brewington "Bib. of Am. Works on Shipbuilding". This set rarely appears on the market. Those copies that do appear have the plates folding into a square folio size. They are often heavily used and usually ex-library, because Webb donated most copies to institutions. In fact, Webb’s book was never distributed publicly. These are unbound sheets of the first edition (with 1891 and 1892 watermarks), containing all the plans and lines that the bound library copies do. Library copies included a portrait of Webb, which is not present here. A half sheet of additional lines for the Connecticut has been reproduced in facsimile. A few finger marks on the title pages to each volume, otherwise the plans are in excellent condition, unfolded, just as they came from the printer. A remarkable set, housed in custom made acid free portfolio with cotton ties. $4500
146. Whaling Ephemera. SANKAI MEISAN SUE - “PICTURES OF FAMOUS PRODUCTS.” BY KANGETSU SHITOMI. b/w wood engravings. About 30 leaves, printed on both sides. Third volume of a famous series on Japanese industries. This one pertains to Fish and Fisheries. It contains 16 marvelous plates, 12 of which are double page spreads illustrating Japanese fishing methods, vessels and nets. One illustration is torn, with loss of about half the plate. Another page is torn, with less loss. Otherwise the book is in good condition, which is remarkable since it dates from the late 1700s. Bound in worn blue wrappers. $500 See Illustration
147. Whitehead, C. VIES ET EXPLOITS DES VOLEURS DE GRANDS CHEMINS, PIRATES ET BRIGANDS ANGLAIS. Paris. 1835. 16 b/w engravings. 2 vols. 388; 428 pp. French book on English pirates and brigands. Including Morgan, Teach, Avery, Anne Bonney, Roberts, and other lesser known figures. Interestingly, John Paul Jones is included in their number. See Gosse, p. 74 for English edition (published 1834.) This set in half burgundy morocco over marbled boards with gilt spine and raised bands. Original wrappers bound in. A beautiful set, originally from the famed Driscoll collection, with Driscoll’s personal bookplate, signed, as well as the Driscoll collection bookplate. 2 vols. Fine. $400
148. Wilkes, Charles. NARRATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES EXPLORING EXPEDITION DURING THE YEARS 1838...1842. Phila. 1845. b/w plates, charts, atlas. 5 vols., various paginations, plus atlas. This was the major US exploring expedition of the 19th century. “Six ships were commissioned for the voyage... the expedition visited... South America...the Samoa Islands and New South Wales. From Sydney, Wilkes sailed into the Antarctic Ocean and along the Antarctic Continent... reporting land at a number of points in the region now known as Wilkesland. He visited Tonga, the Fiji group, and the Hawaiian Islands in 1840, and in 1841 explored the west coast of North America... he also visited San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento River. Crossing the Pacific, Wilkes called at the Philippine Islands, the Sulu Archipelago, Borneo, Singapore, and the Cape of Good Hope.”—Hill p. 325. This is the first “popular” edition, preceded only by the rare Official and 4to editions (totaling about 250 copies). It has been completely reset, with some revisions to the text. The plates are the same as those in the first two issues, but have been slightly rearranged by the binder. Of this edition, Wilkes himself said, “the paper and execution fully equal and, in some respects (are) to be preferred to the 4to edition.” Haskell 2b. Howes W-414 “aa.” Hill p. 325. Spence 1262. Bound in original government cloth, with gilt eagle decoration on cover and gilt on spine. Minor wear to spine ends and corners, text and plates clean and bright. Atlas of 5 charts is not included in this set. $2000
149. Wilmerding, John. A HISTORY OF AMERICAN MARINE PAINTING. Bos. (1968) b/w and color plates. xxiii, 279 pp. VG copy of the first edition of this important work in dj. $100
150. Wilmerding, John. ROBERT SALMON: PAINTER OF SHIP AND SHORE. (Salem, MA 1971) b/w and color plates. 4to. xvi, 123 pp. Only full-length work on this 19th century Boston marine artist. A very difficult book to locate. First ed. Fine in dj. $200
151. Wines, E.C. TWO YEARS AND A HALF IN THE NAVY: OR THE JOURNAL OF A CRUISE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND LEVANT, ON BOARD OF THE U.S. FRIGATE CONSTELLATION, IN THE YEARS 1829, 1830 AND 1831. Phila. 1832. 12mo. 2 vols. xi, 247; x, 244 pp. First edition. Good portrait of daily life in the Navy of that time. Inscribed by the author. Scattered foxing throughout. Bound in original cloth. Vol. II rebacked with new labels. Neeser 8198. Smith II, 3270 (citing London ed.) $250
152. Woodgate, W. B. BOATING. Lon. 1888. b/w plates. xiv, 364 pp. All about competitive rowing, with charming engraved illustrations. This is one of a limited edition of 150 copies bound in half leather over boards. Original half morocco, some wear to head and tail of spine, near fine inside. $200
153. Wright, Benj. C. SAN FRANCISCO’S OCEAN TRADE, PAST AND FUTURE. San Francisco. 1911. b/w plates. iii, 212 pp. “A story of the deep water service of San Francisco, 1848 to 1911. Effect the Panama Canal will have upon it.” VG $125
154. Young, Rosalind Amelia. MUTINY OF THE BOUNTY AND STORY OF PITCAIRN ISLAND. Oakland, CA. (1894) b/w plates and ills. xii-254 pp. History and narrative by a resident of Pitcairn, with photos and accounts of residents, island industries, etc. I believe this is the true first edition, with 254 pages, as opposed to later printings from Oakland and Mountain View with 266 pages. See Ferguson 19001, citing only the third ed. with 266 pages. Some sunning and wear to blue pictorial boards, else VG. $125

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