Maritime List 200

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51. New York Yacht Club. CONSTITUTION FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NEW-YORK YACHT CLUB. 1868. NY. 1868. Folding color plate. 12m0. 59 pp. Very early yearbook of the NYYC, which was founded in 1844. With lists of members, officers, yachts, and a folding color plate extending 14 1/4 inches showing private signals of member yachts. Rare. According to Worldcat, only the New York Historical Society has a run of these books, dated simply as "1850s - 1870s." The earliest such listed in Morris and Howland is 1892. Very Good condition. $750
52. New York Yacht Club. CONSTITUTION FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NEW-YORK YACHT CLUB. NY. 1859. NY. 1859. Folding color plate. 54 pp. Very early yearbook of the NYYC, which was founded in 1844. With lists of members, officers, yachts, and a folding color plate extending 14 1/4 inches showing private signals of member yachts. Rare. According to Worldcat, only the New York Historical Society has a run of these books, dated simply as “1850s - 1870s.” The earliest such listed in Morris and Howland is 1892. Very good condition. Rare. $1000
53. O’Connell, James F. A RESIDENCE OF ELEVEN YEARS IN NEW HOLLAND AND THE CAROLINE ISLANDS... Bos. 1841. b/w frontis. 12mo. xviii-265 pp. As a youth O’Connell found his way to Australia where he had contacts with convicts and aborigines. He was later cast away on the north of the continent, and in a subsequent voyage he was shipwrecked in the Caroline Islands, where he lived for five years with the natives. Second edition of this scarce and interesting narrative. Ferguson 3268. Hill 1250. Huntress 278C. Bound in original calf, rebacked to match, with original label. Some foxing, staining to bottom of title page, but a very presentable copy of a scarce book. $750
54. Osborn, Sherard. QUEDAH: A CRUISE IN JAPANESE WATERS. Edinburgh. 1865. xvi, 535 pp. Osborn was a naval officer of considerable energy, having been involved in the Franklin search. As a result of this expedition he published two popular works on arctic exploration. He later led a squadron of gunboats to China to participate in the Opium Wars. The present book was written immediately following that adventure, then updated. It contains much information on the Japan of that day, but is marked by an unpleasant sort of superiority, very much a product of British imperialism, and quite interesting in its own way. Quedah, the additional material, concerns a cruise in Malayan waters. “New Edition.” Bound in original cloth. Front inner hinge weak, else VG $300
55. Ozanne, (Nicholas-pierre-Jeanne-Francoise). MARINE MILITAIRE OU RECUEIL DES DIFFERENS VAISSEAUX QUI SERVENT A LA GUERRE... Paris. n. d. (1762) b/w copper engravings. Fifty plates. A classic work featuring 18th century naval vessels and tactics pictured and described. Each page is a copper engraving. The final plate, 50, folds in three parts. Ozanne was from a family of marine artists and engravers, and his work supported two sisters and a brother. According to Brewington, he also designed naval frigates. Polak 7234. Dict. Marine Artists p. 287. This is a clean copy rebound in antique style mottled calf. Light water staining to the lower corner, but not affecting plates. A very nice example of an important work. $1500
56. Pallois, F. V. ESSAI SUR L'HYGIÈNE NAVALE, OU L'HYGIÈNE APPLIQUÉE À PRÉSERVER DU SCORBUT LES ÉQUIPAGES DES VAISSEAUX PENDANT LES VOYAGES DE LONG COURS, ETC. Paris. 1801. (4), 138 pp. A fascinating, and relatively early, work on naval medicine. As the subtitle implies Pallois, who was a naval surgeon, focuses on scurvy. He even quotes Lind on the title page. But he approaches the disease as a matter of hygiene rather than diet, and in the end he sees lemons only as a subsidiary means of eliminating scurvy. The Royal Navy was not that far in advance of him. They didn’t become “limeys” until the early 1800s. A scarce book. Worldcat shows only four libraries holding this edition. Bound in (rather wild) later cloth with leather spine label. Very good condition. $1750
57. Parker, Foxhall A. SQUADRON TACTICS UNDER STEAM. NY. 1864. b/w plates, some folding. 172 pp. with 77 full-page plates, plus two unnumbered preliminary folding plates and four terminal advertisement pages. This is the first notable work on steam tactics published by an American naval officer. Parker credits Douglas’ Naval Warfare and the French work Tactique Navale, but claims to have written a simpler work to aid in “celerity of execution.” Parker worked extensively on gunnery improvements at the Washington Navy Yard with John Dahlgren. Moebs 258. Smith III 1847. A very good copy bound in original gilt decorated blue cloth, lightly rubbed. $400
58. Periodical. THE NAVAL CHRONICLE, VOL I - VOL XL. Lon. 1799-1818. b/w engraved portraits, views, vignettes and maps, some folding. Various paginations, about 20,000 pp. in total. The Naval Chronicle is THE source for contemporary reports of the affairs of the Royal Navy during the period from the Napoleonic Wars to the War of 1812. It was published in London twice a year between 1799 and 1818. First-person accounts were contributed by officers as illustrious as Nelson, and biographies of fascinating characters like Cochrane were a staple. In addition the thousands of pages of this journal contain a wealth of historical nuggets and recondite facts. Typical issues featured lists of vessels captured and wrecked, promotions, accounts of battles, biographical sketches, articles on technological advances, and tidbits of naval gossip, as well as copper engraved portraits of officers, views of foreign ports, and charts of harbors and battles. It was a major source for Patrick O’Brian in writing his Aubrey-Maturin series. This is a complete set, handsomely and solidly bound in half mottled calf over marbled boards with gilt spine decoration and spine labels. Plates and maps in this set correspond to the lists of plates bound in each volume. Specifically, there are 416 copper engraved portraits and views, 88 maps and charts (eight folding), and over 60 wood engraved vignettes after drawings by artists such as Pocock. Plates and text are clean and fresh, Forty volumes, complete. $15000
59. Robinson, J. Fletcher. ICE SPORTS. Lon. 1901. b/w plates, folding color litho. vi-335 pp. A scarce publication in the Isthmian Library series. Wonderful period photographs, with a folding color lithograph plan of an iceboat. Fine condition. $450
60. Ross, Sir. John. MEMOIRS AND CORRESPONDENCE OF ADMIRAL LORD DE SAUMAREZ. Lon. 1838. b/w engravings. 2 vols. ix, 440; xi, 438 pp. Saumarez fought in the Revolutionary War, was invalided out of the West Indies, fought the French, joined Jervis at St. Vincent, and was wounded serving with Nelson on the Nile. In 1801 he was promoted to rear admiral; 1807, after successful action against the Spanish, to vice admiral; and in 1814, following a vigorous campaign in the Baltic, to admiral. These memoirs are indexed and contain appendices with lists of vessels and men. See DNB, in which this work is cited. Bound in full black morocco highly decorated with gold ship design and filigree, with backstrip in six compartments, also highly gilt. All edges gilt. A beautiful set. Two volumes $1250
61. Rosser, W. H. SHORT NOTES ON THE WINDS, WEATHER & CURRENTS, TOGETHER WITH GENERAL SAILING DIRECTIONS AND REMARKS ON MAKING PASSAGES; TO ACCOMPANY CHARTS OF THE CHINA SEA, INDIAN ARCHIPELAGO & WESTERN PACIFIC. Lon. n.d. b/w charts, two folding. 118, (44 ads.) pp. The two folding charts feature the China Sea and Australia. The Imray catalog of charts and books at the back is dated 1866. Bound in original cloth with gold cover decoration. VG. $250
62. Saunders, Miss Ann. NARRATIVE OF THE SHIPWRECK AND SUFFERINGS OF MISS ANN SAUNDERS. Providence. 1827. b/w frontis. 38 pp. Miss Saunders was a passenger on the ill-fated ship Francis Mary, which foundered at sea on February 5, 1826 on passage from New Brunswick to Liverpool. She was one of six survivors who reverted to cannibalizing the dead bodies of the crew, one of whom she was engaged to marry. First Edition of an American family favorite. Huntress 234 C. With wonderful engraved folding frontispiece intact and clean (it does not show anyone eating anyone else.) Waterstain on outer edge of first half of the book. Still a better copy than usually found, in original plain blue wrappers. $350
63. Signor Pananti. NARRATIVE OF A RESIDENCE IN ALGIERS; COMPRISING A GEOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE REGENCY; BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE DEY AND HIS MINISTERS; ANECDOTES OF THE LATE WAR; OBSERVATIONS ON THE RELATIONS OF THE BARBARY STATES WITH THE CHRISTIAN POWERS; AND THE NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE OF THEIR COMPLETE SUBJUGATION. Lon. 1818. Color frontis. folding b/w map, plan. 4to. xxx, 467, (4 ads.) pp. “With notes and illustrations by Edward Blaquiere.” Pananti was in a good position to observe the country and its people in an intimate way, having been captured by Algerian pirates, sold into slavery and ransomed. After this exciting start he goes into great detail about social, political and economic conditions prevailing in the country. His account ends with a plea for European colonization of Northern Africa. Abbey, Travel. 320. A good, untrimmed copy, some tanning in gutter. Rebound in antique style calf over marbled boards. $1500
64. Smith and Son, W. H., publishers. PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT EASTERN STEAM-SHIP. Color and b/w folding plates and ills. Lon. n.d. (ca. 1858?) Folio. 40 pp. First Edition of a rare work, with a superb folding color chromolithographed frontispiece, after a painting by Edwin Weedon, and two additional color chromolithographed plates, four folding wood engraved plates, one of which is two sided, many illustrations in text. Publishers capitalized on the size and splendor of the Great Eastern, but none of the pamphlets published before or after the launch compares with this. Bound in later boards, with original pictorial wrappers bound in. The plates, including the folio color litho and folding color litho, are immaculate. $1750
65. “The Sole Survivor” (George Fracker). A VOYAGE TO SOUTH AMERICA, WITH AN ACCOUNT OF A SHIPWRECK IN THE RIVER LA PLATA, IN THE YEAR 1817. Bos. 1826. 12mo. vi-128 pp. Huntress 192C identifies Fracker as the author and this as the second edition of a book first published in shorter form in 1818. “Fracker... signed on as a mate on the Jane in the summer of 1817. The ship made a voyage from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro and back, and then was caught in a terrible storm while at anchor in the Rio Plata off Montevideo... Fracker was at last swept ashore, the only survivor of twenty-three on board. He was badly injured, and had difficulties with lawless gauchos, but was at last carried to civilization.” Once ashore he gives colorful descriptions of the countryside, local people, and even of bull fighting. Some water staining. Rebound in green cloth. Nothing but POD copies available on the Internet. $450
66. Thomas, Eleventh Earl of Dundonald and H. R. Fox Bourne. THE LIFE OF THOMAS, LORD COCHRANE, TENTH EARL OF DUNDONALD. COMPLETING “THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SEAMAN.” Albumen photo frontispiece Two vols. xix, 416; xi, 400 pp. This is the completion of Cochrane’s autobiography and a biography of the colorful and talented sailor by his son. In the words of 20th century biographer Donald Thomas, “inarguably the finest single-ship captain since Elizabethan times... Cochrane led a life that reads like an improbable and picaresque historical novel.” In fact, even as these words were being written, Patrick O’Brian was novelizing Cochrane as Jack Aubrey. Two volumes in full green morocco with spine in six compartments and all edges gilt. Fine clean copies. The photo frontispiece is scarce. Two vols. $650
67. Trade Catalog. CATALOG AND PRICE LIST OF LANG & JACOBS. Bos. (1885). b/w wood engraved ills throughout. 24 pp. This company specialized in cooperage tools and supplies. The catalog is richly illustrated. A later edition is noted in Romaine p. 182. VG in original yellow illustrated wrappers. $350
68. Vancouver, Captain George. A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY TO THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN, AND ROUND THE WORLD; IN WHICH THE COAST OF NORTH-WEST AMERICA HAS BEEN CAREFULLY EXAMINED AND ACCURATELY SURVEYED UNDERTAKEN BY HIS MAJESTY'S COMMAND, PRINCIPALLY WITH A VIEW TO ASCERTAIN THE EXISTENCE OF ANY NAVIGABLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE NORTH PACIFIC AND NORTH ATLANTIC OCEANS AND PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1790,1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 AND 1795, IN THE DISCOVERY SLOOP OF WAR, AND ARMED TENDER CHATHAM. Lon. 1801. b/w folding charts and plates. Six volumes, various paginations, plus atlas with two folding charts and seventeen plates. Second edition, first octavo edition. Vancouver served with Cook on his second and third voyages. According to Hill, he “was made commander of a grand-scale expedition to reclaim Britain’s rights, resulting from the Nootka convention... This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge. Vancouver sailed by way of Cape of Good Hope to Australia where he discovered King George’s Sound and Cape Hood, then to New Zealand, Hawaii, and the northwest coast of America. In three seasons work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, visited San Francisco and San Diego (one of the folding charts, dated 1798, depicts the port of San Diego)... and disproved the existence of any passage between the Pacific and Hudson Bay.” Following Vancouver’s untimely death, the work was assembled by his brother John, assisted by Captain Peter Puget. This second edition, like the first, has become very scarce and has virtually disappeared from the market. Hill 1754. Howes V-23. Forbes 335. Complete and in very good condition, bound in later full crimson morocco. Charts crisp and clean, some smudging along outer edges of a few of the plates, not affecting image. $9500
69. Viaud, Pierre THE SHIPWRECK AND ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR PIERRE VIAUD, A NATIVE OF BORDEAUX AND CAPTAIN OF A SHIP. Lon. 1771. b/w frontis. xii, 276 pp. In a long note, bibliographer Wright Howes says, “In maritime annals, few personal narratives seem better authenticated than this account of shipwreck and horrifying sufferings on this island off Florida’s west coast.” - Howes V-86. Shipwreck authority Huntress recounts that “They suffered greatly from hunger, and at last Viaud killed his slave. (Viaud and a female accomplice) survived by eating the body... Probably the story of cannibalism accounted for the popularity of the narrative.” - Huntress 80C. A very good copy, rebound in quarter calf over marbled boards with original spine label. $750

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