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1. "A Man-of Warsman" (Harry Rivers). Maritime Scraps, or Scenes in the Frigate United States During a Cruise in the Mediterranean. By a Man-of-war's-man. Boston: Author, 1838. vi, (1), 108 pp. This is a fairly scarce self-published book. Apparently a copy was offered by Goodspeed's for seventy five cents. But that was in 1901. I've never had a copy and I've never seen one offered. The author signed up in 1835, so this is not an old salt's yarn. Things are seen and heard with fresh eyes and ears. Much naval gossip is transmitted and the memorable incidents of this Med cruise are recounted in a lively manner. We get the flavor of life aboard a 19th century man of war. Smith II 3012 identifies the author as Harry Rivers. Sabin 44606. Bound in original cloth. backstrip chipped. Horizontal slice across the half title and title page with no loss of text. Ex libris the Hasty Pudding Library, with their engraved bookplate. $250.00

2. Anon. The Arraignment, Tryal, and Condemnation of Captain William Kidd, for Murther and Piracy. London: J. Nutt, 1701. Folio, 60 pp. "Upon six several indictments, at the Admiralty-Sessions, held by His Majesty's commission at the Old-Baily, on Thursday the 8th. and Friday the 9th. of May, 1701. Who, upon full evidence, was found guilty, receiv'd sentence, and was accordingly executed at execution-dock, May the 23rd." Primary source for information on Kidd's supposed career as a pirate and subsequent trial. Howes K-120 (a "b" item). Sabin 37701. A tall, fine copy. Bound in modern half calf over boards, with raised bands and label. $8500

3. Anon. The Extraordinary Adventures and Daring Exploits of Captain Henry Morgan, a Notorious Pirate, also a most singular and curious account of Captain Anstis, and two female pirates, Mary Read, and Anne Bonny, who were noted pirates for some years before their sex was discovered, together with the life of Captain Howel Davis, a pirate. London: G. Martin, 1813. 12mo. 34 pp. b/w frontispiece. This is a rare and wonderful pirate item featuring the lives and careers of two female pirates along with a trio male buccaneers. Not in Gosse or the Driscoll catalog. Worldcat shows only two libraries holding copies, only one of which is in the US. Engraved frontispiece of Henry Morgan sacking Puerto Velo is laid down. Original front wrapper bound in. This pamphlet is bound in modern quarter calf over marbled boards with a calf label on the front board. SOLD

4. Anon. The Life, Trial & Execution of the Famous Pirate Capt. Robert Kidd. Palmer, Mass: Gardner Shaw, 1850. 24 pp. I love this pamphlet. It features "the famous Kidd letter, recently found, enclosed in a bottle in a ledge of rocks in the town of Palmer, Mass., this letter discloses the spot where Kidd buried a large portion of his immense treasures, which has never been discovered." Supposedly Gardner Shaw's son was out hunting rabbits in 1849 when he discovered the letter. It was widely believed to be the real thing, and so Shaw published it in this pamphlet. The treasure, says Kidd, is buried on "Conant's Island, about three miles down the Harbor of Boston." Well, it's Logan Airport now, so you'd have a hard time digging it up. And Robert Kidd buried it, not William. Scarce. Worldcat shows only four libraries holding copies of this pamphlet. Text somewhat foxed. Original printed wrapper laid down and bound in - calf over marbled boards with leather spine label. Terrific stuff! $2500

5. Anon. The Pirate's Almanac, and Calendar of the Sea, 1844. Boston: James Fisher, (1843). 34 pp. b/w woodcut illustrations. Along with the usual almanac calendars and factoids, this one presents the illustrated exploits of fourteen pirates. The illustrations are quite gory. Another scarce item. Worldcat shows only electronic copies, all of which seem to have been published in Philadelphia by Turner and Fisher. The Philadelphia issue is cited by Sabin - 63014. This is a Boston publication issued by Fisher only. Good condition, with wrappers bound in quarter calf over marbled boards with leather cover label. $1500

6. Anon. Charter of the Marine Society of the Town of Newport, in the State of Rhode-Island. Newport: Newport Mercury, 1806. (2)-23 pp. To which are added, the bye-laws, and a list of the members of the society. This venerable group was founded as The Fellowship Club in 1754, then chartered as the Marine Society in 1785. A scarce book, Worldcat showing only eight libraries holding hard copies, though microform copies abound, probably because of the list of members that runs from pages 17-23 and spans the years 1752-1805. VG in original calf, rebacked to match. $125.00

7. Anon. The History of the Lives and Bloody Exploits of the Most Noted Pirates, Their Trials and Executions, Including a Correct Account of the Late Piracies, Committed in the West Indies, and the Expedition of Commodore Porter; Also Those Committed on Brig Mexican, who were Executed at Boston in 1835. New York: D. W. Evans, 1869. b/w wood engravings. 298 pp. This is a later reprint of Ezra Strong's version of Silas Andrus's collection by Thomas Carey, originally published in the 1830s, mostly containing the exploits of famous English pirates and those who frequented the West Indies, but adding the Boston executions of 1835 and the oft-recounted saga of Gibbs and Wansley, as well as a few other piracies of American origin. See Sabin 32182. Original cloth with crude repairs to joints. Not pretty, but readable. $100

8. Anon. The Salem Directory, and City Register, Containing the Names of the Inhabitants... Salem: Henry Whipple, 1837. 12mo. 141 (19) pp. This is the first Salem city directory. It also lists "occupations, places of business, and residences, with lists of city officers, banks, insurance offices... names of the streets and wharves." With sections on "vessels belonging to Salem and "whaling vessels of Salem." An excellent guide to the city in the days when it was a maritime power. Ownership inscription of Henry Derby, 5 Washington St. The directory lists him as a tailor. Some foxing. Printed covers detached but present. $150.00

9. Anon. (Rathbone, Samuel and E.H. Grieg). A Narrative of the Cruise of the Yacht Maria Among the Feroe Islands in 1854. London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855. Color lithos, one folding. 4to. 89 pp. First edition of a rare and handsome book, containing descriptions and colored views of the Feroe Islands, and an account of a whale hunt in Westmannhavens Bay, with a folding colored lithograph depicting the action. Jenkins p. 104. Toy 927. Some wear to backstrip, still a nice copy bound in original cloth with portrait of the yacht in gold on the front board. $500.00

10. Ashley, Clifford W. The Yankee Whaler. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926. b/w and color plates. 4to. xxiv, 379 pp. First Edition, a limited edition of 1625 copies, and one of the key books on American whaling, with Ashley's inimitable illustrations and much technical information on whaleships and whaling, as well as scrimshaw. Forster 160. Front hinge cracked, Covers a little sunned. Contents clean. A good copy. $50.00

11. (Barrow, John). A Description of Pitcairn's Island and its Inhabitants. With an Authentic Account of the Mutiny of the Ship Bounty. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1832. b/w engravings. 12mo. 6, xii, 303 pp. First American edition of a book that was reprinted into the 1860s. Barrow, self-educated, was founder of the Royal Geographical Society and Second Secretary of the Admiralty. He edited this work, which was based on a similar one published in London in 1831. This edition contains an added material on the Tahitians by C.S. Stewart on pages 44-45. Hill 70. O'Reilly & Reitman 573. This is one of the Harper's Family Library series. Some foxing. Very nicely bound in half calf over marbled boards. $75.00

12. Becke, Louis. Wild Life in Southern Seas. NY: New Amsterdam Book Co., 1898. viii, 369 pp. Essays on the history, natural history and sociology of the South Seas and their islands, (including some whaling) by this master story teller. First American edition, being the English sheets bound with a New York title page. Untrimmed. Some cover spotting, else VG in original decorated cloth. $50.00

13. Beverly Yacht Club. Yearbooks of the Beverly Yacht Club, 1910 - 1940. (Boston): A.T. Bliss, 1910 - 1940. 12mo. Various paginations. Color flag ills. and b/w photo plates. A broken run of nineteen yearbooks of this club, first organized in Boston in 1872, with Edward Burgess first Commodore. Their first regatta was held in Beverly that year, but they soon moved to the South Shore and began holding regattas in Buzzard's Bay in 1879. With racing course charts of Buzzard's Bay, photographs of clubhouses, lists of members and member yachts,race results, officers, history, rules, etc. All in good or better condition. The lot $350.00

14. Brandt, Gerard. La vie de Michel de Ruiter, duc, chevalier, lieutenant amiral general de Hollande & de Oüest-Frise. Ou est comprise l'histoire maritime des Provinces Unies, depuis l'An 1652 jusques a 1676. Amsterdam: P. & J. Blaeu, 1698. b/w full and double page engraved plates. Folio. (4), 717, (17) pp. First French edition of this biography of the famous admiral de Ruyter, who vanquished the French and English in the Anglo-Dutch wars. De Ruyter is actually an adopted name - ”the Raider”. He was also a successful whaler. This is a nice copy, bound in old full calf with gilt spine decorations and spine label. Text and plates (three of them are sea battles) are fresh and clean. Front hinge cracked at bottom but holding. $750.00

15. Briggs, L. Vernon. Experiences of a Medical Student in Honolulu, and on the Island of Oahu. 1881. Boston: David D. Nickerson, 1926. b/w plates, fldg. facsimile. xii, 251 pp. Life in Honolulu circa 1880, as seen by a well-connected young man. With a folding facsimile of a poster for the Royal Hawaiian Theater. Briggs is the author of the esteemed ”History of Shipbuilding...”, and others. This is the scarcest of his books. Inscribed in green ink by ”The Author.” VG in lightly chipped dj. $125.00

16. Broadsheet. Full Account of the Execution of Five Unfortunate Sailors, viz.,  Michael Cox, Martin Ealey, John Sullivan, Robert M'Laurin, and William Morris. Broadsheet, 8 1/4 x 11 inches. Printed in two columns, with three engraved images. "And his most Gracious Majesty's Royal Pardon of John Flint, John Lawson, and George Wythick, William Handy And the Sentence passed on Capt. Affleck, late of the Amethyst. "The unfortunates were mutineers on the Defiance. Their hanging took place in 1796. This attractive broadsheet is from Hindley's "Curiosities of Street literature", 1871. $45.00

17. Broadsheet. "Luce Brothers Voyage to Maine". n.d. (circa 1860). Printed sheet, 7 x 8 1/4 inches. This poem of sixteen four line stanzas relates the adventures of the Luce Brothers fleet, sailing from the Vineyard to Casco Bay, where they fished for "porgies" - menhaden, also known as "pogies." Interestingly, there really was a Luce Brothers fleet, and they really did fish for menhaden. Goode and Baird mention them repeatedly in their histories of the menhaden fishery. Goode quotes a Long Island seiner in 1858, "...the Luce Brothers. They did not fish in small boats towed behind a sloop as we did, but used large double end boats..." and Baird says they were from either Niantic or East Lyme, CT. In any event, the fishing went poorly that summer, and they set their sights on girls instead of fish. Glued to an old scrapbook page, with one ding that obscures a couple of letters. Most unusual. $125.00

 

18. Bullard, John M. The Rotches. New Bedford: W.B. and A.B. Rotch, 1947. b/w plates. 583, (1) pp. Privately printed history of this old New Bedford family, including much on their involvement with the whaling industry. An excellent reference work. Inscribed by Bullard. VG in original cloth binding. $75.00

19. Burney, James. History of the Buccaneers of America. London: Payne and Foss, 1816. 4to. xii, 326 pp. b/w folding charts and full page map. First separately issued edition of a work published simultaneously as a part of Burney's Chronological History... Considers pirates of the West Indies and buccaneer expeditions to the South Seas. The fact that it was printed separately attests to wide popular interest in the subject, even in 1816. With two folding charts and a full page map of the Galapagos. Hill 222. Gosse p. 24. OReilly & Reitman, 104. Some offsetting of frontispiece folding map onto title page, otherwise a fine tall copy, untrimmed. Bound in quarter blue morocco over blue boards. $2,000.00

20. Chatterton, E. Keble. Old Ship Prints (and ) Old Sea Paintings. London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1927, 1928. Color and b/w plates. 4to. xiv, 182; xiii, 179 pp. "Old Ship Prints" has eighteen illustrations in color and ninety-five in black and white from the MacPherson Collection. This edition, printed on Arnold and Foster handmade paper, with three extra hand-painted photogravure illustrations, is limited to one hundred and twenty-five copies for sale, of which this is number 64. The companion volume, "Old Sea Paintings," included in this lot, has fifteen illustrations in color and ninety-five in black and white mainly from the MacPherson Collection. This edition, printed on rag paper, with three extra hand-painted photogravure illustrations, is limited to one hundred copies for sale, of which this is number 49. Both volumes are bound in original gilt decorated white cloth. The pair $75.00

21. (Chetwood, William R.). The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Robert Boyle... to Which is Added the Voyage, Shipwreck, and Miraculous Preservation of Richard Castleman. London: 1781. may 14 (4) 369 pp. This is the tenth edition of a work first published in 1720. The Castleman narrative includes A description of the city of Philadelphia, and a description of the country of Pennsylvania. Though Boyle's narrative is purely imaginary, that of Castleman seems to be factual. Sabin adds, ”(Chetwoods) visit to Philadelphia took place in 1710. Boyle's voyages have been often reprinted; but Castleman's relation is only to be found in the early editions.” Howes C-355. Sabin 12553. Oddly, this work is given only peripheral mention in Huntress, in relation to another of Chetwood's books. The Castleman shipwreck receives a ghost citation, a number not actually present in Huntress bibliography. Be that as it may, the Castleman narrative also contains brief descriptions of Bermuda, Charlestown, and other southern ports. Name erased from top of title page. Bound in mottled calf. Leather backstrip chipped and rubbed, with label lacking. Sewing tight pages clean. $125.00

22. Croker, Walter. The Cruelties of the Algerine Pirates, Shewing the Present Dreadful State of the English Slaves. London: W. Hone, 1816. 16 pp. b/w frontispiece. "...and other Europeans, at Algiers and Tunis; with the horrid barbarities inflicted on Christian mariners shipwrecked on the north western coast of Africa and carried into perpetual slavery." The frontispiece, consisting of two prints showing English captives, is by George Cruickshank. According to the title page, this is the third edition. Very good condition, bound in half calf over marbled boards with leather cover label. $1,250.00

23. Daly, Charles P. Are Southern Privateersmen Pirates? Letter to the Hon. Ira Harris. NY: James B. Kirker, 1862. 13 pp. Daly argues that privateering is a lawful mode of warfare and that southerners are merely engaging in a legitimate mode of making war. Therefore, he argues, captured privateersmen should be treated as prisoners of war rather than pirates. Daly was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in New York. Self wraps, in handsome calf and marbled paper box by Root & Son. $50.00

24. Davis, John Francis. The Chinese. A general Description of the Empire of China and its Inhabitants. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1858. Two 12mo volumes. viii-440; viii-383 pp. Folding map, wood engraved illustrations. According to his introduction Davis, as a “very young man” accompanied Lord Amherst's embassy in 1816. He remained in Canton, working for the East India Company, gaining fluency in the language and deep knowledge of the culture of China, and finally succeeded Lord Napier as Commissioner. This book, first published in 1836, went through several editions, with material being added. An excellent overview of China around the time of the Opium Wars. Taylor, Cat. of Book on China... p. 33. Cordier p. 72. This is a reprint in the Harper's Family Library series. Both volumes handsomely bound in half calf over marbled boards. Very good condition. $100.00

25. de la Landelle, G. Le Language des Marins. Paris: E. Dentu, 1859. 444 pp. A scholarly study of a technical vocabulary and of the influences which have formed it; has a word-list, with definitions. Craig p. 45. Polak 5176. Very good in calf calf over marbled boards. Scarce. $125.00

26. Delano, Amasa. A Narrative of Voyages and Travels. Boston: E.G. House, for the Author, 1817. b/w plates, one fldg. 598 pp. A remarkable book by this Duxbury sea captain whose Pacific voyages included stops at Palau, Hawaii, the Galapagos, Manila, Canton, Macao, New Guinea, Australia and the East Indies. His work was the source for Melville's “Benito Cerino”, and his account of the "Bounty" was the first published in America. The folding plate on p. 135 is a chart of Pitcairn Island with recognition views inset. Hill 463. Howes D-233. Hunnewell p. 34. Judd. 51. Scattered light foxing. Bound in original calf with spine label. Hinges cracked but holding. $950.00

27. Dewar, J.C. Voyage of the Nyanza R.N. Y.C. Being the Record of a Three Years Cruise in a Schooner Yacht in the Atlantic and Pacific, and Her Subsequent Shipwreck. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1892. b/w photo ills. xvii, 466 pp. The “Nyanza”, a 218 ton gaff-rigged schooner sailed from Portsmouth... and called at... the Canaries... Cape Verdes... Trinidad, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Port Stanley in the Falklands... Three months later... the yacht passed through the Straits of Magellan and cruised the Pacific... She was lost at Ponapi, in the Carolines - Toy 711. First edition in original decorated cloth. VG $75.00

28. (Dwight, Edwin Wells.). Memoirs of Henry Obookiah. Elizabethtown, NJ: Edson Hart, 1819. b/w frontis. 12mo. 104, 32, 33, 10, 10 pp. “After witnessing the massacre of his family, Obookiah... decided to leave Hawaii. ... an American ship touched at the islands, and Obookiah sailed by way of China to New York... Through Obookiah, interest was awakened in the Hawaiians, which led to the American mission in Hawaii in 1820.” - Hill 523. Forbes 496. With several sermons on Obookiah following the memoir. Bound in original calf with label. Foxed and tanned as usual, but solidly bound. $125.00

29. Edwards, Capt. Edward and George Hamilton. Voyage of H.M.S. "Pandora". London: Francis Edwards, 1915. b/w folding chart. 177 pp. Dispatched to arrest the mutineers of the ”Bounty” in the South Seas, 1790-91. First printing of Edwards's account from the manuscript which, has been lying in the Record Office for more than a century. Hamilton's narrative was published in 1793. A nice copy in original cloth. $200.00

30. Ellis, William. Three visits to Madagascar During the Years 1853 - 1854 - 1856. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1859. b/w folding frontispiece, plates and ills. xv-514, (2 ads) pp. First American edition of a work published the year before in London. Ellis, author of Polynesian Researches, and an experienced missionary and island printer, had already written a history of Madagascar. In 1853 he was sent there by the London Missionary Society on a fact finding tour, but was initially denied access to the capital city. Over the course of three visits, however, information on topography, climate, popular customs, government, history and mythology piled up, and this book was the result. Mendelssohn I, p. 518, who says that Ellis devotes about sixty pages to the Cape Colony, South Africa. Toussaint, Bib. of Mauritius D 528 notes that Ellis describes his time on that island as well. Bound in original decorated cloth, light wear. Text clean. $75.00

31. Ephemera. Maritime Catalogs. From a long-time collector's bookshelves - twenty-odd years of catalogs with maritime content. Featured are such notable American dealers as Lefkowicz, High Ridge, Tuttle, Martayan Lan, Ten Pound Island, Julian Burnett, Lunsford, and Kahn. I'd keep them myself, but I own them all. About 150 items. Postage (probably around $30) extra. The lot $50.00

32. (Esquemeling, John.). The History of the Bucaniers of America; from the First Original Down to This Time; Written in Several Languages and now Collected into One Volume. London: Tho. Newborough, 1704. 25 b/w engravings and maps, many folding. b/w wood engravings in text. (4), 180; 180, (12); (4), 204 pp. This is the so-called third edition, which is a reprinting of the 1698 English version of Esquemeling's famous History, plus piracy narratives by Ringrose, de Lussan and the Sieur de Montaubon. See Gosse, ”My Pirate Library” p. 37. NMM Catalog Vol 4, #178. This is a very nice copy rebound in full mottled calf, antique style, with blindstamped boards, raised bands, and label. The pages are evenly tanned and have some informative marginal notes in a contemporary hand. Plates and maps are clean. $2,250.00

33. Festetics de Tolna, Comte Rodolphe. Vers L'ecueil de Minicoy Apres Huit Ans Dans L'ocean Pacifique Et Indien a Bord Du Yacht "le Tolna. Paris: Librairie Plon, 1904. b/w photo plates, linecuts, folding track charts. 4to. 395 pp. This lavishly produced book documents of a vanished way of life. The Hungarian Count Rodolfe Festetics von Tolna married a California heiress in 1892, and the following year the two took off on an extended seven year honeymoon cruise through the South Pacific. After divorcing the heiress he produced his first book, ”Among the Cannibals”, which was something of a sensation. He followed it the next year with this one, ”Toward the Reef of Minicoy”. He was a romantic, rather than a true scientist, but his interest in the people of Oceania, and their arts and cultural artifacts, was far ahead of its time. This book is richly illustrated with 50 plates of artifacts and more than 100 photographs of the natives he encountered. A classic example of early cultural anthropology. Text in French. Rebound in green buckram with leather spine label. VG-Fine. $250.00

34. Fox, Ebenezer. The Revolutionary Adventures of Ebenezer Fox, of Roxbury, Massachusetts. Boston: Charles Fox, (1838). b/w plates. 12mo. 238 pp. Fox began his nautical career as a cabin boy and eventually wound up aboard the “Protector” of the Colonial Navy. He recounts his two cruises in that ship under Capt. Williams, his capture and imprisonment in the Jersey prison ship, his escape in Jamaica, and service in the colonial “Flora.” Scarce, not in Smith. Spine lightly sunned. VG $75.00

35. Frost, Charles. Notices Relative to the Early History of the Town & Port of Hull; Compiled from Original Records and Unpublished Manuscripts. London: J.B. Nichols, 1827. b/w ills., engraved plates, folding tables, maps. 4to. xvi, 150, 58 (appendix) pp. Handsome early history of this British port. Ex-lib, but not glaringly so, with library bookplate and a few internal stamps. Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, with spine label. $100.00

36. Garcia y Garcia, Aurelio. Derrotero de la Costa del Peru. Lima: Imprenta del Estado, 1870. 179, [1], xiv (index) pp. Second edition of this Peruvian coast pilot, the first having been published in 1863. It contains detailed descriptions of ports and coastal features, plus a table of latitudes and longitudes of key locations. Small hole in title page with no loss to text. Pages lightly tanned. Securely bound in quarter calf over green cloth with gold cover decoration and spine lettering. This copy contains a yellow bookseller's ticket of M. Aduvire, Lima, on front pastedown. Palau 98888, citing no earlier copy. Worldcat locates eight libraries holding copies. $250.00

37. Gascoigne, Henry Barnet. Gascoignes Path to Naval Fame. Warwick: For the Author, 1825. b/w engravings. x, 180, 16, (7 ads) pp. The second edition, revised and enlarged, with seven terminal pages, often missing, advertising Gascoigne's other publications. After being retired to half pay in 1808, Lt. Gascoigne became an industrious and opinionated pamphleteer. His long nautical poem, written in neoclassical couplets, is a literary curiosity and a mine of information to the student of Napoleonic-era naval history. The poem is annotated with details of British naval custom and practice, and ends with a seventeen page glossary of naval terms. This is a very nice copy, bound in original blue paper over boards, and not often found thus. Rebacked to match. $100.00



38. Gibbs, Charles. (Gibbs the Pirate). Mutiny and murder. confession of Charles, Gibbs, a native of Rhode Island, who, with Thomas J. Wansley, was doomed to be hung in New York on the 22d of April last, for the murder of the captain and mate of the brig Vineyard on her passage from New Orleans to Philadelphia, in November 1830 ... Annexed is a solemn address to youth. Providence: Israel Smith, 1831. b/w wood engravings, frontispiece engraving spot colored. 12mo. 36 pp. A rare account of one of the most widely publicized American piracies in the early 19th century. Charles, Gibbs was a native of Rhode Island, who, with his shipmate Wansley, murdered the captain and mate of the brig "Vineyard" on her passage from New Orleans to Philadelphia in November 1830. They were found guilty and hanged the following year, but not without leaving an account of their crime which was widely circulated. What we have here is a narrative account of the trial of the two men mixed in with some testimony of witnesses. This gives a particularly lifelike view of the two pirates - "The prisoner, who sat behind his counsel, seemed to take a quick and restless interest in the proceedings..." A paragraph on the final page titled "Further Particulars" reveals that "Charles Gibbs" was an alias, and that the man in question had an earlier career as a "Buenos Ayres privateer." Interestingly, Wansley was a black man. Sabin 27295. One of several issues printed that year, all very scarce. Gruesome and spectacular. Pages untrimmed, frontispiece with original gory red coloring. A clean copy, with original wrappers bound into quarter calf with marbled boards and leather cover label. $1,750.00

39. Gower, Richard Hall. A Narrative of a Mode Pursued by the British Government to Effect Improvements in Naval Architecture. London: J. Mawman, 1811. b/w plates. 126 (2) pp. This is essentially Gower's proposal for a new design of a more stable and efficient vessel - a four masted barkentine, the Transit. The three engraved plates make her design elements clear. Gower's text argues for her advantages, and advises how to sail and man her. Scott 500. First edition. Light water staining around edges of title and plates. Tidily rebound in modern buckram. Scarce $200.00

40. (Gower, Richard Hall.). A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Seamanship. London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1793. b/w fldg. plate xii, 100 pp. Section on theoretical naval architecture is followed by specific examples of various evolutions, boxing off, heaving to, club hauling, etc. There are also specific instructions for anchoring, mooring, setting sails, rigging, steering and maintaining ship. First edition of this useful compendium, with a folding copper plate containing 16 figures to which the text refers. Scarce, this edition not in Scott. Adams and Waters 1203. Rebound in calf over marbled boards. From the library of noted collector and bibliographer Mario Witt, with his bookplate. $150.00

41. Hammond, L. Davis. (Editor). News From New Cythera. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1970. b/w facsimile, title cut in color. (10), 66, (1) pp. Facsimile reprint of Bougainville's pamphlet announcing the discovery of Tahiti. With translation, notes, bibliography, and full array of scholarly apparatus. Number 646 of 750 numbered copies. VG $25.00

42. Hart, Joseph C. The Romance of Yachting: Voyage the First. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1848. 332, (26 advert.) pp. First edition of an early and scarce American yachting book, by the author of the whaling epic ”Miriam Coffin”. This work includes a journal of a transatlantic yacht voyage and a glossary of yachting terms. It includes as well Hart's notes on the Bacon/Shakespeare controversy (pages 208-243), about which this is one of the key American works. Sabin 30630. Morris & Howland p. 63. Not in Toy. Bound in original black cloth with gilt spine title and ship on front cover. Light foxing, old abrasions on pastedowns, apparently from removal of paper cover. A good copy of a scarce book. $250.00

43. (Hart, Joseph C.). Miriam Coffin, or the Whale-Fisherman. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1834. 2 vols. iv - 204; 198 pp. The first American novel on whaling, and a keystone book. Crosby p. 173. Jenkins p. 107. Forster 360. Wright I 1133. This is the second edition, with four pages of reviews for the book bound in at the beginning of the volume, with a page list of other books published by Harper Brothers. This edition is quite scarce, not having been published in great numbers. Scattered spotting. Bound in 19th century leather over marbled boards. Hinges professionally repaired. A very presentable set of an important whaling novel. $450.00

44. Herrmann, Oscar. Pirates and Piracy. NY: Stettiner Brothers, 1902. b/w plates. 12mo. 47 pp. Romantic overview with excellent illustrations. Nothing but POD copies available online. This is the original first edition. Bound in illustrated wrappers. Circular blindstamp of Concord Historical Soc., else VG. Housed in box by Charles Lauriat, with gold spine title. $25.00

 

45. Hill, Jim Dan. The Texas Navy. In Forgotten Battles and Shirtsleeve Diplomacy. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1937. b/w frontis. line ills. xv, 224 pp. Best book on the subject. Rescues the Texas Navy from the shadowy obscurity in which it has lurked. In 1950 Hill bound up sheets of the 1937 edition and published it as an autograph edition limited to 400 copies. This is #201 in that series, with a limitation slip laid in and an lengthy inscription from Hill on the half title. Spine and top of back board sunned, else VG $100.00

 

46. Ingraham, J(oseph) H(olt). Neal Nelson; or, the Siege of Boston. A Tale of the Revolution. Boston: Henry L. Williams, 1845. 48 pp. Engraved cover illustration. First edition. Wright lists more than one hundred potboilers authored by this prolific hack, of which this is Wright 1330. Some page corners folded. Lacks back wrapper, else good condition. I have not read it. Life is too short. $150.00

47. Jenney, Charles Francis. The Fortunate Island of Monhegan. New Bedford: Reynolds, 1927. b/w fldg. map. 77 pp. Historical monograph, reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society. Original wraps, slightly chipped and soiled. Contents and map clean $50.00

48. Johnson, Daniel. The American Ship-Master's Daily Assistant; or Compendium of Marine Law. Portland: Daniel Johnson, 1807. b/w frontis. xiv, 2 blank, 608, (4) First Edition of the first work of its kind produced in America. Legal and mercantile guide for shipmasters, with information pertaining to freight, seamen, customs, coasting and fishing trades, quarantine and health laws, commercial forms, insurance, bills of exchange, monies, consuls and supercargoes, a glossary of sea terms, and even chapters on ships in distress and life saving. With 200 pages of navigational tables and some instructions for use. The final 4 pages are a catalog of works offered by Johnson and his co-publisher, Thomas & Whipple in Newburyport. Scarce, not in Karpinski or Sabin. Bound in original full calf binding. Backstrip laid down and label replaced. Offsetting and foxing on title page, otherwise a very good copy of a scarce book. Ownership inscription of Moses Emery, 1810. $450.00

 

49. Jong, Didrik. De Walvischvangst, met Byzonderen Daartoe Betrekkelyk. Amsterdam: Peter Conrad, 1784. 15 copperplates (5 fldg) 6 copper engraved maps. 4 vols, 4to. 96, 116, 116, 116 pp. First edition of this history and analysis of Dutch whaling efforts in the Arctic, including Greenland, Spitsbergen, Novaya Zemlya, Jan Mayen Land, and the waters of the Davis Strait, in the 16th -18th centuries. With charts of these areas as well as a folding chart of "de Noord-Pool," and plates of whales and inhabitants of polar regions. The narrative history is accompanied by statistics of expenditures and catches, and by magnificent plates of whales and whaling activities. The third volume deals with the inhabitants of polar regions, with suitable illustrations, and the fourth volume is a history of the Dutch herring fishery, with a folding panorama of herring fishing. Text in Dutch. This first edition of 1784 is rare, Jenkins citing only the 1791 edition in his bibliography (p. 114) and in his history of whaling (p. 169.) Not in Arctic Bibliography. The whaling plate is cited in Ingalls, "Whaling Prints in the Lothrop Collection". Bound in modern full leather, antique style, with blindstamped covers, raised bands and spine label.Backsrtip lightly sunned, small oval institution stamp on each title page. A very good copy of a rare and important book in the history of whaling. $3,750.00

50. Kidd, Captain William. A Full Account of the Proceedings In Relation to Capt. Kidd. In Two Letters. Written by a Person of Quality to a Kinsman of the Earl of Bellomont in Ireland. London: "Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London..", 1701. Small 4to. (6), 51 pp. Of this book, the NMM catalog says, "This account of the four trials of Captain Kidd has been attributed to Dr. John Mitchell. 'Whatever may have been Kidd's crime, it is clear that he did not have a fair trial and was found guilty on insufficient evidence. Documents were subsequently discovered, notably the French passes, which should have been produced at the trials and would have acquitted him. They were kept by other persons implicated in the matter - notably the Earl of Bellomont.'..." - NMM Cat. 4 p. 102. (See also Sabin 37703, Howes M-677) The DNB notes that he was a resident of Boston whence, under the orders of Belomont, he set out in search of pirates. He admitted to acts of piracy himself during this cruise, and was imprisoned in Boston in 1699, prior to his politically complex and manifestly unfair trials in England. He was hanged in 1701. This copy is clean and handsomely bound in full calf, antique stye, with raised bands, gilt spine decoration and spine label. $2,500.00

 

51. Lang, John Dunmore. Queensland, Australia; A highly eligible field for emigration, and the future cotton-field of Great Britain. With a disquisition on the origin, manners and customs of the Aborigines. London: Edward Stanford, 1861. Folding color maps. xxiii, 445, (2) pp. Lang was a Presbyterian missionary and an early proponent of nationhood. To this end he wrote a great many pamphlets and books, of which this is one of his more substantial efforts, notable for its two colored maps of the territory. First edition. Ferguson 11356. Bound in original green cloth. Some foxing in text. Hinges weak but holding. $75.00

52. Larchmont Yacht Club. Constitution, By-Laws, Racing Rules, Etc. Larchmont Yacht Club. 1909. Larchmont, NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1909. b/w and color plates, folding chart. 12mo. 305 pp. Lists of yachts and members, races, measurement rules, uniforms, etc. Color plate of club flags as frontispiece. Large folding course chart in back pocket has spot coloring and an elaborate table of Sailing Distances, Sandy Hook Light Vessel to Cape Ann Lights on verso. Chart measures 24 x 15 3/4 inches. Bound in original printed cloth, lightly soiled. $35.00

53. Lee, Henry. The White Whale. London: R.K. Burt & Co., (1878). 16 pp. A detailed survey of sightings of the white Beluga whale, beginning in the 1860s. Included is an account of a captive, which survived only three days, and its autopsy. With information on the natural history of the species, and on whales in general. There is also mention of references from historical sources as far back as Rondelet, but not a word about Moby Dick. Bound in original printed wrappers, VG $50.00

54. Leslie, Sir John. Narrative of Discovery and Adventure in the Polar Seas and Regions... and an Account of the Whale-Fishery. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1831. 12mo. vi, (2), 373 pp. Summary of 18th and early 19th century exploration, with what was then known of the climate and geology of the area. With nearly 100 pages on the whaling industry. The book was first published in shorter form in 1830. Hill 1008 cites an 1833 edition. Jenkins p. 119 a 5th edition from 1845. Arctic Bib. 9945 states, ”Several editions... were published in the 1830s-40s... chapters were added on voyages in the Canadian Arctic. From the 1850s the work continued to appear with further changes.” The Arctic map shows some foxing, otherwise in very good condition. This is a reprint in the Harper's Family Library series. Bound in half calf over marbled boards. $50.00

55. Lever, Darcy. The Young Sea Officers Sheet Anchor, or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship. London: John Richardson, (1819). b/w engraved plates. 4to. xii, 124 pp. 114 engraved full page plates illustrating knotting, splicing, rigging, sail handling, etc. Second (and best) edition. A splendid visual reference for seamanship of the early 19th century. It was later reprinted in many editions and became a standard text in this America as well as Britain. Scott 538 (citing this ed.) Craig p. 26. Bound in highly gilt calf over marbled boards. Some rubbing to backstrip and wear to spine ends, light internal foxing, but a handsome copy in a contemporary 19th century binding. $350.00

56. Lopez De Ayala, Don Ignacio. Historia De Gibraltar. Madrid: B. Cornwell, 1782. b/w folding plate. Sm 4to. xvi, 387 pp. First edition of one of the earliest histories of Gibraltar, tracing the occupation of this key fortress from the Saracens in the Middle Ages to the British, who were besieged by the Spanish during the publication of this work. Text in Spanish. This is a beautiful copy in original vellum. The folding plate of Gibraltar, showing more than 90 named points of interest, is fresh and clean. $950.00

 

57. Manuscript. 18th Century Rigger's Guide - "Chapin Samson on Board the Slop Congress off Cape Haterass April 1, 1787". Oblong 12mo. 6 1/2 x 4 inches. Unpaginated. About 40 pages of manuscript entries. Samson is an interesting figure in American maritime history. In 1797, sailing the sloop "Betsy" to Naples, he was captured by Algerian pirates and held captive for several years. Prior to that adventure, according to genealogical websites, he worked as a "mariner." This book suggests that he might have passed his early years as a sailmaker or rigger. The first three pages contain formulae for determining the dimensions of various sails. This section is followed by tables of dimensions of masts sails of eleven named sloops, schooners, and brigs. These were copied by Samson from rigging jobs done in the 1740s and 1750s. This is followed by tables of dimensions of cordage, and rules for fabricating lines of various dimensions. Finally there are fours pages of "Number, weight, & size of Anchors & Cables for Ships of Each Class" from first rate to sixth rate and sloops of war. This is dated "Swansey, 4 April 1789." The manuscript is accompanied by a one page autograph letter, signed, from Samson to his wife. It is dated August 15, 1795, aboard the "Betsy" as she was just about to cast off from Cape Henry to Havre de Grace, France. Both are contained in an envelope signed by Capt. Thomas Sampson, (spelled with the "p") presumably one of Samson's eleven children. $750.00

58. Manuscript. Memorandum Book, March - December, 1777. 16mo. 40 pages of manuscript entries. This book records payments made and received, notes of things accomplished, reminders of things to be done, tallies of goods received and sent out, and other memoranda - a sort of palm pilot of its time. Other contents include the floor plan of a house, a double page notation of "Surinam cargo recd." including payments received from C. Ellery and Jos. Rogers. The anonymous keeper of this record must also have been involved in real estate, since he mentions "Cash paid John Ayers for his farm," and farms and houses in Norwich and Colchester as well as maps of Connecticut and "Pittsfield, Berkshire county." Most of the other transactions involve such items as molasses, sugar, wheat, and other agricultural products. He mentions arrangements whereby tenants pay in produce at a certain percentage of cash value and, perhaps most interestingly, the purchase from Nathan Gardner of "negro Wom" and "negro." Toward the end of the book is a table of what appear to be astrological symbols corresponding to days of the week. An interesting, if somewhat enigmatic look at the activities of an American merchant of the Revolutionary era. In plain wraps, $500.00

59. Manuscript. "Descriptive Log. Being a Record of a Voyage from Belfast via Glasgow to our Colonies Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane in the Good Ship Torr Head, Twin Screw Steamer kept by the 4th Off. C.W. Loughridge." October 1904 - January 1905. Small 8vo journal. Unpaginated. About 200 pages of manuscript entries. The “Torr Head” was a twin screw steamer launched at Belfast in 1894. She was sunk by a German U Boat in 1917. Loughridge provides a very close record of life at sea and of the specifics of managing vessel, cargo, and passengers - "The 'landlubber' has got it into his novel-crammed brain that the Bay of Biscay is a wild tumultuous waste of raving roaring billows..." He has illustrated his journal with pen and ink drawings, watercolors, and three tipped in photographs (the photos are faded almost beyond recognition). The drawings and watercolors spice up what is already a lively narrative. He also gives an excellent account of his time in "sunbaked Brisbane." Clean and legible $750.00

60. Mariner William, and John Martin. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language. Compiled and arranged from the Extensive Communications of Mr. William Mariner. London: 1817. b/w frontis, folding map, printed music. lix, 460; 412 pp. plus (211 pp.) unpaginated grammar and vocabulary. Mariner set out from England on a whaling and privateering voyage as a boy in 1815. The crew mutinied at Tonga and then was murdered by the natives, Mariner being the only survivor. He was adopted by a chief and lived with the natives for four years. Martin befriended the youngster on his return to England and recorded the story. Vol. II contains printed music, including tune and words for the Oola. This is the scarce first edition of the book, which went through at least two other printings. Hill1075. Forbes 467. Solidly bound in cloth over boards, with original spine labels. A very nice copy. $500.00

61. Maury, Nannie Belle. Whalers and Whaling. New Bedford: H.S. Hutchinson & Co., 1896. b/w photo plates. Oblong 8vo. 72 pp. A pretty book, and a scarce 19th century popular description of the whaling industry. Some unusual photographs and New Bedford wharf scenes. We believe Nanny Belle was one of Matthew Fontaine Maury's daughters. Jenkins p. 126. Some soiling on bottom of front cover, else VG $125.00

62. Miles, E. An Epitome, Historical and Statistical, Descriptive of the Royal Naval Service of England. London: M. A. Nattali, 1844. Color plates and ills. xii, 184 pp. Second edition (identical to the first which was published three years earlier) of an informative work on the Royal Navy of the mid-19th century, depicting each of the vessel types then in service. It features eight colored aquatints of ships and fourteen hand colored illustrations of flags. The original blindstamped and decorated cloth binding is worn along the front joint and at the corners, but the color plates are clean and bright. A pretty and informative book. $450.00

 

63. Moorsom, Capt. C.R. On the Principles of Naval Tactics; with Exemplifications of the Practice: and also Tables for Facilitating the Evolutions; with an Appendix containing the Demonstrations. Birmingham: Author, 1846. b/w plates. (6), 17,1-1-36 pp. plus 7 plates. The author of this rather unique treatise takes note of the work of Hoste, Morogues, Bouguer, Clerk, Ekins, Steel and others, but says My object is to shew that naval tactics are incomplete, and to suggest some simple rules for all the movements that can be required. Well, as his various formulae, tables and diagrams shew, simple might not be the best word for what he proposes. Scarce. Worldcat shows only seven libraries holding copies. Bound in green blindstamped cloth, rebacked to match. Some cover spotting, text clean. $200.00

 

64. Mundy, Major-General. The Life and Correspondence of the Late Admiral Lord Rodney. London: John Murray, 1830. b/w frontispiece, battle diagrams. Two vols. xxiii, 472; xvi, 436 pp. ”The Admiralty was fortunate to find in Rodney a commander of experience and resolution, able to command obedience if he did not inspire devotion.” - Oxford Companion. He played a critical role in the Royal Navy during the American Revolution. This is the first edition of Rodney's biography, written about forty years after his death. NMM Biography 1271, citing second edition. Some offsetting to frontispiece portrait in vol. I, otherwise a beautiful set, bound in half morocco over marbled boards, with backstrip in six elaborately gilt compartments and all edges gilt. $450.00

 

65. National Maritime Museum. British and Foreign Medals Relating to Naval and Maritime Affairs. (and) Supplement. Greenwich, UK: National Maritime Museum, 1937, 1939. b/w plates. Two vols. 307, (1), XXVII plates; 95, (1) pp. A useful reference which, for some reason has not yet been reprinted by Kessinger and similar vultures. Contains some information pertaining to American campaigns. Two vols. in stiff covers. $150.00

66. Nolte, Vincent. Fifty Years in Both Hemispheres, or, Reminiscences of the Life of a Former Merchant. NY: 1854. (4 adverts) xxii, (11)-476, (12 adverts) pp. First English edition of a book published in German the year before. The author relates experiences in New Orleans during the War of 1812 and later, Andrew Jackson, shipwreck off the Florida coast, and European travels. The translator adds, He built flat-boats at Pittsburgh, for the navigation of the Ohio, and shouted among the crowd who cheered Robert Fultons steamboat. Howes N-169. Spine laid down, front inner hinge repaired. A sound, clean copy in original cloth. $50.00

 

67. Packard, Alpheus Spring. The Labrador Coast. NY: N.D.C. Hodges, 1891. b/w plates. folding maps. 513 pp. A journal of two summer cruises to that region, with notes on its early discovery, on the Eskimo, on its physical geography, geology and natural history. Includes a bibliography of the geography and civil and natural history of Labrador. Bib. Newfoundland, 1057. A very good copy in original cloth binding, From the collection of historian Francis B. Greene, with his stamp on front blank. $75.00

 

68. Parker, Miss Lucretia. Piratical Barbarity or the Female Captive. NY: S. Walker, 1826. Folding plate, hand colored. 36 pp. Scarce first edition of this pamphlet, offering ”The particulars of the capture of the English sloop Eliza-Ann... and the horrid massacre of the unfortunate crew by the PIRATES, March 12, 1825.” Despite the titillating possibilities of pirates and their female captive Miss Parker was released unharmed. But there is still plenty of sensational gore and lurid description in the account. Sabin 58670. Not in Gosse. The rough but effective frontispiece has been crudely colored in bloody red. It is chipped with some loss, and laid down. Pages untrimmed, showing some spotting and staining. Bound in quarter calf over marbled board with leather spine label. $350.00

 

69. Parmelee, G. L. A Summer's Cruise in the Yacht "Swordfish," Auxillary Yawl. Boston: (For the author), 1911. b/w plates. 64 pp. Composite relation of about 30 years' events, from many logs and cruises. Light air, mostly breezy, patrician view of the important things in life. Scarce, privately printed. Worldcat shows only four libraries holding copies. Not in Toy. Tear in p. 29 with no loss. Otherwise very good condition. $150.00

70. Periodical. Monthly Nautical Magazine and Quarterly Review. Vol I -Vol VI. Oct. 1854 to Sept. 1857. NY: Various dates. Color and tinted lithos and b/w plates, some fldg. Various paginations, about 3500 pp. A very scarce run of this important periodical, featuring articles on ship design and building, naval vessels, clipper ships, lists of ship builders and vessels, costs of shipbuilding materials, mercantile shipping, yachting, disasters at sea, and wonderful ads - many illustrated - for maritime goods and services... a profusion of maritime information from the mid-19th century, with articles by the likes of R.B. Forbes and M.F. Maury, and illustrations by Parsons and Fitz Henry Lane (one folding plate in vol III, of the bark Antelope lithographed expressly for the Nautical Magaine - Wilmerding p. 189), as well as plans of clipper ships, yachts and steam vessels, and several color folding lithograph plates of ships printed by Endicott. Because Griffiths was publisher, the ship plans are printed in his distinctive white on black style. With vol. III the periodical changed its name to U.S. Nautical Magazine and Naval Journal, and articles of naval interest were added. In the past twenty years the set has not appeared at auction or in any dealers catalogs. I have seen only individual volumes or issues. The first two volumes are bound in black faux morocco over cloth. Vols. III-VI are bound in period calf over cloth. There is an old tape repair on the bottom two inches of the first fold of the Lane litho. All other content in excellent condition. An over used phrase, but this set truly is a treasure trove of nautical information. 6 vols. $750.00

71. Pyle, Howard. Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Tipped in color and b/w plates, ills. Original ink drawing by Pyle. Folio. xvii, (1) 246 (1) pp. As Merle Johnson points out in his foreword, Pirates... those cruel but picturesque sea wolves who once infested the Spanish Main, all live in present-day conceptions in great degree as drawn by the pen and pencil of Howard Pyle. Wonderful illustrations, with some timeless yarns besides. Gosse p. 61. This is a beautiful copy of the limited edition, #8 of 50 copies on vellum, signed by Johnson himself, and with an original full page ink drawing by Pyle on the front free endpaper. One small nick and just a touch of tanning along the upper edge of the front cover. The premiere modern pirate book. $6,000.00

72. Russell Rev. M(ichael). Polynesia; or, An Historical Account of the Principal Islands in the South Sea, Including New Zealand. New York: Harper & Brothers, n.d. 12mo. xv-362 pp. Folding b/w map. "The introduction of Christianity; and the actual condition of the inhabitants in regard to civilization, commerce, and the arts of social life." This is a reprint in the Harper's Family Library series. Bound in half calf over marbled boards. Very good condition. $50.00

73. Scott, Kenneth (ed.). The Voyages and Travels of Francis Goelet, 1746-1758. n.p: Queens College Press, (1970). Color, b/w plates. unpaginated. Transcript of the logs of voyages from New York to London, West Indies, and New England, as well as Holland in the mid-eighteenth century. With color reproductions of paintings by Goelet, from the manuscript. VG. $25.00

74. Shore, Henry Noel. The Flight of the Lapwing. A Naval Officers Jottings in China, Formosa and Japan. London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1881. b/w plates, folding color map. xv, 549 pp. Narrative of an Englishman on station in China and Japan. Handsome copy in a full calf prize binding by Relfe Brothers, London. $200.00

75. Smith, Philip Chadwick Foster. The Frigate "Essex" Papers: Building the Salem Frigate, 1798-1799. Salem: Peabody Museum, 1974. b/w plates. xx, 334 pp. Editing and interpretation of the five closely packed manuscript boxes in the library of the Peabody Museum of Salem collectively known as the "Essex Papers". These detail the subscription, design, construction and career of the famous warship. Limited edition, with folding plans in back pocket. A fine copy. $45.00

 

76. (Stevens, John). A new collection of voyages and travels into several parts of the world, none of them ever before printed in English. Containing... The description, &c. of the Molucco and Philippine Islands, by L. de Argensola. London: J. Knapton, 1711. b/w plates. 4to. (x), 260, (8) index) pp. Although six other parts are listed on the title page, this is Volume One of a two volume set. As such it contains only the ten books of Bartolome Leonardo y Argensolas The Discovery and Conquest of the Molucco and Philippine Islands which Sabin 1948 says constitutes the first book in Stevens's collection of voyages. Argensola's work, first published in 1708, contains an early and interesting history and description of the Philippines. This copy lacks a map and one of three plates. Boards lacking, sewing tight. $50.00

 


77. Syer, J. Syers Marine & River Views. London: George Rowney & Co, n.d. Sepia tinted lithos. Oblong 4to. Unpaginated. 26 leaves. Lovely sepia lithos of English fishing boats and working watercraft, plate size 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches on sheets measuring 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. A Victorian landscape artist, John Syer (1815-1876) was a founding member of the Bristol Society of Artists. He was inspired by the land and sea scapes of England and Wales. This set lacks plate 8 of the total of 24 plates. With title sheet and two advertising leaves. Disbound in original portfolio. Some marginal foxing, especially on the last sheet, but images clean. Scarce, not in Abbey. $175.00

 

78. Thacher, James. A Military Journal During the American Revolutionary War, From 1775 to 1783, Describing Interesting Events and Transactions of This Period, With Numerous Historical Facts and Anecdotes, From the Original Manuscript. Boston: Richardson and Lord, 1823. viii, 603 pp. This is literally a journal of events of the war as selected by the author, proceeding in chronological order. However, Thacher, a surgeon in the American army was present at some of the events described, and learned of many others as they occurred. This brings a certain immediacy to his account. Much concerned with the land battle, but naval activities have their place. Thacher was certainly present to some of them, such as the clearing of Boston Harbor and the removal of British vessels from Nantasket. Scarce in this first edition. Howes T-149 (aa). A very clean copy, solidly bound in later plain buckram with black spine label. $200.00

 

79. Thomson, Basil. The Fijians. A Study of the Decay of Custom. London: William Heinemann, 1908. b/w photo plates. xviii, (2), 396 pp. First edition of a book on the island and its inhabitants by a very forward thinking former colonial official who lived with the Fijians for ten years. In his presentation of the history and lives of these people, Thomson calls into question Victorian assumptions about civilization, morality and racial superiority. Bound in original cloth, lightly rubbed. Inscribed by author. $75.00

 

80. Walton, James E. Model Yachts and Model Yacht Sailing. London: Griffith and Farran, 1880. b/w ills. 101 (3) pp. Along with Biddle's work, this is the one of the earliest books on pond models. It has been called naive with regard to its approach to design. The Potts and Croxson bibliography of model yachting says the first edition was published in 1879, the second in 1896, and does not cite this 1880 printing. They go on to say "the book is a curiosity, both to bibliophiles and to model yachtsmen. A joy to own." Potts and Croxson, 150. This unrecorded edition will be even more of a joy to own. It is in good condition, with very pretty gilt design on cover, which shows minor soiling and wear. $150.00

81. Wawn, William. The South Sea Islanders and the Queensland Labor Trade. London: Swann, Sonnenschein, 1893. b/w plates, colored maps. xvi, 440 pp. First edition of a scarce account, A record of voyages and experiences in the Western Pacific, from 1875 to 1891. Wawn traveled throughout the New Hebrides and Solomon Islands, recruiting natives as indentured laborers. Ferguson 18256. Library stamps on front blanks and title else clean and fresh. $125.00