It may not be obvious, but I’m making real progress cleaning out the cellar and turning it into the new World Headquarters of Ten Pound Island Book Co.
These are my map shelves
and all that wall space will be MORE shelves…
It’ll be fine. You’ll see.
Meanwhile my preparations for the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print, and Paper Fair continue. Mostly I’m just trying to remember to bring the toothpaste, but a few things are turning up that might fit into my suitcase… which reminds me. I’ve gotta buy a suitcase!
While I’m shopping here’s a very cool item that almost got Left Behind!
First British Navy Signal Book
(Greenwood, Jonathan). The Sailing and Fighting Instructions or Signals as they are Observed in the Royal Navy of Great Britain. London: Jonathan Greenwood, (1715). 16mo, unpaginated. 72 engraved leaves, most containing two illustrations of ships or cannon with contemporary hand coloring; 67 engraved illustrations in all. The first leaf is printed on both sides. This is the first printed British Signal Book. “The year 1714 saw the issue of the first signal book. This curiously enough was a private venture of one Jonathan Greenwood… No doubt this duodecimo sized book was much more convenient than the folio sized Instructions. Each signal is represented by a drawing of a ship flying the flag or flags of the signal at the proper place, the purport being added underneath, a method at use in the French navy at least twenty years earlier… Apparently, although the Instructions were regarded as confidential the signals were not, as the work is described as, ‘designed to supply the Inferior Officers who cannot have recourse to the Printed Instructions.’”- Perrin, British Flags, p. 163. The book consists of 72 leaves, all engraved, most containing two illustrations of ships or cannon, many with contemporary hand-coloring – 67 engraved illustrations in all. A&W 1890. ESTC T120218. See Corbett, “Fighting Instructions” pp. 233-234. It is a scarce book in the trade, particularly in good condition, as most copies were used hard. Worldcat shows only two libraries holding copies. The most recent copy in comparable condition to appear at auction sold for 3000 pounds in 2009. Bound in period blind stamped calf, rebacked to match in period style; the words “Signals for the Navy” carved on the front board. $5500