Maritime List 171

Items 126-148

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126. Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. THE STANDARDIZATION OF ERROR. Lon. 1928. 12mo. 110 pp. This is an oddity - a philosophical work by the great Arctic explorer. Stefansson argues against received wisdom and provides examples in terms of his explorations. A Fine copy in original glassine, inscribed by Stefansson. Certainly an item for the completist collector. $100
127. Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. ULTIMA THULE. NY. 1944. b/w plates, ills. 383 pp. “Further mysteries of the Arctic.” VG in dj., with six line inscription by Stefansson. $75
128. Stefansson, Vilhjalmur. UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF THE ARCTIC. Lon. (1939) b/w maps. 351, (1) pp. Troubling incidents of Arctic history recounted by the great explorer. This is the English edition, as Stefansson explains in his lengthy inscription on the front blank, “because the New York one is out of stock” VG in chipped dj with seven line inscription by Stefansson. $85
129. Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, editor. GREAT ADVENTURES AND EXPLORATIONS. NY. 1947. b/w maps. xii, 788 pp. An assemblage of original narratives of great explorations, ably edited by the great Polar explorer. First edition, VG in dj., with an inscription by Stefansson. $75
130. Sverdrup, Otto. NEW LAND. FOUR YEARS IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS. Lon. 1904. b/w plates, duotone folding maps in pocket. 2 vols. xvi, 496; xii, 504 pp. First English edition of the second Fram expedition, undertaken in 1898-1902 with the object of advancing toward the Pole through Smith Sound. “Contains descriptions of Ellesmere Island, life at winter quarters, animal life, hunting trips and sledge journeys; accounts of the mapping of the southern and western ledges of Ellesmere Island and the discovery of Axel Heiberg, Ellef Ringnes, Amund Ringnes and King Christian (now Findlay) Islands.” - Arctic Bib. 17322, 17324. This is a VG set, with silver-decorated cloth covers clean and bright, showing only the slightest wear. $500 See Illustration
131. (Symonds, Sir William). "NAVAL COSTUMES". n.p. 1840.) b/w litho plates, one folding. 41 leaves, some folding. A charming collection of lithographically reproduced drawings of naval and merchant vessels of Europe, America and the Orient. Symonds was a British naval officer who designed and built several smaller vessels, and later became surveyor of the navy. According to the DNB, “In 1840 Symonds published privately a book of sketches of men-of-war and yachts, which he entitled Naval Costume.” Of particular interest are 6 illustrations of “Boats of H.M.S. Ship Pique from 1811 to 1814” and 4 illustrations of “Sir William Symonds Double Boat.” The book contains a folding double plate and 40 leaves, averaging two illustrations per page. This copy is inscribed by Symonds to Lady Fellowes with the motto “Learn of the little Nautilus to sail.” Symonds’ inscription continues, “sketches made on a sick bed but badly lithographed.” Scattered foxing, short tear at one fold of folding plate. A few stains not affecting images. Some cover spotting, but a splendid association copy, bearing the bookplate of collector and scholar Mario Witt, as well as that of Lady Fellowes. $750 See Illustration
132. Thomson, C. Wyville and John Murray. REPORT OF THE SCIENTIFIC RESULTS OF THE VOYAGE OF H M S CHALLENGER DURING THE YEARS 1873-76 UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN GEORGE S NARES AND CAPTAIN FRANK TOURLE THOMSON. NARRATIVE-VOL I, FIRST PART, SECOND PART, NARRATIVE - VOL. II. Lon. 1885. b/w and color maps and plates, many folding. 2 vols in 3. 4to. liv, 509, vii, (1), 512-1110; vii, 744, 42, (1), 29 pp. Thomson organized the scientific aspects of the expedition and George Nares captained the ship, obtained from the Royal Navy in 1871. Between 1872 and 1876, the Challenger covered 70,000 and catalogued 4000 new species. This was the first global marine scientific expedition ever. The scientific results of the ambitious undertaking were published in 40 volumes over 15 years. See Spence 1198. The narrative volumes offered here are part of the official publications. They provide a general overview of where the expedition went and what it found. The third volume gives magnetic and meteorological results. They are massive, as befits such an endeavor, and generously illustrated with maps, chromos (several depicting Antarctic scenes) and photo plates. Folding maps in the back of Vol I and in excellent condition. Plates, photos, maps and charts are all clean and fresh. Some binding wear. Front inner hinge of vol. I cracked but holding. Narrative Part II (the third volume) is unopened. All three volumes have a small circular stamp from the College of the West Indies on the front blank, and no other markings. A good set of a rare and impressive work. $4000
133. “Tiphys” PRACTICAL CANOEING. Lon. 1883. b/w plates. 78, vi pp. Caoneing as a sport, hulls, fittings, sails, seamanship, even dress. This book is published by Norie and Wilson and the last page of ads shows the location in London of Norie’s Nautical Academy. Toy 2415. Three paragraphs highlighted in yellow by former owner. Outer hinge cracked, else VG $150
134. Tucker, Miss (Sarah). SOUTHERN CROSS AND SOUTHERN CROWN. Lon. 1855. b/w plates, folding map. vi, 263 pp. Hill calls this work “a detailed account of New Zealand and Maori tribes.” Miss Tucker was a missionary, and her account also includes information on early missionary activities, with a list of missionaries and their stations. Hill 1722 (citing a later edition.) Hocken p. 182. Bound in original cloth, lightly sunned. Text and ills crisp and clean. $75
135. Vahl, M; Amdrup, G.C; Bobe, L; Jensen, AD.S. editors. GREENLAND. Copenhagen. 1928 Folding color map, b/w maps, plates. 3 vols. II, 575; 415; 468 pp. “Published by the Commission for Direction of the Geological and Geographical Investigations in Greenland... I. The Discovery of Greenland, Exploration and Nature of the Country. II. The Past and Present Population of Greenland. III. The Colonization of Greenland and its History until 1929. See Arctic Bib. 18493. These are bound in original wraps and are unopened and untrimmed. Scarce thus. VG $250
136. Vanderdecken. THE YACHT SAILOR... Lon. 1888. fldg. b/w plates. viii, 208 pp. Victorian yachtsmanship as well as information on design, building and rigging, racing, and an interesting chapter on boats. Toy 1955. A pretty copy, in original blindstamped blue cloth with gilt decoration. VG $75
137. (Various Authors). DISCOVERY REPORTS. VOLUME I. Cambridge, England. 1929. b/w plates, ills. maps. 4to. 539 pp. plus plates. Station list - 1925-7, Objects equipment & methods, Matthews on Elephant seals, Mackintosh on southern blue whales, Baylis on parasitic nematodes, Matthews on birds of South Georgia. VG in green buckram with gold lettering $200
138. (Various Authors). DISCOVERY REPORTS. VOLUME X. Cambridge, England. 1935 b/w plates. 4to. 390 pp. Earland on Falklands foraminifera, Rayner on Falklan crustacea genus Munida, Hart on diatoms of the skin film of whales, Marr on the South Orkney Islands, and Tilley on rocks of the South Orkney Islands. All in original printed wrappers with title and contents list in its wrappers. All VG $150
139. (Various Authors). DISCOVERY REPORTS. VOLUME XVII. Cambridge, England. 1938. b/w plates, ills. maps. 4to. 344 pp. plus plates. Haynes & Laurie on histological structure of cetacean lungs, Matthews on Humpback whale, Matthews on Sperm whale, Matthews on Right whale, Matthews on Sei whale, Gurney on larvae of decapod crustacea. VG in green buckram with gold lettering. $300
140. Various Authors. FOUR RARE ARCTIC PAMPHLETS BOUND TOGETHER. 1. Nares, Captain (George) “Official Report of the Recent Arctic Expedition.” Lon. John Murray, 1876. b/w map. 96 pp. - First report of the expedition published anywhere. Scarce. Not in Arctic Bib. Back wrapper bound in. 2. Osborn, Captain Sherard. “Remarks Upon the Amount of Light Experienced in High Northern Latitudes During the Absence of the Sun.” Offprint from RGS lecture, 1858. Folding table, 5 pp. Green wraps bound in. Arctic Bib. 12898. 3. Osborn, Captain Sherard. “On the Exploration of the North Polar Region.” Offprint from an RGS lecture, 1865. 31 pp. Arctic Bib. 12896. 4. Markham, Clements. “The Arctic Navy List; or, a Century of Arctic & Antarctic Officers, 1773-1873. Together with a list of the officers of the 1875 expedition, and their services.” Griffin & Co. Lon. 1875. b/w folding map, errata slip, 62 pp. All VG. Bound in black boards with gold title lettering. The lot $2500
141. von Scheliha, (Viktor E.K.R.) A TREATISE ON COAST-DEFENSE... Lon. 1868. Color plates, color fldg. charts. xviii, 326 pp. The author was a chief engineer for the Confederacy and this work is based on his experiences in that capacity, also upon Official Reports of Union Officers. As well as color lithograph frontispiece and title, it features folding color charts, and b/w diagrams and elevations of fortifications in Charleston, Mobile, and Savannah harbors, diagrams of various mines and torpedoes, and a "torpedo boat used during the war." Von Scheliha's work is analytical as well as descriptive, and was written upon his return to Berlin, presumably for his colleagues in the military. Bound in original red cloth with gold decoration. Backstrip laid down. Scarce in the trade. $1250 See Illustration
142. Whittaker, C.E. MEMORANDA OF THE MISSION TO THE MACKENZIE RIVER ESKIMOS. n.p. n.d. b/w diagram. 4to. (2), 71, (3) pp. Copy of a typescript and manuscript notes. Whittaker was a missionary who ministered to the natives of the Mackenzie River and Coronation Gulf regions. He published a memoir of his experiences there in 1937. This account is undated, but a manuscript note in Whittaker’s hand dates it at 1934. It traces the history of the mission in this area and provides many details of life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries there. See Arctic Bib. 19415 for a summary of contents of Whittaker’s memoir, which resemble the material covered here. Apparently never published, but Whittaker’s notes suggest parts may have been used in his later memoir. A fascinating first hand account. Handsomely bound in morocco over marbled boards with spine label , raised bands and gilt rules. $125
143. (Williams, Edwin, compiler.) NARRATIVE OF THE RECENT VOYAGE OF CAPTAIN ROSS TO THE ARCTIC REGIONS, IN THE YEARS 1829-30-31-32-33. NY. 1835. b/w folding map. 12mo. vi-192 pp. “An advance narrative of the Ross Second Voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, based chiefly upon testimony before a Parliamentary committee... and upon the correspondence of Captain Ross some (p. 167-70) not published elsewhere.” - Arctic Bib. 19541 ascribing this title to Williams. A very nice copy in old patterned cloth with spine label. Map VG. Quite scarce. $400
144. Woodward, Francis J. PORTRAIT OF JANE. A LIFE OF LADY FRANKLIN. Lon. (1951). b/w plates. 382 pp. Story of the woman who drove the twelve year search for her lost husband. Written from Lady Franklin’s 200 journals and 2000 letters. First edition, VG in worn dj. Scarce. $125
145. Worcester, G.R.G. THE JUNKMAN SMILES. Lon. 1959. b/w plates, maps. 254 pp. Study of the junk and the people who sailed them, by the acknowledged expert. First edition. VG in torn dj. $65
146. Wright, E.W. LEWIS & DRYDEN’S MARINE HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. NY. 1961. b/w ills. 4to. xxiii, “An illustrated review of the growth and development of the maritime industry from the advent of the earliest navigators to the present time, with sketches and portraits of a number of well known marine men.” Reprint of the original 1895 edition. VG $125
147. Wright, Noel. QUEST FOR FRANKLIN. Lon. (1959) b/w plates. xii, 258 pp. Franklin’s exploits in the context of the history of Arctic exploration. First ed. VG, in attractive dj. $25
148. Young, Allen. THE TWO VOYAGES OF THE ‘PANDORA’ IN 1875 AND 1876. Lon. 1879. b/w plates, folding maps. vi, 197 pp. The Pandora was Young’s private yacht. In the first voyage he traveled to Lancaster Sound, Barrow Strait and Peel Sound. On the second explored Smith Sound. He was seeking a northwest passage and hoping to find remains of the Franklin expedition. “With notes on ice of Melville Bay, Smith Sound, and Canadian Arctic waters, on west Greenland ports, and the Polar Eskimos.” Arctic Bib. 19759. The Pandora later became the Jeanette. The map in the front pocket is in excellent condition; the map in the back pocket VG with small tears at folds. Bound in original cloth which is in good condition except for some wear to spine ends. This is one of the scarcer works in later polar literature, especially in original binding with maps intact. $1250

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