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1. Anon. A NARRATIVE OF THE LOSS OF THE ROYAL GEORGE, AT SPITHEAD... 1782... BOUND IN THE WOOD OF THE WRECK. (WITH) FRAGMENT FROM THE WRECK SHAPED INTO A BOOK. Portsea. 1842. b/w folding frontispiece. 16mo. 136 pp. In 1782 the Royal George was hove down to repair a water pipe. She heeled more than was expected, took on water and sank suddenly, sending about 900 persons to their deaths. This little book includes the attempt to raise her in 1783 and Pasley’s operations in 1839-40. This type of relic, a book commemorating the raising of the Royal George, with covers made of wood from the hull of the Royal George, is discussed in Klamkin’s “Marine Antiques”, p. 113. Not in Huntress. Wooden boards, measuring about 4 1/2 inches tall, leather backstrip. With a piece of wood from the wreck shaped and gilt like a bible, with identifying labels front and back. Uncommon. Both items $350
2. Anon. ANALYSIS OF NEW VOYAGES AND TRAVELS LATELY PUBLISHED IN LONDON. THE NARRATIVES OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CAPT. DAVID WOODARD, AND FOUR SEAMEN... n.p. n.d. (London, circa 1805). 32 pp. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It is a book review of Woodard’s book (published in London in 1804), with a sort of “Reader’s Digest” version of the text appended. Woodard was sent off in a boat in the Straits of Macassar to ask for food from another ship. He was separated from his own ship, captured by natives on the Celebes, and after 2 1/2 years reached Macassar. These events are recounted in 32 pages, at the end of which comes the statement, “We have now furnished our readers with a complete and connected abstract of the volume before us, and we trust that this specimen alone will fully shew the value of the analytical part of our work.” Removed from larger volume. VG $75
3. Anon. GASPAR: THE PIRATE OF THE INDIAN SEAS. A TALE OF THE OCEAN. NY. 1842 Folio. xlviii pp. This publication bills itself “First American Edition.” It is printed as a supplement to “Brother Jonathan” June 20, 1842. “Brother Jonathan” was an enormously popular weekly that specialized in reprinting (pirating) English fiction. This Gaspar - not to be confused with the original Gaspar who terrorized Tampa Bay in the late 18th and early 19th century - gets involved in the East Indian slave trade and really Breaks Bad when a beautiful Creole girl he purchases at auction commits suicide upon being sold. “Her bosom appeared swoolen (sic) almost to bursting; her lips compressed; her nostril dilated... the girl, driven to the extremity of despair, with a frantic gesture, drew from the sleeve of her gown a large table knife, and with terrible determination, plunged it to the handle in her breast.” It gets better from here, folks, and Gaspar, a true anti-hero, gets his just deserts in the end. Tanned and spotted. Edges and corners chipped and worn. But complete $250
4. Anon. PUBLICATIONS BY REAR ADMIRAL A.T. MAHAN, U.S.N., WITH ARTICLES COLLECTED THEREIN AND/OR RELATED SUBJECTS. n.p. n.d. (ca. 1929) Oblong 4to., 12 leaves printed on recto only. Obviously a vanity publication by an unnamed compiler (who signs himself Grandpa Compiler in a presentation inscription dated Dec. 1929). Arranges Mahan’s book and periodical publications by date. A fine copy in stiff blue wraps, accompanied by a second copy with an alternate cover title and a note in the compiler’s hand explaining the variation. Both items $35
5. Anon. VOYAGES AND ADVENTURES OF JACK HALLIARD WITH CAPTAIN MORRELL. Bos. 1833. b/w wood engravings. 16mo. viii-142 pp. This is a fictionalized account for boys by a seaman who supposedly accompanied Morrell on his four voyages. The legendary Captain Morrell, of course, was a resourceful sealer who pioneered many South Seas routes. “His narrative is of great interest and is one of the earliest first-hand records of many South Sea islands... this work is the source from which Edgar Allen Poe derived his famous Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. However, he was also known as the biggest liar in the Pacific.” - Hill. An unusual artifact relating to early American exploration of the South Seas. Bound in printed boards with leather backstrip. Cover and spine much worn. Front board nearly detached, sewing loose. $200
6. Bingley, Thomas. TALES OF SHIPWRECKS AND OTHER DISASTERS AT SEA. Bos. 1851. b/w engravings. 12mo. 224 pp. “This book, which was designed for younger readers, was reviewed by Edgar Allan Poe in Burton’s Magazine, September, 1839.” - Huntress 302C. It contains a 30 page account of the Bounty mutiny. Later American edition of a book first published in London in 1839. Unusual. Some foxing and staining in text. Bound in original cloth with gold spine lettering. A pretty copy. $75
7. Blunt, Edmund M. THE AMERICAN COAST PILOT. Newburyport. 1809. b/w fldg. charts. viii, 17-339, (3 ads) pp. This is an early Coast Pilot, with fifteen charts... Portland, Portsmouth, Newburyport, Annisquam, Boston, Newport... all the way south to Vera Cruz. According to Campbell 6, it was the last edition printed by the Blunts in Newburyport. This copy lacks one leaf of contents, but is otherwise complete, with a nice full page ad for Newburyport bookseller Edward Little. Pages tanned, hinges cracked, binding very worn. Priced accordingly at $50
8. Boxer, C.R. A PORTUGUESE EMBASSY TO JAPAN (1644-1647). Lon. 1928. b/w plates, charts. viii, 64 pp. “Translated from an unpublished Portuguese MS., and other contemporary sources, with commentary and appendices.” Boxer was, and is, the great authority on Portuguese activities in the far East. Bound in original cloth over boards. Scarce in the trade. VG $200
9. Boxer, C.R. THE AFFAIR OF THE MADRE DE DEUS A CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF THE PORTUGUESE IN JAPAN. Lon. 1929. b/w plates, charts. iii-94 pp. This is the Keegan, Paul, Trench & Tubner first book printing of a monograph that originally appeared in the “Transactions of the Japan Society”. It is scarce in the trade, with only modern reprints available. Boxer is the great authority on Portuguese activities in the far East. Bound in original cloth over boards. VG $200
10. Broadside. HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WAR. A NEW SONG, ON THE CAUSES, BEGINNING, EVENTS, END, AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE LATE WAR WITH GREAT-BRITAIN. (Richmond, NH). (1815) Folio sheet. 17 x 10 inches. Printed in three columns, with 42 numbered four-line verses. Several of the verses, 12 through 18 specifically, praise the Naval heroes of the war, Hull, Bainbridge, Decatur, Perry and Macdonough. Tears in one horizontal and one vertical fold effect several words. Professionally rebacked and preserved on rice paper. Variations of this broadside are featured in “The War of 1812”, (Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1962), and Vera Brodsky Lawrence’s “Music for Patriots, Politicians, and Presidents” (New York, 1975). The broadsides illustrated in these references differ in that the title History of the American War is absent, the caption title beginning with “A Bold New Song” instead. Further, both of these broadsides print the full name, Silas Ballou, of the composer, and the location: Richmond, New Hampshire. Not in Neeser. WorldCat shows no holdings of this printing. $1500
11. Broadside. PERRY’S VICTORY. 4to sheet, 8 3/4 x 10 inches. This is a n.p., n.d. (no place, no date) printing of a much reprinted broadside ca. 1813. Lots of character. I think it would look great on your wall. $450
12. Burgess, Edward and N. L. Stebbins. AMERICAN AND ENGLISH YACHTS... NY. (1887) b/w plates. Oblong folio. Stebbins’ sought-after first book, a yachting classic. Fifty full page gravure plates of yachts, with brief histories and dimensions. Essay on yachts and yachting by Burgess. Toy 329. Morris & Howland p. 131. Stebbins’s book is usually found with foxing on the plates. The plates in this copy are virtually spotless. Front cover detached, backstrip chipped. Text and ills. clean. $1250
13. Carter, Robert. A SUMMER CRUISE ON THE COAST OF NEW ENGLAND. Bos. 1864. viii, 261 pp. A cruising classic. Much lounging and fishing got accomplished between Boston and Mount Desert, and some drollery too. Toy 1029. Morris & Howland p. 27. A good copy in original cloth binding with gold spine decoration. Spine lightly sunned. $100
14. Chart. MAP OF NEW BEDFORD, 1834. Rare chart of New Bedford in the glory days of whaling. From a survey by I. Congdon. Printed by Pendleton lithographers in Boston. With an inset closeup of “The Village of New Bedford, 1834” with 27 prominent sites identified. 12 x 34 inches. Archivally restored and backed. $1500
15. Coffin, William and Albert Gardiner. A NARRATIVE OF THE ROBBERY OF THE NANTUCKET BANK. Nantucket. 1816. xviii, 69 pp. Sole edition of this early Nantucket imprint. Suspicion fell on locals and bank officials after the 1795 robbery. Coffin and Gardiner compiled compelling evidence to show that the robbery was actually the work of an organized gang of professional thieves. The repercussions divided Nantucket for decades. See Nathaniel Philbrick’s treatment of this incident in AWAY OFFSHORE. Crosby, p. 164. American Imprints 37286. A stab sewn pamphlet, with title page as front wrapper. Untrimmed; edges chipped and corners rounded. In and early Goodspeed’s package. $1250
16. Derrick, Charles. MEMOIRS OF THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF THE ROYAL NAVY. Lon. 1806. b/w frontis. 4to, ii, 309, (19), (6) pp. A chronological and statistical look at the Royal Navy up to and including Nelson’s time. Cowie, in his bibliography on Nelson, says of this work, “valuable for non-operational subjects... contains useful statistics.” Cowie 361. Manuscript presentation to the Rt. Hon. Sir Hames Grahame Bart, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the anniversary of the death of Nelson in 1853, and another manuscript entry stating this copy was “rescued from destruction” by being purchased in Glasgow by John Leech, M.D. Frontispiece foxed, Text clean and solidly bound in calf over marbled boards, backstrip somewhat scuffed. $350
17.Ekins, Charles. NAVAL BATTLES, FROM 1744 TO THE PEACE IN 1814, CRITICALLY REVIEWED AND ILLUSTRATED. Lon. 1824. b/w charts, plates, some folding. Ills. in text. 4to. xxix, errata (Corrigenda), 425, (2 subscribers) pp. First edition. Primarily concerned with naval action in the Revolutionary War, also Napoleonic wars, with battles of St. Vincent, the Nile, Trafalgar and others reviewed and charted. Constant reference is made to Clerk’s work, but this book and its 79 engraved plates goes into a deeper analysis of specific battles. Also contains an interesting illustrated appendix on positioning of guns in rounded sterns of vessels. See Smith I, 489, NMM Cat V, 1108. Leather backstrip and corners renewed, over old marbled boards. Original spine label retained. Copy of Lt. J.W. Hotham (son of Admiral Wm. Hotham, who fought with Nelson at the siege of Corsica) with his signature on title page. $1000
18. Eldridge, George. GEO. W. ELDRIDGE’S HARBOR CHART-BOOK. BOSTON TO BAR HARBOR. Bos. n.d. b/w charts with spot coloring. Folio, unpaginated. Twenty-five full page folio charts measuring 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches. From Boston “down east” along the coast. Including Gloucester and Rockport, Squam River, Portsmouth, Isles of Shoals, Portland and Casco Bay, Tenants Harbor and Monhegan, Rockport and Camden, Castine and Belfast, and Bar Harbor. With 1912 revised price list tipped in. Solidly bound in original printed cloth. Very good condition. $1250
19. Ephemera. A TRIP THROUGH THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS 7 - REELS PICTURES - 7 AND LECTURE SHOWING NATIVE LIFE IN THE ISLANDS AND THE WORLD'S LARGEST ACTIVE VOLCANO KILAUEA IN ACTIVE ERUPTION. Very large advertising broadside in three sections, each approximately 42 x 28 inches; approximately 84 x 42 inches overall. The type face, along with the fact that the Kilauea was erupting frequently in the early 1920s point to the first half of the 1920s as a date of printing. The illustrated film program is almost certainly based on the films of Robert Kates Bonine (1862-1923), a one-time employee of Thomas Edison, - the only person at that time who had a body of film work on the Hawaiian Islands. This was one of a small group found at one time in the basement of a building in Portland, Oregon. It bears the imprint, “Portland: Holly Press” and is printed in black on tan paper; previous folds, but essentially fine and handsome. $1750
20. Ephemera. CORRESPONDENCE FROM E. GERRY EMMONS, BOAT BUILDER, REGARDING SWAMPSCOTT DORIES. Copy of a typed letter dated 1911 from Emmons “I am sending you loose sheets of three of the most popular boats we are turning out this year...” Enclosed are sheets featuring plans, views and specifications of two 21 foot and one 18 foot Swampscott dory. With mailing envelope. $45
21. Ephemera. CUSTOMS INSPECTOR’S MONTHLY RETURN. Printed oblong folio sheet accomplished in manuscript. This is the monthly return filed by the customs inspector for the port of Newburyport. Interesting to note that, among the ships leaving for Canadian destinations, were two bound for California with passengers. The Gold Rush was underway! $50
22. Ephemera. DRIVING AND CYCLING ROAD MAP OF THE BERMUDA ISLANDS. “Specially compiled for the Rexall Store, Hamilton, Bermuda.” This is a later edition of a map originally published in 1898. Hallett, p. 77. Sheet measures 27 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. A beautiful map, ready for framing. $250
23. Ephemera HAWAII PARADISE OF THE PACIFIC. SEE THE VOLCANO OF KILAUEA A BOILING, SPOUTING, SEETHING LAKE OF FIRE IN ALL ITS TERRIFIC GRANDURE. NATIVE HULA DANCE, SURF BOARD RIDING, THE WORLD'S GREATEST WATERSPOUT... Large advertising broadside approximately 28 x 41 inches The type face, along with the fact that the Kilauea was erupting frequently in the early 1920s point to the first half of the 1920s as a date of printing. The illustrated program evidently travelled around the United States since it bears the imprint, “Chicago: National Printing & Engraving Co.,” and was one of a small group all found at one time in the basement of a building in Portland, Oregon. The broadside was almost certainly for a presentation (or presentations) of the magic lantern slides and films by Ray Jerome Baker done on tours on the mainland in the 1910s and 1920s. Printed in red on yellow paper; previous folds, but essentially fine and handsome. $1500
24. Ephemera. LAWRENCE QUICK STEP. Bos. 1839. b/w litho. Folio. 4 pp. Lithograph of the encampment at Barnstable drawn by Fitz Henry Lane. “Respectfully dedicated to S. Abbott Lawrence and the members of the New England Guards.” Scene shows tents, soldiers and lounging civilians, with waters off Cape Cod in background. Wilmerding p. 188. $275
25. Ephemera. MANUSCRIPT RECEIPT FOR WHALE OIL, 1838. Lined ledger sheet, 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. The North American was a whaling brig home ported in New London. Her Pacific voyage lasted from August 1835 to July 1839. By this settlement, drawn up in November 1838, George Farrington settles a debt by signing over his share of whale oil transferred that was “sent home from the Western Islands” in the amount of $1000. Very good condition. $35
26. Ephemera. MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE FOR THE AMERICAN SEAMAN’S FRIEND SOCIETY. 4to sheet, engraved. This is a blank membership certificate for the American Seaman’s Friend Society, with what I believe is a wood engraving of the Sailor’s Home on East River probably early 19th century, done by “H.J. Winslow N.Y.” Signed by Edward Richardson president and J. Greenleaf secretary. $125
27. Ephemera. SEAMAN’S PROTECTION CERTIFICATE. JOSHUA H. WILLIAMS, NORWICH, CONNECTICUT, 1844. Printed 4to sheet, finished in manuscript. These certificates were first issued by the US in 1795 to protect American sailors from impressment by the British. However, they continued to be used as identification into the 20th century. As Stein notes in “American Maritime Documents” each certificate was numbered - so in theory it would be possible to find a record for this seaman in the records of the Norwich District Collector. $75
28. Ephemera. SET OF 12 PRANG CHROMOLITHOGRAPHED ALBUM CARDS. Cards measure approximately 4 x 2 1/4 inches and depict coastal scenes from Cape Ann to Boston Harbor. Including Eastern Point Light, Nahant, Navy Yard, Fort Warren, Boston Light, etc. Undated, but an 1869 Prang catalog lists “Views of Boston Harbor.” Light foxing not apparent on images. The set $100
29. Ephemera. TRADE CARD ADVERTIZING C.C. BRANDS’ WHALING GUN AND BOMB LANCE. The Brand Company of Norwich, CT introduced the first shoulder gun in 1846. It was popular in the industry and became known as the “Brand Gun.” This card dates from a later era, circa 1870, since it boasts “over 200,000 of these lances used in the last 25 years.” It names agents in New Bedford, Boston, San Francisco, New London, Honolulu, New York, Provincetown, and Bay of Islands New Zealand., and has an oval vignette of a whaling scene. On the verso are “Directions for Use” in ten steps. Card measures 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches. Very unusual. I have never seen such a thing. (Please inquire about our collection of maritime trade cards.) $450
30. Ephemera. UNITED STATES INSPECTOR’S LICENSE TO CHIEF MATES. 1898. Printed sheet 9 3/4 x 8 inches, accomplished in manuscript. Grants Clifford Swain of Boston the right to perform duties of Chief Mate aboard steam vessels in “Bays, harbors, rivers and sounds on towing steamers also second class pilot on Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Handsomely steel engraved document with a vignette of steamer and tug. Tanned but clean, in frame. $50
31. Ephemera. WHALING CONTRACT. Oblong folio, 16 x 10 inches. Printed sheet accomplished in manuscript. By this contract agent Charles Harris retains L. W. Cotter, 23, as steward for Taber, Read & Co. Tipped on the back is a note from agent Harris dated Boston April 7, 1875. “Per your order for 2 men shipped 2 good men...” Not in Stein, and I’ve never seen one, either. So I conclude they are scarce. This example is partially torn down the middle fold, with no loss. $100
32. Fitz-Gerald, Conrad Trelawney, Jun. THE “ALBATROSS.” BEING THE BIOGRAPHY OF CONRAD FITZ-GERALD. Bristol (UK) (1935) b/w photo ills. 208 pp. The Albatross was not Fitz-Gerald, but his 30 foot schooner rigged yacht, in which he sailed single-handed all over the southern Newfoundland doctoring people there. This biography appears to be written by his son, shortly after the old man’s demise in 1933. Scattered light foxing, VG $35
33. Forbes, Robert B. PERSONAL REMINISCENCES. Bos. 1878. vii, 382, (5) pp. Forbes’ work is one of the liveliest American autobiographies and a rich source of information on the China Trade, of which Forbes was a pioneer. He made his first trip to China at age 13; at 20 he received command of his own ship for a 3 year voyage around the world; by age 30 he had made a fortune; by age 34 lost nearly all of it, and then by age 36 regained it. In later years he became a ship owner and builder and was responsible for improvements in lifesaving devices and ships’ rigs. This work contains a list of vessels built by Forbes. This is the scarce private printing of Forbes’s book, which went through at least three subsequent printings. Howes F-244. Smith F49. Bound in original green cloth. Light wear to spine ends. Inscribed by Forbes to Kate Delano, whose father was an old China Trade colleague of Forbses. $200
34. Forbes, Robert Bennett. THE LOSS OF THE OREGON. (Bos.) n.d. 12mo. 78 pp. This is a privately printed pamphlet by my hero, Robert Bennett Forbes. Legendary sea captain, China Trade pioneer, and author of one of the great American autobiographies, Forbes had a deep and abiding interest in making ships safer. Here he discusses a catastrophic 1884 steamship collision, and considers such things as life boats, navigation, and using boilers for floats. Rare. Bound in original printed wrappers. $200
35. Hambly, W.D. THE HISTORY OF TATTOOING AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE. NY. 1925. b/w plates. 346 pp. American edition of a book published in London in the same year. An anthropological study of the art as practiced in such diverse locations as New Zealand, New Guinea, the Congo, Tahiti, Borneo, the Amazon, etc. Methods of application as well as sociological meanings and uses. With dozens of illustrations. This book has become hard to find. Bound in original maroon cloth with a few cover spots. Text clean, binding sound. $450
36. Hoppin, B. A DIARY KEPT WHILE WITH THE PEARY ARCTIC EXPEDITION OF 1896. n.p. n.d. (New Haven, 1897?) b/w plates, ills. 83 pp. First edition of a scarce account, privately printed in a small edition by Hoppin, who was the mineralogist on the expedition of the steamship Hope from Nova Scotia to Greenland, Melville Bay and the Hayes Peninsula. Includes note on the personnel of the parties and has daily entries. Hoppin accompanied the party as far as Umanak, where he and the MIT party stayed. A fine diary with detailed entries. The appendix includes “Inscriptions in the Whaler’s Burying Ground at Niantilic Winter Harbor.” Arctic Bib 7401. Smith, H124. This copy is inscribed by Hoppin in 1897. It also has a rubbed example of the bookplate of Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan on the front pastedown. Some cover spotting, text clean. $650
37. Hoste, P. Paul. A TREATISE ON NAVAL TACTICS. Edinburgh. 1834. b/w plates. 4to. xxv, 178 pp. plus errata slip Translated by Capt. J.D. Boswall. “The original of this work was printed at Lyons in 1697, folio. It contains the first description of the celebrated manoeuvre of breaking the line, for the honor of which there has been much controversy of late...”—Lowndes. A scarce and important book on naval tactics, and the first printing of the entire text in English. With 52 engraved charts and plans of maneuvers. See BMC vol 12, 439. Bound in tan leather over brown cloth, with raised bands and spine label. $850
38. Hutchinson, William. A TREATISE ON NAVAL ARCHITECTURE FOUNDED UPON PHILOSOPHICAL AND RATIONAL PRINCIPLES, TOWARDS ESTABLISHING FIXED RULES FOR THE BEST FORM AND PROPORTIONAL DIMENSIONS IN LENGTH, BREADTH AND DEPTH, OF MERCHANT SHIPS IN GENERAL, AND ALSO THE MANAGEMENT OF THEM TO THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE, BY PRACTICAL SEAMANSHIP... Liverpool. 1794. b/w engraved frontis., 12 plates, plans. one folding. 4to. xv, (1), 303 (1) pp. plus plates. Hutchinson was a life-long seaman, having first hand experience in most branches of the maritime trade. He was on an east Indiaman in 1738, in command of a privateer in 1747 and in the West Indies in 1750. In 1760 he was he was appointed a dock-master at Liverpool. This is the fourth and best edition of a work that started its life in 1777 as, “A Treatise on Practical Seamanship.” Material was added with each edition until the present one, which contains information on shipbuilding, stowage, seamanship, naval gunnery and tactics, and health and diseases of seamen - making it a virtual compendium of 18th century naval practice. Scott Coll. 445. Adams & Waters 2182. This copy has a circular hole in the title page, not affecting text. Frontispiece stained at top of page. Pages are tanned with some marginal tears. but clean. Plates at back show some foxing and offsetting. Rebound in green buckram with original leather spine label. Priced according to condition $1250
39. Jones, Charles C. THE LIFE AND SERVICES OF COMMODORE JOSIAH TATTNALL. Savannah. 1878. duotone frontispiece. x, 255, 4 pp. Tattnall served in the war of 1812 on the Constellation and as a Rear Flag Officer in the China and East India Seas. He later resigned to join the Confederacy and ordered the burning of the Merrimac to prevent her capture. Smith Civil War 1317. Howes J. 201. First edition. A very good copy. $200
40. Kendall, Edmund Hale. THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF ABEL SAMPSON, RELATED BY HIMSELF; WRITTEN BY EDMUND HALE KENDALL. Lawrence City (MA). 1847. b/w engraved frontis. 12mo. 91, (4) pp. First edition of a rare account by an American seaman. He was born in Maine in 1790 and first went to sea on a merchant schooner in 1808. The next year he was pressed on board a British Man of War. He escaped and worked on a slaver for a time, shipped on the privateer Saratoga in 1812, then did a second more successful tour on the Yorktown before being captured by the British. These adventures were followed by tours in the European, India, and West Indies trades. He swallowed the anchor in 1820, and went back to his original trade as a carpenter. Howes S-59. Not in Smith. Bound in original pictorial wrappers, torn and wrinkled. Corners bent and soiled. An abused but complete copy. If there were a bibliographic equivalent of a pet rescue center, this book would be the doggie of the month. Priced accordingly. $150
41. Kiley, M.J. (Publisher). YACHTSMAN’S ANNUAL GUIDE AND NAUTICAL CALENDAR. Bos. 1887. b/w ills. 64 pp. “Containing dates of regattas, tide tables, officers of yachts clubs, cautionary signals, sailing directions, chart of Boston Harbor, etc.” And also some wonderful period advertisements, such as those for N.L. Stebbins Marine Photographer, or the new “Cyclorama Battle of Gettysburg” at 541 Tremont St. Original printed wrappers chipped and tanned. A good copy. $35
42. Kunhardt, C.P. SMALL YACHTS. THEIR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION EXEMPLIFIED BY THE RULING TYPES OF MODERN PRACTICE. NY. 1891. b/w fldg. plates. Folio, xiv-473 pp. plus 87 plates. This is the “New and Enlarged Edition” of an important book on 19th century yacht design, building, rigging and sailing - the more valuable because it approaches these topics from an American perspective, with many American yachts and designers represented. Generously illustrated with in-text line cuts and 87 full page and folding plates. Toy 4763. For some reason the publishers, Forest and Stream, used highly acidic pulp paper on this and several other books they published during this period. Hence most copies are defective, falling apart, or both. This copy has been rebound in black morocco over the original illustrated cover. It is complete and in good condition, with the exception of the last plate, which got dusty before it was rescued. A bargain at $250
43. Lees, James. A MANUAL FOR SHIPMASTERS... Lon. 1845. (8), 339, (2 ads) pp. First edition of a useful text that went through at least seven editions. It contains a wide range of legal and mercantile information, log keeping, management of storm conditions, standing, collisions, salvage, smuggling, etc. With tables of exchange. This first edition is actually quite scarce, with Worldcat showing only three libraries - none in the US - holding copies. Spine lightly sunned, otherwise in excellent condition; unopened. $350
44. “Llewellin Penrose” ie., William Williams. THE JOURNAL OF LLEWELLIN PENROSE, A SEAMAN. Lon. 1815. 4 vols. bound in two. 12mo. xvi, 239; 217; 215; 197 pp. Novel of a seafaring life based on the author’s true experience. But the story is better than that. The author was William Williams, and he was the first teacher of American painter Benjamin West, whose recollections of Williams appear in the introduction to this work. The publisher had befriended Williams, only to discover, on Williams’ death, the manuscript, which he put into print. The book made quite a splash when it first came out, Byron is said to have remarked, “I have never read so much of a book at first sitting in my life. He kept me up half the night, and made me dream of him in the other half.” A scarce and unusual item, of equal interest to art and maritime historians. $850
45. Maginnis, Arthur J. THE ATLANTIC FERRY: ITS SHIPS, MEN, AND WORKING. Lon. 1893. b/w plates. xiv, (2), 208, (34 ads) pp. pp. Detailed and useful history of the early days of transatlantic steam. This is the “Popular Edition” published the year after the first, in a bright chromolithograph cover showing a steamship and flags of major passenger lines. Library sticker on front pastedown, no other markings. Light cover wear. $45
46. Manning, Thomas. THE AMERICAN YACHT LIST FOR 1889... NY. 1889. Color plates, b/w ills. Oblong 8vo. xvi, 328, (8 ads) pp. “Containing a complete register of the yacht clubs of the United States and British Provinces, with list of officers, secretaries, names of yachts, official numbers, signal letters, dimensions, designers, builders, etc.” With twenty-two color plates showing hundreds of club pennants and private signals, and dozens of pages of illustrated ads for waterfront and yacht related firms. See Morris & Howland p. 378. Very good condition in original decorated cloth binding. $175
47. Manuscript DIARY OF JACK GENZ, US NAVY, 1944 - 1945. Lined notebook, 5 x 8 inches. About 50 pages of manuscript entries. This is an excellent WW II diary by an enlisted man - a storekeeper 3rd class - kept from November 1944 until December 1945. In November 1944 Genz is assigned from Carrier Service Unit 1 on Pearl Harbor (he describes life there in some detail), then is ferried to the Admiralty Islands in the course of which he tells of being “painted” when they cross the Equator. He learns pinochle and chess, watches movies, swims, and is assigned to the store room where he reports, “they can take this island and jam it!” In typical military fashion, he is moved arbitrarily from island to island, from job to meaningless job - “it seems completely senseless to be 5000 miles from nowhere and not have some reason.” Finally he finds a home of sorts when he is assigned to the USS Half Moon, a seaplane tender. “Seems she was hit at Mindoro and is here for repairs... The chow is better than on the island.” He is given the task of rationing beer, much to his delight. The ship goes into dry dock and he sleeps through a Japanese (kamikaze) attack, steams to New Guinea, where Genz is sent to the mountains for R&R, and attends a dance with “about 20 WACs for 300 sailors.” Then back to the Philippines. He reports on the natives of the several islands at which they stop. Throughout, his tone is light, but the content betrays deeper stresses. “Today is payday. Bought a bond - sucker!” He visits Manila, “The whiskey is awful and no beer.” They return to the site of the Battle of Mindoro, “last time the ship was here they had 46 raids in 48 hours.” But all is quiet now. Genz gets liberty on Cavite. “Tried to drink the town dry in 5 hours. They carried most of us back to the ship.” At the end of August he notes, “19 mo.s to go.” He rides out a bad typhoon on VJ Day. They head home in September and arrive in Bremerton at the end of November, where the diary ends. Here’s hoping SK3 Genz had a wonderful Christmas. At the back of the diary are nine pages of names and addresses. $200
48. Manuscript. JOURNAL OF THE YACHT VALIANT, JULY AND AUGUST, 1896. Lined notebook. About 40 pages of manuscript entries. A charming journal of a summer cruise aboard a yacht that seems to have been home ported in Boston, since their first three hour sail gets them to Manchester. The next day they sail to Salem, then down the Annisquam to Ram’s Island. A few days later they sail to Plymouth and then Provincetown and Wood’s Hole before returning to Boston. Crew and passengers seem to consist of two families, and the journal is written by one of the female passengers. The entries are light-hearted and witty, and are accompanied by humorous drawings. At the end of the book are several poems written for occasions during the cruise. Nothing too serious or sailorly here. One gets the sense that this cruise, and the journal commemorating it, were more in the spirit of family fun. $125
49. Manuscript. LOG OF FISHING SCHOONER LADY ADAMS OF CASTINE, JUNE 7 - OCTOBER 26, 1853. COMMANDED BY CORNELIUS GRAY. Small 4to. unpaginated. About 50 pre-printed logbook pages accomplished in manuscript. A note from 1943 tipped onto the front blank provides marvellous provenance: “Lady Adams fishing vessel - My grandmother Lucy Adams didn’t want this craft named for her (The Lucy Adams), so my grandfather called her Lady Adams - the name the people who worked for her called. Cap’t Cornelius Gray came from Cape Rosier... Run from Castine, ME, to Bay of Fundy and return.” Unlike whaling logs, commercial fishing logs of the 19th century were regarded as having little interest or value and hence were discarded. They are much scarcer than whaling logs, and provide valuable information about our fisheries. Rare. Bound in cloth over marbled boards with paper cover label. Fine condition. $850
50. Manuscript. LOGBOOK OF THE SHIP ADAMS OF CASTINE, MAINE, JAN 1861 - JULY 1862. Folio, unpaginated. Approximately 200 pages of manuscript entries. This is a detailed record of a year and a half in the life of a hard working merchant vessel. The Adams was a ship of 592 tons, built in Castine in 1840. Her master during this period was W. F. Adams. The log begins in London on New Year’s day 1861. The ship then proceeds to New Orleans, Boston, St. John, Liverpool, back to Eastport, St. John, Cardiff, Barcelona, back to St. John, then toward Bristol, where the log stops, July 8 1862. Shortly after this, according to Fairburn, “she was put under the British flag and renamed Sanguenay.” The entries are mostly perfunctory, but there are some lively moments such as this one entered August 9, 1861. “The mate being off duty with venereal complaint am obliged to keep my own log.” Accompanying this is a so called “Waste Book” of the Adams Company in Castine from September 1860 to June 1861. This is a daily record of all transactions by the Adams company, presumably the shore based mercantile branch of the business. Tall folio ledger book with about 300 pages of manuscript entries. Both volumes $250
51. Manuscript. ACCOUNT BOOK OF HENRY TABER, NEW BEDFORD, 1826 - 1867. Small 4to. Unpaginated. About 175 pp. manuscript entries. The Tabers were prominent merchants, landlords, and ship owners in 19th century New Bedford. According to the New Bedford Whaling museum Henry Taber went into business as a grocer and ship chandler in 1832. But this book shows hm selling flour and outfitting the sloop Experiment as early as 1826. In the 1830s he is also concerned with fitting out a sloop Helen. The last half of the book consists of thirty years worth of pay records, including payment to many women in his employ. There are interesting entries for making ensigns, flags, and pennants - presumably the work of female seamstresses. Bound in quarter leather over marbled boards. Covers detached. $350
52. Navy Department. ORDNANCE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES NAVY. Wash. 1866. b/w plates. Various paginations (about 300 pp.) “Preparation of vessels of war for battle... equipment and manoeuvre of boats and exercise of boat howitzers... ordnance and ordnance stores.” With appendices giving tables of allowance for crews, ordnance stores, etc. and dozens of b/w lithograph plates of ordnance and equipment. Highly detailed official publication from Civil War period. Bound in half morocco with gold spine lettering and gold Bureau of Ordnance shield on front cover. This is an interesting copy, with printed slips updating specific parts of text tipped in throughout. Some water spotting to covers and waterstains in text, but these do not detract from legibility. $300
53. Olsen, Neils. AMERICAN YACHT LIST. 1887. NY. 1887. Color plates. Oblong 8vo. 274, (20) plus xliii pages of illustrated ads. Scarce and early yacht list. With color lithograph plates of yacht club flags. See Toy 333a. With 43 pages of vintage ads, many illustrated. Bound in original blue covers with gold decoration. Very good condition. Covers bright, text and plates clean. $175
54. Parker, John R. AMERICAN SIGNAL BOOK, OR THE UNITED STATES TELEGRAPH VOCABULARY. BEING AN APPENDIX TO ELFORD’S MARINE TELEGRAPH SIGNAL BOOK... ADAPTED TO THE USE OF THE NEW SEMAPHORIC TELEGRAPH, TO WHICH IS ADDED THE BOSTON HARBOR SIGNAL BOOK. (AND) THE NEW SEMAPHORIC SIGNAL BOOK, IN THREE PARTS: CONTAINING THE MARINE TELEGRAPH SYSTEM, WITH THE APPENDIX, THE UNITED STATES TELEGRAPH VOCABULARY, AND EMBRACING THE HOLYHEAD SIGNALS. TO WHICH IS ANNEXED THE BOSTON HARBOR SIGNAL BOOK. Bos. 1832, 1836 Color and b/w plates. 132, 8 pp.; x-40, 132, 19 pp. First editions of two scarce American books of signals, with handcolored lithograph flag plates and b/w plates illustrating signaling systems. The sections illustrating Parker’s system are followed by lengthy dictionaries of phrases, place names, compass bearings, ships names, etc., each corresponding to a unique series of numbers that could be signalled using Parker’s system. Parker wrote several works on semaphore signals, and the 1832 edition of the “American Signal Book” is the earliest. Addenda were added in 1835, 1840, and 1841, and possibly later. Original printed boards display and explain Parker’s signaling system. Some scuffing and cover wear. (and) Parker’s “New Semaphoric Signal Book.” Bos. 1836. x-40, 132, 19 pp. The three paginations refer to the three parts of this work - Parker’s system, Holyhead signals, and the Boston Harbor Signal Book. This work contains five hand colored plates of signal flags, and proceeds in much the same way as the earlier “American Signal Book” did, with numbers corresponding to vocabularies that could be looked up in the book. “Addenda to 1837 is tipped onto the back pastedown. Sewing loose, illustrated covers worn. Both volumes $750
55. Photographs. FIFTEEN REAL PHOTO POSTCARDS SHOWING LINE CROSSING CEREMONY ABOARD USS WISCONSIN. The Wisconsin attribution accompanied this collection. She was part of the Great White Fleet, so it is likely that these photographs were taken early in the 1900s. The action they depict would probably result in a court of inquiry today. Grisly! $250
56. Prints. MY CHILD! MY CHILD! (AND) THEY’RE SAVED! THEY’RE SAVED. Here’s a nice sentimental shipwreck sequence, probably from the late Victorian era. The first represents a mother and her infant struggling in the ocean after a shipwreck. The second shows her being rescued by a muscular coast guardsman. The iconography is reminiscent of Winslow Homer’s famous painting “The Life Line” 1884. Two b/w lithographs, image size approximately 12 1/4 x 9 inches. In old wooden frames. both $125
57. Rogers, Henry J. ROGERS’ MARINE TELEGRAPHIC LIST OF MERCHANT VESSELS OF 150 TONS AND UPWARD... FURNISHED FOR THE AMERICAN CODE OF SIGNALS... NY. 1855. Color Frontispiece. vii, (2), 120 pp. In 1854 Rogers proposed to solve the problem of signalling by using a system of ten flags in various combinations. His book, “The American Code of Signals,” used color plates show examples of signalling with this system. This book, published the next year, gives a unique identification, using his system, to every merchant vessel in the US ver 150 tons. It is of great use today as a sort of “List of Merchant Vessels,” giving the name and tonnage of every vessel, arranged by customs district, in the country. See Sabin 72673 - 72676. Bound in original blindstamped leather, with broadsheet giving further instructions tipped onto front blank. Very good condition $350
58. Slocum, Joshua. AROUND THE WORLD IN THE SLOOP SPRAY. NY. 1908. b/w plates, fldg map. xi, 215 pp. This is an adaptation of Slocum’s great “Sailing Alone Around the World” for younger readers, and it is scarcer than the original from which it was taken. More interesting in that it is Slocum's own adaptation, made at the urging of Dr. Edward Shaw. INSCRIBED BY SLOCUM to Sherman Pitkin, with Pitkin’s bookplate. Light cover wear, but a VG copy. $450
59. Slocum, Joshua. VOYAGE OF THE LIBERDADE. Boston. 1894. b/w fronts. 158, (2) pp. Slocum was master of a commercial ship that wrecked off Rio. He built a small vessel out of the wreckage and sailed home with his wife and son. Written in the wonderful style that was to make “Sailing Alone Around the World” a classic. Toy 1067. Decorated cover soiled, text clean. $200
60. Smith, Joseph W. GLEANINGS FROM THE SEA... Andover, MA. 1887. b/w plates. xi, 399 pp. First edition of a classic Maine book. History and summaries of fisheries businesses from up and down the East Coast, from Newfoundland to Swampscott. Summaries of major industrial fisheries, including even whaling, with chapters on Cape Ann, Cape Cod and lifesaving service. Sharp gravure photo-plates provide a wealth of detail. Inner hinge cracked, first signature loose. Bookplate of a Maine library but no other markings. Covers bright $30
61. Shirley, W. M. Mildmay, and others. THE MEMORIALS OF THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH COMMISSARIES CONCERNING THE LIMITS OF NOVA SCOTIA OR ACADIA. Lon. 1755. x Folding map colored in outline. 4to. 771 pp. “The most important contemporary source on the origins of the old French War” - Howes. This is a collection, printed in French and English, of the memorials of the French and British Commissioners, trying to sort out ownership of eastern Canada, and what would one day be Maine and New Hampshire. These boundaries were not settled until the end of the French and Indian War a decade later. It also presents the claims of the two nations with regard to the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. A second volume, not present here, is a separate work that stands on its own, concentrating solely on French claims to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. This book is especially notable because of its map, “A New Map of Nova Scotia and Cape Britain with the Adjacent Parts of New England and Canada composed from a great number of actual Surveys,” the work of famed cartographer Thomas Jeffreys. Title page in facsimile, with actual title page in rear pocket with Jeffreys map. Map and text in excellent condition. Rebound in antique style black morocco over marbled boards with raised bands and gilt ornaments and lettering on backstrip. Howes M508, “aa.” Sabin 47741 Lande 146. A rare and important book. $7500
62. (Steel, David.) THE ART OF SAIL-MAKING, AS PRACTISED IN THE ROYAL NAVY, AND ACCORDING TO THE MOST APPROVED METHODS IN THE MERCHANT-SERVICE, ... Lon. 1796. b/w frontis and ills. viii, 196 pp. First appearance thus. According to Witt 37, the text of this first individual edition is the same as is found in Steel’s 1794 magnus opus “Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship,” “but the order in which it is presented has been entirely revised.... The tables of sail dimensions have been re-set in a more readable form.” This edition also features woodcuts in text that illustrate various sailmaking tools. Bound in blue half calf with spine label over blue boards, Some scuffing to corners. Text clean and binding sound $500
63. Stiles, Henry R. ACCOUNT OF THE INTERMENT OF THE REAINS OF AMERICAN PATRIOTS, WHO PERISHED ON BOARD THE BRITISH PRISON SHIPS DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. NY. 1865. b/w engraved frontispiece, chapter heads. 246 pp. This is a limited edition reprint, #57 of 80 copies, published in New York in 1865, containing a facsimile of the original title and copyright pages, as well as complete text. The original was published in 1808 to commemorate the 11,500 American seamen, soldiers and citizens “who fell victims to the cruelties of the British on board their prison ships at the Wallabout during the American Revolution.” These historical themed speeches accompanied the ceremonial reburial of the dead. Wallabout is the bay just west of Brooklyn, site of the now-defunct Navy Yard, and mooring for the notorious prison ships. Howes A30 erroneously says only 45 copies were printed. This copy is bound in later black buckram with gold spine lettering. Original wrappers bound in. A stain on the outer edge of the first few pages does not affect text block. Very good condition. $150
64. Stumpf, C. Aloysious. ON A CRUISE WITH THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET TO THE ORIENT. AN ACCOUNT OF THE AMERICAN BLUEJACKET AFLOAT AND ASHORE. Bos. (1914) b/w photo ills. ix, 5-193 pp, Sailor’s-eye view of Hawaii, crossing the line, remote Pacific islands and Japan highlight this Pacific cruise, circa 1910. With an interesting introductory chapter on how such ships are organized and run in terms of manpower. VG. $35
65. Thompson, Winfield and Thomas W. Lawson. THE LAWSON HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP. Bos. 1902. Color and b/w plates. xv, 402 pp. One of the major America’s Cup books. Toy calls this work “A detailed and well-documented history of the early races which displays some hostility to the New York Yacht Club.” Lawson had the books privately printed in a limited edition, many of which he distributed to libraries and friends. Consequently many of the copies of this book which appear on the market are ex-library and heavily used. This copy is quite a bit better. It is #2130 in the limited edition of 3000, presented to the Atlantic Yacht Club, with their stamp on the blank following the presentation sheet. At this time this Brooklyn club was one of the more prominent in the east, boasting the Gould, Lipton, J.P. Morgan, and the Earl of Dunraven among its members. Fittingly the book has been trimmed and bound in full blue morocco with raised bands and gilt spine decorations, and with the original front cover bound in. An impressive production. See Toy 1621. Morris & Howland p. 82. Rulon-Miller list #11. $850
66. Willson, Hugh Bowlby. THE SCIENCE OF SHIP-BUILDING, CONSIDERED IN ITS RELATIONS TO THE LAWS OF NATURE. Lon. 1863. b/w folding plates. xi, 63 pp. Willson, a Canadian polymath, was sufficiently ahead of his time as to sound like a crackpot. He proposes “to do away with the sails, masts, and rigging, and thereby to dispense with sailors - in fact to regard a ship of war as a vast floating military engine, capable of being rapidly moved to any point required, at a velocity hitherto unknown.” In fact, what he has in mind are souped-up ironclads. He acknowledges Scott-Russell’s wave-line theory and adds his own ideas about the importance of reducing surface friction. His design concepts are illustrated in five folding plates. Though he sounds like an engineer he was actually a journalist with a particular interest in economics. According to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, “The quality of Willson’s writings on money and banking was excellent.” An interesting oddball item. VG in original cloth binding. $450
67. Worcester, G.R.C. THE JUNKS AND SAMPANS OF THE UPPER YANGTZE. Shanghai. 1940. Color and b/w plates, several folding. 4to. (12), 96 pp. Scarce predecessor of Worcester’s authoritative two volume work. Worcester was a River Inspector in China and is the acknowledged expert on these craft. The text features 40 plates (several folding) of river craft, including a color plate of Chinese vessel pennants. Bound in original 1/4 leather over green cloth. Rubbed at joints. Text immaculate. $500