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1. (America’s Cup). The Jubilee of the America Cup. (1851-1901). London: The Katesgrove Offices, n.d. (1901). Oblong 4to. (12 x 8 inches) 30 pp. b/w line and halftone photo illustrations.A unique and complete history of the cup, showing the extraordinary evolution of the modern yacht together with the birth, education, accidents and accomplishments of Shamrock II.” This pamphlet is unique, all right. It’s also rare, with Worldcat showing only two institutions, both in the UK, holding copies. Not in Morris and Howland, Toy, or Rulon-Miller, either. Produced as a souvenir before the 1901 cup race, this pamphlet does a credible job of demonstrating the evolution of racing yacht design in Britain, and reproduces several interesting vintage photographic images. Little mention is made of “Columbia”, the eventual victor in the race, and only a single image of her appears on the last page. Bound in green printed wrappers, with printed ads on insides of front and rear covers. Old vertical fold line, some chipping and edge wear, but a good copy overall. $450.00

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. $8,500.00

3. Anon. Dying declaration of Nicholas Fernandez, who with nine others were executed in front of Cadiz harbour, December 29, 1829... Annexed is a Solemn Warning to Youth (and others) to beware the baneful habit of intemperance. (NY): (George Lambert), 1830. b/w wood engraved frontispiece and title cut. 36 pp. A wonderful and scarce piracy pamphlet. Not in Gosse or the Driscoll sale catalog. According to the title page and copyright notice the narrative was “translated from a Spanish copy by Ferdinand Bayer” who presumably added the Solemn Warning. Fernandez delivers his death-row confession in the first person. This is followed by a commentary on the sentences - (What brought Fernandez to ruin? Intemperance, that’s what!) Then the twelve page temperance lecture, which is thematically linked to Fernandez's awful fate. Pages clean and evenly tanned. Bound in original blue wrappers. Pages untrimmed. A remarkable survival. $2,500.00

4. Anon. A Narrative of the Expedition to, and the Storming of Buenos Ayres... (and) The Whole Proceedings of the Court Martial, Held on General Whitelocke... (and) The Trial of Lieut. Gen. Whitelocke. Bath, London and Dublin: n.d. (ie., 1807 and 1808). 1808. b/w frontispiece maps and frontispiece portrait. 38, 32, 257 pp. Two rare pamphlets and a book about the botched British invasions in the Rio de la Plata Basin in 1806 and 1807. As part of the Napoleonic Wars, British forces against Spain occupied Buenos Aires and Montevideo, in both cases being expelled by Spanish forces. In this incident the British General Whitelocke was defeated by a ragtag army in street fighting in Buenos Aires, and eventually pulled out of the area with his tail between his legs. Apart from its considerable effect on the Argentine independence movement, the defeat went over poorly in Britain. Whitelocke was court martialed and sacked. The first pamphlet lacks the title page but has the map of the battle scene and key as frontispiece, as called for by Sabin 51805. The second title is complete and features a wonderful frontispiece portrait of the hapless General Whitelocke. Original wrappers bound in. Both bound in half calf over marbled boards. The third title, a book, is complete and bound in later half calf over marbled boards. Three volumes $850.00

5. Anon. (Thomas Salmon). A Complete Collection of State-Trials, and Proceedings Upon High-Treason, and other Crimes and Misdemeanours from the Reign of King Richard III, to the End of the Reign of King George I. The Fifth Volume. London: 1730. Folio. About 200 of 668 pp. This is the Supplement to the original four volume “Compleat Collection of State-Tryals” published in 1719. It is incomplete, but does contain, on pages 287 - 338, the transcript of the trial of William Kidd for piracy. Also the piracy trials of Thomas Green; the trial for treason of Nicholas Bayard in New York; Thomas Vaughn for treason on the high seas; and Joseph Dawson for piracy. The first edition of the transcript of the Kidd trial, which took place in 1701, sells for thousands of dollars. This is an early and inexpensive alternative. Text clean. Bound in cloth over old leather with spine label. $500.00

6. (Ashbury, James). Commodore Ashbury's Reply to the Report of the New York Yacht Club in Relation to the Races with "the Livonia" for the America's Cup, October, 1871. (and) Reply of Mr. James Ashbury... (and) Letters Addressed by the New York Yacht Club to the Royal Yacht Squadron of England. London.: Waterlow and Sons, 1872. 65, 24, 14 pp. The English dispute "Livonia's" victory in the controversial third America's Cup challenge. The New York Yacht Club Replies. Three pamphlets. Howland, p. 6 cites the first title but that copy is incomplete at 28 pages (ours is complete with 65 pages). All are rare. Worldcat shows no libraries holding copies of the first and third pamphlets, and only one library holding a copy of the second pamphlet. Library blindstamp on title page of first pamphlet, else all are in very good condition. Removed from larger volume. Three pamphlets. $750.00

7. Barnhart, W.H. The Clipper America Polka. NY: J.D. Sheppard, 1851. b/w lithograph cover. 4to. 5 pp. First piece of sheet music about, and one of the earliest depictions of, a cup race. The lithographed cover illustration by Sarony & Major features a central portrait of the “America,” surrounded by a border of rigging and bunting, with the “hundred guinea cup” at the top, and a view of the yacht rounding a marker ahead of competitors at bottom. The piece measures 9 1/2 x 13 inches and is suitable for framing. Published by J.D. Sheppard, Buffalo, NY, and Firth, Pond & Co. NY. I have not tried playing the polka. Rare. Not in Toy, Morris & Howland or Rulon-Miller. $250.00

8. Bligh, William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty’s Ship Bounty; and the Subsequent Voyage of the Crew in the Ship’s Boat. London: 1790. b/w folding maps and plan. 4to, iv, 88 pp. First edition of what is arguably the greatest open-boat survival narrative in the literature of the sea. “This is Captain Bligh’s own account of the mutiny, one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history. After the publication of his narrative, Bligh presented copies to the Lords of the Admiralty and other influential people in the hope that his account of the mutiny would absolve him from any blame that might have been leveled against him because of the incident.” - Hill 132. O’Reilly-Reitman 543. Mackaness p. 128 (and) IIa. Bound in antique half mottled calf over marbled boards. There are other copies available online, but they have imperfections of one sort or another, including serious flaws in their prices. This is a very clean, attractive copy, reasonably priced. $8,500.00

9. (British Admiralty). Signals and Instructions in Addition to the General Printed Sailing and Fighting Instructions. (London): (circa 1778-9). Folio, 25, (3) pp. Julian Corbett in "Signals and Instructions," devotes an entire chapter to these instructions, which were in place at the opening of the Revolutionary War. They include "Sailing Instructions and Signals by Day," "Sailing Instructions and Signals by Night," Sailing Instructions and Signals in Fog," "Fighting Instructions and Signals by Day," "Fighting Instructions and Signals by Night," and a terminal three page tabular index of signals by day and night with references to specific signaling and fighting articles in order to enable their meaning to be rapidly ascertained. Corbett notes that only six copies are known to exist. With the penciled ownership signature of British author and naval historian George P.B. Naish. The pagination of this copy matches that of the 1779 in A&W 1499, but the text on page 1 corresponds with that of the 1778 edition, A&W 1490. Bound in contemporary stiff marbled wrappers. Housed in quarter blue morocco clamshell box. $5,000.00

10. 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. O’Reilly & Reitman, 104. Some tanning and offsetting of frontispiece folding map onto title page, and on map of Isthmus of Panama, otherwise a fine tall copy, untrimmed. Bound in quarter blue morocco over blue boards. $2,000.00

11. Churchill, T.O. The Life of Lord Viscount Nelson. London.: T. Bensley., 1808. b/w steel engravings, b/w facsimiles, fldg. diagrams. 4to. viii, 100 pp. First edition of an early hagiography, and one of the richest sources of images of Nelson and his adventures, with twelve steel engravings by Bromley and Worthington, manuscript facsimile of a letters, and two folding plates depicting the funeral procession and the coffin. Cowie 136. Pages show occasional light foxing. This is a large paper copy, and scarce thus. With the bookplate of John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle, with his brief inscription "Rolle" on title page. Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. $1,250.00

12. Clarke, James Stanier & M’Arthur, John. THE LIFE OF ADMIRAL LORD NELSON, K. B. FROM HIS LORDSHIPS MANUSCRIPTS. London.: T. Cadell and W. Davies., 1809. b/w engraved plates and plans. 2 vols. Folio. vi, 15 (list of subscribers), xlv, 375; 511pp. First edition of the most important biographical source. “This is the standard life of Nelson, and it is largely used for all subsequent works. The authors had access to the greater part of, but certainly not all, the MSS. of Lord Nelson, then belonging to Earl Nelson; and a large body of Letters and Papers were sent to them by a great number of other persons, particularly by His Late Majesty, and by a lady who possessed Nelson’s interesting letters to his wife, before and after their marriage.” - Nicolas’ Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson, pp. x & xi. (See also Cowie #137.) Illustrated with 16 engravings from paintings by Nicholas Pocock, Benjamin West and others, as well as facsimiles of letters and other engravings. This is #56 in the limited first edition, with “56” penciled on some of the plates. Very handsomely bound in half calf over marbled boards. Plates show some foxing, else an excellent set which, in case you’re interested, weighs in at 21 pounds - by any measure, a lot of Nelson. $3,000.00

13. Coffin, William and Albert Gardiner. A Narrative of the Robbery of the Nantucket Bank. Nantucket: Henry Clapp, 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 an early Goodspeed’s package. $850.00

14. (Commissioners of the Sinking Fund). The Wharves, Piers and Slip of the Corporation of the City of New York. East River. New York.: New York Printing Company., 1868. Oblong 4to. 2, 15, (1), plus 66 color lithographed plates with facing page of description. A strikingly handsome illustrated survey of all the wharves, piers, and slips along the East and North Rivers. The purpose of this survey was to enable the repair and extension of the piers, which were city property, and deemed by the Commissioners to be among the City's most valuable assets. They sought to substantially increase the value of this property by repairing and maintaining it. The plates are colored in varying shades of blue and red, with dimensions, depths, and other statistics in red and black. The facing page gives a description, valuation and estimates of repair costs and final value. There is a light waterstain in the lower gutter margin, visible mostly on the blank backs of the plate and text pages. A few pages show very light foxing, some of the lithos are tanned, and the text for Pier 20 is bound upside down. Overall, an exciting visual artifact of Manhattan's waterfront history, in excellent condition. Front hinge cracked. Bound in half black morocco over green boards with a leather label bearing the name William H. Graham in gilt on the front board. With a copy of the enabling legislation, "An Act to Create a Harbor District and a Board of Wharves and Piers Therein. State of New York, 1868" laid in. $3,500.00

15. Ephemera. The America Schottisch. New York: William Hall & Son, 1851. Folded folio sheet. Sepia toned lithograph cover. Cover contains a handsome lithograph of the yacht America by Sarony & Major. It is copyrighted 1851 and dedicated to “Commodore John C. Stevens. Composed and arranged for the Piano Forte, by William Dresser.” Image measures about 8 x 9 inches. One page of music inside, but sold as cover image only. A very scarce and early representation of the great yacht. VG $250.00

16. Gutzlaff, Karl. Chinese Missionary Pamphlet, "The Perfect Man’s Model.". Singaope: 1836. Stab sewn 8vo. 60 pp. This pamphlet is a religious tract written by Protestant missionary Karl Gutzlaff, a fascinating character, typical of the sort of opportunist who clustered around the opium business in the old China trade. In the 1830s he traveled as a translator on a British opium trading vessel, known as a “country ship” illegally selling opium for Jardine, Matheson & Co. down the coast of China. Gutzlaff justified his complicity with the pretty rationalization that the journey would be a good opportunity to preach the gospel and distribute Chinese language religious tracts. So, you got opium and Jesus on the same spoon. His moral flaws aside, Gutzlaff was a smart and lucid observer, whose writings offer excellent detail about China and the China Trade in the days leading up to the first Opium War. In his later days he opened a school for Chinese “native missionaries,” several of whom turned out to be opium addicts using their missionary cover and funding for illicit purposes. The fraud exposed, Gutzlaff died a ruined man. Bad karma, I suppose. This tract, The Perfect Man’s Model, published in Singapore in 1836, is typical of those he distributed on his opium voyage. Fine condition in original wrappers, with hand corrections, probably by Gutzlaff or a contemporary associate, in the text. $1,200.00

17. (Hanway, Jonas.). Proposal for Country Naval Free Schools, to be Built on Waste Lands. Giving such Effectual Instructions to Poor Boys as may Nurse them for the Sea Service. Teaching Them Also to Cultivate the Earth. (London: 1783). ISBN: ny14. Eight engraved b/w plates (five double page, two folding), an engraved folding table, and two engraved vignettes (one on the title page and the other on the first page of the dedication). Folio. iv, (1), x-xxii (lacking pp. v-viii, as do all known copies), (2), 90, (4), 91-112, (engraved title page for Songs), (blank), 115-120, 120*, (1), 121-141, (blank), 47 pp. of engraved music scores, (three blank pages), engraved title, (blank), v, (blank), (2), 67 pp. Hanway was an eccentric British merchant and a tireless worker for the betterment of mankind. Probably his most lasting contribution to society is the umbrella, which he is said to have popularized. His most important contemporary contribution was the Marine Society, an institution which taught young Britons to be sailors and outfitted them for sea. According to the DNB this institution sent nearly 5,500 boys into the Royal Navy between 1756 and 1762. Hanway summarizes his ideas in the present work, which was published just a few years before his death. In it he proposes a school for underprivileged youngsters, where they could learn farming and other trades. As a result the book concerns itself equally with farming, education and maritime matters. Its main goal, however, was to train boys to be seamen, and for this purpose a realistic replica of a man of war was to be erected on dry land. The book is notable for its large folding plates of a first rate man of war, and for forty-eight engraved plates of music, intended for “moral and instructive amusement.” In addition to the Proposal, the book contains Songs, and Moral Advice for Students, each with its own engraved title. See DNB vol. XXIV, p. 312. Adams and Waters, 1981. A near fine copy in twentieth century half calf in contemporary style with six raised bands, vellum corners and red leather label. $3,000.00

 

18. (Howe, Admiral Richard, Earl). Instructions for the Conduct of the Ships of War, Explanatory of, and Relative to the Signals Contained in the Signal-Book Herewith Delivered. (London): (ca.1780). Small folio. 54 pp. This is the book of tactics by which the Royal Navy was to operate in battle. Although published anonymously, it was developed from earlier systems by Lord Howe. In “Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816,” Julian Corbett says of Howe’s work, “When the change came it was sweeping. It was no mere substitution of a new set of Instructions, but a complete revolution of method. The basis of the new tactical code was no longer the Fighting Instructions but the Signal Book. Neither (the book of instructions nor the book of signals) bears any date, but both are in the old folio form... They are therefore presumably earlier than 1790 when the well-known quarto form first came into use” (pp. 233-234). Corbett gives a date of 1781 for a similar title in the bibliographical appendix to his “Signals and Instructions, 1776-1794.” In any event, this is a ground-breaking work, and surprisingly rare in any of its iterations. OCLC shows only two libraries holding copies. The several sections (signals by day, in action, in fog, and by night) are combined under the general title, with numbered blank pages between sections for insertion of notes, and marginal spaces in which signal and page numbers were to be added in manuscript. This is a beautiful copy, with no manuscript notes or additions. It is in immaculate condition, bound in marbled paper covers with a printed cover label. $5,500.00

19. 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

 

20. Manuscript. (Jordan. R. H.) . Hungry Bill. n.p.: n.d. Circa 1905. Cover plus fifteen watercolors, with typescript story on facing panels. Original watercolors and typescript story mounted on boards tied with thread. A glutton who does not gain weight is shipwrecked, and cannibals after not being able to fatten him determine he is a god. A charming and naively executed piece. The story appears to be an original one unique to this object, possibly to amuse the children of the author's family, I find no record of the story being published, or anything else by the author for that matter. $1,250.00

21. M’Kay, L. (Lauchlan McKay). The Practical Ship-Builder. NY: Collins, Keese & Co., 1839. b/w folding plates. Oblong 4to. x-107 pp. plus plates. This is one of the legendary rarities in the literature of marine architecture, being the first American treatise on shipbuilding, and the most influential text until Griffiths published his works on clipper ships in the 1850s. Lauchlan wrote it as a young man, after a youth spent in the shipyards of New York, having served with his more famous brother Donald as an apprentice to Isaac Webb. (Later in life he would command some of his brother’s great clipper ships, including Sovereign of the Seas.) This work is notable for its glossary of shipbuilding terms, its direct and detailed treatment of shipbuilding techniques, and its seven folding plates illustrating, among other things, plans for a schooner, a pilot boat and, interestingly, a steam ship with a hull designed to resist the unique stresses on such a vessel. Scattered staining throughout, folding plates professionally laid down. Chipping to outer edges of a few of the plates, not affecting image. Bound in original mottled calf, spine laid down, with original label. Housed in a modern slipcase with a copy of the 1940 reprint, itself a scarce book, being limited to 250 copies. This reprint also includes as essay on M’Kay by historian and descendant Richard McKay. An excellent working set of the most important book in American marine architecture. Worldcat shows only four libraries holding copies. Not in Scott. Brewington, p. 95, who calls it “Rare.” $10,000.00

22. Manuscript. Journal of a Voyage from Salem to Calcutta in the Ship George Commanded by Sam'l Endicott of Beverly. Begun July 3d 1820...". Folio. Printed journal filled out in manuscript. Unpaginated. About 130 pages of manuscript entries. This is a journal of a voyage of one of Salem's most storied ships. Originally built as a privateer, she had legendary sailing qualities. George Granville Putnam, in his magisterial "Salem Vessels and their Voyages" says of this ship, "She was known in her day as the 'Salem School Ship' because of the fact that more of the boys who began their sea experience in her rose to be masters and supercargoes of vessels than was the case with any other craft." He then goes on to chronicle her twenty-one voyages (returning more than $650,000 in duties alone), of which this 1820 voyage was the fifth. Although unsigned, this log was kept by either Endicott himself - there are many implied or actual first person entries - "Called all hands hove up the anchor and made sail" etc. "At Meridian the Buoy on the tail of the East Sea reef bore N by W from which I make my departure." or by his first mate Thomas Saunders. The "George" departed Salem July 3, 1820, and reached Calcutta October 29. They headed back to Salem on December 24th and came to anchor in Salem Harbor April 15th, "109 days from Calcutta." This is followed by 8 pages of entries in the same book, for the ship "Bengal" from Salem to Calcutta, 1825. The entries are concise and businesslike, concentrating on position, course, sail handling, navigational observations, and events onboard. However, the journal keeper occasionally goes into other matters, such as this entry on March 9, 1821, "At 10 AM John Adams of Beverly Departed this L,ife after an illness of four months with the disintary." Next day, "Committed the body of Adams to the Deep." or. Feb 6, 1821 "At 3 PM come up with the before mentioned ship it was the two brothers Capt. Gilchrist of Salem, from Canton." This is a significant historical object, and an important chapter in New England's maritime history. Journal complete but disbound. Handwriting quite legible. $2,500.00

23. Manuscript. Private Journal Kept By Capt. Loring Braley, Recording Four Atlantic Whaling Voyages Aboard the Schooners Cohannet and William Wilson, 1872 - 1875. Folio, about 125 pages of manuscript entries. According to Lund "American Offshore Whaling Voyages," the "Cohannet" was an 83 ton schooner built in Provincetown in 1839. In the first two voyages Braley and the "Cohannet" sailed from Marion, Mass. to the North Atlantic in search of sperm whales. The first voyage began in January 1872, but Braley's record of this voyage commences in May and runs through to the end of the voyage on August 21, 1872. The hard working little schooner was back out again in December of the same year, on a voyage that lasted until September, 1873. (These Atlantic whaling voyages were typically much shorter than the four or five year Pacific voyages.) This voyage is recorded in its entirety. Both trips met with some success, returning a total of 418 barrels of sperm oil. The third voyage recorded by Captain Loring was in an 87 ton schooner named "William Wilson". In this voyage she sailed from Marion on June 11, 1874 to the north Atlantic in search of sperm whales. She returned on October 8, 1874, with 188 barrels of sperm oil. The journal of this voyage is also complete. Like the "Cohannet", she returned quickly to sea, setting out in December 1874 on a North Atlantic voyage that lasted until September 1875. This journal records events up to May 31, 1875. Captain Braley's journal is in rough shape. It is disbound and water stained throughout, with some slight loss from abrasion. I suspect the reason for the incompleteness of the first and last voyages is that these parts of the text have been lost in the course of this book's difficult career. Having said that, Loring gives us a complete record, from the middle of the first voyage through to the middle of the fourth voyage. He is an intelligent observer who provides the basics of position, sail handling, ships sighted, etc., and who does not spare us details of the whaling life. For example, on May 25th, 1873, he writes, "The starboard boat struck a 50 bbl bull about 9 am. The whale run and sounded from that time until 5 o clock in the afternoon. He wouldn't let a boat come nigher than 20 fathoms. I fired four bombs into his small (?) but they didn't do any good & finally I was obliged to cut." Or, on December 20, 1874, "This morning I had some trouble with Charles Williams. He was kept on deck for going below & going to sleep. He didn't like it very well & was insolent & aggravating. I took him in hand & gave him a trouncing. I struck him 6 or 8 times." Whale kills and misses are recorded with whale stamps. Although the water staining makes reading difficult in some spots, this journal yields an intimate view of North Atlantic sperm whaling in the declining years of that fishery. No logs of the first three of these voyages are known to exist. $2,750.00

24. Manuscript. Sea Journal of Samuel Goodhue, Aboard the Ship Sumatra, Salem to Canton, 1830-1831. Watercolor illustrations. Sq. 8vo. About 150 manuscript pages. This journal was kept by Samuel Goodhue of Salem, an officer aboard the Ship Sumatra, commanded by old China Trade hand Captain Charles Roundy. The Sumatra made regular, and extremely profitable, (Putnam, "Salem Vessels", pp. 113-114) runs to Canton during this period. The year before she had delivered William Low, his wife, and his niece Harriett to China, where Low was to manage the powerful American trading firm Russell & Co. Harriett Low kept a journal of her stay in China, and she recorded her passage in the Sumatra under Captain Roundy (the journal was subsequently published in 2002 as "Lights and Shadows of a Macao Life"). She mentions the arrival of the Sumatra in 1830, visits the ship and entertains Captain Roundy, who offers to take her back to Salem with him (Low vol. 1, p. 213). However, she never writes about what the ship was actually doing in China. Samuel Goodhue's journal clears that question up in a single entry. “Feb 4 - This day discharged all our opium on board of the Bark Lintin.” Robert Bennet Forbes, whose arrival in China is noted in this journal, had just taken command of the opium receiving ship Lintin and the Sumatra was supplying it. Eighteen pages are devoted to their stay at Lintin and their activities there. Another twelve pages narrate their journey upriver to Canton. Vessels and captains are named and "receiving ships" are identified. The journal is well written and quite detailed about the journey out and back, as well as a side trip to Manilla and stays at Lintin, Canton, and Macao. It mentions current events and details of life there, such as the murder of an English captain in Canton, and it details their trading activities (rice from Manilla for tea in Canton). It also features water color views of Trinidad, Java Head, St. Barbe, several island groups in the Indian Ocean, a whale, two views of the ship, and a funereal set piece commemorating the death of a shipmate. A rare and important journal from an interesting period in the American China Trade, rich in detail and historic significance. Bound in quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked with hinges renewed. Text and illustrations in very good condition. $12,000.00

25. Manuscript. HMS Plantagenet's Watch-Bill. Quarter Bill. Making Sail (with) Studding Sails. Boat's Crew List. Reefing, Furling, & Loosing Sails. Mooring & Unmooring List.Making Sail Bill. Short'ning Sail Bill. Folio, unpaginated. 26 leaves of manuscript. "HMS Plantagenet" was a 74-gun third rate ship of the line of 1774 tons.She was launched in 1801 as one of the 'large class' 74s, with 24-pounder guns on her upper gun deck instead of the usual 18-pounder guns. This beautifully illustrated and calligraphed manuscript gives positions and assignments - by name and rank - for every operation necessary for the day-to-day operation of this powerful fighting ship. It features more than fifty pages of hand lettered and illustrated lists of assignments, often hand colored or with marvellous calligraphic ornamentation. Front leaf a little grubby, A few minor edge tears, but in very good condition overall. In protective chemise and clamshell box. $8,500.00

26. Marine Research Society. Complete Collection of the Publications of the Marine Research Society. Salem, MA: Peabody Musem of Salem, 1922-1934. Various paginations and formats. A complete set of twenty-seven volumes published by the Marine Research Society, featuring such classics as, “The Pirate’s Own Book,” “Whale Ships and Whaling,” “Slave Ships and Slaving,” and valuable research sources like the three volume “Sailing Ships of New England,” or “American Merchant Ships” and “American Clipper Ships,” at two volumes each. Some of these volumes, like “Wrecked Among Cannibals...” and “Voyages in the South Seas...” are difficult to find in top condition. Others, such as “Sailing Days on the Penobscot” or “The Baltimore Clipper” are scarce in dustjackets, which these have. All are first trade editions published in Salem, Mass. between 1922 and 1934. All are in very good to fine condition. Twenty-six of the voumes are in their original dust jackets, which are also in very good condition, with only "The Pirate's Own Book" lacking its dust jacket. Rarely found as a complete set, these books are all classics, and comprise an excellent research collection. Included with this lot is a custom bound book (quarter calf over boards) advertising the first twenty-two volumes of the set. Also, a similar, earlier publication in original wrappers advertising the first eighteen volumes, a flyer advertising the first three volumes, and loose prospectuses for volumes Xii, XV, XVII, XIX, XXV, and XXVI. All in very good condition. The lot $1,500.00

27. Meares, John. Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, From China to the North Coast of America. To Which are Prefixed, an Introductory Narrative. London: Logographic Press, 1790. Twenty-eight b/w engraved plates and maps. 4to. vii, (12), xcv, (1), 372 (108) pp. First edition of “one of the early and fundamental books on the Northwest coast of America... In addition to his voyages from China to America in 1788 and 1789, which form the principal part of this work, Captain Meares also describes his earlier voyage to the northwest coast from Bengal.” Lada-Mokarski 46. During his second voyage, Meares assembled the Northwest America, the first ship to be launched in northern waters. He explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Port Cox, and Port Effingham, and narrowly missed discovering the Columbia, which he observed but named Deception Bay. His discoveries were the basis for Britain’s claims on the northwest. Spain’s seizure of Meares’ ships and disputation of his claim brought about the famed Nootka Sound Controversy, which nearly resulted in war between the two countries. This account “also gives a full account of the Indian nations of Northwest America, describing their villages, languages, manners, and customs.” - Hill 1126. See also Howes, M469, Forbes 201 (one of Meares’ ships went to Hawaii), Streeter 3491. Bound in full mottled calf, blindstamped on front and back boards with raised bands, gilt tooling and spine label. Text clean, occasional mild tanning or offsetting to plates. Copies frequently appear with fewer plates and maps. This one has the folding plate of the Philippines not present in all copies. $8,500.00

28. Melville, Herman. Moby Dick. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1979. 577 pp. A unique copy of an iconic work. One of 265 copies, of which 250 were for sale. This book has been described by William Everson as "a feat of craftsmanship unexcelled in modern printing," and named by the Grolier Club as one of the 100 most beautiful books of the twentieth century. The text was set by hand in Goudy Modern, with initial letters printed in blue at the start of each of the 135 chapters in Leviathan Capitals, a special alphabet designed for the purpose by Charles Bigelow & Kris Holmes. Printed on Barcham Green's handmade paper, which is watermarked with the outline of a whale. Bound in full blue morocco with stamped silver spine lettering. A UNIQUE COPY, signed by artist Barry Moser on title page, with a four line signed inscription on the colophon, but also SIGNED OR INITIALED BY MOSER ON EACH OF THE ONE HUNDRED BOXWOOD ENGRAVINGS that illustrate this book. (Moser was a friend of the former owner, and signed the pages as a favor to him). In fine condition, housed in blue cloth slipcase, which is sunned along the edges. With a 24 page prospectus showing the making of the book. $20,000.00

29. Melville, Herman. Rock Rodondo: SketchesTthird & Fourth of "The Encantadas". New York: Red Angel Press, 1981. Square folio, 24, (8) pp. Folding two color woodcut and sculpted endpaper. Number 5 in a limited edition of 100 copies, printed and bound in a most unusual manner, and signed by illustrator and designer Ronald Keller. The text, which is hand set in Bembo and printed on hand made Fabriano paper, is half the width of the covers. At the back of the book is a two color illustration of birds of the Galapagos, which folds out to 12 x 36 inches. The front pastedown is a paper mache sculpture of the Rock Redondo with frigate birds flying toward it. These birds are also blind stamped on the title page. (According to the publishers, all these visual themes are a "direct response" to Melville's mysterious text.) Bound in linen decorated so as to resemble waves breaking on a sandy beach. Former owner's bookplate on front paste down and signature on title page. $750.00

30. (Photograph). Panoramic Photograph of Rocky Neck, Gloucester, Mass., 1905. Image size is about 35 x 7 inches, floated on acid free board and archivally matted and framed. This is a four-part panoramic silver print of Rocky Neck in Gloucester, made in 1905 by renowned marine photographer Henry G. Peabody, from Peabody’s own sample collection. The picture was taken from the hill overlooking Eastern Ave. in Gloucester with the Wonson and Gorton Pew wharves and fish flakes in the foreground, Rocky Neck and various vessels beyond them, and a long stretch of Gloucester harbor in the background. The level of detail is amazing. $2,000.00

31. Photographs. Seven Photographs of Old Provincetown. Rare cabinet photos of Provincetown by William Smith. They are mounted on heavy card stock with captions printed on the front and additional information written on the back. Smith was one of only four known early photographers of Provincetown. The photos measure 7 x 4 1/2 inches and date from the 1880s. They are all in very good condition. $450.00

32. Print. View of New Bedford. From the Fort Near Fairhaven. Fitz Henry Lane. Hand colored lithograph. Because of the success of his Gloucester views, he undertook two closely related lithographs of Newburyport and New Bedford. New Bedford must have had a particular interest for Lane, since the size and geography of the town, its cultural makeup, and its livelihood of fishing were smiilar to those of his native Gloucester” - Wilmerding p. 29. Image size is 16 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches. “F.H. Lane del. From a sketch by A Conant. Lane & Scott’s Lithography, Tremont Temple, Boston.” Wilmerding assigns a date of c. 1846. Brewington, 263, p. 84 says, “entered according to Act of Congress 1845 by. A. Conant.” A lovely view of the harbor, by America’s great luminist painter, with the steamer Massachusetts occupying the center of the image. Original colors are strong. A few spots of foxing and one small abrasion in the upper right quadrant, else very good condition. $2,500.00

33. Ritchie, Captain John, Bartholemew Plaisted, and Benjamin Lacam. Directions for Sailing in the Northern Part of the Bay of Bengal. London: for the Author, 1785. 4to. vii, (2), 60 pp. First edition of a very early pilot for these waters, probably the first reliable guide to the navigation of the area. It was compiled by surveyors for the East India Company to correct erroneous information on the navigable portion of the Ganges and the coast to Chittagong. which had been ceded to the East India Company in 1760. A rare and historically important work. Adams & Waters 2979, showing only two libraries holding copies. OCLC shows an additional two libraries. Stab sewn, partially disbound, and lacking wrappers. Title page is dusty, chipped, and torn. and the upper corner of the pages has been nibbled away, no doubt by Indian rodents. It is a rough copy, but there is no loss of text. $850.00

34. Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society of London. London: Royal Society, 1776. 4to. vii, iv, (2),352, (4), viii, (1), 354-658, (1) pp. b/w folding engraved plates. This is Part I and Part II of Volume LXVI. It contains many articles of interest by the likes of Cavendish and Priestly, but is of major importance, from our point of view, because it contains Captain Cook's ground breaking report on scurvy, "The Method Taken for Preserving the Health of the Crew of His Majesty's Ship the Resolution during her last Voyage round the world. By Captain James Cook, F.R. S. Addressed to Sir John Pringle, Bart. P.R.S." Beddie 1288. Garrison Morton 3714. $2,000.00

35. Smeaton, John. Narrative of the Building and a Description of the Construction of the Edystone Lighthouse. London: 1791. b/w engravings. Elephant folio. xiv, 198 pp. plus 23 plates. The first Eddystone lighthouse was built by Henry Winstanley on a reef south of Plymouth at the western end of the English Channel, and followed shortly by a second one. Both were anchored to the rock with iron bars, and both were washed away during a great storm in 1703. Because of the danger presented by the Eddystone rocks, a third structure was built in 1708 by John Rudyerd. This one was better anchored but, being built of wood, it burned in 1755. Between 1755 and 1759 civil engineer John Smeaton built his iconic lighthouse on the same spot. Owing to its innovative construction, it fared much better than earlier attempts. It was constructed of interlocking stones and for the foundation used a mixture of clay, quicklime, sand and slag which set underwater. This was the first use of concrete in the modern era. The lighthouse was an engineering marvel in its day, and it stood until 1877 - testimony to the genius of its builder. In 1791, toward the end of a long career, Smeaton published “Narrative of the Building and a Description of the Construction of the Edystone Lighthouse,” which is a history of earlier attempts, and a detailed explanation of the construction methods he used. In its own way, and certainly by Smeaton’s design, his book is as monumental as his lighthouse. It stands nearly two feet high and is illustrated with dramatic folio engravings and maps. A fine copy, bound in period-style three quarter brown calf, gilt-decorated spine, black morocco spine label, and marbled boards. $5,000.00

36. Webb, William H. This Book Contains Plans of Wooden Vessels Selected as Types from One Hundred and Fifty of Various Kinds and Descriptions, From a Fishing Smack to the Largest Clipper and Vessels of War, Both Sail and Steam, Built by Wm. H. Webb, in the City of New York, from the Year 1840 to the Year 1869. (N.Y: n.d. ca. 1895.). b/w plates, many multi-sheet.. Oblong folio, 2 vols. unpaginated. William Webb was one of the great American shipbuilders. Though best known for his clipper ships he produced a wide range of vessels and also founded Webb Academy and Webb Institute. McDonald says of this work, “The great American shipbuilder presenting his and his father’s (Isaac) wooden ship designs. A treasure trove of authentic mid-19th Century plans.” Brewington calls it the “best American collection of lines in book form.” It is a spectacular production. The page size is 15 1/2 inches high, with some plans extending out to 6 feet in length. Volume I shows 33 vessels in 61 plates. Among the vessel plans and lines are the pilot boat John McKean, schooner Vigilant, steamer California and clipper Young America. Volume II contains plans of 32 vessels in 60 plates. Vessels depicted include the steamers W.H. Webb, San Francisco, and Sacramento. See DAB, McDonald 347 and Brewington "Bib. of Am. Works on Shipbuilding". This set rarely appears on the market. Those copies that do appear have the plates folding into a square folio size. They are often heavily used and usually ex-library, because Webb donated most copies to institutions. In fact, Webb’s book was never distributed publicly. These are unbound sheets of the first edition (with 1891 and 1892 watermarks), containing all the plans and lines that the bound library copies do. Library copies included a portrait of Webb, which is not present here. A half sheet of additional lines for the Connecticut has been reproduced in facsimile. A few finger marks on the title pages to each volume, otherwise the plans are in excellent condition, unfolded, just as they came from the printer. A remarkable set, housed in custom made acid free portfolio with cotton ties. $3,000.00

37. Durand, James. The Life and Adventures of James R. Durand. Rochester, NY: For the Author, 1820. 12mo. iv-129 (i.e. 131 - folios 47 and 48 used twice) pp. Durand was born in New Haven. After an early career on American merchant ships, he joined the Navy in 1804 and served aboard "John Adams", "Enterprise", and" Constitution" in the Mediterranean during and after the Barbary wars. Upon leaving the service (he went AWOL from "Constitution" in 1806) he joined a merchant brig bound for France, but was captured by "HMS Shannon" and impressed into the British navy. Durand remained in the British Navy from that time until discharged in 1815. He was serving on the British brig "Narcissus" during the War of 1812 when that ship was ordered to attack Stonington, Connecticut, and he tells about that event in this autobiography. The Rochester edition is an early reprint of a book first published three years earlier. See Howes D-591. It was also reprinted in 1926. Bound in original calf over printed boards. Image on the back board is of the "Constitution." Printing on covers is rubbed but legible. Internally this is an unusually good copy. $2,000.00

38. (Greenwood, Jonathan.). The Sailing and Fighting Instructions, or Signals as They Are Observed in the Royal Navy of Great Britain. n.p., n.d. (ie., Lon: 1714). Handcolored plates. 12mo. Engraved title, 2 pp text, 51 pp. handcolored plates, engraved sub-title, 4 pp. b/w plates, engraved sub-title, 10 pp b/w plates, 2 pp. engraved text. This is the first printed British Signal Book. Maggs Bibliotheca Nautica, III (1933) quotes Perrin’s book on Nelson’s Signals, “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.” - Maggs Bibliotheca Nautica, III, p. 83. The present copy differs from the one cited in Maggs in that is has 65 rather than 66 plates. Adams and Waters p. 581 cites the work, but does not give a plate count. It is a rare work, only one copy being cited on OCLC. That copy counts the engraved text pages as engravings and gives a total of 72. By that method, this copy has 71. Rebound in modern full calf with the ownership signature of William John, 1765. Housed in clamshell box. $6,500.00

39. (Howe, Admiral Lord Earl.) A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty’s Fleet, Under the Command of Earl Howe, from the Second of May to the Second of June MDCCXCIV. London: T. Burton and Co., 1796. Tall 4to. (1)-81, 82*-88*, 83-(92), (*93)-*100, (6), 97-118pp. Engraved b/w frontispiece and two terminal folding engraved plates. First edition of a confusingly paginated work commemorating the so-called “Glorious First of June” in which Lord Howe and the British fleet defeated Villaret de Joyeuse and the French fleet in the north Atlantic. This was the first major sea battle of the Revolutionary War, and the occasion of much rejoicing in England, even though the victory was less than total. The folding battle plan at the back refers to the text and represents the disposition of French and British fleets. Tacked on to the end of the narrative, and accounting for the strange pagination, are a reproduction in French of Jean Bon Saint-Andre’s journal entry on board the "Le Montagne", and a sales pitch for two prints by commemorating the event. BMM Catalog. Vol 5, #1798 calls for only one folding plan, as does Worldcat. The present copy has the folding plan and a second folding plan entitled "The British Line of Battle Published Mar 5, 1796, by A.C. de Poggi." An untrimmed copy, bound in original paper covered boards with paper spine label. Some offsetting of plans, and occasional very light foxing, but a splendid copy overall, in its original binding. $2,500.00

40. James, William. An Inquiry into the Merits of the Principal Naval Actions Between Great Britain and the United States.. Halifax, N.S: Anthony N. Holland, 1816. vi, 102 pp. "Comprising an account of all British and American ships of war, reciprocally captured and destroyed since the 18th of June 1812." James was a proctor in the Vice-Admiralty court in Jamaica. At the beginning of the War of 1812 he was detained as a prisoner for several months before escaping to Halifax in 1813. He certainly had cause to dislike the Americans, and as Smith notes, all his historical works are violently pro-British. In this work, by narrating and analyzing each naval encounter of the war, he "showed that the American frigates were larger, stouter and more heavily armed and more strongly manned than the English which they had captured; that the statements officially published in the United States were grossly inaccurate; and that the victories of the Americans were to be attributed, not to superior seamanship nor to superior courage, but to superior numerical force."—DNB. James' work caused much controversy when it was published. The pamphlet, which is both an important War of 1812 item and an early Halifax imprint, is quite scarce, and is almost never found in original condition. Howes J-53. Smith II 1187. Very good condition in original printed wrappers. Sewing intact but backstrip perished. wraps, with some chipping to edges of front cover. In clamshell box with leather label. $2,000.00

 

41. Lynn, Thomas. An Improved System of Telegraphic Communication. London: for the Author, 1818. Color and b/w plates. 12mo. unpaginated. About 300 pp. Adopting a radical approach for its time, Lynn’s system was referenced to “Walker’s Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, whereby every word therein may be most easily signified, to the exclusion of the tedious operation of spelling by signals.” Lynn sailed for the East India Company. His dedication was to them and his book - in both its editions - was much used by them. This is the second edition of a work first published in 1814. Both editions are rare, seeing hard use aboard ship and ordered to be destroyed if a Company ship was taken by an enemy. This edition contains two lovely hand colored plates of signal flags. Tipped to the front pastedown of this copy is a letter from Lynn presenting the book to Richard Hall Gower - “I have taken the liberty of mentioning your name.” Gower is indeed praised on page xi of the introduction, credited with introducing numerical signals in 1794. A beautiful copy, bound in full black crushed morocco with gilt rules and spine decoration. All edges gilt. Rare, Worldcat showing only 2 holdings. $6,500.00

42. M'Lean, James. Seventeen Years' History, of the Life and Sufferings of James M'Lean. An Impressed American Citizen & Seaman. Embracing but a Summary of what he Endured While Detained in the British Service, During that Long and Painful Period. Written By Himself. Hartford: The Author by B&J Russell, 1814. 12mo. 27 pp. According to Daniel Williams' book, "Liberty's Captive," M'Lean's term of impressment was "...staggering. Beset with misfortune almost immediately after putting to sea in 1796 and captured by a British ship not long thereafter, M'Lean spends much of his time trying to convince his various captors that he is American." His experience was particularly frustrating in that he possessed a protection certificate - a document that was intended to prevent such a miscarriage of justice. Finally, in 1813, he was able to escape to Lisbon where the American Consul arranged his passage to America. While Worldcat shows about a dozen institutional holdings, AE has a record of only a single offering of this title - by Goodspeed in 1948. Howes M-153 has it containing 24 pages, but Sabin 45313 and Smith II. 1383 have it correctly at 27 pages. This copy is rebound in half red morocco over marbled boards. Pages tanned, title page bound tight to gutter, with loss of a letter. Pages untrimmed, with the bookplate of the famed Driscoll Piracy collection. I believe this to be a very scarce War of 1812 narrative. $1,500.00

43. Manuscript. Logs Kept by Captain John Halliday, aboard HMS Repulse, 1809-1811 and HMS Tigre, 1812-1813. Folio, unpaginated. About 30 pp. manuscript entries. “HMS Repulse” was a 74 gun ship of the line launched in 1803 and broken up in 1820. On this cruise she sailed between England and Minorca, on blockade duty against the French in the Mediterranean - "Thursday 7th June, 1810... Two of the Enemy's ships of the line & one Frigate came out of the Harbour Mouth... at 4... enemy returning into Port." Clowes, vol. V makes mention of a action off Bandol on August 31st of that year in which "Halliday, with the greatest bravery and coolness interposed between the British sloop and three French 40 gun frigates." "HMS Tigre" was a French 74 gun captured by the British in 1795 and broken up in 1817. She spent the first part of Halliday's tour of the coast of England, supplying other ships. She then sailed south on blockade duty. A typical entry, from June 7, 1813 ""At 3 shortened sail hove to boarded an American ship from Lisbon with a license. At 3.30 made sail in chace... at 6.30 brought to the Chace with a shot... at 7 boarded... an American from New York bound to Lisbon." These logs, detailed and meticulously kept, provide a captain's-eye view of what it took to manage a ship of the line. Tipped onto the front pastedown is a folding plate of a 74 gun ship. Bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Text clean and in excellent condition. $2,500.00

44. Manuscript. Naval Ordnance, circa 1860. 4to. 65 leaves of manuscript. 15 pages of b/w illustrations, 13 pages of watercolor illustrations. Primarily concerned with cannons, carronades, mortars, rifle-muskets, and Congreve rockets, featuring detailed instructions for fabrication and use, accompanied by beautifully rendered illustrations of - cannons, carronades, and their carriages, parts of a rifle, steps in making flannel cartridge bags and making and filling rifle cartridges, detonaters, and rockets and all their components. Also, canister shot, grape shot, gun platforms, and mortars. These pages are followed by a series of "Gunnery Problems," ricochet tables, instructions for fitting night sights, for fabrication of and specifications for shells of various kinds, sixteen pages of a "Viva Voce Examination" - an oral question and answer catehcism on gunnery and, finally, an ilustrated treatise on "A Method of Floating Guns Ashore by Means of Water Tanks." The illustrations, especially those in watercolor and ink wash are beautifully rendered. The section on fabricating Congreve rockets is particularly detailed, occupying thirty pages of the manuscript and containing some of the most delicate and visually pleasing color illustrations. The dating of this manuscript is based on one of the drawings of "Parts of a Rifle" which bears the marking, "1858 Enfield." The rifles pictured are typical of the rifle-muskets of that period. Bound in half leather over marbled boards. Backstrip chipped. Sewing broken but text and illustrations in an excellent state of preservation. This manuscript is of artistic value as well as historical importance. Housed in blue cloth clamshell box with leather label. $12,500.00

 

45. Manuscript. Proceedings of H.M. Ship Braave. 17 May, 1799 to 15 June, 1803, by Michael Gandy. (At sea, Indian Ocean. 1799-1803.). hand colored recognition views and sketches. Folio. 5 manuscript vols, about 350 pages of entries. "HMS Braave" was a fifth rate frigate captured from the Dutch in 1796. Four of these journals comprise a chronology of the "Braave’s" travels in the Indian Ocean, and include several pages of hand-painted drawings of headlands as perceived by Midshipman Gandy at various ports of call. The last of these four volumes records the return of "Braave" to Portsmouth and the discharge of ship’s company, after which the author reports to "HMS Royal Sovereign." There follows a short journal of the proceedings of the "Royal Sovereign" from 15 June to 16 October 1803. The fifth volume is a “waste book” containing a watch bill for "Braave" including a lengthy list of names of each of the members of the crew, a quarter bill including gun and sail assignments for a variety of evolutions, drawings of colored signal flags, a list of 105 crewmen who died during the voyage, orders from various superiors, and a smattering of poetry and other drawings. Gandy’s journals are a marvelous contemporary record of the activities of a forty-gun British frigate in the East Indies during the height of the world-wide influence of the British Navy. With many references to other British warships and East-Indiamen. Each day receives a short description of activities primarily focused on the weather, shipboard activities, other vessels encountered ("Braave", on patrol, frequently fired warning shots to ascertain identity of strange vessels), and punishment of various crew members. During this period "Braave" was commanded by three officers: Thomas Alexander, Duncombe Pleydell Bouverie and James Gifford. One action described in the journal, and briefly alluded to in the "Naval Chronicle" (Vol. 6, pages 410 & 411), is the capture of the Dutch brig "Sceealla" and her boats in the Bay of Batavia on 24 August 1800. More than a dozen recognition views and sketches in color, including an ink and wash view of St. Helena and a five part panorama "taken from the Island of Edan in the Bay of Batavia.". The five volumes are sewn in heavy paper wrappers, as issued. VG $4,500.00

 

46. Manuscript. Ship Builder’s Reference Book. ca 1840 - 1860. Folio, unpaginated. About 100 pp. This remarkable document is a reference book compiled by English shipbuilder George Munro in the mid-1800s. It contains accounts for various jobs, ephemera and sketches documenting those jobs, lists of materials, rules and formulae for ropemakers, riggers, and sailmakers, lists and tables of various sorts of timber such as English Oak and American Elm, rules for drafting, laws for admeasurement and essays on stability and speed in design of ships. These are supplemented by detailed drawings of blacksmith work, coppering, and construction details of merchant vessels. Finally there are pencil drawings and colored drawings of vessels such as the “Barque Lousia Munro going into Shields.” This was clearly compiled by Munro over a period of years, as a reference work to assist him in his shipbuilding business. As such, it highlights matters of concern to a shipbuilder of that era, and shows practices that were actually used in the shipyards. It is a remarkable collection. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Old boards detached, text and illustrations are clean. $7,500.00

47. Manuscript. Watch and Quarter Bill with the Boats Crew and Station Lists of HMS Mersey... 1818 (and) HM Ship Challenger. 12mo. About 150 pp. This is a beautifully ornamented and lettered Watch, Quarter and Station book, mostly blank, with three pages of folding drawings of fore mast, main mast, and mizzen topmast, where crew members would be stationed. Executed in blue and sepia ink with an elaborate system of paper strips where names would be inserted. It is not beyond imagining that this book was left blank because it was so darned pretty. Bound in full tree calf with gilt decoration on boards and backstrip. $1,500.00

48. Manuscript. "Collection of Ships of War, from a First Rate to a Frigate, According to their Present Construction, by N. Pocock, 1782". Oblong 4to. scrapbook, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches; 34 drawings in ink and watercolor. Nicholas Pocock, 1741-1821, was a renowned English marine artist who made his mark as one of the major painters of the Age of Nelson. His work appeared in the Naval Chronicle and in other books and periodicals of this era. He went to sea at an early age and sailed with the Royal Navy to America and the West Indies, and he began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1782, the date of this sketchbook. The book was sold at an auction of Pocock family property held in London in 1913. It was listed in that sale as, “Drawings in water-colours and Indian ink of ‘Ships of War...’ including the Dragon, 74 guns, and a 90 gun ship of the line, with dimensions, also tracings of hulls &c, prefixed by an emblematic title-page.” In fact, the album contains, in addition to the “Dragon,” a beautiful watercolor of a ship in rough seas, showing the submerged portion of the vessel, port and starboard ink renderings of a 64 gun ship, ink and wash drawing of two ships at anchor, 32 gun “Hermione,” with dimensions, colored detail of decorative scrollwork, ink sketches of “Courageous,” watercolored drawing of 74 gun Ganges, colored drawing of unnamed ship of the line, 2 watercolors of hulks, tracing of Triton, overlaying grid of measurements, tracing of “Endymion,” watercolor, with measurements of 32 gun frigate, ditto 28 gun frigate, outline of “Hermione,” 32 gun, ink drawing of “Arethusa,” with table of dimensions, and another dozen or so sketches and drawings that shed much light on Pocock’s working methods, as we see him figuring scale and proportions within broader compositions, and recording minutia of rigging, deckwork and armament. Some of the drawings are made directly on the album pages; many are tipped in. The final drawing, of the “Arethusa,” has been laid down and has some paper loss. A unique item, bound in later full leather, housed in clamshell box. $35,000.00

 

 

49. Manuscript. Manuscript Letter-Book of Captain Thomas Burton, R.N., 1810-1822. Folio. Unpaginated (About 250 pp.) This book contains manuscript copies of incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the operation and administration of several Royal Navy warships under the sequential command of Captain Thomas Burton, RN. Included are the sloop Primrose, and the ships Prince of Wales, Nelson, and Aquilon. The letter-book provides a rare glimpse of naval affairs of the Napoleonic Wars in the Baltic, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean including orders from Saumarez in the Baltic and Lord Exmouth at Naples. Despite a two year gap from May 1812 to August 1814 when Burton was apparently ashore, there is considerable material relative to the War of 1812.. For example, “The Constitution left Boston on the 17th December and joined the Congress of Portsmouth the same afternoon. The President and Hornet had sailed before from New York; Macedonian and Peacock also reported to be at Sea. It is presumed by me that they will form a junction on some particular Rendezous.... (Signed) G. R. Collier, Captain (HMS) Leander, 22nd Jan’y 1815.” Burton later received the following directions: “Having received information of the American Frigate Constitution being off the North Coast, it is my directions that you move down below Belem in His Majesty’s Ship under your command together with such other Men of War as may be in the Tagus - for the purpose of being victualled by this Ship - in order to proceed in pursuit of the Enemy... (Signed) C. Fleming Rear Admiral, His Majesty’s Ship Elizabeth, Off the Bar of Lisbon, 20th Feb'y 1815.” Text clean and legible. Fine condition in old vellum. $5,500.00

50. Manuscript. Officer’s Order Book, H.M.S. Euraylus. 1808 - 1813. 12mo. About 50 manuscript pages. This book contains Instructions, Signals, Inventories and Station Bills for the use of the officers of the Euraylus, dated 1808-1813, dictated by Capts. George Dundas and Charles Napier, and recorded by an officer of the ship. Many of these pertain to military concerns and shipboard evolutions, but some are simple housekeeping, such as this directive from August 17, 1810. “It is my direction that in future nothing whatever is to be hung in the rigging without I should give orders to that effect. & whatever is found lying in the boats or on the boats covers is to be hove overboard.” On the other hand, the 1812 “Instructions for the Officer of the Watch” very explicitly spell out duties and responsibilities for all forseeable circumstances. This is followed by three pages of Signals, and then by a set of General Orders issued by Dundas’ successor, Charles Napier, and finally by several pages of station bills, with crew listed by name. The “Euraylus” fought at Trafalgar, and was famous for noting in her log Nelson’s famous pre-battle signal, “England expects that every man will do his duty.” A rare snapshot of Royal Navy operations in the War of 1812 era. VG in contemporary stiff wraps. $3,750.00

 

50. Manuscript. Officer’s Order Book, H.M.S. Euraylus. 1808 - 1813. 12mo. About 50 manuscript pages. This book contains Instructions, Signals, Inventories and Station Bills for the use of the officers of the Euraylus, dated 1808-1813, dictated by Capts. George Dundas and Charles Napier, and recorded by an officer of the ship. Many of these pertain to military concerns and shipboard evolutions, but some are simple housekeeping, such as this directive from August 17, 1810. “It is my direction that in future nothing whatever is to be hung in the rigging without I should give orders to that effect. & whatever is found lying in the boats or on the boats covers is to be hove overboard.” On the other hand, the 1812 “Instructions for the Officer of the Watch” very explicitly spell out duties and responsibilities for all forseeable circumstances. This is followed by three pages of Signals, and then by a set of General Orders issued by Dundas’ successor, Charles Napier, and finally by several pages of station bills, with crew listed by name. The “Euraylus” fought at Trafalgar, and was famous for noting in her log Nelson’s famous pre-battle signal, “England expects that every man will do his duty.” A rare snapshot of Royal Navy operations in the War of 1812 era. VG in contemporary stiff wraps. $3,750.00