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7. Books & Ephemera

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7.39  NAUTICAL HISTORY BOOK.  Edward Rowe Snow, “Storms and Shipwrecks of New England,” First Edition, 1943, The Yankee Publishing Company, Boston, Massachusetts.  331 pages exclusive of index, profusely illustrated in black and white on glossy paper, gold embossed hard leather cover.  Included are a table of descriptive footnotes and an appendix entitled “Maine Shipwrecks.”  This is an amazing book in amazing original condition!  This thoroughly researched and documented recount of maritime-related events in New England since the Revolution is unparalleled in its detail and scope.  As the title implies it describes major shipwrecks and storms encountered in New England’s 300+ year maritime history.  The stories are fascinating and beautifully accompanied by period engravings, paintings and original photographs.  This 74 year old copy is near mint!  Adding to its value is the penned signature of the original owner, James S. Copley on the inside cover.  49

James Strohn Copely (1916 – October 6, 1973) was a journalist and newspaper publisher.  He published the San Diego Union  Tribune from 1947 until his death in 1973, and was President of the Inter American Press Association.   He was a staunch Republican and pro-American.   During his active years he held close ties with leading Republicans of the era, including Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and Sprio Agnew.



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7.34  INSTRUMENT CATALOG.   A wonderful scientific instrument reference in the form of second edition of the “Stanley, London A Edition” catalog, copyright 1960.  The title page indicates that W.F. Stanley & Co. were established in 1853 as makers of “Surveying, Mathematical, Drawing, Optical Nautical and Scientific Instruments.”  To those ends, this hard cover book-like catalog contains 392 pages offering every conceivable manner of goods for which the firm was famous.  The table of contents reads:  “Surveying, Drawing Instruments, Drawing Office Equipment, Photo Printing, Stationery, Etc., Mathematical Planimeters, Integrtaors, Integraph, Harmonic Analysers, Miscellaneous, Navigational, Thermometrical, Meteorological, and Index and Cross Reference.”  The items offered are fully described and accompanied by the finest quality engraved drawings on gloss paper overlaid by a protective fly leaf page.  Many of the items shown are carryovers from a century earlier.  Gold embossed hard cloth cover.  Excellent condition throughout.  An absolute wealth of information!   Rare.  175



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7.35  BLUEJACKETS’ MANUAL.  Original 1946 edition of the U.S. Navy enlisted man’s “bible.”  This semi-hard cloth cover book contains 622 pages inclusive of the index.  Coming on the culmination of 5 hard fought years of experience in a World War, this is perhaps the most comprehensive Bluejackets’ Manual ever produced.  The table of contents is impressive.  It contains a preamble, then Part 1 Introduction to the Navy, Part 2 Military Drill and Movements on Land, Part 3 Ships and Aircraft, Part 4 Navy Weapons, Part 5 Ship Organization and Duties Afloat, Part 6 Emergency Drills and Battle Stations, Part 7 Handling of Ships Underway, Part 8 Deck Seamanship, and part 10 Communications and Signaling.  Nicely illustrated with black and white photographs and line drawings.  The accompanying text is exceptionally thorough and easy to understand.  Anyone having a complete comprehension of the information contained herein would be considered an expert in Naval operations and organization.  Good, well used condition with no distress.  Content extremely fine.  The knowledge offered here is worth hundreds of times the price! SOLD


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7.32  NAUTICAL ANTIQUES REFERENCE BOOK.  Jon Baddeley, “Nautical Antiques & Collectibles,” 1993, Sotheby’s Publications, London.  Hard cloth boards with dust jacket and protective plastic cover, 156 pages exclusive of index.  This is certainly the best and most comprehensive of late 20th century books on the topic.  Mr. Baddely, a graduate in engineering of Manchester University joined Sotheby’s as a specialist in the Collectors’ Department in 1975.  This work is the culmination of his more than 20 years association with the finest maritime antiques to come to market during that time frame.  This book offers a very through examination of the topic including Ship Models, Navigational Instruments, Fixtures and Fittings, Marine Arts and Crafts, Ship Portrait Painting, Ocean liner Artifacts and Ephemera.  Two additional chapters deal with Caring for Marine Collectables and Marine Collections Open to the Public.  Within the broad topics are a very wide and comprehensive coverage of sub-topics.  As an example, included are P.O.W.  models, half hulls, instruments for determining the Longitude, figureheads, ships’ hardware and diving, scrimshaw, sailors’ wools, ship portrait techniques by country, and ocean liner relics, among many others.   Profusely illustrated in color and in black and white with detailed captions.  While not intended for the advanced collector in a specialized field, this reference book is ideal and a must for the beginning collector or the dedicated nautical antique aficionado.  NEW.  This book lists for $80.  Amazon offers new copies at $45 without the plastic cover.  Our price 39



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 7.30  LIGHTHOUSE REFERENCE BOOK.   Robert Carse, “Keepers of the Lights, A History of American Lighthouses,” 1969, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York.  Hard cloth cover, 171 pages exclusive of index, complete with dust jacket.  A very well written recount of American lighthouses by this former member of the editorial staff of the New York Times and author of more than 40 books.  This may be his best!  It contains 14 chapters and an extensive index documenting the significant American lighthouses on the East Coast, Gulf, Great Lakes and the Pacific, starting with the Boston light in 1716.  Well illustrated with over 40 black and white images.  One of the first books on the topic,  published at a time when many lighthouses in the U.S. were still active, manned by Coast guard personnel.  Now well out of print.  Excellent condition.  29


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B-20 The Mariners' Museum in collaboration with Anthony J. Peluso, Jr., "The Bard Brothers, Painting America Under Steam and Sail," 1997, Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York. 171 pages hard bound with dust jacket. Before the railroads, the greatest innovation in American transportation was the steamboat pioneered by Robert Fulton in 1807. Throughout the 19th century, much of what is known about how those steamboats looked comes from the meticulously detailed paintings of the artistic brothers John and James Bard. This pictorial account of the Bard brothers' output is scholarly written by noted American marine painting expert, Anthony Peluso. The full color illustrations are spectacular including several incredible close-ups, ship photographs, and sketches. Complete with an Appendix listing all known Bard paintings by subject, medium, size, date and location. 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches. New old stock. 49


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B-18 Richard Benson, "Steamships and Motorships of the West Coast," 1968, Superior Publishing Co., Seattle. 170 pages exclusive of index, hard cover with dust jacket. This book presents an extensive pictorial record of all manner of self-powered ships that have plied Pacific Coastal waters since the 1850's, including a large chapter on ferryboats. Well written and profusely illustrated with original black and white photographs. An invaluable reference which would be a welcome addition to any nautical library. Excellent condition. 49


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7.29   SIGNING ON PAPERS.  Impressive large format “Articles” for the American “Brig Duncan of Warren (Me), now bound from the Port of NEW YORK,” as boldly noted in script near the top of the page.  At the top of this large official document is an engraving of an American ship under full sail flanked by the large words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”  Below are the legal terms of the document including the statements “No Sheath Knives or Profane Language Allowed on Board.  No Grog Allowed.”  Below are the names of 7 seamen, their ages (all in their 20’s), heights and expected wages.  At the bottom is the bold cursive signature of the Custom House New York Collectors Office dated May 11th 1846, signed accordingly.  The reverse of this huge pre-printed document bears the engraved image of a patriotic American eagle and again the bold title “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”  Below it are the Acts of Congress in behalf of Seamen, Merchants & c.  The top corner is penned “Duncan Copy.”  This large shipping paper measures 17 by 21 inches.  It is on heavy, quality rag paper with a faint bluish tinge.  It is folded in quarters but at one time was folded to legal letter size.  The paper is in excellent original condition with no rips, tears, losses or repairs.  It is stained in several places most notably at the bottom.  But the affected area is very sound and is no worse for wear.  195


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7.99  ANTIQUARIAN WHALING BOOK.   Clifford Ashley, “The Yankee Whaler,” 2nd Edition, 1942, Halcyon House, Garden City, New York.  Hard cloth cover, 156 pages of text, with an additional 111 glossy pages of photographs, sketches and paintings.  Many color plates.  Originally published in 1926, just 2 years after the loss of the last square-rigged whaler, this book offers a detailed first-hand account of the whaling industry in its waning days.  The name Clifford Ashley is synonymous with whaling at the turn-of-the-last century.  Not only was Mr. Ashley a prolific writer, he was an accomplished photographer and a well-listed professional artist.  He was also an avid collector of whaling memorabilia at a time before such collecting was not yet in vogue.  He was one of the first to privately own and document the existence of the earliest dated American scrimshaw – that of Frederick Myrick on the whaleship SUSAN.  Other books contain Ashley’s work, but this stands out as his masterpiece.  Good overall condition.  The end pages are toned and the title page is slightly foxed.  The spine and cover are sound and all pages are bright and legible.  Perfectly acceptable for a book ¾ of a century old!  89



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B-07  SHIP REFERENCE BOOK.  Jim Gibbs, “West Coast Windjammers,” 1968, First Edition, Superior Publishing Co., Seattle.  190 pages inclusive of illustrated index, hard cloth cover with dust jacket.  This is one of our all time favorite books on the topic of sailing ships.  Mr. Gibbs was the very respected author of more than 10 books covering the maritime history of the Pacific Coast and the Northwest in particular.  In this, his masterwork, he photographically documents the:  Golden Age of Sail, Principal Builders of the West Coast, Borrowing From the Logbooks, Successful and Unsuccessful Windjammers, and Latter Day Sailing Vessels.  Of invaluable importance are the informative appendices.  Appendix A covers Commercial Sailing Ships Over 100 Tons Constructed on the Pacific Coast 1850-1908.  Appendix B is a List of Latter Day Sailing Vessels and Auxiliary Sailing Vessels Over 100 Tons Built on the Pacific Coast – 1909-1921.  An authoritative reference which also makes for entertaining reading.  As new.  39


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7.27  INSTRUMENT REFERENCE BOOK.  Scarce reference book covering all manner of early scientific instruments.  Entitled “SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS,” it was written by Harriet Wynter in collaboration with Anthony Turner, in London in 1975 and published in America by Scribner’s Sons, New York.  Both Ms. Wynter and Mr. Turner were acknowledged and well respected authorities in the antiquarian scientific community at the time.  Their monumental work, the first of its kind to be published in color, contains 235 pages exclusive of index, in hard cloth cover with dust jacket and protective plastic cover.  It contains chapters on Astronomy, Navigation, Sun Dials, Surveying and Optics.  Within each of these categories the authors have gone to great lengths to portray representative scientific instruments in a profuse array of photographs in both color and black and white, with very detailed captions along with a running narrative documenting each field.   This large format book (9 by 12 inches) is the pillar of any serious scientific instrument library – one which we refer to time and again.  As new condition.  New copies of this book are listed on Amazon for $278.35   95



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7.19 REFERENCE BOOK. Jean Randier, "Nautical Antiques for the Collector," Doubleday & Co., GardenCity, New York, 1977, 223 pages, hard cover with dust jacket. Long out-of-print, this book is widely recognized as the pioneering reference on the topic of nautical antiques. Chapters include "Scale and Other Models, Paintings, Nautical Books, Navigational Instruments, Equipment and Ornamentation of Ships, Arts and Crafts on Board Ship" and a chapter entitled "Inspiration from the sea" which deals with "Models, Engraving and Sculpture, Scrimshaw and Works by deep-sea sailors." Profusely illustrated with numerous color plates, line drawings and diagrams. The centerpiece of any serious nautical library. This copy is ex-libiris with a penned inscription in the front blank page. The dust jacket is not perfect, but the content is. Priced now at less than in sold for in 1977! 14

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7.16   REFERENCE BOOK.  Neil Wilson, “Great Sea Disasters, The World’s Worst Sea Accidents,” 1998, Siena Books, Paragon, Bristol, England, hard cover, 95 pages exclusive of index.  Aptly name, this book covers the major events on the world’s oceans which resulted in the greatest loss of life, beginning with the galleons through modern times.  Profusely illustrated in color and black and white.  Brand new.   Offered on Amazon for  $19.95.   Our price 12 



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7.13  SCRIMSHAW REFERENCE BOOK.  Richard Malley, “Graven by the fishermen themselves, Scrimshaw In Mystic Seaport Museum,” 1983, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, Connecticut.  Soft cover, 152 pages exclusive of index.  A comprehensive, well-documented compilation of one of the finest collections of scrimshaw in the world.  Mr. Malley begins with an introduction to scrimshaw, its history, methods and materials.  He then methodically records the examples in the collection categorized by decorative and functional forms.  This book was written prior to the groundbreaking research work stemming from the Kendall Whaling Museum’s Scrimshaw Symposiums, whereby many up to then anonymous scrimshanders were identified.  The mystic collection holds many such important objects, now lately identified.  Ahead of its time, the book contains 3 Appendices which exhaustively document the collection by type, attribution, vessel, people and places.  Profusely illustrated in high resolution black and white photographs with a couple of full color plates.  Excellent original condition.  The spine is slightly sun faded.  Content is perfect.  29


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7.48   CHRONOMETER REFERENCE BOOK.    Tony Mercer, “Chronometer Makers of the World,” 1991, N.A.G. Press, Colchester, England, hardcover with dust jacket and protective plastic cover, 286 pages exclusive of index.  Scarce First Edition!  This monumental work, written by heir of the family which continuously produced chronometers for 130 years, starts out with an introduction to the history of chronometers, their identification and dating.  Numerous pages of black and white photographs depict all manner of historic chronometers and there are 6 additional pages with high quality color plates.  By far the most valuable aspect of this book is the painstaking compilation of every chronometer maker and agent ever known!  Each of the alphabetically listed entries contains biographical background, addresses, dates, technological contributions, known serial numbers and their corresponding dates!  An absolute *wealth* of information.  New condition.  69

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7.9  ANTIQUARIAN SHIP MODEL REFERENCE BOOK.  United States naval Academy Museum, “The Henry Huddleston Rogers Collection of Ship Models, 1954, United States Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland. First edition.   Hard cloth cover 115 pages, profusely illustrated with black and white photographs.  This book is a catalogue raisonné representing 108 of the finest ship models in the world.  All of the models came from the prestigious collection of the late Colonel Henry Huddleston Rogers, decorated World War I Army officer with the monetary means and passion for acquiring such a collection when the time was right.  Upon the Colonel’s death the collection was bequeathed to the U.S. Naval Academy where it carefully resides in its entirety to this day.  Contained in the collection are period models dating from 1650 on into the early 20th century.  However the focus of Colonel Rogers’ collecting was on the exquisite English Admiralty models produced by naval architects from the 17th into the early 19th centuries.  This book contains high resolution photographs of the models, many with several close-up views.  When known the models are identified with a brief sailing history.  Then each model is carefully described with its size and details of construction. WAS $139 NOW! 79


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7.84  INSTRUMENT REFERENCE BOOK.   The highly sought after original English edition of Jean Randier’s “Marine Navigation Instruments.”  First published in France in1977 by Creative Publishing Marine, the English version was published by John Murray, London in 1980.  This scarce book has a hard cloth cover with dust jacket.   219 pages profusely illustrated in color and black and white.  Although many books on the topic of scientific instruments have ensued, this edition was and continues to be the finest available, solely dedicated to the instruments used by mariners.  The broad topics covered are dead reckoning, coastal piloting, celestial navigation, time at sea, hydrography, marine and terrestrial astronomy, and meteorology.  Within these topics there is a strong emphasis on quadrants, sextants, compasses and devices to measure time and distance.  Excellent original condition.  End pages slightly toned, content perfect.  95


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7.91   MARINE ART & ANTIQUES REFERENCE.  J. Welles Henderson and Rodney R. Carlisle, “Marine Art & Antiques JACK TAR A Sailor’s Life 1750-1910,”   Hard cloth cover with dust jacket, 284 pages exclusive of index.   Comprehensive nautical bibliography.   For years Wells Henderson observed the fact that major maritime museums of the world placed their emphasis on ship paintings, models, figureheads, navigational instruments, tools and weapons, but did little to portray the lives of ordinary seamen using them.  Starting more than 4 decades ago, he began collecting items which would help document the lives and surroundings of the men in the focs’le.   Accordingly, this book focuses on the “common sailors” in the American and British Navies who manned and worked their ships.  In a very effective manner the authors trace the story using manuscripts, journals, diaries, log books, antiquarian books, paintings, prints, sketches, wood carvings, ceramics, textiles, scrimshaw, medals, instruments, ship models, statues, photography and more.  Richly illustrated in color with examples comprising the extensive Henderson Collection -- many of which were never before seen publicly.   Large format, 8 ½ by 11 inches. With author-signed inscription.    As new condition.   49



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7.10  NOTED NAUTICAL CHANDLER CATALOG.  Original, mid-century American navigational instrument maker and dealer’s catalog of “Wilfrid O. White & Sons, Inc.” as boldly printed on the cover.  The White name is synonymous with navigational instruments in America, as formerly Kelvin & White Co. of Boston fame.  This soft cover catalog contains 32 pages exclusive of the printed covers.  The pages are rich with detailed black (dark blue) and white photographs of the actual instruments with some schematic drawings.  The items offered include spherical compasses, shelf and deck binnacles, skylight binnacles, power boat compasses, Navy-type standard compasses,  sounding machines, peloruses, azimuth rings, K-W standard merchant binnacles, Navy standard binnacles, chronometers, sextants, ships’ logs, ship’s clocks, barometers, barographs and timers among others.  The inside back cover has a listing of “Miscellaneous Items” which contains more than 40 additional offerings.  Included with the catalog is an original price key dated December 1950 which lists, among others, the price of a Hamilton chronometer at $525.00!  95

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7.09   IMPORTANT MARITIME REFERENCE BOOKs.  William Armstrong Fairburn, “Merchant Sail,” 1955, Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation, Inc. Center Lovell, Maine.  Those in the know recognize the importance of these six total volumes containing 3,394 pages exclusive of the Index of Vessels and the General Index.   The Index of Vessels, 1700 to early 1900, contains 13,278 ships alone!  What’s more, there are three valuable Appendices:  I & II, “Owners of Clippers & A Record of the Clippers They Owned.  Then Appendix III, “Ship Designing & Building.”   Unquestionably this reference represents the ultimate historical narrative of merchant ships from the days of sail, of which most are British and American.  Original examples are absolutely non-existent because when published they were not offered privately,  only to libraries and marine-related institutions.  Accordingly, this rare complete set constitutes a thorough,  meticulous high quality copy bound in 6 thick separate volumes -- all of which are faithful to the originals.  No noticeable quality of the typeface has been lost.  Some pages do exhibit thin dark areas in the extreme margins due to copying, which in no way affect the content.  These precious volumes represent an absolute wealth of information on every aspect of seafaring maritime heritage around the world during the age of sail!  An absolute *must have* for the nautical history buff and the maritime historian.  395 Special Packaging

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7.06  CLIPPERSHIP TRADE CARDS.  Grouping of two decorative hand bills of the type used to advertise for cargo to be carried by clipper ships between New York and San Francisco in the days of the California Gold Rush on into the Civil War.  The first is entitled “Sutton & Co’s Dispatch Line for San Francisco, New and Elegant A-1 Clipper SILAS FISH.”  The second is for “Glidden & Williams’ Line for San Francisco from Lewis Wharf COMMODORE.”  These handsome copies were reprinted during the 1940’s and are very faithful to the originals.  Only a skilled expert or knowledgeable collector could discern the difference.   Both measure 7 x 4 ¼ inches and are in perfect condition, noting slight foxing only on the reverse of each.   Suitable for framing.  With originals selling for more than $1000 a piece, these are a real bargain, being nearly antique in their own right! SOLD


 



7.98   HISTORICAL BOOK.  W. Jeffrey Bolster, “Black Jacks, African American Seamen in the Age of Sail,” 1997, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  299 pages exclusive of index, hard cover with dust jacket.  Center section with glossy black and white plates.  In a scholarly way this book treats the subject with chapters on: ”The Emergence of Black Sailors in Plantation America, African Roots of Black Seafaring, The Boundaries of Race in Maritime Culture, Possibilities for Freedom,  Free Sailors and the Struggle with Slavery, and Toward Jim Crow at Sea.”  A good read!  New condition.  12 


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7.78  ESKIMO ART REFERENCE.  Cottie A. Burland, “Eskimo Art,” 1973, The Hamlyn Publishing Group, London.  Hard cover with dust jacket, 93 pages exclusive of index.  Certainly one of the pioneering books on the subject, authored by one of the most respected authorities on Eskimo antiquities, and a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  Beautifully illustrated in color, complimented by some black and white photos.  The captions meticulously describe the origin, size, purpose and current location of each artifact.  The running narrative contained within offers a wealth of information on the various Eskimo cultures and the inspiration of the folk art forms represented.  Professionally repaired tear in dust jacket.  Content as new condition.  29


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7.79  NAUTICAL ANTIQUE REFERENCE BOOK.  Marian Klamkin, “Marine Antiques,” 1975, Dodd Mead Company, New York.  Hard cloth cover with dust jacket, 233 pages exclusive of index.  Profusely illustrated in black and white with a center section containing color plates.  Published in 1975, this book is the first of many to subsequently be written on the topic.  It is surprisingly thorough, dealing with the topics of “Logs and Journals, Instruments, Figureheads and other carvings, China Trade, Clipper Ships, Scrimshaw, Ship Models, Commemoratives, Furniture, Lighting, Seaport Souvenirs, Naval Ceramics, Decorative Arts, Steamship Relics and Yachting.”  There are also two very informative chapters on “Care and Repair of Marine Antiques” and “Fakes, Reproductions and Recently Made Collectibles.”  This is followed by two appendices listing “Maritime Museums of the World” and “Ship Restorations and Replicas.”  In short, this book has it all!  As new condition.   49


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7.82 NAUTICAL ANTIQUES  REFERENCE BOOK. Jacqueline L. Kranz, "American Nautical Art and Antiques," 1975, Crown Publishers, New York, 241 pages, hard cover with dust jacket. This is one of the best early books on the topic of nautical antiques, written especially with the American collector in mind. Ms. Kranz effectively and thoroughly covers the entire gamut of nautical antique collectibles from hardware to ships’ carvings and scrimshaw to fine art, with everything in between! This book is profusely illustrated with black and white photographs drawn from a wide range of notable public and private collections at the time. A center section contains color plates. Unquestionably a foundation reference for any nautical antique library. Near mint condition.  69


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7.73 REFERENCE BOOK. Jean Randier, "Nautical Antiques for the Collector," Doubleday & Co., Garden City, New York, 1977, 223 pages, hard cover. Long out-of-print, this book is widely recognized as the pioneering reference on the topic of nautical antiques. Chapters include "Scale and Other Models, Paintings, Nautical Books, Navigational Instruments, Equipment and Ornamentation of Ships, Arts and Crafts on Board Ship" and a chapter entitled "Inspiration from the sea" which deals with "Models, Engraving and Sculpture, Scrimshaw and Works by deep-sea sailors." Profusely illustrated with numerous color plates, line drawings and diagrams. Complete with original dust jacket! Mint condition. A rare opportunity to own the most highly prized book ever printed on the nautical antiques -- the centerpiece of any serious library. 79


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7.62  BILL of SALE.  Original sailing ship bill of sale for the Brig “Silas S. Martin” of Castine as penned in lovely cursive script.  This document conveying 1/32nd part of the vessel (“together with sails, boats, anchors, cables, tackle, furniture and all other necessaries”) to F. A. Hooke from Mary W. Hooke for the sum of $400, is dated May 5, 1876.  It is pre-printed on quality rag paper, folded into 4 pages.  The top front bears the image of an American eagle perched on the Union shield clutching olive braches and arrows.  The inside pages contain much information about the ship and its official transfer of title, and bears the seal of the Registrar of Castine, Maine.  This document measures 8 ½ by 14 inches on each of its 4 pages, is 17 inches wide overall, and folds down to 8 ½ by 3 ½ inches.  Good original condition considering its 135 years.  49

The Brig SILAS S. MARTIN was built in Castine, Maine.  She had a length of 109 feet, displaced 218 tons, had a square stern and a prow decorated with a billet head.  Her master was R. B. Brown.


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7.60  BILL OF SALE.  Rare, early American document conveying the official sale of a fractional part of the 3-masted sailing ship VICTORIA RUD built in Bath, Maine in 1854.  This handsome original document is on high grade pre-printed light blue paper consisting of 4 pages.  The frontispiece shows a sailing ship with the words, “To all to whom these Presents shall come, GREETING: Know ye.. 1/16 Ship Victoria Rud F. Rua to W. H. Potter.  Custom House Bath Received Nov 6 1854.”  The remaining four pages are printed in  exquisite cursive script with hand-written insertions where applicable.  The front page is entitled “BILL OF SALE OF REGISTERED VESSEL by Collins Bowne Co., Stationers’ Hall, 174 Pearl-st N.Y.” with a 3-masted full rigged American ship under shortened sail.  The inside page bears the image of a spread-winged American eagle perched on a shield.  This document measures 8 by 13 inches with 3 original folds.  It is in an excellent state of original preservation with no tears, stains or losses.  A very decorative piece of genuine American sailing history!  79

The 3-masted square rigged ship VICTORIA RUD was built in Bath, Maine in 1854.  She had a length overall of 145 feet 10 inches a breadth of 30 feet 5 inches, a depth of 15 feet 2 inches and displaced 621 tons.  Her Captain was Andrew Talbot.


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7.58  CLIPPERSHIP REFERENCE BOOK.  Carl Cutler, “Greyhounds of the Sea,” 1984, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, hard bound cloth cover with dust jacket, 660 pages exclusive of index.  Originally published in 1930, this American classic has long been recognized as the definitive reference documenting the heroic, but short-lived era of the American clipper ships.  This third edition brings additional data heretofore unpublished in the two earlier versions plus several color plates.  The main content deals with the glamorous history of those sleek ocean carriers which sacrificed capacity for all important speed.  This book has 6 very informative appendices:  I. 500 Records of American Ships,  II. Ships, Measurements, etc.,  III. American Voyages to China/England 1850-1860,   IV. California Voyages,  V. Flying Cloud, N.Y. to San Francisco 1851, VI. Ship Andrew Jackson, N.Y. to San Francisco.  10 by 7 ½ inches and nearly 2 inches thick!  Slight wear to dust jacket.  Content and cover as new.  A wonderful reference for the nautical library.  59


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7.54  NAVAL ARCHITECT’s PLANS.  Original pencil drawing on high quality vellum  paper inscribed “FAST FISHING CRUISER” in the title block lower right.  Further it states, “44’ x 12 ½’ Designed for Mr. Chas S. Jones By Fellows & Stewart, Inc. – 3 – 7 – 46.  Scale ¼” = 1 FT.   G. B. Hooton.”  This precise working drawing depicts the sleek vessel in plan and elevation views.  Critical dimensions are given and details of the cabin and afterdeck are shown in scale.  9 by 13 ¼ inches sight.  Perfect original condition.  An interesting set of original boat builder’s plans over 60 years old.  249


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7.52  REFERENCE BOOK.  Carl Crossman,  “The China Trade,” 1972,  Pyne Press, Princeton New Jersey, First edition, 270 pages, hard cover with dust jacket and protective cover.  The first of 2 books authored by this well-respected expert, in large format and well illustrated in color and black and white.  Not just another “picture book,” this exhaustive reference contains detailed studies of Chinese exports beginning with the famous artists of 18th and 19th century, followed by the incredible work of the Chinese artisans in furniture, lacquerware, carving, fans, ivory, silver, pewter and household goods.  This book is written in a scholarly fashion with extensive footnotes and references following each chapter.  The chapter on silver is accompanied by detailed photos of marks.  There are also very informative appendices including a list of Chinese artists, a section on how to identify Chinese ports, and how to date views of the major trading port Canton. 9 ½ by 11 inches.  Excellent condition.  An invaluable reference!  59

 

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7.44  U-BOAT SUBMARINE REFERENCE BOOK.   Another exceptional compendium in the Time-Life series The Seafarers, this superb reference book is authored by maritime expert Douglas Botting and was published for Time-Life Books in Alexandria, Virginia in 1979.  Punctuated by beautiful paintings in full color, precise drawings, diagrams and period photographs, this book contains a revealing narrative which explores every aspect of the U-Boat’s rise and fall over the span of 2 world wars.   During the Great War of the 19teens militaristic Germany invested its industrial might in the development of submarine warfare.  The U-Boat became the icon of Axis stealth and ferocity.  Ignoring the treaty of Versailles, Hitler’s Reich was determined to take its U-Boat prowess to next level.  Under the direction of legendary Admiral Karl Doenitz, Nazi Germany’s submarine service was on the verge of annihilating the Allies’ merchant fleets.  Nothing before or since has matched the German U-Boats’ feats in warfare.  Fascinating reading!  As new.  SOLD

 

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7.40  EARLY NAUTICAL POST CARDS.  Lot of 30 turn-of-the-last century postcards relating to ocean commerce in and around New England.  Of particular note are a lithograph entitled “Reflections, Nantucket,” 6-masted schooner “William L. Douglas,” the whaling bark “Lagoda,” Cape Cod scenes, “Whalers at Pier, New Bedford,” and yachting scenes.  Most are in full color and unfranked, although some bear early stamps and interesting penned messages.  3 ½ by 5 1/2 inches and in generally good condition.  60

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7.38  FAMOUS P.O.W. ARTIFACTS CATALOG.  Raisonné of what was surely the most important and complete private collection of Napoleonic War prisoner artifacts ever assembled!   This catalog was published by well-respected nautical antiques dealer John Rinadli in September of 1986.  It comprises 116 pages cataloging 257 examples of the finest folk art ever produced by human hands!  It contains the most exquisite examples of bone and boxwood ship models, game boxes with cards and dominos, spinning jennies, straw work marquetry boxes, straw work chests, snuff boxes, chess sets, watch towers, bodkins, pipe tampers, game spinners or “teetotums,” tea caddies, models of fortresses, sewing devices, guillotines, snuff boxes, bone picks, miniature tools, picture frames, straw marquetry pictures and even eating utensils!  The diversity, ingenuity and precise workmanship of the items contained herein are truly mind boggling!  This catalog represents an unprecedented reference on the subject.  New old stock.  14

Ewart C. Freeston author of “Prisoner of War Ship Models 1775-1825,” 1973, Conway Maritime Press, Ltd., London, is THE definitive reference on P.O.W. works.  He writes: It was in 1793 that France declared war on England – a war which lasted until 1815.  As Britain dominated the conflict, French prisoners in English prisons abounded.  By 1796, the first prison especially for prisoners of war was built at Norman Cross.  Several others followed.  While the living conditions were horrid by modern standards, there soon came to be a symbiotic relationship between the incarcerated Frenchmen (many of whom were skilled craftsmen from the province of Dieppe) and their English guards.  The guards soon realized that the skills of the men in their charge could work to the advantage of both.  They began supplying the prisoners with tools, raw materials and a market in which to sell their wares.  So sophisticated was this cooperation, that amongst the materials the guards obtained was genuine gold foil!  The resultant output speaks for itself.

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7.37 TIME-LIFE BOOK SERIES.  At the peak of their publishing prowess in the late 70’s Time, Incorporated, in cooperation with the editors of Life Magazine, set out to produce a set of books about men, ships and the sea, unrivaled in their research, quality of content and beautiful illustrations.  The result was the series entitled The Seafarers.   Each book is authored by world renowned experts in their field.  From this series we are now proud to offer 5 of those books at less than their published price over 30 years ago!  Each book is hard bound in faux leather and is in excellent original condition.  9 ½ by 11 ½ inches.  Your choice at this below market price.  Shipping is by UPS, which typically runs about $10.    19.95

 

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a.  THE GREAT LINERS.  Melvin Maddocks, 1978.  The books starts out with several impressive full color plates of famous ocean liner posters.  It goes on to fully document the infancy of the age of steam and what it meant to ocean passenger liner service for the next 130 years.  Names like Titanic, Lusitania, Normandie, Queen Mary, Leviathan, are but a few.  A super, SUPER book for the price!   19.95

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b.  THE DREADNOUGHTS.  David Howarth, 1978.  A complete and very detailed account of the rise and fall of the mighty battleship in the world’s Navies.  The beginnings of the modern dreadnaught were shortly after the Spanish-American War.  Innovation and fierce competition amongst the world’s maritime nations led to the equivalent of a modern day “Arms Race” culminating in incredibly huge armored vessels with massive guns.  The famed World War I Battle of Jutland is well documented in words, photos, paintings and illustrations. SOLD

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c.  FIGHTING SAIL.  A.B.C. Whipple,  1978.  This book meticulously tracks the development of the ship of the line from its perfection in the mid-1700’s to the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.  “Britannia ruled the waves.”  Much emphasis is given to the Royal Navy and the reasons for its dominance.  Fascinating insights and glorious illustrations. 19.95

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e.  THE MEN-OF-WAR.  David Howarth, 1978.  “Whosoever commands the sea commands trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world and consequently the world itself.  Sir Walter Raleigh early 1600’s.”  The English had recently defeated the Spanish Armada, but they continued to compete for ocean trade with the Dutch, French, Portuguese and the Americans.  This book chronicles those times.  Richly illustrated with famous paintings, prints and illustrations. SOLD

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f. THE VIKINGS. Robert Wernick, 1979. "A conquering host rising out of the sea mists." The first document savage attck by the Vikings was on a monastary on an island near Englan's Northumbria. The intruders frpm the sea had no feverence for the Christian God, no scruples about plundering a religious sanctuary and scant regard for human life. The atrocity was unprededented in the memory of living mand and ushered in 300 years of deredations by this ruthless early pirates. This book tells those stores. Beautifully illustrated with some incredible Middle Ages artwork.  SOLD

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g. THE EXPLORERS. Richard Humble, 1978. With the Rennaisance came a new curiousty about the world at large, picqued by the experiences of the Crusaders in the exotic lands to the East. Untold wealth was to be had there and the prospect of finding new trade routes drove the early eplorers in ever expanding circles to discover new lands. First was the establishment of Eurpopean trade routes to India. Next the Spanish sailed Westward while the Portuguese headed East. The consquests of Columbus and Magellan make up an integral part of this fascinating book. Richly illustrated.  SOLD

h. THE SPANISH MAIN. Peter Wood, 1979. In the 16th century the Aztec Empire with its untold riches, was at its Zenith. The newly discovered New World was a tempting target for gold hungry Europeans. The first first vangaurd of plunderers was led by Hernan Cortez in 1519. Within the next 3 years, the Spanish effectively destroyed the Aztec nation. For the next 250 years the area off the coast of Central America, south of Florida and north of Venezuela was beset by ruthless pirates, the likes of Henry Morgan, seeking treasure in the unbriddled frontier which becasme known as the "Spanish Main." At the same time the slave trade in the area abounded. This book documents in pictures and words that most unsavory and bloody period in the history of the new Western World. SOLD


 

i.  THE EAST INDIAMEN.  Russell Miller, 1980.  Hard cover, 173 pages exclusive of index.  When a Portuguese merchantman entered the harbor of Dartmouth , England in 1592 laden with  exotic, rich treasures from the Oriental, the spark which ignited the “China Trade” was lit.  In the ensuing 300 years England’s  East India Company dominated Britain’s (and indeed the world’s)  pursuit of that very lucrative ocean commerce.  This book documents that glorious time in a most effective way in high quality photographs, drawings and informative text.  19.95


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7.31 SHIP CARVING REFERENCE BOOK. Long recognized as the most comprehensive and definitive book on the topic of early American decorative ship carving, this groundbreaking book was written by renown scholar and Curator of the Peabody-Essex Museum, M. V. Brewington. Published by the Barre Publishing Co., Barre, Massachusetts in 1962, it is hard cover with 164 pages exclusive of index with dust jacket and protective plastic cover. The cover and frontispiece are adorned with the most splendid carving of legendary American Indian maiden Pocahontus, attributed to William Rush (ca. 1810). The contents are no less spectacular. Mr. Brewington takes us through the history of ship carving in American chronologically from the Colonial era, Independence, Frigates & Packets, the Clipper ships, and finally the end of the art as it dwindled in the early 20th century. This book is scholarly-written and profusely illustrated with old photographs, original carver sketches, line drawings and photographs of extant examples of the marine carver's art. Ex-libris. Slightly soiled dust jacket and end papers. Content fine.  95

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7.22 REFERENCE BOOK. Philip N. Thomas, "British Figureheads & Shipcarvers," 1995, Waine Research Publications, Wolverhampton, England. 115 pages inclusive of informative indices, hard cover with dust jacket. The author divides the topic of ship carving into two groups: Merchant ship carvings and their carvers, and Naval figureheads and their carvers. This distinction is real and the author explains why in informative text with numerous black and white photographs, color photographs and line drawings. Each section contains an extensive biography of every known carver. Countless figureheads are depicted, described and identified with their vessels' names, when known. THE one and only comprehensive book on the topic of British ship figureheads and the men who carved them. Absolutely invaluable source material. New condition. 49

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7.18 REFERENCE BOOK. Gordon Newell and Joe Williamson, "Pacific Steamboats, A Vivid Pictorial History of the West Coast's Boats and Boatmen," 1968, Superior Publishing Co. A Division of Bonanza Books, New York. 198 pages exclusive of photo index, hard cloth cover with dust jacket. This collaborative effort between ship historian Newell and marine photographer Williamson coalesces to bring the reader a comprehensive photographic history of virtually ever sidewheeler and steam ferry that ever plied the waters of the West Coast! Profusely illustrated in black and white with detailed captions, Newell's narrative writing style adds much to the graphic depiction of these vessels and the men who manned them. The photographic index is a very valuable research tool in it own right. Excellent condition, dust jacket with slight wear only. 49

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7.15 REFERENCE BOOK. E.G.R. Taylor, "The Mathematical Practitioners of Hanoverian England 1714 -1840," 1966, The Institute of Navigation, Cambridge University Press, facsimile reprint with permission of the Institute of Navigation, 1989. 483 pages exclusive of index, hard bound cloth cover. In 1714 the British Parliament offered the sum of £20,000 to whomsoever could find the longitude at sea. By 1840, the year of Queen Victoria's wedding, the term "mathematical instrument maker" had fallen into disuse, as the application of geometry crossed over into every facet of science from time keeping , surveying, architecture, gunnery and navigation. The author begins with a narrative history of the era in the first 100 pages. Thereafter the entire book is dedicated to the biographies of all known makers, serially numbered, grouped alphabetically within a series of dated periods. Each entry contains sources, types of instruments made, and locations of existing examples. Without a doubt, this is the most comprehensive reference book of its type. We have found it indispensable. As new. 69

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7.10 REFERENCE BOOK. Gloria Clifton, "Dictionary of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851," 1995, Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd, London, 331 pages inclusive of index, hardcover with dust jacket. Without a doubt this is the most useful reference book in our library. We turn to it time and again, using it virtually every week for this presentation. Within these pages Ms. Clifton, a curator at the prestigious National Maritime Museum Greenwich, in conjunction with world renown scientific instrument authority Gerard L'E Turner, has compiled the most comprehensive listing of makers to date. Each entry includes the maker's dates, family ties, addresses, type manufacture, associations and references. Many are even accompanied by photographs of their trade labels. Indispensable! New. 195

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7.81 REFERENCE BOOK. Hans Jurgen Hansen, "Art and the Seafarer," 1966 The Viking Press, New York, 288 pages, hard cover with dust jacket, exclusive of key to illustrations and bibliography. Here is one of the "big two" of the early reference books covering nautical art and antiques. Published in the same year and in the same large format (10 by 12 1/2 inches) as its better known counterpart "Decorative Arts of the Mariner," this very scarce book represents a compilation of contributions from a number of world renown experts. Topics explored include Ship Architecture, Ship Models, Wood Carvings on Ships, Ship Portraiture, Glass paintings of Ships, and Seamen's Crafts. An additional Chapter entitled "Maritime Objects d'Art and Antiques, Collector's Pieces and Their Value" gives insight into the "How To" of nautical collecting. This book is scholarly written with cross-referenced text magnificently complimented by a rich array of photographs, many in color. Condition is very good. The dust jacket does exhibit slight foxing to the top left front and some minor losses and tears. The cover is worn at the tips of the bottom two corners. These in no way affect the content. All pages are excellent. This is a rare and valuable nautical reference that we are very pleased to be able to offer. 99

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7.47 REFERENCE BOOK. Frederick Emmons, "The Atlantic Liners," 1977, Bonanza Book, New York. 160 pages including an Index of Ships. This hardcover book with dust jacket covers the major liners of the world that plied the Atlantic from 1925 through 1970. It is organized by country, and then by Steamship company, with a history of each company given. The remainder of the book is dedicated to detailed information on the ships themselves. Each entry provides a line drawn profile view along with a paragraph on the ship's characteristics, service history, and ultimate fate. An invaluable research tool! 39

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7.27 LIGHTHOUSE REFERENCE BOOK. Jim Gibbs, "West Coast Lighthouses," 1974, Superior Publishing Company, Seattle, 1st Ed., 204 pages exclusive of photo index, hard cover with dust jacket. With typical thoroughness, maritime historian Jim Gibbs documents every known Pacific Coast lighthouse between the Mexican and Canadian borders. Each lighthouse is described and a short history of each is included in Mr. Gibbs' pleasing narrative style. This book is replete with exceptional period photographs and diagrams. A must have book for the lighthouse aficionado. Good, used condition. 79

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19.59 YACHT BOOK. A.B.C. Whipple, "The Racing Yachts," 1980, Time-Life Books, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia. 173 pages exclusive of index, hard cover. On October 1st, 1661 two Royal yachts, the CATHERINE with King Charles II embarked, and the yacht ANNE with the King's brother the Duke of York on board, sailed down the Thames. To spectators on shore, it looked like a lavish floating party. But what they were actually witnessing was the first yacht race in history! From there the book chronicles the advent and advance of yacht racing through more than 3 centuries culminating in the "Whitbread Race" of open ocean yachts around the world in 1973. This colorfully illustrated book covers the most famous yacht races of them all, the America's Cup at length: technological advances, the races themselves and the personalities of the great yachtsmen who made the races happen. A wealth of information which makes for fascinating reading. 79

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B-77  M.V. Brewington, “Shipcarvers of North America,” 1962,  Dover Publications, New York, 164 pages exclusive of index, soft cover with 134 black and white illustrations.  Essentially the “Bible” of decorative ship carving, from figureheads to sternboards.  Complete with a comprehensive list of carvers, their location and time period.  An invaluable reference!  19


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B-81  Dorothy Jean Ray, “Aleut and Eskimo Art,” 1981, University of Washington Press, Seattle.  Hard cloth cover, 237 pages exclusive of index.  Large format.  The first 87 pages are a fact filled introduction to the topic.  What follows is an amazing visual record in black and white of Eskimo art from the ancient times to the present.  Good original condition exhibiting acceptable prior use.  This volume is considered the standard reference concerning Eskimo art.  29


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B-82  William Fitzhugh and Susan Kaplan, “Inua, Spirit World of the Bearing Sea Eskimo,” 1982 Smithsonian Institution.  296 pages soft cover.   Large format.  A wealth of knowledge along with very clear sepia tone images of the most exquisite Eskimo artifacts.   Originally sold for $30.  9


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B-83  Dorothy Jean Ray, “A Legacy of Arctic Art,” 1996, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver/Toronto, Canada.  184 pages, soft cover, profusely illustrated in black and white.  Another fact-filled reference gem from this well respected authority on Eskimo art and artifacts.  Excellent original condition.  Ex-libris.  Priced at mere pennies of its original published price.  9


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B-56 (7.58)  CLIPPER SHIP BOOK.  The all time classic, Carl Cutler, “GREYHOUNDS OF THE SEA,” originally copyrighted in 1930, this is third update, 1980 edition.  Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.  660 pages exclusive of index, hard cloth cover with dust jacket.  A simply fabulous reference on the subject which is an absolute “must have” for any serious nautical library.  Offered here in virtually new condition at an exceptional value.  This book is offered on Amazon  for $95.74.  Our price 89


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B-62 CLIPPER SHIP REFERENCE BOOK.   Captain Arthur H. Clark, “The Clipper Ship Era,”  First published in 1920, this the revised edition 1970.  376 pages exclusive of comprehensive index, hard cloth cover with dust jacket.  40 black and white illustrations.  Written from an American perspective, the author (a boyhood friend of famous clippership builder Donald McKay) begins with the rise of American merchant shipping after the War of 1812,  evolving with the packet ships of the 1820’s and 30’s, then the early clippers of the 40’s and finally the Golden Age of the American clipper ship in the 1850’s and 60’s.  Three excellent Appendices, California Clippers built from 1850-57, Record Passages 1850-60, and China Tea clippers 1860-69.  Dust jacket very lightly soiled.  Book and content as new.   29


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B-66  ESKIMO ARTIFACTS REFERENCE BOOK.  Charles Miles, “Indian & Eskimo Artifacts of North America,” 1963 Henry Regnery Company, Chicago.  239 pages exclusive of index, hard cloth cover with dust jacket.  Nicely illustrated and identified, primarily in black and white.  An extensive representation of objects relating to hunting, food, home, tools, clothing personal adornment, ceremony and religion, music toys, games and sports, travel and combat.  Large format, 8 ½ by 11 inches.  Dust jacket worn, content fine. A rare reference book, unavailable on Amazon.  75


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B-39  KENNEDY SCRIMSHAW COLLECTION.  Clare Barnes, Jr. “John F. Kennedy Scrimshaw Collector,” 1969, Little Brown & Company Boston.  129 pages, hard-bound cloth cover with dust jacket.  Profusely illustrated with all color plates.  A catalog resonnaie of the President’s ground breaking and very famous scrimshaw collection, now held in the Kennedy Library, Boston.  9 by 11 ½ inches.  As new condition.  49

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7-23  ANTIQUARIAN BOOK.  Joseph C. Hart, “Miriam Coffin or The Whale-Fishermen,” 1872, H. R. Coleman, San Francisco.  336 pages, hard cloth cover, 6 by 8 ½ inches.  Originally published in 1834, this second printing reveals an interesting, period insight into the whale fishery of the era.  The Coffin name was synonymous with Yankee whaling on the island of Nantucket in the 19th century.  Some sea shanties and music scores within.  A very, very rare copy!  Good, toned content.  Original classic silk ribbon page marker. Binding stable.  Originally sold for $150.  49


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B-41  EARLY WHALING BOOK.  Rev. Henry T. Cheever, “The Whale and His Captors or The Whaleman’s Adventures.”  1850, Harper Brothers Publishers, New York.  314 pages of content with additional advertisements following.  Hard embossed cloth cover, 4 ¾ by 6 ¾ inches.  This extremely rare antique book describes the whale fishery in pre-Civil War America, complete with several fine steel plate engravings.  Condition is sound with no losses.  Covers are stained and foxed as are end papers.  A nice gold embossed image of a whaleship and boat on the cover. Content is good with some minor water staining evident.  An important old book on the subject.  49


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B-42  ANTIQUARIAN WHALING BOOK.  Henry George Burgess, “On Board A Whaler, An Adventurous Cruise Through Southern Seas.”  1901, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York.   397 pages of content with additional advertisements following.   Hard cloth cover 5 ½ by 8 inches.  Written 30 years after his 18 month voyage on the whaleship GRACE LATHROP out of Provincetown, Massachusetts, the author details the fascinating experience in 36 chapters along with 16 illustrations.  Cover worn with fragile spine.  Content excellent.  Originally sold for $130.  29


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B-48  ILLUSTRATED WHALING HISTORY.   Francis Russell Hart, “The New England Whale-Fisheries.”  1924, John Wilson & Son, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  92 pages hard cloth cover.  3 black and white photographic illustrations, one depicting a whaling scene in engraving quality. A section devoted to an Exhibition of “Old Maps” at M.I.T. April – June 1926, with numerous additional blank pages for notes.  This book comprises a brief synopsis of the New England Whale Fishery in the very year of its demise upon the wreck of the last American whaleship, the Bark WANDERER.  Lengthy penned inscription by the author on the front end paper dated “20 April / 27”.  Front and back covers water stained but otherwise sound.  Content perfect.  Originally sold for $150.  A very rare antiquarian book.  49


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B-49  PICTORIAL WHALING HISTORY BOOK.  George Francis Dow, “Whaleships And Whaling A Pictorial History.”  1985 reprint of the 1925 first edition.  Dover Publications, New York.  238 pages, soft cover, profusely illustrated in black and white.  Beginning with a brief history of “The Whale Fishery In New England,” what follows is an incredible documentary of that bygone American industry in pictures.  A truly marvelous compilation of photographs!  As new condition.  29


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B-34 Wolfgang Rudoph, "Sailor Souvenirs, Stoneward, Faiences and Porcelain of Three Centuries," 1985, Edition Leipzig, Germany. 150 pages, hard cover with dust jacket. The East India Company was established in London in 1600 as trade with China developed. Europeans had discovered the fine porcelains manufactured in China and soon were producing porcelains and stoneware of their own. The resultant sea trade enabled sailors to bring home examples of these wares, often made with a nautical theme. This book details the manufacture and trade of these items from the 17th through the early 20th century. Beautifully illustrated with many color plates. As new. 24

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B-31 John and Alice Durant, "Pictorial History of American Sailing Ships," 1953, Castle Books, New York. 308 pages, hardcover, partial dust jacket. As the name implies this book contains literally hundreds of photographs, and drawings depicting seafaring in Colonial America up until the early 1950's when it was printed. Included are slaving, pirates, whaling, the wars, China trade, river boats, clipper ships, fishing, ocean liners. This book has it all! Large format. The dust jacket is obviously tattered, but the book and its content are fine. 34

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B-30 Ralph Eastman, "Pilots and Pilot Boats of Boston Harbor," 1956, Second Bank-State Street Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. 90 pages, soft cover. Another of the famous line of maritime books published in the State Street Trust tradition. Nicely illustrated in color and black and white with photographs and paintings. The book contains a well written narrative of the history of piloting in Boston and then special attention is give to a number of the more famous boats that have served in that capacity. One of the rarer State Street Trust editions. Good condition. Cheap! 19

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B-29 Elbert S. Maloney, "Chapman's Piloting, Seamanship & Small Boat Handling," 1983, Hearst Marine Books, New York. 610 pages exclusive of index, hard cover. This monumental book basically contains everything you need to know to become the captain of a yacht! There are 27 chapters with 6 appendices. Copiously illustrated. Just a few of the titles are: Nautical Terms, Equipment for Boats, Rules of the Road, Seamanship, Weather, the Mariner's Compass, Aids to Navigation, the Nautical Chart, Tides and Current, Piloting, Boat Management, etc., etc. An absolute wealth of information contained in a single large format book! Excellent condition. 29

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B-28 Jonathan Rutland, "All Color World of Ships," 1978, Octopus Books, Ltd., London. 102 pages exclusive of index, hard cover with dust jacket. As the name suggests, this large format book is beautifully illustrated containing paintings, photography and drawings of ships from ancient times to the present day. Factual text. 12 by 9 1/2 inches. Excellent condition. 29

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B-22 George A. Zabriskie, "Ship's Figureheads in and about New York," 1946, Ormond Beach, Florida, hard cover, 21 pages. This concise little book is one of the earliest devoted to the topic of uniquely American ships' figureheads. The title is misleading in that figureheads from Maine to Virginia are illustrated and discussed in a very straight forward and fact filled manner. Presentation copy signed by the author for a Judge & Mrs. Sutherland. A very rare book. Excellent condition. 39

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B-16 "Appendix to Lloyd's Register Book 1949" Lloyd's, London England. This large and impressive leather-bound book with gold embossed cover contains: "Types of Vessels, Index to Vessels with Compound Names, Shipbuilders and Builders of Marine Machinery, Index to Docks and Harbours Throughout the World, Dry Docks, Wet Docks, Statistical Tables, Fast Merchant Ships and Steamers, Steamers and Motorships by nationality, Telegraphic Address of Companies, Deadweight and Cubic Capacities of Steamers and Motorships, Vessels for the Carriage of Petroleum, Marine Insurance Companies, etc." Both French and English texts. Pages are not consecutively numbered, but there are many hundreds of pages in total. 11 1/2 by 10 inches and over 2 inches thick! Excellent, very well preserved original condition. A rare BIG collector's book. 69

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B-14 Jim Gibbs and Joe Williamson, "Maritime Memories of Puget Sound," 1987, Shiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania. 184 pages, soft cover. A rare collaborative effort by Gibbs and Williamson, the latter being the author of several ship reference books. Here these knowledgeable marine historians have compiled a photographic record of maritime events on the unique waters adjacent to the port of Seattle in the second half of the 1800's on into the early 20th century. Very well written in an informative narrative style. As new. 39

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B-13 A.B.C. Whipple, "The Clipper Ships," 1980, Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia. Hard cover, 1173 pages exclusive of index. Beautifully illustrated in full color with original photographs, prints, paintings, drawings and advertising depicting the brief period in the mid-19th century when these magnificent greyhounds of the sea dominated world trade. Special emphasis on the China trade and California Gold Rush clippers. Excellent condition. 49

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B-12 Jim Gibbs, "Shipwrecks In Paradise," 1977, Superior Publishing Company, Seattle, Washington. 179 pages exclusive of index, hardcover with dust jacket. At first glance another great Gibbs reference work on shipwrecks with a Hawaiian connection. But there is so much more. The author includes chapters on Pirates and Buccaneers, Whaleships, Developing Island Commerce, Lighthouses and Navigational Aids, Sea Disasters Involving Death, and more! Profusely illustrated in black and while. A real wealth of information. Excellent condition. 39

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B-9 Jim Gibbs, "Pacific Graveyard," 1950, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland, Oregon. First edition, 173 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. This is the very first in the famous line of Gibbs books dealing with maritime topics on the West Coast. In it the author describes shipwrecks occurring on the infamous Columbia River bar in a fascinating narrative style. Illustrated with black and white photos. A very scarce and highly collectible book! Good condition. 49

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B-8 Jim Gibbs, "Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast," 1957, Binfords & Mort, Publishers, Portland Oregon. First edition, 306 pages exclusive of index, hardcover with dust jacket (worn). An early Gibbs reference work which chronicles shipwrecks on the California, Oregon and Washington coasts in words and photographs. Extensive Appendix "Major Shipwrecks on Coastal, Offshore and Inland Waters." An invaluable reference that is now a collector's item in its own right. Good condition. 49

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B-5 Jim Gibbs, "Pacific Square Riggers, Pictorial History of the Great Windships of Yesteryear," revised and enlarged, 1987, Shiffer Publishing Co., West Chester, Pennsylvania, 220 pages, soft cover. One of our personal favorite books about ships. The pictures and text are inspiring. It is copiously illustrated with period photographs and detailed information. It includes two detailed appendices. The first is entitled "Commercial Sailing Vessels, Built Elsewhere, But Owned on the Pacific Coast - 1900-1969." The second appendix is divided into eleven parts and is entitled "Record Passages in the Pacific by Commercial Sailing Vessels; the 11 parts being the various trade routes. This is a super book, containing 28 more pages than its hard cover predecessor which sells for more! As new. 39

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