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7. Books & Ephemera

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7.24   HISTORICAL REFERENCE BOOK.  Kevin J. Dougherty, “SHIPS of THE CIVIL WAR, 1861 - 1865.”  2013, Amber Books Ltd., London.  Hard cover with dust jacket.  220 pages exclusive of index.  “An Illustrated Guide to the Fighting Vessels of the Union and the Confederacy.”  Beautifully illustrated on every facing page with fine detail in color.  Each full page entry provides the ship’s specifications then goes on to provide a narrative of its naval encounters and ultimate fate.  Large format, 8 ¾ by 11 ¾.  As new.  SOLD


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7.23  ANTIQUARIAN BOOK.   Miriam Coffin, “The Whale-Fishermen,” 1872, A.L. Bancroft & Printers, San Francisco.”  Embossed hard cloth cover with anchor on spine, 336 pages.  This is a “new” edition of the original published in 1834.  Quote, “Founded on facts, and illustrating some of the scenes with which he was familiar in his earlier days, together with occurrences with which he is familiar from tradition and association.”  Great reading!   Good original condition with peripheral loses to the spine.  Watermarks on the last blank pages.  Otherwise very good content.  6 by 8 ½ inches.  Originally purchased by the previous collector/owner for $150.  HOLD


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7.20   CHELSEA CLOCK REFERENCE BOOK.  Andrew Demeter, “Chelsea Clock Company The First Hundred Years,” First Edition, 2001, David and Andrew Demiter, Demiter Publications, Ltd., Chelsea, Massachusetts.  268 pages exclusive of index, hard bound with dust jacket.  Mint, unused condition.  This exhaustive work is the culmination of years of in depth research of American’s most famous and enduring clock company.  It contains the events leading up to the company’s founding, its early years, many important events in its history right up until its 103rd anniversary.  Of special note are the segments documenting the numerous Chelsea clock models, dates and descriptions entitled the “Model Description Guide. “ It is followed by a comprehensive index of serial numbers, model numbers and dates of manufacture of all forms of Chelsea clocks from the earliest days of the company in 1900 through 1990.   New and used copies of this book are available on Amazon for prices ranging from $179 - $969.  Our price 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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B-51  WHALING PAINTINGS REFERENCE BOOK.  M.V. & Dorothy Brewington, “Kendall Whaling Museum Paintings.”  First edition, 1965, The Kendall Whaling Museum, Sharon, Massachusetts.  131 pages exclusive of index, hard cloth cover.  A landmark compilation of the most amazing and historical scenes of original whaling-related drawings and paintings ever produced!  Many color plates.  All with extensive and informative captions.  As new condition.  This book sells in paperback on Amazon for $80 and used hardback for $95. 89


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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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7.12  P.O.W.  MODEL RERERENCE BOOK.   Ewart Freeston, “Prisoner-of-War Ship models 1775-1825,” 1973, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.  First edition.  174 pages inclusive of Appendices, hard cover with dust jacket and protective plastic cover.  Widely regarded as the authoritative “bible” on the topic, this impressive work comprises years of exhaustive research on the part of its scholarly author.  It contains 14 chapters and IV informative Appendices.  The topics covered include, “Historical Background, Sources, Tools, Materials Used, Methods, Sails, Bone Models, Wooden Models, Analysis and Classification, Carving, Accuracy and Scale, Scenic and Miniature Models, Historical Value and Names,” among many others.  The Appendices include Collections of P.O.W. Models, Places Where Prisoners Were Housed, Glossary, and Bibliography.  The book is very well illustrated in black and white, with numerous detailed images, descriptive captions and a full color frontispiece.  The text is in a free-flowing, easy to understand narrative style with a distinctively British English flair.  As an example, this excerpt:  “It is in the models of twelve to twenty-four inches long that the carving, decoration and workmanship reaches its peak.  In these the makers have let their imagination run riot, and their craftsmanship be given full rein.  The skill displayed in carving such a material as animal bone in the way that have done leads me to believe that the sculptors were skilled craftsmen who were used to carving figures, flowers, birds, animals and heraldic or decorative designs in similar, if not the same, material of a hard texture such as ivory, jet, or jade, as well as precious metals.”   As new condition.  79

As an added bonus, an original 1988 copy of the beautiful catalogue raisonné  documenting the famous Lloyd Collection of Prisoner of War material will be included free of charge!



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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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7.11   CLASSIC AMERICAN BOOK.   John Henry Dana, “Two Years Before The Mast,” 1995, Reader’s Digest Association, Pleasantville, NY, reprinted from the 1840 original.  This hard-bound cloth cover copy with gold embossed faux leather spine was printed in 1995.  "Two Years Before the Mast" was a memoir written by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., published in 1840, after his arduous voyage.  As new condition.  29

While an undergraduate at Harvard University, Dana took leave to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig PILGRIM.   He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the ALERT.   Throughout the entire voyage he kept a diary from which he wrote the recognized American classic, "Two Years Before the Mast."  The term "before the mast" refers to the quarters of common sailors bunked in the ship’s foc'sle.  Dana's goal in writing "Two Years Before the Mast" was not to recount a sea adventure, but to portray how poorly common sailors were treated aboard ship.  It quickly became a best seller.

The book documents the voyage between 1834 and 1836.  In it Dana provides a vivid account of "the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is."  The mission of Dana's ship was to trade goods from the United States for Spanish Colonial cow hides in the California region.  The ship traded at the ports of San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco.

Dana arrived in Alta, California when it was a remote province of independent Mexico.  He  describes landing at each of the ports up and down the California coast as they existed then.  He also tells of the indigenous coastal peoples, the Mexican "Californios," and the immigrant traders.

When PILGRIM was off the coast of Mission San Juan Capistrano, the headlands presented an obstacle to loading cow hides from the beach onto the ship.  Dana, along with others of the crew, devised a method of loading that cargo.  As a result of their success, the headlands, along with the local city, took on Dana's name -- Dana Point.   The name stands to this day.

Dana learned Spanish from the California Mexicans and became an interpreter for his ship.  He spent a season in San Diego preparing hides for shipment to Boston and his journey home.   In his book Dana also made a very accurate prediction of San Francisco's future growth and importance.

On the return trip around Cape Horn aboard ALERT  Dana describes the terrifying storms and incomparable beauty his small ship encountered.  After they rounded the Horn, he described the scurvy which beset the crew.  In "White-Jacket," Herman Melville wrote, "But if you want the best idea of Cape Horn, get my friend Dana's unmatchable Two Years Before the Mast. But you can read, and so you must have read it.  His chapters describing Cape Horn must have been written with an icicle."


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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

This book, in the later revised edition with white cover, is available in used condition from Amazon for prices ranging from $68 to $159.   No first editions are offered.


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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

Included in this offering at no additional cost is a colorful 4 page catalog entitled “Marine Flags” which  contains merchant flags of all countries, signal code flags, yacht club signals, etc. and accessories such as flag staff finials and stands. 


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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

Back to TopVirtually all military vessels serving the United States and Great Britain have their histories recorded and available on the Internet.  However, finding detailed information on a specific merchant vessel from those nations is a much more daunting task.  Here then, is the invaluable “missing link.”



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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!  95


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7.99  CLASSIC WHALING BOOK.  Clifford Ashley, “The Yankee Whaler,” 1942, Halcyon House, Garden City, New York.  Hard cloth cover, 149 numbered pages exclusive of index, but with a substantial glossy page section containing prints oforiginal paintings, photographs and line drawings totaling 150 in all, including lovely color illustrations by the author, who was himself an acclaimed artist.  Originally published in 1926 and again in 1938, this second edition, as Mr. Ashley states, “corrects many of the errors found in the previous edition.”  This is not a novel.  It is a factual, first person description of every aspect of classic American whaling.  Chapters include:  “The Blubber Hunters; Cape Cod, Long, Island and Nantucket; New Bedford; The Whaler; The Whaleboat; The Whale; Gear and Craft; The Whaleman; Scrimshaw; and The Last Days of Whaling.”  Included is an interesting Glossary of Whaling Terms.”  No nautical library worth its salt is complete without this cornerstone book. Excellent original condition, Only the end papers are toned.  Otherwise sound with fine content throughout. SOLD


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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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7.90 ANTIQUARIAN BOOK.  Rare, original copy of the 1826 (6th edition) of Nathaniel Bowditch’s iconic “New American Practical Navigator.”   The lengthy title page reads  (in part) “The NEW AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR, being as EPITOME OF NAVIGATION Containing All the Tables Necessary To Be Used With The NAUTICAL ALMANAC, In Determining THE LATITUDE, AND THE LONGITUDE By LUNAR OBSERVATIONS:  AND KEEPING A COMPLETE RECKONING AT SEA: … BY NATHANIEL BOWDITCH, LL D. Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Edinburgh and Dublin: of the American Philosophical Society,” etc., etc.   Then at the bottom it reads “SIXTH STEREOTYPE EDITION _._ NEW-YORK:  PUBLISHED BY EDMUND M. BLUNT PROPRIETOR, And Author of the American Coast Pilot, No. 202 Water Street, John Gray & Co. Print – 1826.”   It also bears the stamp of “BOSTON COLLEGE.”  This venerable book has seen a good deal of wear and tear in its 187 years.  Still it is in tact and complete, even with the highly prized and often missing fold-out map of the “Atlantic Western Ocean.”   It contains 610 numbered pages, then an “Appendix To The Sixth Edition,” follow by approximately 100 mores pages of very interesting illustrated advertisements of the period.  The hard pigskin cover is well worn and the spine is cracked at the boards.  Yet all pages are present, fully bound and very legible.   A few of the pages have moderate staining and foxing.  Nevertheless, this rare old book would be a proud addition to any prestigious antiquarian library.  5 ½ by 9 inches and 2 inches thick.  395

In 1802 Edmund Blunt published the first edition of Nathaniel Bowditch's “New American Practical Navigator.”  The work became the standard for shipboard navigation for the next 150 years!

Nathaniel Bowditch (March 26, 1773 – March 16, 1838) was an early American mathematician. He is often credited as being the “founder of modern maritime navigation,” as a result of his book, the most recent edition of which is still required aboard every commissioned U.S. Navy vessel.

In 1787, at age 14, Bowditch began to study algebra.  Soon he taught himself calculus and learned Latin.  B y 1792 he had read Sir Isaac Newton’s ground breaking mathematical work “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.”  Next, he read John Hamilton Moore's “The New Practical Navigator” and found thousands of errors.  At age 18 he copied all of the mathematical papers in the “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society” of London.

In 1795, Bowditch went to sea on the first of four voyages on which he served as a ship's clerk and captain's writer.  On his 5th voyage he sailed as master and part owner of the ship.  During his time at sea, he became deeply involved in the mathematics of celestial navigation.  He set out to correct the errors he had discovered in Moore's London-published "Navigator."  Bowditch recomputed all of Moore's tables, then contacted American publisher, Edmund Blunt.  Blunt, recognizing his genius, asked him to correct and revise the text including several solutions to the spherical triangle and to rearrange and expand the work.  Blunt published the first edition of “The New American Practical Navigator” in 1802. That same year, Harvard University awarded Bowditch an honorary Master of Arts degree.   In 1803 he returned to Salem to resume his mathematical studies and to begin an insurance business.

By 1819, Bowditch enjoyed a worldwide reputation for his work and was elected as a member of the Royal Societies of Edinburgh and London as well as the Royal Irish Academy.  He died in 1838, 12 years after this publication.

In 1866, the United States Hydrographic Office purchased the copyright to the book.  Since that time it has been in continuous publication, with regular revisions to maintain its relevancy to modern navigation.  Bowditch's influence on the “American Practical Navigator” was so profound that to this day mariners simply refer to it as “Bowditch.”


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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.  49

 

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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. 19.95

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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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7.25 REFERENCE BOOK. H.H. Archibald, "The Wooden Fighting Ship in the Royal Navy AD 897-1860," 1968 Arco Publishing Co., New York. 169 pages, hard cloth cover with dust jacket. This large format book contains a wealth of detailed information on the development of ships in the English Navy from its earliest beginnings. Written in a narrative style which is accompanied by numerous color plates and black and white drawings, this book is everything one could hope for on the topic. But if that weren't enough the author has compiled comprehensive appendixes: 1. A summary of Naval events by year from 897-1860. 2. British and Enemy Losses of ships over 50 guns from 1688-1855. 3. Ships under the reign of English monarchs from 1517-1805 (including crews, guns ship statistics, etc.) An amazing amount of information here alone! 4. Some abstracts from the establishment of the Royal Navy between 1814-1860. 5. Two facsimile reprints of tables in the book "A Sea-Man's Grammar 1627." 6. Flags and Pennants of Command and Distinction. 7. Types of shot and shell (with drawings). 8. Glossary of Nautical Terms. This book is ex the collection of the Chief of Staff of Anti-Submarine Warfare Group 3. It does contain some neatly underlined paragraphs on a couple of pages. Otherwise it is in outstanding, virtually mint condition. Only the dust jacket is slightly torn at the top and bottom near the spine. 12 1/2 by 9 1/4 inches by 1 inch thick. A simply "great" book which would make a wonderful gift!  SOLD

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7.17 SAILING SHIP REFERENCE BOOK. Alexander Laing, "Seafaring America," 1974, American Heritage Publishing Co., New York. 344 pages, hard cloth cover with dust jacket. This monumental reference, unlike many books documenting the history of ships, deals only with the age of sail. Beautifully illustrated in color and black and white the author narrates the history of sail in America with the following chapters: The Colonial Seafarer, The Revolution at Sea, World Traders, The Age of Combat Sail, The Whaling Enterprises, The Years of Primacy, The Clipper Ships, and The Persistence of Sail. Although not titled, the topics of the slave trade, exploration, passenger service, scrimshaw, and yachting are all covered as well! Exceptionally well written in a factual yet pleasing narrative style. Certainly one of the best books ever written on the topic which sold for $25 in 1974. Excellent condition.  SOLD

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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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7.21 REFERENCE BOOK. Anthony Preston, "BATTLESHIPS," 1982, Bison Books Limited, Greenwich, Connecticut, hard cover with dust jacket, 63 pages exclusive of index. The beginnings of the battleship can be traced back more than 5 centuries when it first became feasible to mount heavy guns on board a ship. But the term "battleship" was coined much later, in the mid-19th century, when iron clad ships known as "floating batteries" were first introduced. The fabled encounter between the USS MONITOR and the MERRIMAC (CSS VIRIGNIA) captured the world's attention. By the end of that century a new breed of fighting ships, the dreadnought, was introduced and dominated the world's oceans for the next 50 years. The focus of this well written book is on that period between the the Great White Fleet era and the end of World War II. It contains over 100 pictures in color and black and white. Anthony Preston, was widely recognized as the world's leading authority on navies, ships and war at sea. His narrative text is factual and comprehensive, describing the major naval engagements enhanced by period photographs. This 25 year old book is as new!  SOLD

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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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7.96 WHALING BOOK. Frank T. Bullen, "The Cruise of the Cachalot - Round the World After Sperm Whales," 1926, Dodd, Mead, New York, 301 pages, hard bound, cloth cover. This is one of the best books ever written from a crewman's perspective about life aboard a 19th century Yankee whaler. It gives authentic insight into what it was like to leave port and not return for over 3 years in pursuit of the whale in the North Atlantic to Cape Horn, the Arctic to the Antarctic and the South Pacific to the Indian Ocean. Good sound condition, noting slight wear. Beautifully illustrated with color plates. Truly fascinating, indeed unbelievable reading!  SOLD

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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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7.53 REFERENCE BOOK. Howard Chapelle, "The History of the American Sailing Navy," 1949 Bonanza Books, New York. 529 pages exclusive of index, hard bound with dust jacket. Here is an exceptional book written by one of the foremost authorities and writers on sailing ships, Howard Chapelle. This exhaustive presentation is copiously illustrated with hull plans, half tones of some of the ships represented, and with many naval architect line drawings -- over 200 images in all! Chapelle starts with the Colonial Navy in the late 1600's and works chronologically through the Civil War and the end of the age of sail, with an easy to read, fact filled narrative style. Included is an extremely informative Appendix which contains specific measurements and detailed descriptions of several named commissioned sailing vessels in the United States Navy, including plans and drawings. This is a magnificent, must have reference book for the informed American nautical collector or student of the history of the American Navy. Mint condition.  SOLD

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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-55  LIGHTHOUSE REFERENCE BOOK.  Daniel Charles, “Lighthouses of Europe,” Watsin-Guptill Publications, New York.  Large format, 14 by 10 inches, 240 pages, hard cloth cover with dust jacket, only book available in U.S.A. about European lighthouses.  A magnificent work in full color documenting the most famous and impressive structures of their kind.   Many of the photographs are simply phenomenal! New.  SOLD


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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-38  WHALING PRINTS.  M.V. and Dorothy Brewington, “Kendal Whaling Museum Prints,” 1969, Kendall Whaling Museum, Sharon, Massachusetts.  198 pages exclusive of index, hard-bound cloth cover.  Profusely illustrated primarily in black and white, but with some color plates.  This book is absolutely the “Bible” of whaling prints!  As new condition.  SOLD

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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-52 (4.90)  SCRIMSHAW REFERENCE BOOK. Edouard A. Stackpole, "Scrimshaw At Mystic Seaport," 1958, Second printing 1966, The Marine Historical Association, Incorporated, Mystic, Connecticut, 53 pages, hard cloth cover with dust jacket. Written in 1955, Everett Crosby's landmark book, "Susan's Teeth and Much About Scrimshaw" was the first book ever published on the topic of scrimshaw. The book offered here was published just 3 years later as a more scholarly and comprehensive "introduction to scrimshaw." Accordingly, the book's introduction is well worth quoting: "A century ago the American whale fishery, the most extensive and lucrative in world history, was just past its peak. As a theme for adventure in industry, whaling had few peers. As a nursery for seamen it was unrivaled. By the same token it was one of the hardest and most brutal seafaring activities the world has ever known. The whalemen of New England established a record for daring and enterprise that was never equaled. At first whales were taken near shore. In 1716, Capt. Christopher Hussey of Nantucket, sighted and killed a sperm whale at sea off that island, thus beginning one of the most exciting chapters in American Maritime history which culminated in voyages around the world sometime lasting 4 and 5 years! It was during those long arduous, but often monotonous trips that scrimshaw gave creative relief to the sailors. It is against this backdrop that the marvelous creations contained within these chapters are presented." 19

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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-24 Clayton R. Barrow, Jr., "American Spreads Her Sails, U.S Seapower in the 19th Century," 1973, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland. 231 pages exclusive of index, Hardcover with dust jacket. This book is actually a compilation of 14 chapters written by 14 different authors narrating significant events in U.S. Naval history during the 1800's. Compelling, historical, fact filled, yet reading like a novel! Illustrated in black and white. Excellent condition.  SOLD


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-21 A valuable West Coast shipping reference book By Gordon Newell and Joe Williamson, "Pacific Coastal Liners," 1959, Superior Publishing Co., Seattle, Washington. The hard cover book with dust jacket has 190 pages exclusive of the index and is in very good but used condition. It is profusely illustrated with literally hundreds of original photographic images of the passenger carrying ships that have plied the West coast since the 1850's. Many of the photographs are rare, one-of-a-kind images documenting specific ships. Many are arranged by steamship company (see PLATE 3 below.) The photographs are complimented by running text and vessel identifying captions, with many interesting stories surrounding the shipwrecks which are depicted. We have turned to our own copy of this valuable reference on numerous occasions.  SOLD

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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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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-7 Jim Gibbs, "West Coast Windjammers," 1968, Superior Publishing Company, Seattle, Washington, 1st Ed., 187 pages exclusive of photo index, hard cover with dust jacket. This is one of the first Gibbs ship reference book masterpieces. A factual compilation of ship photographs, statistics and stories that is simply the best book ever written on the topic. Packed with information and rare photos. An indispensable research tool that reads like a novel! We have turned to our personal copy again and again. Excellent condition.  SOLD

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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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