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51. Ephemera. THREE ALBUMEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF PRINCESS RUTH AND HER RETINUE Three albumen prints from the last half of the 19th century, probably 1870s or 80s. They depict Princess Ruth Keelikolani, seated, flanked by two attendants, her retinue of three ladies and two males, and five hula dancers and one male drummer. “Princess” measures 5 3/4" x 8"; “Retinue” 8" x 5 1/2"; “Dancers” 10" x 7". They're all in good condition, mounted on card stock. A bit of foxing intrudes on the upper left corner of “Retinue” and there is a smudge in the upper left corner of “Queen,” and “Dancers” has an old tear along the right margin that was naturally repaired in mounting. Princess Ruth was a colorful figure in Hawaiian history, standing nearly six feet tall, weighing in at about 400 pounds, and imposingly ugly. One of the last representatives of the Kamehameha dynasty, and a confirmed nationalist, she refused to learn English and devoted much energy to the preservation of native dances and other performing arts. Legend has it that she saved Hilo from a lava flow when Mauna Loa erupted in 1880 by standing in the path of the molten rock and placating the angry goddess Pele with an offering of thirty silk handkerchiefs and a bottle of brandy - though her looks alone might have sufficed. (See Kuykendall, Zambucka, Feher, etc.) The three original photographic prints $2500
52. Ephemera. WHALEMAN’S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. Single sheet, written on both sides, headed, “Bark Stella at Sea 1866/Will of Ebenezer Nye of Sandwich.” In seven articles Nye bequeaths his belongings to relatives and to his church, and appoints his father and brother as executors. Then as now, making a will was simply good business, though one wonders why Nye waited until he was at sea to get the job done. If there was a health crisis, he survived it, because a codicil attached is dated 1872. However, there was a crisis of another sort on this voyage. His 270 ton bark Stella was lost in the Gulf of California in 1867 and two men died. Captain Nye was active until 1879 when he served as replacement captain on a whaler out of San Francisco. See Starbuck, p. 612-613. Lund, p. 240. Considerable edge chipping, breaks at folds, but intact and complete. Quite unusual. $500
53. Falconer, William. AN UNIVERSAL DICTIONARY OF THE MARINE... Lon. 1784. b/w plates. 4to. Unpaginated. “A copious explanation of the technical terms and phrases employed in the construction, equipment, furniture, machinery, movements and military operations of a ship. Illustrated with (a) variety of original designs of shipping, in different situations, together with separate views of their masts, sails, yards and rigging.” This is “a new edition, corrected” of a most important work on shipbuilding, as noted for its 12 informative plates as its hundreds of definitions of shipbuilding terms. See Scott 342, MacDonald 255 for other editions. Bound in antique style calf over marbled boards. A Very Good copy. $1000
54. Falt, Clarence M. WHARF AND FLEET. Bos. 1902. b/w plates. xiv, 117 pp. Authentic photos from the Gloucester waterfront ca. 1900, and plenty of pretty bad poetry by Mr. Falt. What redeems this book is the author’s frequent use of footnotes to define nautical terms or bits of slang which otherwise would have been lost over the years. Thus we can learn how a trip of fish are washed or what a “gibbit boot” is. First edition. VG $60
55. Folger, Eva C.G. THE GLACIER'S GIFT. New Haven. 1911. b/w plates. 145 pp. A scarce and charming Nantucket history. In decorative cover. VG, minor wear. $125
56. Forwell, William. A THOUSAND MILES’ CRUISE IN THE SILVER CLOUD. Edinburgh. 1879. Folding duotone chart, b/w ills. x, 212, 2 pp. “The author, a Scottish clergyman, and his fourteen-year-old son made the voyage from Scotland to Calais and back. Forwell notes great deprivation during the voyage: for ten weeks they went without oatmeal. An excellent account by an excellent seaman and human being.” - Toy 823. Second ed. in a very pretty gilt decorated cover. Some tanning and foxing internally. VG $125
57. Fox, Ebenezer. THE REVOLUTIONARY ADVENTURES OF EBENEZER FOX, OF ROXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS. Bos. 1838. b/w plates. 12mo. 238 pp. Fox began his nautical career as a cabin boy and eventually wound up aboard the Protector of the Colonial Navy. He recounts his two cruises in that ship under Capt. Williams, his capture and imprisonment in the Jersey prison ship, his escape in Jamaica, and service in the Colonial Flora. Scarce, not in Smith. Spine lightly sunned. VG $85 See Illustration
58. Ganong, W.F. CRUCIAL MAPS IN THE EARLY CARTOGRAPHY AND PLACE-NOMENCLATURE OF THE ATLANTIC COAST OF CANADA. Cabot and the La Cosa map, Fagundes and later maps, Verrazzano, Gomez, Cartier, etc. A key book, at least for those interested in crucial maps in the early cartography and place-nomenclature of the Atlantic coast of Canada. SIGNED BY HISTORIAN SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON. with his marginal notes (“canard!”) and linings. First edition. VG, dj. $150
59. Gilkerson, William. MARITIME ARTS. Salem. 1981. b/w and color plates, signed watercolor. 4to, 76 pp. Covers the artist’s paintings, drawings and scrimshaw. This is copy # 229 in a limited edition of 261 hardcovered copies, SIGNED BY GILKERSON. This copy Fine in original (slightly wrinkled) glassine wrapper. $125
60. Golownin, (Capt. V.) NARRATIVE OF MY CAPTIVITY IN JAPAN DURING THE YEARS 1811, 1812 & 1813, WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE COUNTRY AND THE PEOPLE, TO WHICH IS ADDED AN ACCOUNT OF VOYAGES TO THE COASTS OF JAPAN, & OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE JAPANESE, FOR THE RELEASE OF THE AUTHOR & HIS COMPANIONS... Lon. 1818. iv, 320;348, (2) pp. Golownin was captain of a Russian surveying ship working in the vicinity of the Kurile Islands. In 1811 he and his crew, mostly for political reasons, were apprehended and held captive for two years. During this time Golownin learned much about Japan and the Japanese. He published his account in St. Petersburg in 1816. This English translation was published two years later. First ed. in English of an important narrative of Japan during its time of seclusion. Cordier 465. Bound in 19th century half calf over marbled boards with labels. Hinges cracked but holding well. A nice set of an important work. $1750
61. Gower, Richard Hall. A NARRATIVE OF A MODE PURSUED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO EFFECT IMPROVEMENTS IN NAVAL ARCHITECTURE. Lon. 1811. b/w plates. 126 (1) pp. This is essentially Gower’s proposal for a new design of a more stable and efficient vessel - a 4 masted barkentine, the Transit. The three engraved plates make her design elements clear. Gower’s text argues for her advantages, and advises how to to sail and man her. Scott 500. First edition. Ex-lib Mariner’s Museum with their circular stamp on title page, and no other markings. A tall, uncut copy in attractive antique style calf over boards with spine label and blindstamping on spine. $400
62. Greeno, Follett L. (editor). OBED HUSSEY WHO, OF ALL INVENTORS, MADE BREAD CHEAP. n.p. 1912. b/w plates. 228 pp. The odd story of the Nantucket lad who invented a reaper and, in finishing second behind McCormack, was forgotten by history. Not in Crosby, and probably not in your collection of Nantucket books either, though you’ll have to buy this copy to find out if it should be. VG $50
63. Greenwood, James. THE SAILOR’S SEA-BOOK. A RUDIMENTARY TREATISE ON NAVIGATION... Lon. 1887. Color flag plates, b/w ills. 12mo. vii, 208 pp. Navigation and signalling, with dictionary of sea terms and 3 color plates of signal and national flags. Catalogs of Weale and Crosby Lockwood technical books bound in at end. Paper spine label mostly worn away, else VG. $50
64. Hayward, Arthur, ed. A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE ROBBERIES AND MURDERS OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS PIRATES... BY CHARLES JOHNSON. NY. 1926. b/w plates. 4to. xvi, 603 pp. A handsomely done reprint of the fourth edition of Johnson’s legendary work, with illustrations reproduced from engraved plates of early editions, and notes and a learned introduction by Hayward. Gosse, Johnson bib. #63. VG $75
65. Hennique, P.A. LES CABOTEURS ET PECHEURS DE LA COTE DE TUNISIE. Paris. 1888. Color and b/w plates. ix, 83 pp. plus 63 plts. Engraved plates, several colored, of Mediterranean fishing vessels, flags, pennants and gear. Much information on rigging and structural details of these craft, and of fishing gear. French text considers Tunisian, Italian, Maltese and Greek vessels, rigs and decoration. Polak 4412. A scarce and attractive work. Text and plates in excellent condition. Cloth binding has been rodent nibbled along upper part of back hinge. $300
66. Herreshoff, L. Francis. THE COMMON SENSE OF YACHT DESIGN. NY. (1946, 1948) b/w plates, lines. 157, 176 pp. One of the more important and difficult to find works on yacht design, by one of the great writers in this field. Toy 4752. Both volumes are first editions. VG in identical bindings $400
67. Hertslet, Lewis. A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF TREATIES AND CONVENTIONS, AND RECIPROCAL REGULATIONS, AT PRESENT SUBSISTING BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND FOREIGN POWERS... SO FAR AS THEY RELATE TO COMMERCE AND NAVIGATION... Lon. 1840. 3 vol. vi, 407; vi, 395; xii, 575 pp. Also with reference to repression and abolition of the slave trade. Treaties are divided by the countries with which they have been made. United states takes up the final eighty pages. A useful reference, with index. 3 vols bound together in handsome half calf over marbled boards. $350
68. Heyerdahl, Thor. AMERICAN INDIANS IN THE PACIFIC. Lon. 1952. Color and b/w plates, ills. folding maps. xv, 821 pp. This handsome and well presented book is an explication of the theories that prompted Heyerdahl’s famous “Kon Tiki” expedition. In his view the Polynesians have an American rather than an Asian origin. First edition. VG in a lightly sunned dj. $125
69. Hill, Charles E. THE DANISH SOUND DUES AND THE COMMAND OF THE BALTIC. Durham, NC. (1926) b/w maps. ix, 305 pp. History of these tariffs from 1400s to the 1900s and how they related to control of the Baltic among members of the Hanseatic League. First ed. Unopened. VG $75
70. Hogg, Ian and John Batchelor. NAVAL GUN. Poole Dorset, UK. (1978) Color and b/w plates. 4to. 142 pp. A well written and illustrated chronological history of naval armament. VG, dj. $50
71. Hoppin, James Mason. LIFE OF ANDREW HULL FOOTE. NY. 1874. b/w plates, charts. x, 411 pp. Foote saw considerable action in the Union Navy during the Civil War, all of which is recounted here. he ultimately rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. “Still the only book length biography.”— Smith, III. 1195. Few cover spots, VG $125
72. Howell, John. AN ESSAY ON THE WAR-GALLEYS OF THE ANCIENTS. Edinburgh. 1826. b/w plates. 61 pp. 10 lithoplates and folding frontispiece. Text and plates clean. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. Original cloth over printed boards, some cover wear. $200
73. Hoxse, John. THE YANKEE TAR. AN AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE OF THE VOYAGES AND HARDSHIPS OF JOHN HOXSE, AND THE CRUISES OF THE U.S. FRIGATE CONSTELLATION... Northampton. (MA) 1840. b/w frontis. 12mo. 200 pp. Hoxse served on the Constellation under Truxton during the Quasi War with France and lost his right arm during a battle with Le Vengeance. An uncommon book with realistic accounts of sea battles and activities during the Quasi War. First edition. Smith II, 1141 (citing the list of officers and men on the Constellation contained in Hoxse's book), Howes H744, Harbeck p. 12. A beautiful copy with printed paper label of the American Eagle over patterned cloth. Rarely found in such excellent condition. $750 See Illustration
74. (Huddart, Joseph) THE ORIENTAL NAVIGATOR. OR DIRECTIONS FOR SAILING TO AND FROM THE EAST INDIES... WITH AN APPENDIX CONTAINING A PARTICULAR ACCOUNT OF SEVERAL NEW TRACKS AND DISCOVERIES... TO WHICH IS ADDED THE INDIA OFFICERS AND TRADERS GUIDE IN PURCHASING DRUGS AND SPICES OF ASIA AND THE EAST INDIES; WITH PRACTICAL DIRECTIONS FOR THE CHOICE OF DIAMONDS... Phila. 1801. 32, (2), 33-566, (1 errata, 1 advert.) pp. First American edition of the first American work on the Eastern trade routes, trading practices and goods. With sailing directions for every part of the route and comments by 18th century shipmasters and travelers who were familiar with those waters. The extra leaf bound in after p. 32 is captioned: “Directions for vessels sailing from the coast of America,” and is signed in type by one Samuel Snow, apparently a Philadelphia shipmaster. The Trader’s Guide includes descriptions of the many precious substances which comprised the Indies trade. Of storied scarcity. Not in Sabin. Ferguson 337a, citing only a book dealer’s catalog and one location for this edition. Contemporary tree calf with red spine label in an excellent state of preservation. Lacks front blank, else a Very Good copy.
$3500
75. Hurst, Alex. THOMAS SOMERSCALES, MARINE ARTIST. Brighton, ENG. 1988. b/w and color plates. 4to. xxi, 282 pp. Somerscales, who died in 1927, made his fame in England in the 1890s but did much of his work in South America. Brilliant illustrations. First edition. VG, dj. $100
76. Hutchins, Frank and Cortelle. HOUSEBOATING ON A COLONIAL WATERWAY. Bos. 1910. b/w plates. xii, 299 pp. Travels in southern waters in the houseboat Gadabout. Not in Toy or Morris & Howland, though it seems it ought to be. VG $40
77. Hutchinson, William. A TREATISE ON NAVAL ARCHITECTURE FOUNDED UPON PHILOSOPHICAL AND RATIONAL PRINCIPLES, TOWARDS ESTABLISHING FIXED RULES FOR THE BEST FORM AND PROPORTIONAL DIMENSIONS IN LENGTH, BREADTH AND DEPTH, OF MERCHANT SHIPS IN GENERAL, AND ALSO THE MANAGEMENT OF THEM TO THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE, BY PRACTICAL SEAMANSHIP... Liverpool. 1794 b/w engraqved frontis., 12 plates, plans. one folding. 4to. xv, (1), 303 (1) pp. Hutchinson was a seaman who became Dock Master at Liverpool. This is the fourth and best edition of a work that started its life in 1777 as, “A Treatise on Practical Seamanship.” Material was added with each edition until the present one, which contains information on shipbuilding, stowage, seamanship, naval gunnnery and tactics, and health and diseases of seamen - making it a virtual compendium of 18th century naval practice. Scott Coll. 445. Adams & Waters 2182. A very handsome copy, clean and fresh, rebound in maroon morocco over marbled boards. $1500 See Illustration
78. Innis, Harold A. THE COD FISHERIES. New Haven, 1954. xviii, 522 pp. Revised and updated edition of the classic study of the history of this fishery from 15th - 20th centuries, with economic analysis. VG. $75
79. Johnson, Captain Charles. A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE PIRATES. Kensington. 1925, 1927. Title in red and black, b/w plates and ills. 2 vols. 4to. viii, 130; vii, 206 pp. Fine press edition of this much-reprinted classic, which first appeared in 1723. This edition is reprinted from the third edition of 1725, with the original illustrations reproduced, as well as many modern ones by Alexina Oglivie, and edited, with a preface, by pirate bibliographer Philip Gosse. It was printed at the Cayme Press by Philip Sainsbury and limited to an edition of 500. This copy in inscribed by Sainsbury to illustrator Randall Davies, “from his printer, publisher and friend.” It is also inscribed to Davies by the illustrator Alexina Ogilvie. Additionally, there is a letter laid in from Sainsbury to Davies. VG in original black cloth. $750
80. Johnson, James. THE INFLUENCE OF TROPICAL CLIMATES ON EUROPEAN CONSTITUTIONS... NY. 1826. viii-416 pp. Johnson was surgeon on an East India Co. vessel and dealt first hand with the ravages of malaria and dysentery. He also made a serious study of yellow fever, the results of which he relates here. This is a later, expanded, edition of a work first published in 1812. The present edition, perhaps to accomodate the American market, adds a section on “The Western Hemisphere” including a section “On the Dysentery of New Orleans.” See Lloyd & Coulter III, p. 176. Scattered foxing, some cover wear. Bound in original calf with label. VG $150
81. Johnson, Robert B. A HISTORY OF ROWING IN AMERICA. Milwaukee. 1871. b/w diagrams. 269, (7) pp. “A treatise on rowing, training and exercise, with all necessary information for amateur and professional oarsmen. Also a history of rowing... biographical sketches of prominent oarsmen, description of boat-building, dictionary of boating terms, etc., etc.” Fairly early for an American book on rowing and quite scarce in the trade. Some pencil highlighting, else VG. $850
82. Kell, John McIntosh. RECOLLECTIONS OF A NAVAL LIFE, INCLUDING THE CRUISES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES STEAMERS “SUMTER” AND “ALABAMA.” Wash. 1900. b/w frontis. 307 pp. Kell received his midshipman’s appointment in 1842, served in California during the Mexican War and accompanied Perry on the Japan Expedition. He resigned his commission to join the Confederate Navy in 1861 and served as Executive Officer to Raphael Semmes on both the Sumter and the Alabama, and commanded CSS Richmond during the final unsuccessful Confederate campaign on the James River in 1865. Spine lightly sunned else a VG copy of a scarce and interesting account, with pictorial cover bright. $350
83. Kenealy, Capt. A.J. YACHTING WRINKLES. NY. (1899) b/w plates. 12mo. 312 pp. “Advice for owners on managing the classic big racing yacht, with a professional skipper and paid crew.”—Toy 4100. Yachting from a bygone day. First edition. Endsheets foxed, scattered foxing internally, minor cover wear, about a VG copy. $100
84. Kennish, William. A METHOD FOR CONCENTRATING THE FIRE OF A BROADSIDE OF A SHIP OF WAR, WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING SEVERAL IMPORTANT SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH THE NAVAL SERVICE. Lon. 1837 Folding b/w frontis. and folding plates. 4to. 48 pp. plus 19 folding plates. Kennish was a ship’s carpenter, and a practical sort. The Appendix contains “A method for Floating Guns on shore by means of Water Tanks,” and “A Fuse intended to burst the shell on striking the object without reference to distance.” His invention of a new way of controlling a cannon’s elevation is exactly the sort of rational, intelligent innovation that was routinely rejected by the hide-bound Admiralty. In this case, however, they recommended his book for use in the Navy. (See Moore, Manx Worthies, p. 118) Kennish later took up poetry and moved to America. Aside from its mesmerizing subject matter, the present work is notable for a beautiful mezzotint folding frontispiece of two ships in a chase, preparing to fire. VG in original boards with paper label. Rebacked, with gold lettering. $850 See Illustration
85. Kipping, Robert. RUDIMENTARY TREATISE ON MASTING, MAST-MAKING, AND RIGGING OF SHIPS... Lon. 1866. b/w ills., plates. 12mo. xii, 157, 12 pp. Tables of spars, rigging, etc. Plenty of “how-to” illustrations. Light wear, VG $65
86. Kipping, Robert. SAILS AND SAILMAKING. Lon. 1880. viii, 196 pp. “With draughting, and the centre of effort of the sails, also, weights and the size of ropes; masting, rigging, and sails of steam vessels, etc.” With catalogs bound in at back. Front hinge weak, else VG. $65
87. Kittredge, Henry C. MOONCUSSERS OF CAPE COD. Bos. 1937. b/w plates. vi, 226 pp. Mooncussers were legendary lurers of ships to thrash among the rocks and sands, where the crews would be killed, then the hulk stripped. Getting to be a scarce book, and a scarce practice too. VG in chipped dj. $45
88. Knight, E.F. CRUISE OF THE “FALCON”. Lon.. n.d. b/w plates, folding maps. 366 pp Twenty month cruise in the yawl “Falcon” along South America and the West Indies, including 5 month cruise up the Parana and Paraguay Rivers. Later ed. of this Victorian adventure. Light foxing, VG. Toy 546. $30
89. Knight, R.J.B. (ed.) GUIDE TO THE MANUSCRIPTS IN THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM. (Lon. 1977, 1980) b/w frontispieces. 2 vols. xxiv, 234; xxxiii, 216 pp. Vol I lists personal collections, vol. II public records, and business records. 2 vol. VG. $75
90. Kohl, J.G. A DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF THOSE MAPS, CHARTS AND SURVEYS RELATING TO AMERICA, WHICH ARE MENTIONED IN VOL. III OF HAKLUYT’S WORK. Wash. 1857. 86 pp. Scarce work, currently available only in print-on-demand. Kohl includes lengthy notes and descriptions. His entry on the White map, for example, is a classic. Ex-lib Astor library, with their stamp, else VG in library buckram. $75
91. La Perouse, Jean Francois. A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD, PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1785, 1786, 1787, AND 1788... Lon. 1799. b/w plates, maps. 2 4to vols. lvi, 539; viii, 531, (15) pp. plus folio atlas of 68 plates and charts. This is the first 4to English edition of La Perouse’s epic voyage. He deposited the journals from which this account was taken at Botany Bay, and then sailed off into the Pacific, never to be seen again. “This edition by Robinson is usually considered to be the best one in English, and is now an extremely rare work.” Hill 975. NMM Cat. III, 242. This copy lacks plate 1 in the atlas. This was a large folding chart of the world which was published seperately and was inserted into the atlas as copies were bound up. Judging by the number of copies lacking the plate, it was frequently omitted from the atlas. The books bear the bookplates of Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney Australia was named. Bound in contemporary diced calf with gilt rules and spine in 6 compartments. Hinges weak. Front board of atlas detached. Scattered foxing to text but a clean wide margined copy. Plates and charts clean. $10000
92. Langsdorff, Georg Heinrich. VOYAGES AND TRAVELS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD, DURING THE YEARS 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 AND 1807. Lon. 1813. b/w plates. 4to. xxi, 362 (6) pp. Langsdorff was a German physician on Krusenstern’s expedition. This is the first English edition, but is volume one only of a two volume set. The two were published seperately and the second volume is much scarcer. Langsdorff’s account in this first volume takes him from Copenhagen, around Cape Horn and through the South Seas to Kamchatka. “Comprehensive accounts are given of Brazil, Japan and Hawaii.” - Hill, 969. This volume contains 16 of the 21 plates, with most of them concentrating on the South Seas islands and Japan. Bound in later half calf. Text and plates clean. $1250
93. Lediard, Thomas NAVAL HISTORY OF ENGLAND, IN ALL ITS BRANCHES... Lon. 1735. b/w engraved frontis. Folio. 2 vols. iv, [24], xii, 394; [2], 395-933, [1] pp. “From the Norman Conquest in the year 1066, to the conclusion of 1734. Collected from the most approved historians, English and foreign, authentick records and manuscripts, scarce tracts, original journals, &c.” Cox II, 513. NMM Cat. 5, 2266. Bound in full contemporary calf with gilt backstrips. Some rubbing, joints weak. A nice copy internally. 2 vols. $850
94. Leland, Charles Godfrey. FUSANG. OR, THE DISCOVER OF AMERICA BY BUDDIST PRIESTS IN THE FIFTH CENTURY. NY. 1875. xix, 212 pp. Polymath Leland provides us with the 19th century’s version of that wretched recent best-seller showing how the Chinese discovered America. Leland here translates and expands on Prof. Neumann’s thesis that the travelogue of Hoei-Shin, a Buddhist missionary, was in fact a description of a voyage to the west coast of Mexico. This work includes a translation of the original narrative, Neumann’s commentary, and Leland’s attempts to link Chinese and American relics. Backstrip lightly sunned and chipped. Ex-libris Historical Society of Pennsylvania, with their bookplate. $450
95. Lewis, Michael. ARMADA GUNS. Lon. (1961) b/w fldg. plates/ 243 pp. Professor Lewis’s masterly study of guns used by the rivals in the Armada fight, the first major sea action which was a straight artillary duel. First book edition of what originally appeared as a series of articles in “Mariner’s Mirror” in 1942-43. VG in dj. $75
96. Lind, James. A TREATISE ON THE SCURVY. Lon. 1757. xvi, (4), 476 pp. Lind published his groundbreaking work in Edinburgh in 1753. Then in 1757 he published this second edition in London, “corrected, with additions and improvements.” Captain Cook championed his methods and two decades later used them to accomplish his three circumnavigations with almost no incidence of scurvy. However, the Royal Navy did not adopt Lind’s methods until 1795. (See Lloyd and Colter, “Medicine and the Navy,” III, p. 302. Garrison-Morton 3713, 3714). By eliminating the most consistently debilitating disease of seamen, Lind opened the oceans to the modern era of exploration. Both early editions of Lind’s book are scarce in the trade. The first edition last sold at auction for $45,000 (2001). This second edition has not appeared at auction since 1982. A clean copy in excellent condition, bound in contemporary full calf, rebacked with spine label. $4500
97. M’Leod, John. VOYAGE OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP ALCESTE, TO CHINA, COREA, AND THE ISLAND OF LEWCHEW; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF HER SHIPWRECK. Lon. 1819. Color and b/w plates. vi, 339 pp. A pretty book, with 5 hand colored plates of scenes from the orient. It also contains a good deal of hard information about contemporary life in China and Korea. On the return voyage the ship was wrecked on the Straits of Gaspar near Borneo. This is the third edition, which according to Hill contains a folding map of the eastern and yellow seas not found in the first or second editions. It also contains all the colored plates and the additional material of the second edition, making it arguably the best edition. See Hill 1169. Huntress 188C (2nd ed.) In VG-Fine condition, bound in later full calf with gilt spine decorations and label. $400
98. MacGregor, John. VOYAGE ALONE IN THE YAWL “ROB ROY” FROM LONDON TO PARIS... Bos. n.d. b/w plates, ills. 12mo. xii, 328 pp. “In 1867 Napoleon III, influenced by MacGregor’s canoe campaign, approved a boat exposition in Paris. MacGregor determined to sail to the exhibition to distribute Protestant tracts and to influence the show. This is a thoroughly dated but seminal book which strongly influenced the course of English and American Corinthian yachting and boating.” — Toy 922. Fifth edition of this important book. Light wear, a Good copy. $50
99. MacKenzie, Alexander. THE LIFE OF COMMODORE OLIVER HAZARD PERRY. NY. 1840. b/w frontis. 12mo. 2 vols. xii, (13)-322; viii, (9)-270 pp. First editions of a very nice set of this early and important biography, written in defense of Perry in the face of attacks by Cooper. Howes M-134. Smith II, 1369. Spines professionally laid down, but a bright, immaculate set. 2 vols. $150
100. Mackenzie, Alexander Slidell. THE LIFE OF JOHN PAUL JONES. NY. 1848. b/w ills. 2 vols. 12mo. xiii, 260; ix, 308 pp. First edition of the standard early biography of America’s great naval hero. Seitz p. 232. Howes M-135. Original cloth bindings in beautiful shape. Scattered internal foxing. $250
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