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The New American Practical Navigator Being and 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...
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The New American Practical Navigator Being and 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...

By Bowditch, Nathaniel (1773-1838)

New York: E. M. Blunt, (Proprietor,) and Samuel A. Burtus, 1817. 1/2 leather. Octavo. xvi, [2], 274, 280, [555]-597, [13] pages. Near Fine. Some light browning and foxing to text, a few shallow chips to fore edge of frontispiece fold-out chart.. Early edition of this important work on navigation. The extensive tables have in this edition been stereotyped for the first time, at significant expense. This is the first and only edition of Bowditch to show New York bookseller and stationer Samuel Burtus as a co-publisher. An interesting woodcut ad at rear depicts E. M. Blunt's four-story brick building at 202 Water Street, New York. Collated complete, with fold-out chart at frontispiece and 11 plates, 13 pages of ads at rear. Rebound in a modern half leather binding with marbled paper sides, spine titled in gilt on a red title block, with gilt and blind-stamped horizontal rules. CAMPBELL 7.


Land's End, Water's Edge Long Island Sound (Inscribed and Signed)

By Cooper, Joseph Howard

Brooklyn: Theo. Gaus, Ltd, 1977. First Edition. Full cloth. Octavo. xii, 315 pages. Fine. History and reminiscences of sailing, yacht clubs, and yacht racing around Long Island Sound. Anecdotes of the Larchmont, Port Washington, Knickerbocker, American, Riverside, and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht clubs. MORRIS & HOWLAND p. 33. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Cooper on front free endpaper. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board titles. Tiny extremity rubs. . No dust jacket.


American Steam Vessels

By Stanton, Samuel Ward

New York: Smith & Stanton, 1895. First Edition. Full cloth. Oblong quarto. 500 pages. Very Good. Drawings. Superb collection of drawings depicting a century's worth of American steamers, from Robert Fulton's Clermont in 1807 to the St. Louis, built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, in 1894-1895. Stanton reproduced the older vessels from reliable sources--early prints, lithographs, drawings and paintings--and the later ones from photographs, plans, sketches, etc. There is a full page drawing of most vessels, with a smaller drawing and specifications on the facing page. Text and illustrations printed in a variety of colors with many ornaments reminiscent of sailing cards of the era. This copy of Stanton's classic has been slightly restored. Bound in original dark blue cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in gilt, additional small illustration of a steamer in gilt at lower fore corner of upper board. Overall this gilt has dulled. There is a new cloth spine but with the original retained in place over it. New endpapers. Some leaves have shallow edge tears and there are a very few leaves with old but neatly done tape repairs. Textblock is solid. Excellent copy overall.


The Sailing Ships of New England, Series Two (Publication Number Five of the Marine Research Society)

By Robinson, John and George Francis Dow

Salem: Marine Research Society, 1924. First Edition. Full cloth. Quarto. 51 , [208] leaves of plates pages. Very Good. Black & White Plates. An excellent pictorial record of New England shipping along with an interesting introduction on Donald McKay, builder of clipper ships. One interesting anecdote concerns the Trent Affair early in the U. S. Civil War. McKay was in England at the time as war sentiment was aroused over the incident, and wrote a lengthy letter to the British press describing the vast shipping resources of the North. McKay was well respected in shipping circles and his comments no doubt bore some weight. ALBION p. 133. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine lettering. Minor extremity rubs, prior owner inscription dated 1924 on front free endpaper.


The Port of London Yesterday and Today

By Owen, D[Avid]. J[Ohn]. (Foreword by Lord Ritchie Of Dundee)

(s. L. ): (S. N. ), 1927. First Edition. Full leather. Quarto. viii, 106 pages. Near Fine. Black and White Photographs, Maps. History of the evolution of the great port of London, from Roman times to the early 20th century. Well illustrated with photographs, a color plate of the Head Office of the Port of London Authority, photographs, and plans. This copy SIGNED by Owen, who was the General Manager of the Port of London Authority, under a typed inscription to Dr. William H. Wilmer, noted Baltimore ophthalmologist. Bound in dark blue leather over boards with spine and upper board stamped in gilt. A few minor extremity rubs. Hinges remain sturdy and sound.


British Figurehead and Ship Carvers

By Thomas, P[Hil]. N.

(albrighton): Waine Research Publications, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. [ii], 114 pages. Very Good in a Fine Dust Jacket. Color and Black & White Photographs, Drawings. Well illustrated study of the merchant and naval ships' figureheads of Great Britain and the men who carved them. Includes directories of carvers and an appendix on the sources from which the carvers' names and details of their work were obtained. Bound in textured dark blue glossy paper over boards. Mild bump to heel of spine. Clean and sound. . Jacket in Mylar protector.


Report on the Ship-Building Industry of the United States [From the 10th U. S. Census, 1880]

By Hall, Henry

[washington, D. C. ]: [Government Printing Office], 1884. Hardcover. Quarto. 276 pages. Good. Black and White Engraved Plates, Plans. Very detailed statistics and information gathered for the 10th U. S. Census. The information was collected mostly by personal visits to the many shipyards in the United States rather than by correspondence. There are chapters on merchant sailing vessels, steam vessels, iron vessels, canal boats, shipbuilding timber, merchant sailing vessels, and more. There are scale drawings and plans throughout, along with a few plates, including a double page folded plate of the Mississippi River steamboat "Golden Rule. " A tremendous amount of information on late 19th century shipbuilding in America. This report was separated from a larger census volume and bound separately here in tan cloth over boards. Title page has some soil and a 1" tear at bottom edge. A few leaves are beginning to pull loose at either top or bottom of inner margin, but all still attached. One plate has a large piece of one corner torn away. Prior owner bookplate on front pastedown.


Fishing Boats of the World 3

By Traung, Jan-Olof (editor)

London: Fishing News (Books) Limited, 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 650, i-xlii pages. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Black and White Photographs, Drawings. Detailed reference from the third FAO Congress on Fishing Boats of the World, held in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1965. This volume focuses on smaller types of craft used in inshore and near-water fishing, including indigenous craft such as canoes powered with outboard and inboard engines. This copy belonged to noted naval architect and ship historian Thomas C. Gillmer and bears his bookplate on front pastedown and his ownership signature on front free endpaper. Bound in dark blue textured paper over boards with spine titled in silver foil. Minor extremity wear, bump to top fore corner of upper board. Jacket shows minor wear and shallow edge wrinkles. . Jacket in Mylar protector.


The Fishermen's Memorial and Record Book..

By Procter, George H[Enry]. (1835-1917) [Proctor]

Gloucester: Procter Brothers, 1873. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavo. iv, 172 + ads pages. Near Fine. Black & White Engraved Cuts. Subtitle continues: "...Containing a list of vessels and their crews, lost from the Port of Gloucester from the year 1830 to October 1, 1873, embracing a period of nearly half a century; comprising fourteen hundred and thirty-seven names, and two hundred and ninety-six vessels, including those lost in the gale of August 24, 1873. It also contains valuable statistics of the fishing business, off-hand sketches, big trips, tales of narrow escapes, maritime poetry, and other matters of interest to these toilers of the sea. " Really a wealth of specific information on the men and boats of the fishing grounds out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Several pages of period advertising by local firms at rear. HOWES #P626; SABIN #65942. Bound in dark brown cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board. Old prior owner inscription at top fore corner of front free endpaper. Minor extremity bumps, a bit of shallow fraying to cloth at head of spine, minor old dampstain to top and bottom inner margin of last few leaves. Binding sound, hinges strong.


British and American Clippers A Comparison of Their Design, Construction and Performance in the 1850s

By MacGregor, David R.

(annapolis): Naval Institute Press, 1993. First American Edition. Hardcover. Folio. 192 pages. Near Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Black and White Photographs, Scaled Drawings. Fascinating analytical study of the rivalry in fast shipping that sprang from the discovery of gold in California. MacGregor, a talented draftsman, uses his own drawings when possible to describe and compare these ships. Examines the work of the builders, the performance of the ships, their records passages, and the exploits of the captains. Bound in dark blue textured paper over boards with spine titled in gilt. Shallow bumps to spine ends. Clean and sound throughout. . Jacket in Mylar protector.


An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook (Signed)

By Gilkerson, William

Fairhaven: Edward J. Lefkowicz, Inc, 1983. Limited Edition. Full cloth. Folio. [56] pages. Fine. Black and White Sketches. Gilkerson's portfolio of studies for his ink and watercolor wash drawings in "American Whalers in the Western Arctic. " This edition consisted of 120 copies of which 100 were for sale. This is copy #23, hand-numbered and SIGNED by Gilkerson on limitation page. Additionally, Gilkerson has INSCRIBED and SIGNED a personal note on front free endpaper. Bound in gray cloth over boards with upper board titled in silver foil. Upper board shows a faint tint of browning toward lower fore edge.


Protocols of Proceedings of the International Marine Conference Held in Washington, D. C. , United States of America, October 16 to December 31, 1889 (I-II) ; Reports of the Committees and Report of the United States Deleg

By [U. S. State Department]

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1890. First Edition. Original cloth. Octavos. over 1,900 pages. Good to very good. Three volume report on this conference of international maritime powers. The aim was to revise and amend rules, regulations and practice of vessels at sea and navigation generally; to adopt a uniform system of marine signals with particular reference to signaling in fog; to compare and discuss various systems of life-saving and property salvage from shipwrecks; to devise methods of reporting, marking, and removing wrecks; and to establish uniform means of conveying storm warnings and other information to mariners. Uniformly bound in olive green cloth over boards with spines titled in gilt, circular seal of the conference in gilt at center of upper boards. Bindings show various mild rubs at extremities, some spotting to cloth. Hinges remain sound, interiors near fine.


A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing. Ninth Edition (Volume I Only)

By Kemp, Dixon (1839-1899) , Revised and Partly Re-Written by B[Rooke]. Heckstall Smith

London: Horace Cox, The Field Office, 1900. Original cloth. Quarto. xii, 667 + ads pages. Good. Engraved Cuts. Kemp's classic work on selecting, inspecting, and building a yacht along with detailed instruction on seamanship and sailing in open yachts, steam yachts, ice boats, and much more. This edition was published in two volumes: the first being the main text volume illustrated with engravings and the second being a volume of 124 folding plates. The present book is the first volume only. See TOY #2152; MORRIS & HOWLAND p. 76. Bound in royal blue cloth over boards with black endpapers, spine titled in gilt. Rubs to edges of boards, fraying of .25" along head and heel of spine, some evidence of old dampstaining at top 1.5" of lower board. Hinges sound.


Old Ship Figure-Heads and Sterns, with Which Are Associated Galleries, Hancing-Pieces, Catheads and Divers Other Matters That Concern the Grace and Countenance of Old Sailing-Ships

By Laughton, L[Eonard]. G[Eorge]. Carr (1871-1955)

New York: Burt Franklin, 1973. Reprint. Full cloth. Quarto. xv, 281 , + plates pages. Fine. Black and White Plates, Line Drawings. Fascinating history of decorative naval architecture, originally published in 1925. Well illustrated. Bound in red cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine titles. Color frontispiece. Very shallow bumps to spine ends and lower fore corner of upper board. Clean and bright. . No dust jacket.


American Figureheads and Their Carvers

By Pinckney, Pauline A.

New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Full cloth. Quarto. 223 pages. Very good. Black & White Photographs, Drawings. Chronological record of American ship carving, an art which as one of the first expressions of the plastic arts in this country represents an important epoch in American sculpture. See ALBION p. 57. This copy from the collection of noted naval architect Thomas Gillmer, with his bookplate on front pastedown. Bound in coarse tan cloth over boards with spine titled in gilt on a blue title block, blue topstain. Some mild browning to spine and boards, a few extremity rubs. Clean and sturdy copy with nice association. . No dust jacket.