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The I.G. in Peking.

By Hart, Robert.

Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1975. 2 vols. xxvi, (825); 1625 pp. b/w plates. Letters of Robert Hart, who served for 45 years as Inspector General of Chinese Maritime Customs, 1868-1907. Two volumes. Very good condition in dust jackets.


Log of the Clipper Ship "Sweepstakes" George Lane, Master, New York to Bombay and back, May 16, 1857 to March 20, 1858.

By Manuscript.

Folio, about 80 pre-printed pages accomplished in manuscript. "Sweepstakes" was an extreme clipper with an extremely interesting history. She was built for speed and was sparred even more heavily than the "Flying Cloud," spreading 13,000 yards of canvas. She got stuck in the ways during her launching in 1853, then careened and brought down the staging of a nearby ship, "precipitating a large number of spectators into the water." Three days of continuous work and two Navy barges were required to refloat her. Once underway, though, there was no doubt as to her speed. The voyage recorded here was her fourth, all of them under her original captain, George Lane - who also kept this log. According to Howe and Matthews, her passage from New York to Bombay was a record setter, "one of the fastest, if not the record, over that course." They have her arriving at Bombay on July 22, 1857, "74 days' passage." However in this log Captain Lane records, "8.30 pm come to anchor. 72 days passage" casting little doubt on the record time for the passage. This is a classic example of a clipper ship log, with careful recording of weather, heading, location, ships sighted, signals exchanged, sails set, and events on board. Lane also adds personal asides such as this one on his departure, "Billy says he feels very bad, rather guess he wishes himself at home." (Lane makes other references to Billy, none of them inconsistent with Billy being a son, nephew, or some other youngster in his charge.) Or more interestingly, "I'm sorry I run so far to the East before hauling to South. Had ought to have followed Maury strictly." The return passage was also a speedy 80 days. "Sweepstakes" went on to perform several more voyages to the east under a new captain. Finally, in 1862 she ran aground in Sunda Strait and was sold in Batavia, ending her career. A fine copy in original marbled boards, with title page vignette. Kept by Captain Lane in a neat and legible hand.


Pilot House Log Book, S.S. Kodiak, May 22 - July 31,1939. Bellvue, Katchikan, Port Habro, Akutan.

By Manuscript.

Large 8vo. Pre-printed log book, unpaginated - about 125 pages of manuscript entries. The "S.S. Kodiak" was a so-called "chaser boat" (as opposed to a processing ship), 99 tons and 100 feet in length, built in Seattle in 1912, working at the time for William Schupp and the American Pacific Whaling Company. In 1939 only the whaling station at Akutan was still in operation. The "Kodiak" departed Bellvue, WA on May 24, made Ketchikan May 28, Wrangell Narrows the next day, and finally arrived through rough weather at Akutan on June 7. There, they delivered cargo and rigged the ship for whaling. Two days later they shot a sperm whale, but the line became fouled and the whale was lost. Over the next seven weeks they succeeded in killing fifteen humpbacks, finbacks, and sperm whales. On July 19th they were struck by a sperm whale, which damaged the starboard bow. This log ends July 31, with the ship at Umnak Pass. American whaling operations ceased at the end of the season, and "Kodiak" and her sister chaser ships were requisitioned for patrol duty by the Navy. The printed pages of this log allow for entries for Time, Headland, Time on Course, Pilot House Compass, Bridge Compass, Distance by Log, Tide, Wind, Barometer, Weather, and Remarks. However the mate usually confined his entries to Time, Headland, Course, and Remarks - which often included descriptions of weather, location and whales chased, killed, or escaped. This is the "youngest" whaling log I've ever had, and it is a good representative of the industry as it stood on the brink of WW II. See Webb, "On the Northwest. Commercial Whaling in the Pacific Northwest. 1790 - 1967. Bound in cloth over boards, with printed paper cover label.


Photos of RRS Discovery and Antarctic Sealing Operations. Circa 1927.

By Photos.

This is an album of 21 b/w photographic prints ranging in size from 4 x 6 inches to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Most are identified with pencil inscriptions of a general nature, such as "Sea Lions. 1 Man Was Bitten." There are two images of "RRS Discovery," an image labeled "Government Officers Quarters" showing a building, a harbor, mountains and the Antarctic sun. Several images depict whaling and sealing ships and factories; three are of an island cemetery, several more of men interacting with and killing seals and sea lions. There is an image of "HMS Weymouth," and an image of the German survey ship "Meteor" which undertook a South Atlantic surveying expedition between 1925 and 1927. The famed "Discovery" was at the South Shetland Island in February, 1927, tagging whales, but the photos appear to have been taken by one of the sealers stationed there. The photos show some spotting and staining, but are generally in good condition. An interesting lot.


Poem Written by an American Prisoner of the British at Melville Island During the War of 1812.

By Manuscript.

Folio journal, pre-printed and accomplished in manuscript. Melville Prison, on an island in Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, was used to house prisoners captured by the British in the War of 1812. This is an original, unpublished, manuscript poem written in rhymed couplets, composed by William Payne Jr. of Philadelphia. It is written in the back of a log book that was used to record the progress of an 1812 voyage aboard the brig "General Eaton" from Philadelphia, to Lisbon, and then to Brazil. Presumably this log was the only paper available to Payne. The "Melville Prison" poem, in 35 stanzas of 10 to 12 lines each, takes up 18 pages at the end of the book. It is intelligent, highly descriptive, and literate (Payne mentions William Hogarth and Samuel Butler.) Following the final stanza of the poem (which is written in ink) is a pencil note that reads, in part, "Taken in the schooner Idalia on the 18th of December 1814 by the Narcissus Frigate Capt. John Richd. Lumley after a chase of 12 hours." The poem graphically details living conditions for prisoners and terms of their imprisonment - (French, American and Negro prisoners were segregated into separate populations), the poor food (occasioning Payne's fantasy of a banquet), the harsh conditions and high rates of illness and death, and the hope of freedom and a return home. In fact, the war ended a few months after Payne's capture, though how long it took him to be released and find his way home is lost in the mists of time. One of the most interesting aspects of the poem is Payne's reference to negro prisoners, of whom there were a sufficient number to form their own group of prisoners. What were African Americans doing in the War of 1812? This is an original manuscript, and I can find no record of copies in any institution.


Castaway on the Auckland Isles: A Narrative of the Wreck of the Grafton.

By Musgrave, Thomas. (John J. Shillinglaw, ed.)

London: Lockwood and Co., 1866. viii, 174 pp. Folding map. portrait. Musgrave’s ship ran aground and broke up in the Auckland Islands in 1864. After a year and a half on the island, Musgrave and some of his men sailed a 13 foot dinghy to New Zealand, where they dispatched a ship for the rest of the crew. A wonderful shipwreck and survival narrative, not in Huntress. According to Ferguson there was an Australian edition of this work published in 1865. This is the first and only English edition. Ferguson 13031. Some binding wear, endpapers renewed.


Report on the Population, Industries, and Resources of Alaska. (and) Report on the Seal Islands of Alaska.

By Petroff, Ivan.(and) Elliott, Henry W.

Washington: GPO, 1882, 1884. 4to. vi, 187, 188 pp. Color and b/w plates. The Alaska report features 8 chromolithograph plates and two folding maps in back pocket. The Seal Islands report has b/w maps and plates. Both are bound in a larger volume of the Tenth Census reports, which also features a long section on the newspapers of America, but lacking the report on ship building. Binding is broken, facilitating the removal of the two polar reports. As is,


With Boat and Gun in the Yangtze Valley.

By Wade, Henling Thomas.

Shanghai: Shanghai Mercury, 1910. 4to. vi, 284 pp. b/w plates and maps. "Second edition... with special chapters by valued contributors." Chapters on wildfowl shooting, dogs and guns, then the good stuff. Three chapters are devoted to houseboats, including a list of Anglo houseboat owners in China. Then a chapter on yachts and yachting, including material on the Shanghai Yacht Club, with an insert updating the 1910 list of yachts, and 2 1/2 raters. Then more chapters on hunting game, cooking, buying and selling, and an interesting aside - Chapter XXV, "What to do in Case of Trouble with the Natives." As well as chapters on topgraphy and travel in the Yangtze Valley. Minor wear, but a very good copy, bound in publisher's green cloth.


An Account of a Voyage in Search of LaPerouse

By Labillardière, Jacques-Julien H. de.

London: J. Debrett, 1800. Two 8vo. volumes, lxii (2), 464; vii, (1), 423 pp. plus b/w engraved folding chart. La Perouse set out with two ships in 1785 to circumnavigate the world and further the maritime discoveries of Captain Cook. He sent back letters and journals of his discoveries, and then disappeared in 1788. Discovering his whereabouts became an obsession with the French, and in 1791 Rear Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux was sent to find him. Though unsuccessful in returning news of LaPerouse, the rescue mission visited Tasmania, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. The naturalist on the expedition, Jacques Labillardière, published an account of the voyage in 1800 which was quickly translated into English. His narrative includes zoological and botanical descriptions and well as descriptions and views of the islands and peoples visited by the expedition. Ferguson 311, Sabin 38423, See Hill 955. This set lacks the atlas but has the folding map of the track of the expedition laid into Volume I. Bound in half calf over boards, which show some rubbing. top edge of first few pages in Volume I are water stained. A good set.


The Northward Course of Empire.

By Stefansson, Vilhjalmur.

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1922). b/w maps, one folding. xx, 274 pp. Stefansson’s influential argument comparing the north to the American frontier of old. Six-line inscription by Stef. dated 1922. VG


The Naval and Mail Steamers of the United States

By Stuart, Charles.

NY, 1853. Large 4to. 216 pp. plus (22) pp. adverts. Color, tinted litho and b/w line ills. This is the second edition of Stuart’s history of “our National Steam Marine,” identical to the first. It is one of the great books on the steamships of mid-19th century America, with 36 color, tinted, and line lithos of steamships and their powerplants. The frontispiece is a chromolitho of the "Powhatan," which even then was accompanying Perry’s fleet to Japan. Portraits of vessels are in sepia tinted lithos, and the diagrams of powerplants in b/w. Scattered foxing throughout, but very little affecting the plates. Bound in original half crimson morocco with gilt lettering over boards. spine ends and corners scuffed.


The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and Four Seamen, Who Lost Their Ship While in a Boat at Sea.

By Woodard, Captain David

London: J. Johnson, 1805. xxxii, 236 pp. b/w frontis. plates and folding charts. Woodard was sent off in a boat in the Straits of Macassar to ask for food from another ship. He was separated from his own ship, captured by natives on the Celebes, and after 2 1/2 years reached Macassar. The governor there sent him to Batavia where he found an American ship. "This narrative contains a good deal of material about the life of the natives of the Celebes, but probably the most valuable portion of the book is the collection of narratives of shipwrecks and disasters at sea.”—Huntress 114C. Hill 1912. This is the second edition, which differs from the first in that the text is reset onto fewer pages (236 vs. 252 pp.) and the appendix listing shipwrecks is somewhat shortened. However, it does contain Bligh’s narrative on pp. 166-174. An interesting variant. Bound in original cloth with paper spine. Some foxing to frontispiece and charts, else a very good copy.


Die Erste Deutsche Nordpolar-Expedition Im Jahre 1868.

By Koldewey, K.

Gotha: Justus Perthes, 1871.. 4to. 56 pp. Colored frontispiece and 2 colored maps. "In the ship Germania under the author's leadership, the expedition sailed... north through Greenland Sea to the edge of the ice off northeast Greenland... proceeded eastward to waters northeast of Bear Island... In the foreword A. Petermann gives a resume of the expedition's organization... information on pack ice... notes on hunting bear and walrus... Bismark Strait, Hinlopen Strait, and the islands in those waters." - Arctic Bib. 9021. Removed from larger volume. Very good condition.


The Mariner's Return.

By Fitz Henry Lane (Print)

Boston: Geo. P. Reed, 1841. Sheet music, 10 x 13 inches. 3 pages plus b/w lithograph cover. "A song of the sea. The music composed & dedicated to E. Preble Motley. by B.F. Baker." The lithographed cover of this piece of sheet music is one of Fitz Henry Lane's more obscure productions. According to Wilmerding (pp. 26 and 188) it was done in 1841 for publisher George Reed of Boston. Lithography by E.W. Bouve, also of Boston. Removed from a larger volume. Print is fresh and clean.


Darkness at Noon, or, the Great Solar Eclipse, of the 16th of June, 1806, Described and Represented in Every Particular. Containing also, a General Explanation of Eclipses, and the Causes on Which They Depend.

By "An Inhabitant of Boston."

Boston: D. Carlisle & A. Newell, 1806. 12mo. (2), (5)-34 pp. b/w woodcut plate. According to Shaw & Shoemaker there were three editions of this pamphlet, all published in 1806. The 2nd edition shows up most often in Worldcat; there is also a listing in S&S for a "June, 1806" printing, which may be identical to the second. An image of a stated "Third Edition" is on the web at The website describes it thus: "an early pamphlet on the June 16, 1806 total solar eclipse which passed over New England. This remarkable document by Andrew Newell narrates the theory of eclipses, describes local circumstances for the 1806 eclipse, tells the reader how to view the eclipse, and dispels superstitions surrounding eclipses." In any event, this first printing - May, 1806 (page number "4" misprinted as "6") - is quite scarce. Worldcat shows only two libraries holding hard copies. S&S 10253 identifies three. Sabin 18580, attributing authorship to Andrew Newell. Stab sewn. Title and terminal leaf loose but present.


On the Coasts of Cathay and Cipango Forty Years Ago.

By Blakeney, William.

London: Elliot Stock, 1902. xx, 354 pp. 19 maps (18 folding); 72 plates (1 colored). "A Record of Surveying Service in the China, Yellow and Japan Seas and on the Seaboard of Korea and Manchuria." Lack of knowledge of the Gulf of Tartary and the Sea of Okhotsk allowed the Russians to escape the British Fleet in 1855. This led to a surveying expedition in 1856 - 1862. Blakeney was one of the surveying officers, and this is an account of his adventures, which included the western action against China during the Second Opium War in 1857. Blakeney includes a folding "Plan of the Attack on Canton" as well as several other maps and plates descriptive of these actions. Scarce. Worldcat shows 8 libraries holding copies, only one of which is in the US. Bound in publisher's illustrated yellow cloth. Slight lean to spine else a very good copy.


The Peril of Portsmouth. French Fleets and English Forts.

By Fergusson, James.

London: John Murray, 1853. 80 pp. Duotone double page chart. b/w ills. in text. Second Edition. England's ongoing fixation on the threat posed by France. This is an analysis of England's coastal defenses as they stood mid-19th century, and an exposition of Fergusson's own "System of Fortification." With a duotone chart of Portsmouth Harbor with his proposed defenses. Scarce. Worldcat shows only one library holding a copy of this edition. In original printed wrappers, chipped. Stab sewing fragile.


On the Principles of Naval Tactics; with Exemplifications of the Practice: and also Tables for Facilitating the Evolutions; with an Appendix Containing the Demonstrations.

By Moorsom, Capt. C.R

Birmingham: Author, 1846. (6), 17,1-1-36 pp. plus 7 b/w plates. The author of this rather unique treatise takes note of the work of Hoste, Morogues, Bouguer, Clerk, Ekins, Steel and others, but says “My object is to shew that naval tactics are incomplete, and to suggest some simple rules for all the movements that can be required.” Well, as his various formulae, tables and diagrams show, “simple” might not be the best word for what he proposes. Scarce. Worldcat shows only seven libraries holding copies. Bound in green blindstamped cloth, rebacked to match. Some cover spotting, text clean.


American Neptune. Volume I, No. 1, January 1941 - Volume Sixty-two, Number One, Winter 2002.

By Periodical.

Salem, MA: American Neptune Incorporated. The best work of America's marine historians, both amateur and professional. There are articles of interest for the scholar, the ship modeler, the curator, the collector, and the general reader. With b/w plates, line ills, charts, etc. as well as color covers in later years. 241 issues comprising 62 volumes, bound as issued in individual printed wrappers. Very good condition throughout. Postage extra on this lot.


An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China, &c. performed by ships in the Hon.ble East India Company's Service.

By Wise, Henry.

London: J.W. Norie, 1839. Tall 8vo. xxv, (1), 120 pp. b/w lithograph frontispiece and plates. "(W)ith remarks on the advantages of steam-power applied as an auxiliary aid to shipping; and suggestions for improving thereby the communication with India, viâ the Cape of Good Hope. To which is added an appendix, containing a description of Melville's patent propellers, with plans of the engines, machinery, &c." This book is innovative in that it puts forth a plan for using steam and a "propellor" to improve travel between England and the Far East. He recounts his experiences and airs out his theories in a preliminary essay entitled "Remarks on the Advantages of Steam-Power." Wise rose in the East India Company's Marine Service from midshipman in 1819 to chief officer in 1831, and then a supercargo in the China trade. He returned to London in 1838 and wrote this book before becoming involved with James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, in several financial speculations that ultimately put him in financial financial difficulties. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO GOVERNOR OF BOMBAY, MOUNTSTUART ELPHINSTONE, AND bound in publisher's plum cloth with gold cover lettering. Spine sunned, some foxing to plates, else a very good copy. And scarce in the trade - nothing but POD copies on the interweb.


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