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Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine.
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Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine.

By Sonnerat (Pierre).

Paris: l'Auteur, 1782. may18. 4to. Two volumes. xv, (8 subscribers), 317, (1 errata); viii, 298 pp. With 134 (of 140) b/w full and double page engraved plates. First edition, with plates after drawings by Sonnerat. "On his second expedition, Sonnerat visited the Maldive Islands, Ceylon, the Philippines, the Moluccas, China, Burma, Madagascar, the Cape of Good Hope, and many other places. This work is a celebrated classic of natural history exploration and discoveries in the Far East." Hill 1608. Cordier III, 2102. Taylor "Catalog" p. 30. Page 145, vol. I is torn at the corner, with loss of a catchword and four letters. This set lacks plates 37, 64, 96, 98,115, and 121. However it is still a brilliant assemblage of visual information. (PICTURED - "Vue de Canton." The factories at Canton.) Bound in contemporary mottled calf, rebacked in calf, with original spine labels laid down.

$500.00

Civil War Diary of Frank E. Brink. January 1 - November 6, 1864.
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Civil War Diary of Frank E. Brink. January 1 - November 6, 1864.

By Manuscript.

may18. Small (2 3/4 x 4 inches) wallet-style daily diary for 1864. Entries in ink and pencil. This journal follows the young recruit and his "109th Regt. N.Y.S.V. Co. C" from his home in Tioga, NY through battlegrounds in Fredericksburg and Spottsylvania. His entries, usually of several lines, are laconic but expressive, and often funny in an understated way - "February 23 "Drilled twice oh it is fun." Or March 6 "Lay around camp all day and read novels. It was my birthday. I was 21 years old." They drilled at Mason's Island outside Washington until April 26th, when they moved out to Alexandria, Fairfax, and Manassas, a hard march as his entry of April 29 suggests: "Marched to Manassas Junction and encamped. I was nearly dead". Then to Warrenton, across the Rappahannoc on May 4, and the Rapidan on May 5 "in hearing of the guns of the enemy." Then immediately into battle: "Dave was shot before he fired a gun. Have not heard whether he is dead." Then back to Fredericksburg to guard a wagon train. "This is the seventh day of fighting. both armies are making a deadly struggle... many men are giving up their lives." By the middle of May the 109th "was all cut to pieces" and rations were short. For the rest of the month the fighting devolved into a sort of trench warfare - Brink calls them pitts - punctuated by attacks and retreats, as the list of dead and wounded grew. July 2: "Taken from the pitt and sat a little further ahead. that is one way to relieve us. We lay and shot Johnies all day." By mid-July he is ground down with fatigue and an unspecified illness: "Went to Hospital and lay around in misery all day." July 28: "Worse if anything. Things begin to look discouraging feel pretty rough." In August he has a remission and is back on light duty with his company. Sick again in September. Sept. 4 " Got up bloated enough to bust and remained so all day." Sept. 20: "Excused from duty left of writing my diary to mother. Hope the next sheet will not give account of my bloody times." At the end of September he was sent to City Point, and on October 3 "Went on board the State of Maine at noon. At dark was fast on a sand bar." He arrived in Washington the next day and was hospitalized. October 14: "Was not able to sit up any this seems discouraging." Kindly people bring him goodies and wine, which he appreciates. In November he is well enough to go into Washington on furlough and try to arrange his passage home. By November 5 he is home: "Pa came down after me and (I) nearly froze before I got home. I guess the folks were glad to see me." The diary ends November 6. Frank E. Brink died January 9, 1865. On the last leaf of the diary is a list of expenses for "govmt clothing." With complete transcript.

$1250.00

Collection of 40 Checks Drawn on Whaling Banks, 1840s and 1850s.
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Collection of 40 Checks Drawn on Whaling Banks, 1840s and 1850s.

By Ephemera.

may18. Banks upon which these checks were drawn include the New Bedford Bank, Merchant's Bank, and Marine Bank, all of New Bedford. Most of the checks have vignette engravings of whaling scenes or ships in the left margin or at the top of the check, the most frequent being a wood engraving of a whale in its death flurry, signed in type by Charles Taber & Co. Most of the checks are drawn on the account of Andrew Hicks, a Westport ship owner, who owned at least ten whale ships between the 1830 and the 1880s. One of the most famous of these was the "Andrew Hicks," a 300 ton ship built in Fairhaven in 1867. She lasted until 1917. Recipients of these checks include Hicks himself, insurance companies, suppliers, and individuals - an interesting sidelight of whaling information. Old checks are common; those with whaling scenes less so. There's one being offered online now for $99. This lot of 40 checks

$400.00

Chez les Cannibales. Huit ans de croisiere dans l\'Ocean Pacifique a bord du yacht \
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Chez les Cannibales. Huit ans de croisiere dans l'Ocean Pacifique a bord du yacht "Le Tolna"

By Festetics de Tolna, Rodolphe.

Paris: Librarie Plon, 1903.. may18. 4to. iv-407 pp. b/w halftone plates, folding maps Scare! An eight year honeymoon for the wealthy count and his wife in the company of the San Francisco Yacht Club took them throughout the South Sea islands. Including stops in Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, and Raratonga. A wealth of excellent photographs and a text exploring habits and customs (perhaps including cannibalism) of island tribes long since destroyed by western contact. Text in French. A very good copy in original boards, printed in gold.

$750.00

A Voyage to the South Sea.
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A Voyage to the South Sea.

By Cooke, Edward.

London: B. Lintot and R. Gosling, 1712. may18. (22), 456, (12) pp. b/w folding map as frontispiece. b/w plates, folding maps in text. First edition, and rare. One of the classic South Seas privateering voyages, and the source for "Robinson Crusoe." "Edward Cooke was second captain on board the 'Duchess', the ship which accompanied the 'Duke', both under Captain Woodes Rogers, on a privateering voyage around the world... It is generally accepted that Daniel Defoe used this account of Alexander Selkirk's years on Juan Fernandez Island for his 'Robinson Crusoe' as it was the first book containing it." See Hill 372 who notes that this first edition was "hastily produced ... in order to beat Woodes Rogers's account to the market." See also Streeter IV, 2428. Howes, C-733. NMM Catalog IV, 99. A classic account, bound in later full calf with raised bands and spine label. Some rubbing. Front board and first signature nearly detached. Small spot on frontispiece map, owner's signature on title page, else text and plates clean.

$2000.00

Two Pieces of Shipboard Printing, USS Trenton, 1881.
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Two Pieces of Shipboard Printing, USS Trenton, 1881.

By Ephemera.

may18. Folded sheet, 4 pp. and single 4to sheet. Both with woodcut headpieces. The first item is Vol. II, No. 9 of the "Trenton Herald" datelined Naples, July 30, 1881. It was published toward the end of the ship's Med. cruise, and contains the Trenton's news and itinerary, as well as news from the USS Galena, USS Nipmuc, and USS Quinnebaug, also cruising in the Mediterranean. It has a small tear on the centerfold and is otherwise in good condition. The second item is a broadsheet poem composed of fifteen four-line stanzas, and titled "Homeward Bound on the U.S.S. Trenton." The top of the sheet is a handsome woodcut of the ship, The poem is signed in type, "J. Bezanson." Contemporary ink annotations inform us that Bezanson was a quarter gunner, and pronounce this "a very good example of sailor doggerel." Both items

$250.00

The Sermon.
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The Sermon.

By Robinson, Boardman.

may18. Oil on board, 21 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches, framed. Circa 1942. This painting depicts Father Mapple preaching in New Bedford, as described by Herman Melville in Chapter IX - "The Sermon" - of Moby Dick. A reproduction of this painting appears in the 1942 Limited Editions Club version of Melville's great novel, illustrated throughout by Robinson. The Robinson-illustrated edition was reprinted by the Heritage and Easton presses. Boardman Robinson was born in Nova Scotia and studied in Canada, Europe, and America. He was an illustrator for "The Masses" and later became a teacher and a book illustrator.

$3000.00

The Grosvenor East Indiaman.
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The Grosvenor East Indiaman.

By (Print).

may18. This print commemorates a famous shipwreck which took place off the African coast in 1782. 132 passengers made it ashore, but only 18 survived starvation, thirst, exposure and harassment by natives. This 1784 aquatint by Pollard and Wilson measures approximately 21 x 17 inches. It is in brilliant condition. Matted at present, but can be mailed in a tube.

$350.00

A Voyage to the Eastern Part of Terra Firma, or the Spanish Main in South America, During the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804.
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A Voyage to the Eastern Part of Terra Firma, or the Spanish Main in South America, During the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804.

By "Depons, F." (Washington Irving).

NY: I. Riley and Co., 1806. may18. 3 vols. xxxii, 248, (8); 362, (8); 288 (8) pp. b/w folding map. Frenchman's tour of Venezuela, Guiana, Surinam and coast, from Maracaibo to the mouth of the Amazon. Depons was an agent for the French government and was primarily concerned with natural resources, agricultural products and industries. He also goes into great detail concerning the history, topography and people of this region (including the matter of slavery), and port facilities. Sabin (19642) notes that this work was translated by Washington Irving, making it one of his first book-length appearances. (BAL 10096 - first listed work after a prospectus announcing ther publication of this work.) Bound in full green morocco, with raised bands and gilt inner dentelles, by Canape. Backstrips lightly sunned. Folding map in excellent condition. A handsome set.

$500.00

Shipping Articles and Crew List for Schooner Lottie Beard of New Bedford, 1881. J.W. Perry, Master.
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Shipping Articles and Crew List for Schooner Lottie Beard of New Bedford, 1881. J.W. Perry, Master.

By Ephemera.

may18. Folded folio sheet. The "Lottie Beard" was carrying freight from New Bedford to St. Helena. Interestingly, five of the six crewmen were from the Azores or Cape Verde islands. Between 1888 and 1894 she made four whaling voyages.

$125.00

Pressed Seaweed Album.
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Pressed Seaweed Album.

By Ephemera.

may18. . Page size 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.34 specimens, mounted on album pages, interleaved with tissue paper This is one of the more artistic efforts I've seen. Many of the pages have poetic sentiments in manuscript within the design. Some are representations - crosses, wreaths, and so forth. But many are just the seaweeds themselves in visually striking layouts. Bound in half brown morocco over boards. Covers somewhat worn. Contents very good.

$350.00

Enterprise.
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Enterprise.

By Vanderbilt, Harold S.

NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931. may18. xvii, 230 pp. b/w plates. The 1930 America's Cup Race, and the story of the first, and easiest, of Vanderbilts two successful defenses. Toy 1626. Morris & Howland p. 148. Rulon-Miller Checklist of Twenty-five Important Books and Pamphlets on the Americas Cup #14. First edition of a key Cup book. Very good condition.

$150.00

Voyage of H.M.S. \
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Voyage of H.M.S. "Pandora."

By Edwards, Capt. Edward and George Hamilton.

London: Francis Edwards, 1915. may18. 177 pp. b/w folding chart. Dispatched to arrest the mutineers of the Bounty in the South Seas, 1790-91. First printing of Edwards account from the manuscript which, has been lying in the Record Office for more than a century. Hamiltons narrative was published in 1793. A very nice copy in original cloth.

$200.00

Evils and Abuses in the Naval and Merchant Service Exposed; With Proposals for their Remedy and Redress.
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Evils and Abuses in the Naval and Merchant Service Exposed; With Proposals for their Remedy and Redress.

By McNally, William.

Boston: Cassady and March, 1839. may18. 12mo. viii, 201 pp. "By a perusal of this work the landsman may obtain more real information respecting sea-life, than from all the nautical novels... ever issued... The author has given real names and characters..." A very knowledgeable work, obviously written from first hand observation. Better pay and education, particularly the study of mathematics at sea, are seen as some of the ways to alleviate drunkenness, poor conduct and overly harsh punishments. Smith II 2735. Scattered foxing. Bound in original cloth over boards.

$150.00

Lewis\'s Great Establishments, The \
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Lewis's Great Establishments, The "Great Eastern." (with) Trade card advertising I. K. Brunel’s steamship Great Eastern.

By Ephemera.

may18. b/w printing on silk, 19 x 19 1/2 inches. The "Great Eastern" was an iron sail and steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and built by J. Scott Russell & Co. In 1858, at the time of her launching, she was the largest ship ever built. She made her first passage to America in 1859, a cruise that was marred by an explosion aboard. She had a checkered career thereafter. Having proved herself impossible to run profitably as a passenger liner, she was converted to a cable-laying ship and set down the first successful trans Atlantic cable. She ended her career as a floating music hall and advertisement for Lewis' department stores. The Great Eastern card measures approximately 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches and features images of the ship under weigh and a longitudinal section, with specifics given in some detail. It is lithographed on coated stock with color highlights by Meyer & Co. of New York, and copyrighted by Wagstaff & Bro., 1859, in the Southern District of New York. The card was undoubtedly meant to coincide with publicity drummed up the the "Great Eastern's" maiden voyage to New York. According to an article in Sea History by Charles Ira Sachs, this is thought to be the earliest steamship trade card. Silk and card, both in very good condition

$750.00

La Marine a l\'Exposition Universelle de 1878. Atlas Only.
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La Marine a l'Exposition Universelle de 1878. Atlas Only.

By France. Ministre de la Marine.

Paris, 1879. may18. b/w plates. Folio,159 plates. Atlas to the first edition of this very rare compendium of ships and ship building, both naval and commercial, compiled for the 1878 exposition. Much on steam ships. Details of construction and all manner of propulsion equipment. Polak 6410, citing text, but not noting the existence of this impressive atlas. Atlas consists of 2 sections, 1-66 and 67-159 full page folio plates in original wrappers, in larger portfolio. Wrappers and portfolio chipped, water stain at the bottom of the portfolio, and on the bottom edges of some pages, not affecting plates, which are all in good condition. PICTURED - An early aqualung.

$650.00

Clipper Ship Sailing Card for the Archer.
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Clipper Ship Sailing Card for the Archer.

By Ephemera.

may18. Color printed card stock 4 x 6 1/2 inches. The "Archer" was a 1095 ton clipper ship launched in New York in 1852. She was a fast sailer, but was spanked by the "Flying Cloud in 1854 (the trip prior to this one), making the New York to San Francisco passage in a respectable 106 days compared to the "Flying Cloud's" all-time record of 89 days. A copy of this handsome card sold for $1200 in the Schwed sale at PBA Galleries in 2010. This card is unusual in that there is printing on the verso (most were blank). Light wear to corners and light soiling along edges.

$1000.00

Leaves from a Lawyer\'s Life Afloat and Ashore.
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Leaves from a Lawyer's Life Afloat and Ashore.

By Cowley, Charles.

Lowell, Mass.: Penhallow Printing Company, 1879. may18. 245, (3) pp. This is actually a memoir of the author's experiences in the Union Navy during the Civil War. Cowley served as Dahlgren's Judge-Advocate. Broadfoot p. 109. Smith III - 614. Bound in original cloth. Slight lean to spine, else in near fine condition.

$150.00

Skizzer optagne paa Corvetten Galatheas Jordomsejling 1845-47.
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Skizzer optagne paa Corvetten Galatheas Jordomsejling 1845-47.

By Thornam, Chr(istian)..

n.p. : C.W. Stinck, n.d. (ca. 1850.). may18. 4to. 40 pp. text, sepia lithograph title and 30 plates. Images from the first Danish circumnavigation, which was undertaken for scientific, diplomatic, and commercial purposes. The Danish government handed some property over to the East India Company, flora and fauna were studied and recorded, and relations with other nations, especially China, were explored. Thornam, the expedition naturalist and artist, made many drawings, 30 of which - concentrating mainly on South America, Hawaii, and the Far East - were published here. Borba de Moraes II, p. 862. Forbes 1837.Not in Hill, Cordier, or Lust. Bound in marbled boards, which are detached. Water damage and foxing to text. Plates foxed along edges, but most of the images are clean.

$350.00

Walter Papers. Original Letters. The Correspondence of Eliza Bicker Walter. 1839-1870.
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Walter Papers. Original Letters. The Correspondence of Eliza Bicker Walter. 1839-1870.

By Manuscript.

may18. Volume I consists of 276 manuscript letters from Eliza Bicker Walter, wife of Captain George Smith, to and from relatives and friends. About 180 of them were written during Civil War years. Volume II consists of typescript copies of letters written during the same period by members of the extended Smith family and their associates. The bulk of them are from Eliza to her son, and many were written during the Civil War. The Smiths were a Cincinnati family. Eliza's son, Thomas Kilby Smith, was a Union general commissioned in 1861 as a Colonel in the Ohio infantry. He fought under Sherman and Grant, and served on Grant's staff. Eliza's husband, Capt. George Smith, was a Boston ship-master and owner. He was 18 years old than Eliza. Thomas was their first son. The letters in both volumes are valuable in providing a distaff view of the war years, but also for revealing Eliza as an intelligent and determined woman. Many of her letters are to military leaders and statesmen on behalf of her son.

$850.00

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