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    AUD $28.00

    A Ship Modeller''s Logbook by Lewis, John N. C

    London: Percival Marshall & Co Ltd, 1950.. 8vo. hardcover. 200pp. b/w illus. very good. /good, rubbed d/w chipped on top edge. .



    Sarcastic Autographed Letter Signed by FARRAGUT, David (1801 - 1870)

    Norfolk, 1849. unbound. 1 page, 10 x 8 inches, Norfolk Navy Yard, February 28, 1849. Signed "D.G. Farragut Commdr. U.S.N." to assistant surgeon Dr. Charles H. Wheelwright, who apparently had mounted a hissy-fit over the loss of a pencil and denounced the personnel at the Gosport Navy Yard as a bunch of thieves. Farragut diplomatically informs the surgeon that "...the pencil, (which caused you to denounce 'the Gosport Navy Yard people a set of Plunderers') has been found; and I strongly suspect precisely where you left it. It will be delivered to your order. The propriety of your denunciation I leave to your own conscience." Small tears at the edges of the folds; still very good condition. Union rear admiral instrumental in the taking of New Orleans and the Union control of the Mississippi. It was at Mobile Bay where he exclaimed, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!


    AUD $20.16

    Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651) by McLaren, Alfred Scott

    University of Alabama Press 2008. 8vo. hardcover. 243pp. index, b/w illus. Very good. / Very good d/w. .


    AUD $20.16

    Treasure for the Taking by Cleator, P. E

    Robert Hale, UK 1960.. 8vo. hardcover. 192pp. index, b/w illus. Good+, some foxing, news clippings tipped-in by previous owner at page 18. / Very good d/w. .



    Fine content War-Date Letter Signed by LEE, Samuel P. (1812 - 1897)

    Newport News, 1863. unbound. 2 pages (front and back) on blind-stamped "U.S. Flag Ship Minnesota" letterhead, 9.75 x 7.75 inches, May 7, 1863, Newport's News, Virginia. Written to the Kimberly Brothers at Old Point Comfort, Virginia, explaining how supplies may be allowed to pass through the blockade. In part: "...In regard to passing coal, wood or other supplies by the blockade to the Navy Yard for the use of the marine guard, a certificate covering all the articles to be passed, from the Quartermaster of the Marine Corps...certifying that they are for such public use, is all that is necessary. Articles for Army use must be covered by a similar certificate from the proper military authority; and the vessel conveying them must carry no other articles. Goods for traffic cannot pass the blockade except under a treasury permit. No other permit or paper is now recognized by the blockading officers." Signed as Rear Admiral, Commanding N.A.B. Squadron. Two horizontal folds; impeccable handwriting and near fine condition. Union Rear Admiral who commanded the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron from 1862 - 1864. Born in Virginia, he was related to General Robert E. Lee and to Lincoln's Postmaster General, Montgomery Blair.



    The Sword Is Drawn, The Navy Upholds It!" - US Navy Recruiting Station by COX, Kenyon

    New York: The HC Miner Litho. Co, 1917. unbound. Poster. Color lithograph. Page measures 42" x 28". World War I US Navy recruiting poster. Vividly colored lithograph depicting symbolic female figuring holding a sword and a scroll that reads We Can Do No Otherwise. Warship in the background. Navy Recruiting Station stamp reads "34 East 23rd Street NY". Library/archival number on bottom and right margin. Repair to right margin. Monogram of artist Kenyon Cox on bottom left. Kenyon Cox (1856-1919) was a muralist, illustrator and writer based in New York City



    Die Seehäfen des Weltverkehrs. by DORN, Alexander (Red.)

    Wien, Dorn 1891-92.. 2 Bde. gr.-8°. 4 Bll., 1100 S., 2 Bll.; 4 Bll., 827 (1) S.Mit insges. 173 tlw. ganzseit. Illustr. Ansichten sowie 216 meist ganzseit. Plänen. OLn. mit prächtiger Schwarz- u. Silberprägung. In Bd. 2:Tit. bis S. 2 durch Kopien ergänzt; Eckabris a. d. letzten beiden Bll., sonst in sehr gutem Zustand. Bd. 1 enthält: "Häfen Europas sowie der asiatischen und afrikanischen Küsten des Mittelmeerbeckens". Bd. 2: " Häfen ausserhalb Europas und des Mittelmeerbeckens".


    AUD $22.40

    A Collector's Guide to Seashells of the World by Eisenberg, Jerome M

    McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1981.. Small 4to. hardcover. 239pp. index, colour illus. very good+. / Very good+ d/w. .



    Partially Printed Document Signed by WAR OF 1812

    Philadelphia, 1813. unbound. 2 pages (front and back), 16.25 x 13.5 inches, Philadelphia, March 8, 1813 -- a List of Persons Composing the Crew of the Schooner Dart of Philadelphia, whereof is Master Henry Rihl, bound for Cape Henry (Virginia)." Listed are 2 mates and 12 seamen -- the name, place of birth, place of residence, nationality, age, height, complexion, and hair color are listed for each; 2 seamen are designated as "black," 1 as "mulatto," and 1 as "swarthy." The document's validity is certified on the back. Folds, holes, edges torn, and damp-staining. Good condition.



    Autographed Letter Signed "Peary by PEARY, Admirial Robert Edwin (1856 - 1920)

    Washington, 1913. unbound. 1 page on "The Army and Navy Club" stationery, 2 pages, Washington, February 27, 1913. In this letter, Peary gladly accepts a dinner invitation, in part: "...I shall arrive early in the afternoon to keep a 4 o'clock engagement with the Park School. I will phone you [from] my hotel...It will be very pleasant..." Natural folds; very good(+) condition.



    Voyage fait par l'Ordre du Roi en 1750 et 1751, dans L'Amerique Septrionale, pour rectifier les Cartes des Cotes de L'Acadie, de L'Isle Royale & L'Isle de Terreneuve; Et pour en fixer les principaux points par des Observations Astronomiques by CHABERT, M. [Joseph Bernard de]

    First Edition. paperback. large folding map, five additional folding maps, one folding plate and folding chart. [viii], 288pp. 4to, publisher's marbled wrappers, untrimmed; (some dampstaining to the inner margins on the last quarter of the text, otherwise a truly superb copy). A Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale, 1753. First edition. "Mr Chabert's work is highly praised by the commission appointed by the French Academy of Sciences to examine it, and it is is recommended as a model to future navigators. It is divided in two parts: the first containing an account of the author's voyage from Brest to Louisbourg, and his expeditions to the neighboring coasts and islands; the second part containing the astronomical observations at large." Sabin 11722. Staton and Tremaine 222.



    Gulf Stream Map - Atlantic or Western Ocean by JONES, Benjamin

    Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. Map. Engraving. Uncolored. Image measures 12" x 20". Page measures 21.25" x 17.5". This late-18th-century map illustrates the phenomenon of the Gulf Stream as named and first charted by Benjamin Franklin in 1762. A thick band of engraved lines visualize the ocean current flowing from the Gulf of Mexico up the Eastern seaboard and then east to the coast of Africa, labelled as "Azanhaga." Jones' map builds on Franklin's initial example by providing contextual information that demonstrates the impact of the Gulf Stream on transatlantic shipping and travel, such as different paths indicating the "usual courses" between North America and Europe. Scattered arrows indicate current and wind directions in accordance with a compass rose just below the Gulf Stream. The map is in very good condition with minimal wear to center fold, light foxing and some staining present. Repair to lower right margin does not effect image. Benjamin Jones was an engraver in Philadelphia active between 1778 and 1815. This map was published by the American Philosophical Society, which endeavored to promote the distribution of scientific and cultural knowledge among the newly independent colonies.


    AUD $72.80

    Under Sail in the Last of the Clippers. by Wallace, Frederick William

    Brown, Son & Ferguson 1936. Large 8vo. hardcover. 251pp. b/w illus. Good+, some foxing. / Good chipped d/w. .


    AUD $16.80

    Van Nostrand's Standard Catalog Of Shells by Wagner, Robert J.L. & Abbott, R. Tucker

    Van Nostrand, 1967. 2nd edition.. 8vo. softcover. 303pp. index, b/w illus. Very good, small crease on cover corner. .



    Decouvertes des Francois, en 1768 & 1769, dans le sud-est de la Nouvelle Guinee et Reconnoissances posterieures des memes Terres par les Navigateurs Anglois; qui leur ont impose de nouveaux noms; precedees de l'Abrege historique des Navigations & des Decouvertes des Espagnols dans les memes Parages by FLEURIEU (Charles Pierre Claret). Par M.***, ancien Capitaine de Vaisseau

    Paris: L'Imprimerie Royale, 1790. First. paperback. very good. 1 volume, 4to, xvi (title, opinion of the bookbinder, errata, foreword); iv (table of contents); 309 pages of text, wide margins, 12 folding maps and plates numbered I - XII. Original blue wrappers, quite rubbed, lacks spine, deckled edges. Paris: L'Imprimerie Royale, 1790. First Edition. Internally very good. Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu (1738-1810) entered the navy at age fourteen. He was an explorer, hydrographer and French politician, notably Minister of Marine under Louis XVI and a member of the Institut de France. Small early signature on title page.


    AUD $24.64

    The Book of Old Ships and Something of Their Evolution and Romance by Culver, Henry B. Illustrated by Gordon Grant

    Bonanza Books, New York, 1977.. 4to. hardcover. 306pp. b/w illus. Very good. / very good+ d/w. .



    A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV by ANSON, George

    London: Knapton, 1748. First Edition. hardcover. Illustrated with 42 fine copperplate engravings (38 folding charts, plates & plans, and 3 large folding maps). , 417 pages, plus; 2 page directions to the binder, often lacking. Thick 4to, contemporary calf, recased with black spine label (a very solid, clean and attractive copy; several plates dust-stained and worn at edges; one plate torn but with no paper loss). London: Printed for the Author by John and Paul Knapton, 1748. A very nice copy of the first edition. George Anson (1697-1762) was a British Admiral known for his trip around the world. The book, compiled from notes by Richard Walter, details Anson's circumnavigational adventures during the War of Jenkins' Ear between Britain and Spain. Anson's task was to intercept Spanish ships and their cargo from the New World. During the voyage, Anson captured a Spanish galleon with a cargo worth 500,000 pounds and sacked Paita, Peru. Although he started out with eight ships, he returned with only one. Later in life, he became Admiral of the British Fleet and fought in the Seven Years' War. Included in the book are beautiful views of various ports and a few maps.


    AUD $20.16

    The Set of the Sails: The Story of a Cape Horn Seaman by Villiers, Alan

    Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1950.. 8vo. hardcover. 247pp. index, b/w illus. Good, light foxing. / Fair torn & chipped d/w(repaired). .



    An Outcast of the Islands by CONRAD, Joseph

    London: Fisher Unwin, 1896. First. hardcover. fine. rubricated title, 8vo, handsomely rebound in 3/4 green morocco, tan spine label, marbled boards & t.e.g. London: Fisher Unwin, 1896. First Edition. A fine copy. First Edition of the author's second book.



    Autographed Letter Signed by BUCHER, Lloyd "Pete

    1981. unbound. Autographed letter signed twice as "L.M. Bucher" in response to a request for an autographed photo [not included]. 1 page, 4to, 10.5 x 8 inches, on spectacular full-color "USS Pueblo" letterhead. March 31, 1981. Horizontal folds; near fine condition. Naval hero; captain of the U.S.S. Pueblo, which was seized in the Sea of Japan by North Korea in 1968.



    A Voyage in the West Indies: containing various observations made during a Residence in Barbadoes, and several of the Leeward Islands.. by Waller, John Augustine

    London: Sir Richard Phillips, 1820. First. hardcover. fine. Illustrated with 1 map and 6 black & white aquatints. Slim 8vo, 106pp., deckled edges, 1/4 recent crimson morocco, marbled boards. London: Sir Richard Phillips, 1820. First Edition. Fine. Sabin 10114; Cundall 2150. Issued as partk of Sir Richard Phillips' New Voyages.



    Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945. by GRÖNER, Erich

    Mchn., Lehmanns Vlg. (1966).. 2 Bde. gr.-8°. XXVIII, 840 S. Mit 931 Seitenrissen u. Decksplänen u. 100 Wappen. OLn. Mit OU. Beiliegend: Ergänzungen und Berichtigungen zu Band 1. 31 S.


    AUD $39.20

    The Sitmar Liners & The V Ships 1928 - 1998 by Eliseo, Maurizio

    Carmania Press, London, 1998.. 4to. hardcover. 299pp. colour & b/w illus. b/w cross-sections(6 folding). Very good+. / Very good d/w a little sunned on edges with a small tear(repaired). .



    REPORT of the Senate Commitee on Interoeceanic Canals on the proposed ship canals through the american isthmus connecting the continents of North and South America.

    Washington, Government Printing Office 1901.. gr. 8°. 551 S. OLdr. m. RSchildchen. Einbd. gestemp., etw. staubfleckig.


    AUD $33.60

    The Book of the Sextant, with Ancient and Modern Instruments of Navigation. by Hughes, , Arthur J

    Glasgow, Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd, 1938.. 8vo. hardcover. 90pp. Very good, top corner of cover faded, light foxing, owner's signature on fep. / poor, chipped d/w. .

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