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Sea of Cortez
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Sea of Cortez: A Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research with a scientific appendix on the marine animals of the Panamic Faunal Province

by John Steinbeck & E. F. Ricketts

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First Edition
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STEINBECK the novelist and RICKETTS the biologist joined forces in a unique "fishing trip." This is the personal story of their expedition; included is a 300-page illustrated section recording their scientific findings.Viking Press, 1941. 1st Edition. Hardcover. x + 598 pp.8vo. Very good in a very good+ dust jacket, Front flap price cut, small piece missing and some closed tears and wear on the jacket. Orange top textblock edge. "First published in December 1941" on copyright page.This "leisurely journal of travel and research" is the result of a trip to the Gulf of California also known as the Sea of Cortez, by Ricketts, famed marine biologist, and his best friend, novelist John Steinbeck, as well as a small crew aboard the Western Flyer, a purse seiner. Ricketts kept a journal of this trip which Steinbeck used to write the narrative. Since this was a collaborative effort Steinbeck also worked as diligently as Ricketts on the scientific data collection. The result is "an invitation to see the world… Read More
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British Yachts and Yachtsmen
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British Yachts and Yachtsmen

by [John Irving]

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Used - Very Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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$2,800.00

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Lord Queenborough's copy with his nautical bookplate. Sumptuously bound in half grained morocco; five raised bands. Bright gilt particulars to spine and cover. Chip to head of Volume 2, otherwise a fine set. ; Large stout quarto; [xii], 362; 363- 566 (1) pages; All shipments through USPS insured Priority Mail. .
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$2,800.00
The Frozen Deep
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The Frozen Deep

by Collins, Wilkie

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Used - Good-
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First American Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$549.95

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THE FROZEN DEEP BY WILKIE COLLINS, AUTHOR OF "THE WOMAN IN WHITE" AND "THE MOONSTONE". PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM F. GILL AND COMPANY, BOSTON, 1874, 1ST AMERICAN EDITION. ILLUSTRATED BY ALFRED FREDERICKS. Green cloth boards with Black and gold gilt titling and ornamentation that remains fairly bright. Tight binding, bright pages. There is a liquid spill on a couple of pages as shown in our photos. USED. GOOD- CONDITION. Fabric at top of spine has split. ANTIQUARIAN. Will ship from United States. SUMMARY: "The Frozen Deep' was adapted for reading from the 1857 stage play of the same name during the Boston part of Collins's 1874 tour of America. It was further extended for book publication in The Frozen Deep and Other Stories (1874) and serialized in Temple Bar, August--September 1874."
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Aus den Tiefen des Weltmeeres - Schilderungen von der deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition
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Aus den Tiefen des Weltmeeres - Schilderungen von der deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition

by Chun, Carl

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Used - Very Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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$1,200.00

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Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1900. 549 pp. 2 maps in text, fold-out map at rear Near Fine, small edge tears at folds, 6 chromolithographs, 8 heliogravures, 32 full page plates, and 390 plates in text. Bound in quarter black cloth over paper covered boards, hand-written label at spine, period handwriting title page, small stamp "Konigl. Seminar Lobau" title page. Very Good, a quite well-bound book, and SCARCE in the 1900 First Edition. Carl Chun (1852-1914) was a German marine biologist, a specialist on cephalopods and plankton. Chun's expedition on the "Valdivia" in 1898-99 was the first large-scale German expedition to explore the deep sea.. First Edition. Quarter Cloth . Very Good/No Jacket, As Issued. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
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$1,200.00
Fantaisies Oceanographiques
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Fantaisies Oceanographiques

by RASKIN, E.H.

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First Edition
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Sydney, New South Wales
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$5,444.25

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Paris: F. Dumas, 1926. First Edition. PARISIAN POCHOIR PRINTMAKING A rare and exotic album of vivid French art deco undersea fantasies. These skilfully printed pochoir designs are based on tropical corals, anemones, plankton and jellyfish, combined into enticing patterns for possible use in fabric and wallpaper designs. The designs are remarkable for their use of the stencil overlay process of pochoir printing to create atmosphere and depth of field, combining subdued background colouration with vivid aquamarines and turquoise highlighting to catch the eye and entrance the viewer. The portfolio was limited to 250 copies and is beautifully preserved in the original folding case with cloth ties and elegant lettering stencilled to the front board. Fantaisies Oceanographiques is a mysterious and alluring celebration of Parisian pochoir printmaking at its finest. This set is signed by the artist alongside a dedication by the publisher. Set of twenty-five pochoir plates and decorated title page measuring… Read More
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THE PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE SEA
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THE PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE SEA

by M F. MAURY

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Used - Very Good+
Edition
SIXTH EDITION - First thus
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Hardcover
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Lanvellec, France
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$826.80

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First edition thus, 8vo, pp. xxiv, 25-348; 4 plates within text block, 8 folding charts depicting a vertical section of the Atlantic, depth chart, paths of hurricanes, sea drifts, winds and routes, and the gulf stream, and 1 folding table of a pilot's sheet - all in perfect condition baring one small tear(4 cm.) on Plate VIII; original navy blue cloth, corners rubbed and bumped, textblock bright and sound. Considered the first textbook of modern oceanography, this work was among the first to recognize the sea as a separate branch of science. Maury was a distinguished naval officer and a prolific writer on oceanography and naval subjects; he was instrumental in establishing an international system for recording oceanographic data, based on worldwide cooperation of naval vessels and the merchant marine. This work went through many editions; here on offer is the first printing of an enlarged and revised sixth edition - "An Entirely New Edition" - first published and entered on the Congressional… Read More
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Seaside Studies in Natural History. Marine Animals of Massachusetts Bay: Radiates.
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Seaside Studies in Natural History. Marine Animals of Massachusetts Bay: Radiates.

by Agassiz, Elizabeth C. and Agassiz, Alexander

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Used
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First edition
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Hardcover
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North Garden, Virginia
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$500.00

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Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865. First edition. 1865 FIRST EDITION ALEXANDER AGASSIZ SIGNED ASSOCIATION COPY OF AMERICAN MARINE BIOLOGY BOOK WITH DARWIN CONNECTION. 8 3/4 inch hardcover,vi, 155 pages, original dark green cloth binding, blindstamped covers, gilt title to spine, inscribed front endpaper to "Prof Jeffries Wyman, with the regards of Alex Agassiz". 185 fine wood engravings throughout the text. Spine ends frayed, spine dulled, 1/4 inch chip to bottom corner of free endpaper, otherwise unmarked and overall very good. The 1871 edition is cited by Darwin in his reading notebook. Alexander's father, Louis, had become a passionate anti-Darwinist, whereas Wyman had become an ally! ALEXANDER EMMANUEL RODOLPHE AGASSIZ (1835 - 1910), son of Louis Agassiz, was an American scientist and engineer. Agassiz was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and immigrated to the United States with his father, Louis, in 1849. He graduated from Harvard University in 1855, and in 1859 became an assistant in the United… Read More
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$500.00
The Adventure of Wrangel Island.

The Adventure of Wrangel Island.

by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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Used - Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$300.00

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The Adventure of Wrangel Island, Alaska (1925 Macmillan 1st Edition) HISTORY OF ALASKA. The story of the (unsuccessful) attempted colonization of Wrangel Island Alaska. EXLIB. Good Condition/ No DJ included. Fold-out map affixed to binding. 413 pages plus appendix, Index. Titling is still bright. A clean, solid copy. Scarce.
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$300.00
Illustrated Index of British Shells
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Illustrated Index of British Shells: Containing Figures of all the Recent Species, with Names and Other Information

by George Brettingham Sowerby

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2nd
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Hardcover
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Tokyo, Japan
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$450.00

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Bright copy of this attractive overview of British conchology.Second edition with 26 finely engraved hand-coloured plates by George Brettingham Sowerby II.Includes attractive plates of mussels, scallops, razor shells, cockles, chitons, limpets, whelks, freshwater snails, ear-shells, etc., arranged as if in a case in a cabinet of wonders.Total of 711 species of British shells on 26 plates: 642 figures on the 24 plates from the first edition of 1859, and 69 figures on two extra lithographs by Sowerby.George Brettingham Sowerby II (1812-1884), was a British naturalist, illustrator, and conchologist. Grandson of James Sowerby, the famous English naturalist, illustrator and mineralogist.Original red, blind-stamped cloth with gilt title to front board, a.e.g, sunning and stains to spine, bumping to corners, bookplate of Charles H. Shaw on front endpaper, delicately hand-coloured plates with some scattered spotting.
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$450.00
Jamaica Inn
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Jamaica Inn

by Du Maurier, Daphne

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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$200.00

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Du Maurier, Daphne. Jamaica Inn MCMXXXVI (1936), Doubleday & Company, Inc. First Edition. Does not state first edition or first printing on the copyright page. Used. Good Condition/ No Dust jacket included. 5 ¾ X 8 ¾. 243 pages. Beige boards. Maroon spine with gilt titles and geometric pattern ornamentation. Maroon topstain. Source material for the chilling Alfred Hitchcock film by the same name. Plot summary: "Shadows moved across the moor. Horses' hoofs rang sharply on the stone pathway. They had come again - the mysterious visitors who arrived at Jamaica Inn under cover of darkness...Here is a story of passion, treachery and death. Of a beautiful woman caught in the web of a dangerous intrigue. And of her compelling love for a scoundrel. Daphne de Maurier tells this strange tale of the suspense and excitement which characterizes her internationally famous novels Rebecca and The Scapegoat" We welcome offers. Will ship from Oregon.
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$200.00
History of Marine Architecture. Including an enlarged and progressive View of the Nautical...
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History of Marine Architecture. Including an enlarged and progressive View of the Nautical Regulations and Naval History, both Civil and Military, of all Nations, especially of Great Britain. - 3 Vols.

by Charnock, J.A. - [Including albumen photograph & note by midshipman Thomas William Oliver of the 'HMS ASIA'].

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First edition.
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Utrecht, Netherlands
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Charnock, J. A. History of Marine Architecture. Including an enlarged and progressive View of the Nautical Regulations and Naval History, both Civil and Military, of all Nations, especially of Great Britain. London, R. Faulder (ao), 1800-1802. 1st. ed. 3 Vols. Large 4to. ca. 30 x 24 cm. 100,368; 496; 436 pp. Engraved frontispice, 99 aquatint and engraved plates, incl. some large folding, after Van de Velde and others. Beautiful 19th C. bindings: Uniform h.calf, spines richly gilt with 2 morocco letterpieces.
A very good copy of the first edition of "The most authoritative book on 18th century ship-building published in England" (Abbey), written by John Charnock (1756-1807), member of the Royal Navy and author of several highly esteemed works on marine history and ship-building. The present work offers a broad historic overview not only of English, French, Dutch shipbuilding, but includes also the Asian and the Pacific region.
Our copy with an albumen photograph (27.5 x 21cm.) of the "HMS Asia"… Read More
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[Cartography - Surveying] Practijck des landmetens. Leerende alle rechte ende kromzydige landen,...
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With description of a newly invented instrument, the 'Cirkel van Dou'.
[Cartography - Surveying] Dou, Jan Pietersz. & Johann Sems. Practijck des landmetens. Leerende alle rechte ende kromzydige landen, bosschen, boomgaerden, ende andere velden meten [-]; Van het ghebruyck der geometrische instrumenten; [Contemporary bound with an other 3rd. title than usual:] Tractaet vant maken ende gebruycken eens nieu gheordonneerden mathematischen instruments. Amsterdam, Willem Jansz [Blaeu], op het water inde Sonnewijser/ Willem Janssen op 't water inde vergulde Sonnewijser, (1620; 1620); 1620. 421,(3); 70 pp. With 3 separate titles, the first 2 works continuously numbered, however with 2 identical engraved title-illustrations, 7 folding etched plates and numerous woodcut text-illustrations. Contemporary red pigskin, giltlettered and gilt decorated in compartments. Good copy of an influentual work on surveying and cartography by the one of the best Dutch surveyors Jan Pietersz. Dou (1615-1682) together with… Read More
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Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog
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Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog

by Flack, Marjorie

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Used - Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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Flack, Marjorie. Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog. Copyright 1934, Doubleday & Company, Inc., First Edition. For Young Readers. Used. Good Condition/ Good- condition rare, unclipped $2.50 original dust jacket. . Garden City Park, New York, U.S.A. Beautifully illustrated. Please see our photos. The Story: "Tim Tadpole lived in a small pond at the edge of the wood. All around him the Peeper frogs sang, while the Great Bullfrog croaked and jumped. But Tim couldn't sing and he couldn't jump either. All he could do was to wriggle through the water until the day he made an exciting discovery!" RARE! Not an exlib item.
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$2,200.00
Jamaica Inn
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Jamaica Inn

by Du Maurier, Daphne

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Used - Good-
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$374.95

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Du Maurier, Daphne: Jamaica Inn 1936 First Edition. Doubleday Doran & Co. RARE. Title page states 1936. Used. Good-/ New Fax Whistler Dust Jacket. Condition: Front board was cracked in half in shipment and has now been taped from inside. Fabric is intact. Other than this damage the book is in good overall condition. Priced accordingly. 332 pages. 5 ¾ X 8 ¼. Plot summary: "Shadows moved across the moor. Horses' hoofs rang sharply on the stone pathway. They had come again - the mysterious visitors who arrived at Jamaica Inn under cover of darkness...Here is a story of passion, treachery and death. Of a beautiful woman caught in the web of a dangerous intrigue. And of her compelling love for a scoundrel. Daphne de Maurier tells this strange tale of the suspense and excitement which characterizes her internationally famous novels Rebecca and The Scapegoat"
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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

by Du Maurier, Daphne

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Used - Very Good
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First Edition
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$300.00

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Du Maurier, Daphne: Jamaica Inn Copyright 1936, states 1937 on the title page. Doubleday Doran & Co. QUITE RARE. Used. VERY GOOD CONDITION/ NO DJ INCLUDED. 332 pages. 5 ¾ X 8 ¼. Plot summary: "Shadows moved across the moor. Horses' hoofs rang sharply on the stone pathway. They had come again - the mysterious visitors who arrived at Jamaica Inn under cover of darkness...Here is a story of passion, treachery and death. Of a beautiful woman caught in the web of a dangerous intrigue. And of her compelling love for a scoundrel. Daphne du Maurier tells this strange tale of the suspense and excitement which characterizes her internationally famous novels Rebecca and The Scapegoat"
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$300.00