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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

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New England on Land and Sea. An Exhibition from the Collection of Bertram K. & Nina Fletcher Little. Salem Peabody Museum: 1970. The catalog to an exhibition of New England late 18th and 19th century folk art paintings of landscapes and maritime subjects from the Littles' renowned collection. Softcover. 7"x10", 24 pages plus 16 pages of black & white plates with 33 illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 32944
Price: $ 20.00       

The Wooden Walls of England. London Rutland Gallery: 1968. The catalog to a gallery loan exhibition of English maritime art, focused on warships, of the 17th and 18th centuries. This was the era when the "wooden walls" of the English navy protected and enlarged British commerce and influence. Uncommon. Softcover. 9"x10", 39 pages, 3 color and 14 black & white illustrations. Cover corner crease, tips thumbed, overall light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 32863
Price: $ 40.00       

Ashley, Clifford W. The Yankee Whaler. Boston Houghton Mifflin: 1926. Edition limited to 1625 copies. A classic on American whaling and whalers. The author sailed on the whaling bark Sunbeam in August of 1904, and recounts his experiences off the west coast of Africa and the Crozet Island grounds here, as well as recounting the golden age of American whaling, the whalemen, their coats and tools, their folk arts, and, of course, the whales. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", xxiv + 379 pages, 110 black & white illustrations, plus 16 color plates. Publisher's quarter cloth, covers light soiled, minor wear, front hinge with several small paper cracks in the gutter, but tight.

Inventory #: 35293
Price: $ 350.00       

Ball, Robert W.D. Nautical Antiques. Atglen Schiffer Publishing: 1994. "This beautiful volume illustrates hundreds of nautical treasures, items related to lives of seamen in past generations. Included are a variety of scrimshawed items, sailor-made ship models, nautical instruments and aids, nautical and whaling implements, furnishings and accessories, ship's figureheads, sternboards, and billet heads, ship's journals, ephemera, paintings, and much more. A useful price guide is included. This fascinating and complete look at the artifacts of our nautical past will be enjoyed by collectors and old salts alike." Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 238 pages, loaded with black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90376
Price: $ 39.95       

Boyd, Norman Napier. The Model Ship. Her Role in History. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2000. Through the centuries models have been made by shipbuilders, engineers, bored sailors, prisoners of war, and hobbyists. This colorfully-illustrated history of ship models traces the history of these models, and shows many outstanding examples of the model-maker's art. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 191 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90263
Price: $ 59.50       

Brewington, M.V. Shipcarvers of North America. Barre Barre Publishing Company: 1962. A well-illustrated study of figurehead and stern decorative carvings and their carvers. "The American woodcarvers, and especially the ship carvers, take their place with the 18th and 19th century painters, engravers, designers and craftsmen who were so important in the development of an indigenous taste in America. Very little is known of most of our carvers and surprisingly few specimens of their work have been preserved in public collections. In this book Mr. Brewington brings to light the development of the art in the United States and Canada (including) a geographical listing of all known American shipcarvers". Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 173 pages, color frontispiece and 134 b/w illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35031
Price: $ 60.00       

Brewington, M.V. Shipcarvers of North America. Barre Barre Publishing Company: 1962. A well-illustrated study of figurehead and stern decorative carvings and their carvers. "The American woodcarvers, and especially the ship carvers, take their place with the 18th and 19th century painters, engravers, designers and craftsmen who were so important in the development of an indigenous taste in America. Very little is known of most of our carvers and surprisingly few specimens of their work have been preserved in public collections. In this book Mr. Brewington brings to light the development of the art in the United States and Canada (including) a geographical listing of all known American shipcarvers". Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 173 pages, color frontispiece and 134 b/w illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35288
Price: $ 85.00       

Brewington, M.V. & Dorothy [and] Philip Chadwick Foster Smith. The Marine Paintings and Drawings in the Peabody Museum [and] More Marine Paintings and Drawings in the Peabody Museum. Salem The Peabody Museum of Salem: 1968 & 1979. The first volume, published in 1968, was a comprehensive catalog of paintings and drawings given to the Museum between 1799 and 1966, with 1,961 entries representing the work of 450 identified artists (and more unidentified artists). The second volume adds art acquired by the Museum between 1967 and 1977, as well as logbooks, and corrections to the first volume. 2 volumes. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 530 and 166 pages, hundreds of black & white and color illustrations, dust jackets. First volume one of the first 750 copies & numbered. 2nd volume with stamp "Time-Life Books Library Atrium" on the title page. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34420
Price: $ 350.00       

Carpenter, Charles & Mary Grace. The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket. New York Dodd, Mead & Co.: 1987. A beautifully produced study of the arts and crafts of this legendary whaling and seaport community. Scrimshaw, basketry, glass, silver, ceramics, furniture, textiles, weathervanes and mariners' tools are all illustrated and described here. The Carpenters also discuss the exotic objects brought back to Nantucket by her world-traveling mariners, from intricately-carved Chinese boxes to dramatic Samoan war clubs. A delightful book, well illustrated and enthusiastically written. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 257 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj a near fine copy.

Inventory #: 95010
Price: $ 50.00       

Clifton, Gloria & Nigel Rigby (eds.). Treasures of the National Maritime Museum. National Maritime Museum: 2004. "This handsome A-to-Z companion reflects the diversity of the Museum's collections through over 300 beautifully photographed items. Each is accompanied by an account of its historical significance, written by the Museum's experts. Short but informative essays intersperse the objects, introducing subjects as intriguing and diverse as Nelson's navy, latitude and longitude, polar exploration, slavery and the history of Greenwich itself. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, which includes the Royal Observatory and the Queen's House, is the largest of its kind in the world. It is home to a wealth of fascinating objects concerning many aspects of the seas, ships, time and the stars. These treasures all have compelling stories to tell: they trace the histories of individuals, communities and nations and help us consider the future of the sea on our increasingly crowded planet and the new frontiers that astronomy is presenting to modern explorers. Nigel Rigby is Head of Research at the National Maritime Museum. Gloria Clifton is Curator of Navigational Instruments and Head of the Royal Observatory. With a foreword by HRH The Duke of York". Hardcover. 9"x11", 256 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35017
Price: $ 45.00       

Cohen, Sheldon S. "We Dare Oppose Them". The Connecticut State Navy in the American Revolution, 1775-1780. [contained in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin -July, 1982. Connecticut maintained a small but robust and active state navy during the American Revolution. Softcover. 6"x9", 19 pages [article], black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 33318
Price: $ 15.00       

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. New York The Heritage apr•s: 1945. A fine Heritage Club edition, with an Introduction by John Livingston Lowes. Hardcover. 8"x11", 61 pages, color illustrations by Edward A. Wilson.

Inventory #: 35289
Price: $ 25.00       

Culver, Henry B. & Gordon Grant. Forty Famous Ships. Their Beginnings, Their Life Histories, Their Ultimate Fate. New York Garden City Publishing Co.: 1938. A classic maritime book which deserves a place on every nautical bookshelf. From St. Paul's ship and the Santa Maria to the mayflower, Half Moon, Bounty, Flying Cloud, Dreadnought, Great Eastern, Monitor, and Queen Mary. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 320 pages, color plate and line illustrations. Covers worn.

Inventory #: 35296
Price: $ 25.00       

Emmons, Conant H. Bottled Ships and Other Objects. Their History and usage including some unusual models. Published by the author: 1969. Limited to 500 copies. A curious and interesting production, jam-packed with information and anecdotes about ships (and other objects) in bottles. The author includes the secrets of getting ships and other models into bottles, tours American museums where ships in bottles may be seen, examines bottled ships in fact and fiction, and addresses their use as decoration. Quite a lot of information is packed into a comparatively small book. Quite uncommon. Softcover. 5.75"x7.25", 93 pages, line illustrations. Near fine.

Inventory #: 35823
Price: $ 50.00       

Fischer, Katrina S. & Alex. A. Hurst. Anton Otto Fischer, Marine Artist. His Life and Work. Brighton Teredo Books Ltd.:1977. The definitive, comprehensive study of the life and work of this talented and prolific 20th century Maritime artist, by his only daughter. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 260 pages, 235 color and b&w illustrations, dj. Light soil.

Inventory #: 35498
Price: $ 45.00       

Foote, Henry Wilder, et al. Catalogue of Portraits in the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts. Covering Three Centuries. Salem The Essex Institute: 1936. The catalog of more than 400 portraits owned by the Essex Institute, the center of seafaring on the north coast of Massachusetts in the 18th and 19th centuries. Merchants, shipmasters and other well-to-do persons and public officials are all well represented, as is the work of most of the important portrait artists in the area during that time period. The portraits are all fully described, including biographical notes on their subjects. An increasingly uncommon book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", xii + 306 pages, many b/w plates a little light cover rubbing, but overall a very nice, bright copy.

Inventory #: 31009
Price: $ 275.00       

Freeston, Ewart C. Prisoner-of-War Ship Models, 1775-1825. Lymington Nautical Publishing Company: 1973. A well-illustrated, standard study of these unique and beautiful models, relics in bone, ivory, wood, straw and tortoiseshell of the French and English Napoleonic-era wars. Freeston dug back into period records and made many surprising discoveries about how these models were made and by whom, and for what reasons. The heart of such a book, of course, are the models themselves, which are nicely illustrated here with many close-ups showing their intricate and astonishing details. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 174 pages, 1 color and many b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35300
Price: $ 75.00       

Frost, Joseph W.P., et al. The Heritage of Woodcarving, An Exhibition of Decorative Arts by John Haley Bellamy, Master Ship Carver and Seven Rockland, Maine Carvers. Rockland William Farnsworth Museum: 1975. A loan exhibition of Bellamy wood carving which also features the work of six contemporary Maine carvers working in the same general style, which makes for a fascinating medley. The contemporary carvers are Donald H. Brackett, Lucien K. Green, Victor R. Malmstrom, Guy E, Nicholas, Joseph E. Verrill, and Edwin E. Witham. In addition, a 19th century carved eagle by Maine carver George S. Wasson is illustrated. An interesting catalog -not the only reference you will want to have on Bellamy, but worthwhile nonetheless. Softcover. 11"x8.5", 29 pages, 16 black & white illustrations of Bellamy's work, and 8 black & white illustrations of the work of other carvers. A little light soil, but overall in fine, clean condition.

Inventory #: 33262
Price: $ 45.00       

Granby, Alan (ed.). A Yachtsman's Eye. The Glen S. Foster Collection of Marine Paintngs. Independence Seaport Museum/W.W. Norton: 2004. "Both a gentleman sailor and a true connoisseur, Glen Foster possessed a rare eye for the finest in marine art. Before his estate was auctioned, his collection of painted portraits of beautiful old sailing vessels, yacht races, and harbor scenes was widely regarded as one of the finest in America. Fortunately, his yachting compatriot and friend Alan Granby, a specialist in marine antiquities and marine art, was able to catalog Foster's collection. At once a tribute to Foster, a fine art catalog, and a history of these yachts and ships, and of marine art in America and Britain, this book presents 91 color reproductions, along with descriptions of the vessels and events portrayed by naval historian Ben Simons, and biographies of the artists." Hardcover. 12.5"x11.5", 248 pages, color illustrations, dj. New. Published at $75.00.

Inventory #: 95096
Price: $ 75.00       

Hanna, Jay S. The Shipcarver's Handbook. Howe to Design and Execute Traditional Marine Carvings. WoodenBoat Publications: 1988. A step-by-step guide to creating your own maritime-themed carvings, including sternboards, dolphins, rope borders, fiddleheads, trailboards, stern eagles, and more! Also discusses woods and tools. Hardcover. 7"x10", 108 pages, black & white and line illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35291
Price: $ 25.00       

Hansen, Hans Jurgen & Clas Broder Hansen. Ships' Figureheads. The Decorative Bow Figures of Ships. West Chester Schiffer Publishing: 1990. "Ships' Figureheads details the different types of figureheads as well as the sculptors who made them. Chapters include descriptions of figurehead lions, dragon heads, figureheads of the 19th century, court sculptors and their work on royal pleasure craft and independent figure carvers." Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 128 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90375
Price: $ 24.95       

Harman, F. Ward. Ship Models Illustrated. New York Marine Model Company: 1946. 4th printing. A guide to the many small details that can make or break a ship model. Hardcover. 7"x10", 128 pages, black & white, line and some color illustrations. Spine taped, covers worn & soiled. A working copy.

Inventory #: 35292
Price: $ 15.00       

Johnson, Alfred, editor. Ships and Shipping. A Collection of Pictures including Many American Vessels Painted by Antoine Roux and His Sons. Salem Marine Research Society: 1925. "with [an] introductory text by Louis Bres and reminiscences by Edouard Gaubert, translated and annotated by Alfred Johnson". In the days before photography marine painters enjoyed a fertile field, as almost every ship owner, master or captain would want a picture of his ship or ships for display. By the early 19th century entire families of artists were sometimes employed in supplying this need, and the Rouxs of Marseilles were one such family. This book includes the text of a very rare pamphlet on the Roux artists written in 1883 by Louis Bres, reproductions of many Roux ship watercolors gathered from America and Europe, a reminiscence of the Roux shop by Edouard Gaubert, and notes by Alfred Johnson. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 270 pages, black & white plates. Last pages with slight crease, o/w fine.

Inventory #: 35299
Price: $ 150.00       

Lash, Stephen S., et al. America and the Sea. Treasures from the Collections of Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport/Yale University Press: 2005. A beautifully-illustrated survey of paintings, photographs, ship models, scrimshaw, figureheads, and illustrated books. Hardcover. 9.5"x11", 159 pages, loaded with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. In fine condition.

Inventory #: 35845
Price: $ 40.00       

Lewery, Tony. Flowers Afloat. Folk Artists of the Canals. David & Charles: 1996. A fascinating study of the fanciful flowers, castles, and colorful designs that have been painted on England's canal boats for the last two centuries or so. Using still-existing boats, as well as vintage photographs from earlier in the 20th century, Lewery examines the artwork, the painters, and the men and women who worked and lived on the boats. Hardcover. 8"x11.5", 128 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35639
Price: $ 50.00       

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