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1. [America's Cup]. Stone, Herbert L., and Alfred F. Loomis. Millions for Defense A Pictorial History of the Races for the America's Cup. New York: The Derrydale Press, 1934. First edition. Quarto. Original blue buckram, front cover lettered in gilt with burgees printed in red, blue, and white. Color frontispiece, numerous black and white plates. Spine and edges tanned and rubbed, very good. Very Good.
Number 448 of 950 copies printed. (#kfk28) $185.00

2. Anstruther, Robert H. and Raffaele Settembrini. Sea-Faring Phrases and Technical Terms English and Italian for the Use of Naval Officers. Portsmouth, United Kingdom: J. Griffin and Co., 1894. Original blindstamped and gilt lettered blue cloth, illustrated with color plates of insignias, flags, etc. A very good copy. (#kfk75) $100.00

3. Blanckley. Naval Expositor. Shewing and Explaining the Words and Terms of Art Belonging to the Parts, Qualities and Proportions of Building, Rigging, Furnishing and Fitting a Ship for Sea. Also, All Species that are Received into the Magazines and on What Services They are Used and Issued. Together with the Titles of All the Inferior Officers Belonging to a Ship, with an Abridgement of their Respective Duties. London: E. Owen, 1750. Quarto. Modern calf bound to style. Profusely illustrated with engravings in the text. A fine copy. (#kfk175) $3,750.00

4. Bowditch, Nathaniel. The New American Practical Navigator: being an Epitome of Navigation... Newburyport, MA: Edmund M. Blunt, 1807. Second edition. Tall octavo. Eleven engraved plates including a folding frontispiece map of the Atlantic Ocean. Contemporary and possibly original calf with red label. Map with mends to fold tears, front joint with very subtle repair, a very handsome and attractive copy.
The second edition, with considerable additions to the First published in 1802. A quite appealing copy with little or no evidence of open-water use of a title renowned for being found in well worn or damaged condition. This edition followed the first by five years, and contains several more plates and over 100 additional pages of text. "Often termed the greatest book in all the history of navigation ... an intellectual achievement of our early culture ... indispensable to the maritime and commercial expansion of the nineteenth century" - Grolier 100 American, concerning the 1802 edition, also published by Blunt. In 1799, Blunt published "A New American Navigator", based on Hamilton Moore's "The New Practical Navigator", published in London in 1772. Bowditch had taken five long sea voyages beginning in 1795 and made extensive use of Moore's work which he found to be replete with errors. What he initially intended to be a revision of Moore's work instead became an entirely new volume, and Bowditch's legacy. Noted by Howes as the "First accurate navigator's guide." A very appealing copy of a book which, due to it's practical use, is generally encountered in poor condition. (#kfk157) $4,500.00

5. [Bradley, Eliza.]. An Authentic Narrative of the Shipwreck and Sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley,... Written by Herself. Boston: James Walden, 1820. Duodecimo. Modern 1/4 calf. 108pp. Folding frontispiece (with tear.)
Probably the first American edition, there is also an 1820 edition printed in Concord, NH. A popular work which went through many editions in New England and New York during the 1820's. Mrs. Bradley was separated from her husband after the ship Sally was wrecked off the coast of Morocco and held captive for six months by the Arabs before ransomed by the British consul. This is generally considered a fictitious account, though opinions vary. (#kfk116) $750.00

6. Bray, Mary Mathews. A Sea Trip in Clipper Ship Days. Boston: Richard G. Badger, the Gorham Press, [1920]. First edition. Original red cloth with paper spine label, very good. Gift inscription on pastedown, letter tipped in rear cover. (#kfk81) $85.00

7. Browne, J. Ross. Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, with notes of a Sojourn on the island of Zanzibar. To which is added a brief History of the Whale Fishery, it's past and present condition. New York: Harper & Bros.,, 1846. First edition. Original cloth, embossed and gilt. Skillfully recased. Engraved frontispiece and seven engraved plates, with numerous woodcuts in text. A very good copy. Very Good.
First edition. Browne's keen eye and perceptive writing make this one of the most accessible works on the American whaling industry. Pp. 549-564 reprint Charles Wilkes' chapter on the whale fishery from his Narrative. “The narrative provides one of the few accounts we have of life in the whaling fleet of the 1840s written by an intelligent and sensitive observer”---Hill, page 36. This book was reviewed by Melville in Harper's Weekly and likely had some influence on Moby-Dick. In the preface, Browne refers to Dana's Two Years Before the Mast, explaining the he he thought his subject (life on a whale ship) complements Dana's Narrative of life on a merchant vessel. While the voyage recounted was in the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the substantial appendix gives much information relevant to whaling in the Pacific. Forster 11. Sabin 8658. Howes B-877. (#kfk158) $1,250.00

8. Bullen, Frank T. Deep Sea Plunderings. A Collection of Stories of the Sea. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1901. First edition. Original blue cloth decorated in white black and gilt. A very nice copy. (#kfk115) $150.00

9. Bullen, Frank T., F. R. G. S. First Mate. The Cruise of the "Cachalot" Round the World after Sperm Whales. London: Smith, Elder & Co..., 1903. 8vo. Contemporary 3/4 blue morocco, lettered and decorated in gilt on spine. Small abrasion to upper front joint, still a fine copy. Fine.
Eleventh impression (Second Edition) stated on title. A handsomely bound copy of this whaling classic. A letter of praise by Rudyard Kipling is printed facing the preface. Forster 329. (#kfk24) $250.00

10. Carteret, Sir George. Boies Penrose, editor. The Barbary Voyage of 1638 Now first printed from the Original Manuscript of Sir George Carteret. Now in the Possession of Boies Penrose. Philadelphia: [Privately Printed], 1929. Octavo. Illustrated in black and white. 1/4 green cloth over paper boards lettered in gilt, very good.
One of 150 copies printed for Boies Penrose, the noted Historian and Collector, this copy is inscribed by Penrose, with his card laid in. (#kfk77) $125.00

11. Chapelle, Howard I. The History of American Sailing Ships with drawings by the author and George C. Wales and Henry Rusk. New York: Bonanza Books, [1935]. Quarto. Original cloth in dustjacket. Profusely illustrated. Very good.
Apparently a reprint published by arrangement with Norton, the publisher of the first edition. A standard survey of American sailing craft from Colonial times to the America's cup. (#kfk38) $65.00

12. Conrad, Joseph. Typhoon. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. First edition. Original cloth lettered and decorated in orange and blue. Near Fine.
A near fine copy of the true first edition. This was published the following year in Britain with other stories added. (#kfk118) $800.00

13. [Cook, James.] Anderson, George William. New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World... Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing an Authentic, Entertaining, Full, and Complete History of Captain Cook's First, Second, Third and Last Voyages... The Whole of these Voyages of Capt. James Cook, &c. being Newly written by the Editors from the Authentic Journals of Several Principal Officers and other Gentlemen of the most Distinguished Naval and Philosophical Abilities, who sailed in the Various Ships... Assisted, Very Materially, by a Principal Officer who sailed in the Resolution Sloop, and by Many Other Gentlemen of the Royal Navy. London: Printed for Alex Hogg, [1784-6]. First edition. Two folio volumes, 390 x 255mm. iv, 5-655, [v] pp. Folding world map, 156 full page plates including portraits, views, maps and charts. Fine modern 1/2 morocco gilt with red and green labels over marbled boards in period style. Closed tear to gutter of title, occasional light staining (affecting lower corner of first and upper corner of second volume), a few marginal tears, list of subscribers with skillful repair affecting some text; still a fresh and very appealing copy.
First edition of this important compilation of voyages, originally issued in eighty six-penny numbers, which brought the voyages of Cook and other British heroes (Sir Francis Drake, Lord Anson, Philip Carteret, Samuel Wallis, John Byron and Lord Mulgrave) of discovery to a mass audience. "The Poor as well as the Rich will thus become familiarly acquainted with these extraordinary and important Voyages and Discoveries" (Publisher’s Preface). Unlike other inexpensive publications of the day, the text of this edition was carefully edited by Anderson and in some cases material was added from other sources to give scope and depth to the narratives. (#kfk149) $9,750.00 Pictures

14. [Essex Whale-Ship Disaster.][CHAPPEL, Thomas.]. An account of the loss of the Essex, from having been struck by a whale in the South Seas with some interesting particulars of the sufferings of her crew on a desert island and in the boats at sea. From the narrative of one of the survivors. London: Printed for the Religious Tract Society, [1824]. 8pp., Small 8vo. Woodcut vignette on title. Modern speckled calf with red spine label over marbled boards in period style, very good.
This scarce pamphlet recounts the event which would become a primary inspiration for Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”. On the 20th November 1820 the Essex, a whale-ship from Nantucket, sank after being attacked by a sperm whale three thousand miles off South America. While Melville is known to have possessed a copy of Owen Chase’s more substantial and widely known account of the same story, this work gives a different perspective as Chappel elected to separate, along with two others, from the sixteen other survivors and remain on Henderson Island which they encountered in the first month after the shipwreck. Of the sixteen who risked the 3,000 mile journey to South America in three boats, only Nantucketers survived. Matthew Joy’s boat, on which Chappel was boatsteerer, was never heard from again and the others suffered from unthinkable hardships culminating in the resort to cannibalism. Subsisting on a diet of turtles, sea birds and rainwater, Chappel and his companions discovered a number of skeletons in a cave before their eventual rescue in April 1821 by the Surry. An account by a mate (Edward Dobson, or W. L Edwardson) on the Surry of the rescue became the basis of the first published account of the Essex disaster in the Sydney Gazette, 9 June 1821. At least two versions of this pamphlet were printed, all are infrequently encountered. The present version is used by Penguin Books in the reprint cited below giving the date 1824, though other authorities (Forster) assert it was as late as 1830.
Forster 16. Philbrick, Nathaniel and Thomas, editors. The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale. First Person Accounts. Penguin Books, 2000.
(#kfk001) $1,950.00 Pictures

15. Frézier, Amédée-François. A Voyage to the South-Sea, and Along the Coasts of Chili and Peru, in the Years 1712, 1713, and 1714, particularly describing the genius and constitution of the inhabitants, as well Indians as Spaniards: their customs and manners; their natural history, mines, commodities, traffick with Europe, &c. . With a postscript by Dr. Edmund Halley. London: Jonah Bowyer, 1717. First English language edition. Quarto. Contemporary pannelled calf, very skillfully rebacked. 37 plates (I-XXIX; XXXI-XXXVI; 36; XXXVII as called for in the directions to binder). Faint stamps to verso of title and plates, a very good copy in a handsome contemproary binding.
First edition in English. This edition is traditionally preferred as it contains a postcript by Edmund Halley (of comet fame) correcting some geographical errors of the French edition, as well as the frontispiece map which was not in the French version. Amongs Frezier's accomplishments was the introduction of the modern strawberry to Europe, and one of the plates depicts this discovery. Hill (2004) 654. Borba de Moraes, p.329. (#kfk263) $5,000.00 Pictures

16. Gomes, Captain Joseph. Captain Joe Whaleman from New Bedford... As told to Don Sevrens. New York, Washington, Hollywood: Vantage Press, [1960]. Original cloth in dustjacket. Fine in good only jacket. Fine in good dust-jacket.
First Edition, signed by Captain Joe, with his address, possibly his copy. (#kfk68) $35.00

17. James Madison & James Monroe. Document Signed as President and as Secretary of State. Signed War of 1812 Privateer’s Commission. Washington, November 13, 1812.
“I have Commissioned... the private armed Schooner called the Rossie...mounting five carriage guns and navigated by Thirty five men... to subdue, seize and take any armed or unarmed British vessel, public or private... to bring within some port of the United States...”.The use of private vessels as ships of war proved necessary for the United States both during the Revolution and again during the War of 1812 due to the weakness of the navy. Although these armed private merchant vessels often subordinated warfare in favor of trade, they managed to attack and seize over 1000 British ships between 1812 and 1815. (#kfk172) $4,500.00

18. Kipling, Rudyard. Captains Courageous A Story of the Grand Banks. New York: The Century Company, 1897. First American edition. Octavo. Original green cloth decorated in black, gold, and red. Ownership stamp and inscription on ffep., else a fine copy.
First American edition, with revisions from the English which appeared the same year. A bright copy. (#kfk44) $500.00

19. Livingston, Robert R. Autograph Letter Signed, to Vice President Elbridge Gerry. Advocating a more forceful response to British attacks against American shipping, particularly the “Chesapeake Affair,” which occurred two weeks prior to this.
“What will be the consequence of the last outrage upon our national flagg?” Clermont, July 3, 1807. Partial Transcript: “I received at New York your favor & enclose a letter for Mrs. Blake which I hope she will receive before she sails. She may depend upon every attention from both Mr and Mrs Armstrong during her stay in France. What will be the consequence of the last outrage upon our national flagg? I very much fear that though our ministers have been instructed to speak decisively on former occasions they have been too delicate in following their instructions. The affair of Cambria was by no means in my opinion followed up with the spirit with which it should have been. And the trial of [Wilbry?] by a court marshal, instead of a special maritime court as the laws of England direct where a person is charged with murder committed on the high seas, was a mere mockery. The rewards that have attended every insult offered to us by the capt. of ships of war, can not but encourage them to heap one upon the others, as the best and cheapest means of preferment…”
On June 21, 1807, the British warship H.M.S. Leopard fired upon the U.S.S. Chesapeake off the Virginia coastline. Three Americans died and 18 were wounded. British officers boarded the Chesapeake and impressed four seamen. As is apparent from this letter, Livingston shared the outrage of the Jefferson administration. In December, President Jefferson responded with the fateful Embargo Act, prohibiting all Americans from trading with Britain and France, both of which violated the rights of neutral shipping. Interestingly, one month after this letter, on August 9, Robert Fulton first tested the Clermont (the first viable steamboat, partially bankrolled by Livingston) in the East River. Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813) was a member of the Continental Congress, and one of the committee of five who drew up the Declaration of Independence. Under the Articles of Confederation, he was appointed the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, serving until 1783, when he became Chancellor of the State of New York. An advocate of the Federal Constitution, Livingston served as a delegate to New York’s ratifying convention in 1788, and a year later administered the oath of office to George Washington. In 1801, Thomas Jefferson appointed Livingston resident minister at the court of Napoleon, where he subsequently negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. He was an innovative gentleman farmer in the Hudson Valley, and funded Robert Fulton’s construction of the first commercially successful steamboat, the Clermont, in 1807. Livingston had been succeeded as Minister Plenipotentiary to Napoleon by his brother-in-law, John Armstrong, Jr. (#kfk171) $1,800.00

20. Mangin, Arthur. Les Mystères de l'Océan. Tours: Alfred Mame et Fils, 1865. Large octavo. Original morocco backed cloth gilt. Illustrated by W. Freeman and Jules Noël. Head chipped, light staining to pastedown, very good.
"Deuxieme Edition" stated on title. (#kfk60) $225.00

21. [Maritime]. [Various Authors.]. Old Shipping Days in Boston. Boston: State Street Trust Company, 1918. First edition. Octavo. Original brown wrappers, printed in gold. Illustrated. Fine. Fine. (#kfk62) $50.00

22. [Maritime]. [Various Authors.]. Some Merchants and Sea Captains of Old Boston being a Collection of Sketches of Notable Men and Mercantile Houses Prominent during the Early Half of the Nineteenth Century in the Commerce and SHipping of Boston. Boston: State Street Trust Company, [1918]. First edition. Octavo. Original green wrappers, printed in Navy and gold. Illustrated. Fine. Fine. (#kfk61) $50.00

23. [Maritime]. Snow, Captain Elliot. The Sea, the Ship, and the Sailor Tales of Adventure from Log Books and Original Narratives. Salem, MA: Marine Research Society, 1925. First edition. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt. Fine. (#kfk21) $85.00

24. Marryat, Frederick. Masterman Ready; or, the Wreck of the Pacific. Written for Young People. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Greene and Longman's, 1841-2. First edition. 3 volumes, duodecimo. Original cloth. Volume two shaken and worn. Housed in an attractive 1/2 morocco slipcase with three chemises. (#kfk119) $750.00

25. Matthews, Brander. A Secret of the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Original cloth. Front hinge pastedown cracked (the hing itself sound), cocked, but better than it sounds.
First edition, the author's only mystery. (#kfk80) $45.00

26. [Music, Maritime]. Baker, Richard and Antony Miall. Every Man's Book of Sea Songs. London: J. M. Dent, [1982]. First edition. Octavo. Original cloth in dustwrapper, fine. Fine in fine dust-jacket. (#kfk54) $65.00

27. New York Yacht Racing Association. Constitution and By-Laws, Sailing Regulations, Rules and Time Allowances.... Officers, rules, and "records of regattas and list of yachtclubs and their flags and delegates enrolled." [New York], [1893]. [4], 96, [2] pp. Illustrated in color and black and white, with a folding chart of lower New York Harbor showing courses. Original burgundy cloth lettered in gilt, rear cover spotted else very good.
This rare specimen presents a fascinating picture of early Yacht racing in New York City, and perhaps surprisingly it was quite active compared to the present day, judging by the number of clubs listed herein. The Association was started in 1889. The profuse illustrated advertisements add interesting context and background. No copies of this title are found in OCLC. (Morris and Howland records an 88 page copy of the 1892 edition, p 331.) (#kfk76) $950.00

28. [Parley, Peter.]. Peter Parley's Tales of the Sea. With many Engravings. Philadelphia: Thomas, Copperthwaite & Co., 1841. Square duodecimo. Contemporary 1/4 calf over boards. Frontispiece and numerous woodcuts within text. Rear free endpaper excised, typical and not unsightly wear. A very good copy.
An early edition of this title, first printed in 1831. A wide selection of maritime subjects are covered for a juvenile audience ranging from the parts of a ship to the natural history of the sea. Of particular interest are the passages on sea monsters, and more importantly, a chapter on the sinking of the Whaleship Essex, and another on La Perouse. All editions of this are scarce. (#kfk104) $500.00

29. Russell, W. Clark. An Ocean Free-Lance. From a privateersman's log, 1812. London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1882. First edition thus. Octavo. Original dark green cloth tooled in blind and gilt. Armorial bookplate of William H. Gaddum. A near fine copy.
The first one volume edition, published the year before as a three-decker. Sadleir 3003 (#kfk128) $500.00

30. [Shipwrecks]. Mossman, Samuel. Narrative of the Shipwreck of the "Admella," inter-colonial steamer, on the Southern Coast of Australia: drawn up from authentic statements furnished by the rescuers and survivors... with a map of the coast, and a sketch of the wreck at the time of rescue, by J. Fawthrop, harbormaster, Portland. Melbourne: For the committee of the "Admella" Fund, by J. H. Moulines and Co., 1859. First edition. Small octavo. Original green cloth decorated in gilt on cover and spine.
Huntress 413c. (#kfk129) $2,200.00

31. Snow, Alice "Rowe". Log of a Sea Captain's Daughter with Adventures on Robinson Crusoe's Island. By Alice Rowe Snow who sailed with her father Captain Joshua N. Rowe on the Bark Russellduring a voyage of four years and a half. Boston: Meador Publishing Company, [1944]. First edition. Original cloth gilt in dust-jacket. Bit of fray to head of jacket, a very good copy. Near Fine in very good dust-jacket.
First edition, a rare UNsigned copy. (#kfk37) $75.00

32. Wallace, Susan E. The Storied Sea. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1883. First edition. Twelvemo. Original green cloth lettered and decorated in brown and gilt. Front hinge cracked, shaken, but the cloth still bright.
First edition in book form, the author's first book, a compilation of letters from the Mediterranean previously published in the New York Independent. The author's husband was Lew Wallace, who wrote Ben-Hur. (#kfk79) $250.00

33. Wyeth, N. C., editor. Peter Hurd, illustrator. Great Stories of the Sea and Ships. New York: Galahad Books, 1986. Large octavo. Original cloth in jacket, near fine. Fine in near fine dust-jacket.
First printed in 1940. (#kfk69) $30.00