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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
1 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
Hardcover. Silk pastedown. Good 
N.d., 19th century. Oblong, 13 by 16.5 cm. Wonderful luminous coloring, with small people, waterfowl and waves represented as well as a wide variety of Chinese boats, from junks and houseboats to impressive galleons. The pith paper has the typical scattered tears, chips and losses. Edge wear, slight tattering and soiling of the silk. Still all the pictorial representations are intact, bright and visually exciting. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Valentine Card with a Hand-Colored and Relief Image of Three Masted Ship
2 Valentine Card with a Hand-Colored and Relief Image of Three Masted Ship
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. Measuring 9.5 by 6.5 cm. The large sail can be flapped up, revealing a Valentine's sentiment of "Yours alone" and a very short eight line verse. The term Valentine is not used, but this amounts to a Valentine. Very unusual with the raised paper. There does not appear to be any printing whatsoever, so the hand-coloring or painting used the outlines created by the shallow impression. Very delicate and fragile, but no damage. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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[Broadside] The Life of a British Sailor Saved by Morrison's Pill.  Morrison's Pills for Exportation.
3 [Broadside] The Life of a British Sailor Saved by Morrison's Pill. Morrison's Pills for Exportation.
London O. Hodgson NA Good 
Early use of humor in advertising of a medicine. N.d., late 1830s, according to British Museum. 38 by 27 cm. Hand-colored picture of a jolly shipwrecked sailor, his face ravaged by warts and sitting in what looks like a barrel in the middle of the ocean, a long pony tail trailing off and attracting the glances of smiling fish. The caption: "Never go to sea without a large box of Morrison's Pills they will save your life said the doctor and sure his honour was right and no mistake when we were wreckd [sic] and all aboard perish'd I swallow'd the Pills jump'd into the Box and here I am going with a fair wind safe ashore." Scarce. Besides the British Museum, only other copies known, via OCLC, at Wellcome Library, and digital version shows up for Tufts. Condition: staining and flattened creases. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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4 Anonymous Sea Songs
Quarter Calf. Wood Boards. Very Good 
Could this be an unabashed gay celebration from the Thirties? Here with a single exception, only men are presented, and in two images, with a suggestion of intimacy, and elsewhere, with a constructivist-style muscularity that somehow also brings to mind Tom of Finland, the pioneer in depicting hyper-masculine muscle men, among them, sailors and dock worker-types, the specific subject matter of this unpublished, unfinished manuscript. And the one exception, with a woman in the illustration, depicts what could be depicted as dissention between the muscular man and the diminutive girlfriend. N.d., circa 1930. Folio. 33 by 24 cm. [4], 9-35 pp. The songs represented here include "Whiskey for My Johnny", "Paddy Doyle", "Across Western Ocean", "Poor Old Joe", "One Day More", "Banks of the Sacramento", "Blow the Man Down", "Captain Kidd", "It's Time for us to Leave Her Johnny", and a few songs without the title written in. Even with the gaps in illustration, title or text, the work delivers a strong punch, and there is absolutely nothing tentative or sketchy about what is present. This was done by someone with a clear vision, and testament to that is that the leaves are a Normandy Vellum France paper, which is both a heavy and luxuriant stock. The paper was in common use between 1915 to 1925, anchoring our dating. However, we believe the aesthetic is late twenties to early thirties. Also included are two separate sheets, with three pages of pencil sketches, with some red watercolor employed in one of the drawings, for the artwork presumably that did not get entered into the book. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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5 Bartlett, Joseph Selection of Poetry from Various Authors
1821 Hardcover. Leather spine. Good 
A manuscript notebook with lovely original folk art oil paintings on both boards and two watercolors within! 4to. 30.5 by 19.5 cm. Unpaginated, 18 leaves of wove paper with content, followed by a few blanks. Watercolored title page with American eagle atop an orb and pedestal, and a beautiful painting of ships bearing the American flag near a lighthouse perched on a rocky spit and a cape house beyond. The paintings on the boards are what strike us as the most unusual though, especially because the medium is oils. One is of a windmill and a pastoral setting, the other, a cow drinking at a pond. Also a faint pencil sketch on the final leaf, possibly a draft of one of the two cover paintings, and elsewhere a tail vignette of a tombstone. The verse is not credited. The longest selection is "An abbreviation of the Shipwreck", which is in fact an abridged version of Falconer's narrative poem. Another, "Epitaph on a Blacksmith", was written by Alexander Pennecuik. A poem entitled "Water" was penned by an Ann Taylor. We thus assume, based on the title, that most of the poetry was transcribed. The sea is the most common subject, but by no means the exclusive one. The alum-tawed leather of the spine is heavily soiled. Repair of the sewing which binds the text block. Rubbing and minor loss on the cover panels. Darkening of the cover paintings. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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6 Chatterton, E. Keble Old Ship Prints. With Eighteen Illustrations in Colour and Ninety-Five in Black and White From the Macpherson Collection
London John Lane, The Bodley Head Limited 1927 First Limited Edition Cloth Very Good Plus MacPherson Collection 
No. 105 of 125 numbered copies with three extra illustrations in color. 4to. (11 by 9 inches.) xiv, [2], 182, 8 pp. Preceded Chatteron's "Old Sea Painting", and the two make for a highly pleasurable survey of maritime art. In this work Chatterton, in a easy conversational style, discusses not just the art itself, but necessarily the larger maritime history and printing history. Paper is hand-made high quality rag. Gilt decorated cloth. TEG. Moderate wear. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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7 Consett, Montagu W., Midshipman Journal of H. M Ships Duke of Wellington, Pilot, Royal Adelaide, & Volage. Kept by Montagu W. Consett
July 1889 - March 1891 Full Calf Very Good Minus 
Tall 4to. 32.5 by 21 cm. Unpaginated, 156 pp. With 13 watercolors and pen and ink or pencil drawings inserted or mounted onto pages, varying in size, of equipment, and 16 maps and plans, most of which are watercolored. The log includes descriptions of Algiers, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Mogador, Las Palmas, Barbados, St. Kitts, Vigo, West Indies, as well as training exercises closer to home. Maps include ones of teh English Channel, the Route from England to the Canary Isles, Gran Canaria Isle, La Luz, Gomez Beach in the Canaries, the plan of Port Tarrajal, Fuerteventura, Barbadoes, the route from England to Norway, the route fro England to Morocco, the West Indies. The album used is a more or less standard issue journal produced by H.M. Stationery Office for such use. Condition: joints rubbed, and front joint split its entire length. Spine dry, rubbed, worn. Prelim blanks foxed. Otherwise, text block is tight, and text and illustrations generally clean. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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Navigation, Glaister, W. M.
8 Glaister, W. M. Navigation
England 1813 Half Calf. Marbled Boards. Very Good 
An exceptional manuscript on the basics of scientific navigation -- navigation using trigonometry and other mathematical principles -- that is either a very fine student notebook, the draft of a proposed textbook, or perhaps both. The writing is done in a meticulous calligraphic cursive hand, and there are many illustrations, the most outstanding being the beautiful watercolor of a ship on the title page. Also special is a fold-out manuscript map of the Atlantic Coast running from Britain to Central Africa. The prose is throughout very lucid -- one can say that the clarity and elegance of the penmanship perfectly reflects how the content is expressed. Everything is explained in a non-fussy, straightforward manner that invites quicker, non-arduous comprehension, and generally the points being made are illustrated with ample examples. Indeed, it is the felicitousness of the writing that inclines us to suspect that this was intended to become a book. The last section of the book is a "Journal of a Voyage from London to Madeira and Teneriffe, In the Endeavour of London." We do not know if this is a journal of an actual trip or merely a hypothetical trip meant to illustrate all the principles and methods imparted in the text as they would be employed in real life. It probably doesn't matter. Either way, the notebook is an excellent window on the most advanced approach to navigation at the time it was written. 4to. 26 by 21 cm. Unpaginated, about 264 pp. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Sketchbook of Gerald Trice Martin Mostly Relating to the Sea, Martin, Gerald Trice, artist (1893-1961).  Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, Algernon Charles Swinburne and Sappho
9 Martin, Gerald Trice, artist (1893-1961). Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, Algernon Charles Swinburne and Sappho Sketchbook of Gerald Trice Martin Mostly Relating to the Sea
England 1919 Cloth Near Fine 
Lovely, meticulously rendered vignette illustrations framing the key letter on each page, and on a few pages, two vignettes. Oblong, 9 by 13 cm. 28 pp. The album opens to a particularly nice pen and ink drawing of a schooner, framed with highly decorative foliate baroque ornamentation. The first poem is Kipling's "If", each letter device accompanied by a painting of a different type of sail boat or ship. Ship motives are used again in "Love at Sea", by Swinburne. Another Kipling poem, "The Explanation", is enlivened with paintings of colorful, expressive fish. In our judgment, these are the most charismatic of the illustrations. Other poems include Swinburne's "Rondel", "Before Sunset", "Song", and "Child's Song"; and some verses by Sappho. Other illustrative motives take in dragons, flowers and floral daipers, butterflies, and coasts. The poems are rendered in a neat, calligraphic hand, and it is very easy to imagine this manuscript as something that might have been published as a gift book. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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The Adventures of Johnny Newcome in the Navy: A Poem in Four Cantos, with Notes, Mitford, John.  Charles Williams, illustrator
10 Mitford, John. Charles Williams, illustrator The Adventures of Johnny Newcome in the Navy: A Poem in Four Cantos, with Notes
London Sherwood, Neely and Jones; J. Johnston; etc. 1819 First Edition Half Calf, Marbled Boards Very Good Rowlandson, Thomas 
8vo. 24 by 15.5 cm. viii, 224, [68] pp. Twenty hand-colored aquatint plates. Some foxing to text leaves and a few plate margins. Plates are mostly clean and bright. Rebacked. Moderate wear to binding alongside joints, edges, etc. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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11 Schnur, Frederick W. Yachting and Seafaring Scrapbook Album, with a Few Original Drawings as well as Poetry, Stories and Clippings
1932, 1933 Hardcover. Cloth spine Good 
8vo. 24.5 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, over 120 pages with some content (a few pages have meagre content, so a firm count is elusive). The album scrapbook we believe was compiled by the son of an illustrator for "Rudder Magazine", active in the 1930s. The bookplate of the professional artist, M. A. Schnur, is pasted onto the inside front cover, while some work within is signed F. W. Schnur. This is also the kind of compilation one would expect from a growing child, enthralled by a parental passion, and encouraged probably by the parent. It is not the kind of thing a grown adult with an active artistic commitment to have directed his energies to create. It would appear that Frederick Schnur later became a boat broker, thus turning a childhood passion into a related career. Of the verse, most are poems written by well-known writers such as John Masefield, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Walter de la Mare, but Frederick Schnur has original pieces as well, and some contributions from unknown names might be friends of his, perhaps members of a club. All written out in a neat, if unremarkable hand. There are two pencil drawings of sailboats, a watercolored moonlit calm seascape and a few small vignettes. Most of the artwork is cutout from magazines (Rudder, Yachting, etc.), with some articles also cut-out. The album itself is a typical black marbled school notebook -- the kind one still encounters -- with lined paper within. The book was carefully and meticulously compiled, albeit there is an undeniable scrappiness to the finished product, which is not without charm in itself. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man By an Old Sailor, [Barker, Matthew Henry].  Illustrated by George Cruikshank
12 [Barker, Matthew Henry]. Illustrated by George Cruikshank Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man By an Old Sailor
London James Robins 1826 First Edition Quarter Morocco Very Good 
4to. (28 by 20 cm, or 11 by 9 inches.) Twelve hand-colored engraved plates plus sixteen textual woodcuts. Cohn 53. Contemporary morocco over boards. Leather is very rubbed and scuffed, and boards have wear, with paper laid on lifting in a few minor spots. Interior is tight and mostly clean -- there is some scattered light soiling -- and plates themselves are bright and crisp. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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13 [Barker, Matthew Henry]. Illustrated by George Cruikshank Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man By an Old Sailor
London James Robins 1826 First Edition Half Morocco, Marbled Boards Very Good 
4to. 28.5 by 22 cm. 200 pp. Twelve hand-colored engraved plates plus sixteen textual woodcuts. Cohn 53. Rebacked with dark navy morocco, contemporary marbled boards. Some scattered light foxing. The plates, though, are especially bright, and generally clean. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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