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Catalogue of books on maritime history: ships and sailors, voyages of exploration

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Andrews, Kenneth (ed.)
The Last Voyage of Drake and Hawkins
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge, 1972.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo; 283pp, b&w fold-out map. Toned and spotted text block edges; dustwrapper creased on upper front corner with small tear on the same; scrapes and edge and corner wear. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This is an account of the expedition of royal and private ships which left Plymouth in 1595 under the command of Drake and Hawkins with the aim of capturing the city of Panama. The expedition ended in total failure, both leaders died and attempts to capture Grand Canary, Puerto Rico and Panama, were all repulsed.
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Barbour, Philip L. (ed.)
The Jamestown Voyages Under The First Charter, 1606-1609 - 2 vols.
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1969.
Two hardcover volumes, octavo, 524pp, b&w illustrations. Slightly toned text block edges. Light blue card dustwrapper worn along edges and corners with chipping and tears on head and tail of spine (2cm & 3cm respectively on Volume 1). Dustwrappers discoloured along spines; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good otherwise. In December 1606, one hundred and twenty emigrants left London in three small vessels. They landed nearly five months later in Virginia and founded a settlement which they called Jamestown. Thus, the first permanent English colony was established in America. During the first few years, the colony was beset by extreme hardship. The local Indians regarded the settlement as an infringement of their territory and were hostile to the settlers. Famine, plague and internal dissension also took their toll. The author collected all known documents pertaining to Jamestown, and annotated them; the collection gives a fascinating and graphic picture of the colony that was destined to become the United States.
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Barrow, Sir John (intro. ed. Captain Stephen W Roskill)
The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of HMS Bounty, Its Causes and Consequences: Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1998.
Hardcover, octavo; illustrated boards with brown spine title label with gilt titling, endpaper maps by Reginald Piggott; 261pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear only; tiny scrapes to board corners. Else fine in brown slipcase. The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty occurred in the south Pacific on 28 April 1789. Led by Acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, disaffected crewmen seized control of the ship from their captain, Lieutenant William Bligh, and set him and 18 loyalists adrift in the ship's open launch. The mutineers variously settled on Tahiti or on Pitcairn Island. Bligh meanwhile completed a voyage of more than 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) in the launch to reach safety, and began the process of bringing the mutineers to justice. Bligh reached England in April 1790, whereupon the Admiralty despatched HMS Pandora to apprehend the mutineers. Fourteen were captured in Tahiti and imprisoned on board Pandora, which then searched without success for Christian's party that had hidden on Pitcairn Island. After turning back toward England, Pandora ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef, with the loss of 31 crew and 4 prisoners from Bounty. The 10 surviving detainees reached England in June 1792 and were court martialled; 4 were acquitted, 3 were pardoned, and 3 were hanged. Christian's group remained undiscovered on Pitcairn until 1808, by which time only one mutineer, John Adams, remained alive. Almost all his fellow mutineers (including Christian), and their male Polynesian companions, had killed each other over time in varying conflicts. The only survivors of these conflicts were Adams and Ned Young, who had subsequently died of asthma in 1800. No action was taken against Adams. Descendants of the mutineers and their Tahitian consorts live on Pitcairn into the 21st century. The generally accepted view of Bligh as an overbearing monster and Christian as a tragic victim of circumstances, as depicted in well-known film accounts, has been challenged by late 20th- and 21st-century historians from whom a more sympathetic picture of Bligh, and a more critical one of Christian, has emerged.
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Baty, Scott
Ships that Passed The Glorious Era of Travel to Australia and New Zealand
Reed Books Pty. Ltd., French's Forest NSW, 1984.
Quarto; hardcover, with upper board title and decorated endpapers; 328pp. with many monochrome photographic illustrations. Slightly rolled; mild edgewear to the boards; text block edges spotted. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel and top edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This book is a salute to six decades of international passenger shipping services in Australasian waters. Between 1920 and 1984 some 200 liners and regional cruise ships were to pass regularly through Australia and New Zealand on scheduled service. Each ship has its own special story and is told within this book.
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Beaglehole, J.C.
The Life of Captain James Cook
Adam & Charles Black, London, 1974.
First edition. Large octavo hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine titling, blue endpapers; 760pp., colour & b&w plates, top edges dyed blue. Owner's name. Minor wear; some scattered spotting to early pages; text block edges spotted; small scrapes, chips and tiny tears at spine panel extremities of dustwrapper with wear to edges and corners also. Very good and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film with white paper backing. A still classic biography by the editor of Cook's copious Journals and the culmination of a lifetime of research.
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Boxer, C.R. (ed. & trans.)
Further Selections from the Tragic History of the Sea, 1559-1565 Narratives of the shipwrecks of the Portuguese East Indiamen Aguia and Garca (1559) Sao Paulo (1561) and the misadventures of the Brazil-ship Santo Antonio (1565)
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1968.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 170 pp, b&w illustrations and pull-out maps. Slightly rolled binding. Text block edges lightly foxed. Blue card dustwrapper with edge and corner wear, spine and edges browned; some minor chipping; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Professor Boxer describes the lives of the three chroniclers, and gives bibliographical details of their works. The narratives are translated from the original accounts which Bernardo Gomes de Brito included in his Historia Tragico-Maritima. The present volume is a companion to the earlier work, The Tragic History of the Sea, 1589-1622.
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Bradford, Ernle
Christopher Columbus
Michael Joseph, London, 1973.
Hardcover, small quarto, 288pp., mainly b&w illustrations. Lightly spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper slightly scuffed with wear along edges and corners and small tear on upper edge; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Christopher Columbus, archetypal figure as sailor, adventurer and explorer, was also, interestingly, a mystic who was profoundly religious and yet at the same time ambitious with an eye to the main chance. While dreaming of recapturing Jerusalem from the Moslems, he was also quite capable of driving a hard bargain with his employers as to the rights and privileges and riches that should accrue to himself if he succeeded in his mission of finding a way to the Indies by sailing due west across the Atlantic.
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Bromby, Robin
German Raiders of the South Seas The Naval Threat to Australia/New Zealand 1914-17.
Doubleday Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1985.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; 208pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; cocked; spine heel softened; light spotting to the text block top edge. Dustwrapper sunned along the spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In the first days of World War I a German light cruiser detached itself from the East Asiatic Squadron with the mission to raid and harass Allied shipping. The ship, "SMS Emden", not only became world famous in its two months of raiding, during which it sank sixteen ships and captured others, but demonstrated to a cunning enemy the vulnerability of Australian, New Zealand and Empire shipping links. The two dominions were left with little naval protection as Britain gathered its ships to fight the Germans in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Then in 1916, came another raider, the "Wolf", which, undetected and unmolested, laid mines around Australia and New Zealand and preyed upon merchant ships sailing in the Tasman Sea and South Pacific. The following year the Germans made an abortive attempt to send a sailing ship to raid the South Seas, which ended when the "Seeadler" was wrecked on a small atoll. With over eighty black and white photographs, many of them previously unpublished, and detailed maps of the routes of the major ships, "German Raiders" makes fascinating reading and is an important addition to the naval history of Australia and New Zealand.
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Brooks M.A., F.W.
The English Naval Forces, 1199-1272
A. Brown & Sons Ltd., London, nd. (but 1932).
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board titling; 228pp., with a monochrome frontispiece (with tissue guard) and 2 plates likewise. Boards rubbed and with some insect damage; text block edges toned; mild offset to endpapers; slight bump to the spine head. Very good.
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Burgess Jr., Douglas R.
Seize the Trident The Race for Superliner Supremacy and How It Altered the Great War
International Marine/McGraw-Hill, Camden ME, 2005.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine titling; 296pp., with 6pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; a few spots to the text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Seize the Trident re-creates the Anglo-German race to build the biggest, fastest, most luxurious passenger ships in the world. Sparked in 1889 by the Kaiser's declaration that he would 'seize the trident' from English shipping firms, this friendly rivalry soon became a clash of fierce national pride, personal ego, and global ambitions, including those of wealthy robber barons such as J. P. Morgan. Douglas Burgess delivers a riveting account of the race's origins, how it both paralleled and influenced the naval rearmament of the same period, and the crowning irony of its outcome. In size and splendor, the Germans won hands-down, but German ships in U.S. ports were seized at the outbreak of World War I. Later, they would carry hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops to fight against Germany.
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Carlton, Mike
Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew: signed copy
William Heinemann, North Sydney, 2010.
Signed hardcover, octavo; red boards with black spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 706pp., b&w and colour plates, appendices, references, bibliography, index. Minor wear; lower board edges and corners slightly worn; toned text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrappers and covered in protective film with white paper backing. Of all the Australians who fought in the Second World War, none saw more action nor endured so much of its hardship and horror as the crew of the cruiser HMAS Perth. Most were young - many were still teenagers - from cities and towns, villages and farms across the nation. In three tumultuous years they did battle with the forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Vichy French and, finally, the Imperial Japanese Navy. They were nearly lost in a hurricane in the Atlantic. In the Mediterranean in 1941 they were bombed by the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force for months on end until, ultimately, during the disastrous evacuation of the Australian army from Crete, their ship took a direct hit and thirteen men were killed. After the fall of Singapore in 1942, HMAS Perth was hurled into the forlorn campaign to stem the Japanese advance towards Australia. Off the coast of Java in March that year she met an overwhelming enemy naval force. Firing until her ammunition literally ran out, she was sunk with the loss of 353 of her crew, including her much-loved captain and the Royal Australian Navy's finest fighting sailor, 'Hardover' Hec Waller. Another 328 men were taken into Japanese captivity, most to become slave labourers in the infinite hell of the Burma-Thai railway. Many died there, victims of unspeakable atrocity. Only 218 men, less than a third of her crew, survived to return home at war's end. 'Cruiser', by journalist and broadcaster Mike Carlton, is their story. And the story of those who loved them and waited for them.
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Carlton, Mike
First Victory - 1914: HMAS Sydney's Hunt for the German Raider Emden: signed copy
William Heinemann, North Sydney, 2013.
Signed hardcover, octavo; red boards with black spine titling, blue endpapers; 467pp., b&w and colour plates, appendices, bibliography, index. Minor wear; toned text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrappers and covered in protective film with white paper backing. When the ships of the new Royal Australian Navy made their grand entry into Sydney Harbour in October 1913, a young nation was at peace. Under a year later Australia had gone to war in what was seen as a noble fight for king, country and Empire. Thousands of young men joined up for the adventure of having 'a crack at the Kaiser'. And indeed the German threat to Australia was real, and very near - in the Pacific islands to our north, and in the Indian Ocean. In the opening months of the war, a German raider, Emden, wreaked havoc on the maritime trade of the British Empire. Its battle against the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney, when it finally came, was short and bloody - an emphatic First Victory at sea for the fledgling Royal Australian Navy. This is the stirring story of the perilous opening months of the Great War and the bloody sea battle that destroyed the Emden in a triumph for Australia that resounded around the world. In the century since, many writers have been there before Mike Carlton. Most were German, some of them survivors of the battle, others later historians, and they have generally told the story well. British accounts vary in quality, from good to nonsense, and there have been some patchwork American attempts as well. Curiously, there has been very little written from an Australian point of view. This book is - in part - an attempt to remedy that, with new facts and perspectives brought into the light of day.
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Cree, Dr. Edward H. (Michael Levien, ed.)
Naval Surgeon The Voyages of Dr. Edward H. Cree, Royal Navy, as Related in His Private Journals, 1837-1856
A Webb & Bower Book/E.P. Dutton Co. Inc., New York, NY, USA, 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorated boards, upper board title and endpaper maps; 276pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and many full-colour illustrations (some folding). Text block top edge spotted; minor edgewear to the boards. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel. Very good. Edward Cree's service took him to many parts of the world, including ten years in the Far East, where he witnessed land and sea actions in the First Opium War of 1839-42. He was engaged also in the pursuit and destruction of piratical Chinese fleets, served in the Baltic in actions against the Russians, and was present at the capture of Sebastopol and Kinburn in the final stages of the Crimean War. He was acquainted with some of the outstanding personalities and most distinguished officers of his day: James Brooke, the white Ragah of Sarawak; Captain William Hall of the steamship Nemesis; the brilliant and eccentric Reverend Charles Gutzlaff; the gracious yet wily Chinese Imperial Commissioner Ch'i-ying; the painter George Chinnery - to name but a few. The spirit and atmosphere of the period are captured wonderfully well by the nearly 200 watercolour paintings and line drawings executed by Dr Cree himself. In his introduction Michael Levien outlines Cree's background and sets the historical scene in which the action unfolds.
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Crisp, Alan
CGT - The French Line: A History in Postcards La Compagnie Generale Transatlantique
Tabella, 2011.
Quarto; hardcover; 198pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Founded in 1854, the CGT has represented for France what the White Star Line has meant for Britain (only, without the titanic stain to its reputation). In this comprehensive overview, Alan Crisp takes us on a review of the fleet, offering us the physical specifications of each ship accompanied by a postcard displaying its splendid outline, taken from the high point of its sailing career. Along with all the technical detail is a potted history of each vessel giving a fascinating insight into the accomplishments of this European service.
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Dalrymple, Alexander (Foreword by Kevin Fewster; Kathryn Lamberton, ed.)
An Account of the Discoveries made in the South Pacifick Ocean - Australian Maritime series, No.3 - signed First printed in 1767; reissued with a foreword by Dr. Kevin Fewster of the Australian National Maritime Museum and an essay by Dr. Andrew Cook of the British Library
Hordern House Rare Books Pty. Ltd./Australian National Maritime Museum, Potts Point NSW, 1996
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in Scottish calf with marbled boards, with gilt spine titles on a black morocco label between gilt rules; 188pp. [1-47pp. + Blank + i-ivpp. + i-xxxipp. + Blank + 1-103pp. + Blank], with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, one folding chart and 6 folding plates likewise. Mild wear; signed by Andrew Cook at the start of his essay; spine heavily sunned. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good. An account of voyages to the Pacific previous to 1764 and prior to Captain James Cook's first Voyage, compiled by Alexander Dalrymple. Includes an essay on Dalrymple by Dr. Andrew S. Cook.
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Druett, Joan
Hen Frigates Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail
Souvenir Press, London, 1998.
Octavo hardcover; dark green papered boards with blue spine and silver gilt spine titling; 274pp., b&w illustrations. Mildly toned and spotted text block edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Many merchant ships plying the Atlantic, and farther afield, carried not only the captain and his crew but the captain's wife and children. The colourful and often dangerous lives of these enterprising and courageous women, are described here; an ocean-going world in which disease was prevalent, accidents were common and gales, hurricanes and typhoons - even collisions and fire at sea were a constant threat. Some wives survived shipwreck and some, like Captain Staples and his wife, succumbed (they drowned, locked in each other's arms). Hen Frigates weaves a lyrical narrative of sea-faring life, is meticulously researched and wonderfully illustrated with archive portraits of the wives and their husbands.
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d'Urville, Jules S-C Dumont (Helen Rosenman, trans. & ed.)
An Account in Two Volumes of Two Voyages to the South Seas by Jules S-C Dumont D'Urville... Volume 1: "Astrolabe" 1826-1829; Volume 2: "Astrolabe" and "Zelee" 1837-1840
Melbourne University Press, Carlton Vic.,1987.
Two volumes: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles on scarlet labels; 634pp. [311pp. + 323pp.] with two monochrome frontispieces, 44 monochrome and colour plates and many other illustrations. Very minor wear; previous owner's name plate to the upper corner of the front pastedowns of both volumes. No dustwrappers as issued. Near fine in lightly rubbed and dusted slipcase. Ex-libris Jonathan Wantrup. Rear-Admiral Dumont d'Urville was a brilliant sailor who made two great scientific and exploratory voyages to the Pacific and the Antarctic. The first, 1826-29 solved the 40 year old mystery of the disappearance of La Perouse. The coup of the second voyage, 1837-40 was d'Urville's discovery, ahead of the American Wilkes and the British Ross expeditions, that Antarctica was a continent. He was twice in New Zealand. In 1840 to his chagrin, when he was in the South Island, Britain proclaimed sovereignty over both islands to thwart French plans to settle the Banks Peninsula. D'Urville possessed enormous vitality, curiosity, perseverance and scepticism. His own and his officers' shrewd observations on the many places visited present a sad and often angry commentary on the devastation being wreaked on the ancient but fragile cultures and environments of Oceania.
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Exquemelin, A.O. (Alexis Brown, trans.; Introduction by Jack Beeching)
The Buccaneers of America - Folio Society edition Comprising a pertinent and truthful description of the principal acts of depredation and inhuman cruelty committed by the English and French buccaneers against the Spaniards in America. Written by A.O. Exquemelin who himself, of necessity, was present at all these acts of plunder.
The Folio Society, London, 1972.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in blue calf, with silver-gilt spine titles, decorative papered boards and endpaper maps; 194pp., top edges dyed brown, with a monochrome engraved frontispiece, 9 plates likewise and maps. Minor wear; mild rubbing and scuffing to the spine and hinges. Slipcase mildly rubbed. Very good to near fine. During the late 1600s and into the early 1700s, Spain held a tight grip upon her colonies in the Americas. The passage of goods and gold went from the various islands and coastal plantations of the Caribbean into Europe via only one Spanish port - Seville - and attempts to smuggle wealth into Europe was thereby severely curtailed. In the Americas governors grew fat on their produce and hired out-of-work sailors from all nations to defend their holdings. These mercenary seamen learned every inch of the Caribbean coastlines and made contact with the local natives; soon they were paying bribes to the governors to "liberate" warehoused goods and trade them to other European ports. They lived like the Indians, smoking strips of beef to eat while out at sea, in smoking huts called "boucans" and became known as "boucaniers", or buccaneers. In time they began to forego the niceties of bribing the locals for a taste of the region's wealth and began sacking fortresses, sinking ships and shelling towns to get what they wanted. The writer "Exquemelin", about whom very little is known, worked as a ship's surgeon on board a buccaneer vessel and roamed with various notorious buccaneer leaders, often being saved by his promising to write favourably about his hosts upon his return to Europe. His decision to write under a nom-de-plume (and in Dutch, which was probably not his first language) most likely had something to do with not scaring-off his patients after he settled back to life onshore as a doctor with a large practise. Nevertheless, he left us with a stirring account of pirate wickedness in the New World, a book which was a bloody bestseller in its day and which has remained in print ever since.
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Fennell, Philip, & King, Marie (eds.)
John Devoy's Catalpa Expedition
New York University, New York NY, 2006.
Hardcover, octavo, 223pp., b&w illustrated. Minor shelf wear. Near fine. The whaling ship which aided in the audacious rescue of Irish political prisoners from the Australian coast. Drawn from Devoy's own records and the ship's log books.
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Fisher, Raymond H. (ed.)
The Voyage of Semen Dezhnev in 1648 Bering's Precursor with Selected Documents
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1981.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 326pp, b&w illustrations. Lightly toned & dusted upper text block edges. Owner's name on endpaper. Lightly scuffed dustwrapper with edge and corner wear; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In 1736 Gerhard Muller, a member of the new Russian Academy of Sciences, while gathering historical materials in Siberia, uncovered in Yakutsk reports briefly describing a voyage in 1648 from the Arctic river, Kolyma, around a great rocky promontory to a point south of the Pacific river, Anadyr. The reports were those of Semen Dezhnev, leader of the expedition and one of its 26 survivors. They gave very few details about the voyage, but said enough to lead Muller to conclude that it demonstrated the separation of Asia and America, a matter insufficiently determined in 1728 by Vitus Bering.
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Flinders, Matthew
A Voyage to Terra Australia - Australiana Facsimile Editions, No.37 Undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802 and 1803 in His Majesty's ship "The Investigator"
Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide SA, 1966.
Two volumes and a solander case of folding charts: folio; hardcover, buckram boards with gilt spine titles on burgundy labels; 1,115pp. [1-4; i-ix; 1-10; i-cciv; 1-269; 1 Blank + 1-4; 1-613; 1 Blank], with 9 monochrome plates, 18 charts and elevations and 10 botanical plates. Moderate wear; boards rubbed with some marks; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; mild scattered foxing, mainly to the preliminaries; maps and plates clean, though mis-folded (now corrected) with some creasing and bruising. Very good. "A Voyage to Terra Australis" is a sea voyage journal written by English mariner and explorer Matthew Flinders. It describes his circumnavigation of the Australian continent in the early years of the 19th century, and his imprisonment by the French on the island of Mauritius from 1804-1810. The book tells in great detail his explorations and includes maps and drawings of the profiles of unknown coastline areas of what Flinders called "Terra Australis Incognita". By this, he was referring to the great unknown Southern continent that had been sighted and partly mapped by prominent earlier mariners such as Captain James Cook. The ship Flinders commanded, HMS Investigator, was a 334-ton sloop. Up until this time the circumnavigation of Australia - which was necessary to prove it was a single continent land mass - had never been completed. He achieved this by circling the island continent, leaving Sydney in July 1801, heading north, through Torres Strait, across the top of the continent westward, and south along the western coastline. Flinders reached and named Cape Leeuwin on 6 December 1802, and proceeded to make a survey along the southern coast of the Australian mainland, and then completing the journey, arrived back in Sydney in June 1803, despite the dangerous condition of his ship. Flinders' further description of imprisonment on Mauritius preceded his final return to England in October 1810 in poor health: despite this he immediately resumed work preparing "A Voyage to Terra Australis" and his maps for publication. In January 1811 approval for publication of his narrative was given by the Admiralty, but payment was restricted to the atlas and charts sections. Flinders was responsible for funding the major work. The full title of this book which was first published in London in July 1814 was given, as was common at the time, a synoptic description: "A Voyage to Terra Australis: undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803 in His Majesty's ship the Investigator, and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland Schooner. With an account of the shipwreck of the Porpoise, arrival of the Cumberland at Mauritius, and imprisonment of the commander during six years and a half in that island". Original publications of the Atlas to Flinders' "Voyage to Terra Australis" are held at the Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia, as a portfolio that accompanied the book and included engravings of 16 maps, 4 plates of views, and 10 plates of Australian flora. Flinders' map of Terra Australis was first published in January 1814 and the remaining maps were published before his atlas and book. On 19 July 1814, the day after the book and atlas were published, Matthew Flinders died, at the age of 40.
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Forester, C.S.
The Naval War of 1812
Michael Joseph Ltd., London, 1957.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration and endpaper maps; 255pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 11 plates likewise. Moderate wear; cocked; spine extremities softened; text block edges toned; previous owner's bookplate to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; split along the upper hinge; chips to the spine panel extremities and flap-turns; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good. An object lesson as to why one should think twice before putting in the boot when one's enemy is down. While the British were engaged with Napoleon in Europe, the Americans decided that they would take advantage of Britannia's distraction in order to cross the Atlantic and invade. Once Britain spotted the knavish Yankees off the the Irish coast, they hastily assembled the few remaining ships that they had to hand and beat the Americans back across the ocean, sinking the prides of her fleet, capturing the President and burning down the White House. This is an incident that USA would quite like everyone to forget; however C.S. Forester ensures that we never will in this rivetting blow-by-blow account of the debacle.
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Fox, Stephen
Wolf of the Deep: Raphael Semmes and the Notorious Confederate Raider CSS Alabama
Alfred Knopf, New York, 2007.
Octavo hardcover, 317pp., b&w illustrations. Dustwrapper. New, remainder. When you think of Confederate Civil War heroes, the names Lee, Jackson, Stuart and Longstreet, among others, come to mind. Historian Fox makes a convincing case that Confederate Navy Capt. Raphael Semmes should be added to that list, at least because of his brilliant seafaring skills. Fox's fact-filled, cleanly written account of Semmes's life focuses on his amazing 22-month stint as captain of the most famous Confederate privateer, the Alabama. Under Semmes's command, the Alabama roamed the world's waterways for nearly two years, seizing or sinking nearly 70 Union merchant schooners, whalers and other commercial ships to counteract the Yankee blockade of Southern ports, until June, 1864 when the Alabama was sunk by the U.S.S. Kearsage . Born in 1809 into a slave-owning, tobacco-farming family in southern Maryland, Semmes was orphaned at an early age, grew up in Washington, D.C. and joined the U.S. Navy at 17, remaining a staunch Southern partisan who espoused racist views and strongly believed in slavery. After serving without any particular distinction for 35 years, he made his mark with the Confederate navy. This well-conceived and executed military biography will have extra appeal for those who are familiar with nautical terms.
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Gibson, James R., Alexei A. Istomin & Valery A. Tishkov (eds.) (James R. Gibson, trans.)
Russian California, 1806-1860 - Two volumes A History in Documents
Ashgate/The Hakluyt Society, London, 2014.
Two volumes: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling in compartments and gilt upper board decorations; 1,261pp. [lxiipp. + 547pp. + xiipp. + 640pp.], with maps, black & white illustrations and 24pp. of full-colour plates. Laid in: a corrigenda sheet. Near fine. Wrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. While the nascent United States was trying to oust the Spanish from California, the Russians were - openly or otherwise - busy exploring the coastline from Alaska down past Washington State and Oregon, into what would become the state of California. Gathering documentation of major Russian explorations from their northern territories southwards, the editors paint a picture of widespread Russian settlement across areas which nowadays are considered quintessentially American. These volumes throw a stark - because very different - light upon the history of American western settlement and the notion of "Manifest Destiny" which undewrote that initiative.
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Hakluyt, Richard (John Hampden, ed.)
The Tudor Venturers - Folio Society edition Selected from The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffics and Discoveries of the English Nation, made by Sea or Over Land
The Folio Society, London, 1970.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in black calf, with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorations and endpaper maps; 310pp., top edges dyed blue with a black and white headband, with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and 11 plates likewise. Minor wear; some scuffing to the spine. Slipcase with black morocco head and tail rubbed with some mild splitting and sunning. Very good to near fine. The English geographer and author Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552-1616) was one of the first practical geographers in England and an important promoter of the English colonization of North America. The second son of Richard Hakluyt, a London skinner, Richard Hakluyt attended Westminster School. A meeting with his cousin, the geographer Richard Hakluyt (ca. 1535-1591), aroused his interest in practical geography, cosmography, and trade. Young Richard performed well at Westminster and proceeded to Christ Church, Oxford, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1575 and a master of arts degree in 1577. He was ordained priest a few years later. Meanwhile, he avidly pursued his geographical studies and lectured on geography at Oxford. He cultivated the acquaintance of men he called "the chiefest Captains at sea, the greatest Merchants, and the best Mariners of our nation." These men included Sir Francis Drake. In 1580 he sponsored the publication of two accounts of voyages by Jacques Cartier. John Florio, who was at Oxford, translated the originals. Hakluyt became involved with the colonialist party in England. His first significant work, Divers Voyages Touching the Discovery of America (1582), served as an inspiration for English expansion. It was dedicated to Sir Philip Sidney. In addition to accounts of English voyages, it included a list of American products and a discussion of the Northwest Passage. Within a few months after the publication of the Voyages, Hakluyt entered government service. He helped to promote Sir Humphrey Gilbert's voyage of 1583 and then went to France, where he served as chaplain to the ambassador, Sir Edward Stafford. During his years in France (1583-1588) he collected geographical information from French, Portuguese, and Spanish sources. Meanwhile, he returned to England on various occasions. In behalf of Sir Walter Raleigh he presented the Queen with a plea for royal aid in Western planting (1584). The Queen rewarded him with a prebend at Bristol. He was in England when Raleigh's first colony sailed, when Drake brought it home again, and when Raleigh's second, or "lost, " colony sailed. In France he sponsored the publication of books concerning geography and exploration. In 1589 Hakluyt published the first edition of his major work, 'The Principal Navigations, Voyages, and Discoveries of the English Nation', a historical compilation of English enterprise abroad. Shortly thereafter he married. He continued to associate with those interested in the Virginia colony and in the East India Company. The second edition of the 'Principal Navigations', about twice as long as the first, appeared in three folio volumes between 1598 and 1600. It contained new material from all periods, including new information on the exploits of Sir Walter Raleigh. Hakluyt received a prebend at Westminster and was made chaplain of the Savoy.
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Harlow, V.T. (ed.)
Ralegh's Last Voyage Being an account drawn out of contemporary letters and relations, both Spanish and English, of which the most part are now for the first time made public, concerning the voyage of Sir Walter Ralegh, knight, to Guiana in the year 1617 and the fatal consequences of the same
N.Israel, Amsterdam & Da Capo Press, New York, 1971.
Quarto hardcover, 379pp., fold-out b&w maps and frontispiece. Plain tan boards with red title plate and gilt lettering with top edges dyed pale blue. Minimal wear; fine. Reprint of the 1932 Argonaut Press edition. "The circumstances of Ralegh's final enterprise have been the subject of heated controversy ever since he himself produced his 'Apologie' and James I responded with the 'Declaration'... The justification of the present volume lies in the fact that it brings together for the first time all the important letters and official documents of English origin relating to the episode, a number of which were not known to previous writers, and at the same time presents entirely new evidence drawn from contemporary Spanish sources. English captains, government spies, Spanish eye-witnesses, friends and foes, combine to give their testimony. In consequence, a much fuller and greatly altered story emerges..." (from the preface).
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Harrison, Leslie
A Titanic Myth The "Californian" Incident
William Kimber & Co. Ltd., London, 1986.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 281pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates and many maps and diagrams. Mild wear; softening to the spine extremities; corners lightly bumped; some spots to the text block edges. Dustwrapper rubbed and mildly edgeworn. Very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "I think I've had a dirty deal. They wanted a goat, that was my opinion. There's always this stigma - was Lord to blame, or was he not to blame?" So, in 1959, at the age of 82, Captain Stanley Lord of the "Californian" looked back on those tragic events in 1912 which left him officially condemned in the eyes of the world as the man who could have saved all 1,500 of those who perished in the "Titanic" disaster, but who failed to do so, allegedly because of his laziness, incompetence, cowardice or even drunkenness, as some critics have hinted. This is the story of the unusual coincidences which led to Captain Lord's tragic dilemma and it raises a point of principle of direct concern to every public-spirited man or woman.
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Hattendorf, John B. (ed.)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History - Four volumes
Oxford University Press Inc., New York NY, 2007.
Four volumes: quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt board decorations and spine and upper board titles on black labels; 2,386pp. [677pp. + 715pp. + 722pp. + 722pp.], with many black & white photographic illustrations, maps and line drawings. No dustwrappers as issued. Near fine. This is a handsome set for the true maritime history aficionado. Across four volumes, the writers outline every step in maritime development from all four corners of the globe. Potted histories of each innovation in maritime endeavour encapsulate each advancement with recommendations for reading further afield. Each volume has handy indices and cross-references, so that pinning down a sea-worthy subject has never been easier.
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Hilder, Brett
The Voyage of Torres The Discovery of the Southern Coastline of New Guinea and Torres Strait by Capin Luis Baez de Torres in 1606
University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Qld., 1980.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and endpaper maps; 194pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece, maps, many monochrome illustrations and 8pp. of colour maps. Mild wear; mild wear to the board edges; text block edges lightly toned. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel. Very good. The brief report Torres sent to the king of Spain after his two small ships reached Manila in May 1607 is tantalizingly vague and ambiguous. The narrative of Don Diego de Prado, an aristocratic adventurer who sailed with Torres, is more detailed but still has frustrating gaps and allows for differences in interpretation. Both these documents were lost to the world for hundreds of years after the voyage. Since Prado's narrative was published in 1930, other clues have come to light from old maps thought to have been based on missing charts drawn by Prado, from documents previously overlooked, and from the discovery that two important lines had been omitted from the transcription of Torres' letter to the king.
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Hurst, Alex (intro.)
The Medley of Mast and Sail: Volume II - A Camera Record
Teredo Books, Brighton, 1981.
Volume II only, hardcover, large octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling and gilt ship decoration on front board; b&w ship illustration endpapers; 471pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear only; one or two spots on upper text block edges and minimal wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This is not volume two of its predecessor but the second in a series of self-sufficient books. The common theme is implicit in the title: the setting of merchant sailing craft within the perspective of each other and of other aspects of sail that exercise people's minds today - Preserving, training, aberrations of yachtsmen and even the revival of merchant sail. The well-known clippers and famous four-masters were no more important to those concerned with them, and to their local economies, than were the dhows of the Indian Ocean, or the prahu craft today within their environments. A wool clipper could no more match a collier brig at her job than the collier brig could vie with the clipper in hers. Each type was fitted for a purpose, individual vessels varying in their performance. Large and small vessels, their triumphs and disasters and some of their ports, are presented without fear or favour. They were all a part of the playing and, if the curtain rang down long ago, while they were onstage, the actors knew no class distinctions, but lay in dock or made sail together on equal terms, each demanding a common seamanship, now all but forgotten, that bred mutual respect. Historians - not the ships or their men - created the distinctions that have taken root in peoples' minds!
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Jellicoe of Scapa, Admiral Viscount, GCB, OM, GCVO
The Grand Fleet, 1914-1916 Its Creation, Development and Work
Ad Hoc Publications. Ringshall, Suffolk UK, 2006
Octavo; hardcover with gilt titling on spine; 320pp. with maps and line illustrations and 16pp. of photographic plates. Slightly bumped at the spine head; otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper. Admiral Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa held the position as leader of the British Fleet during the first two and a half years of the First World War; this book, first published in 1919, is his account of how he went about marshalling the resources and opportunities over which he held sway. Throughout this meticulous re-telling, there is a strong sense of the pressure which he was under to preserve lives and equipment and above all to see Britain win free of the German threat. This account has a particularly detailed section covering the Battle of Jutland - a pivotal naval conflict in the War - and is the primary source for all later accounts of that engagement. An important work of the Great War.
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Jolly, Roslyn
The Cruise of the Janet Nichol Among the South Sea Islands: A Diary by Mrs Robert Louis Stevenson
University of New South Wales Press Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2004.
Octavo; hardcover, decorated endpapers, ribbon marker; 205pp., with black & white illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. In April 1890 the steamer Janet Nicoll set off from Sydney for a three-month trading voyage through the central and western Pacific. Aboard were seven white men, a crew of forty islanders, and one woman: a short-haired, barefoot, cigarette-smoking American, Fanny van de Grift Stevenson, wife of the famous novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. The Cruise of the Janet Nichol is her account of her journey with her husband and grown son through the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands. Fanny Stevenson's spirited personality led her into scenes and situations few Europeans, and even fewer European women, had experienced. Her diary and its accompanying photographs offer unique glimpses of life in some of the last independent Pacific kingdoms and those just coming under colonial rule at the end of the nineteenth century.
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King, Greg & Penny Wilson
Lusitania Triumph, Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age
St Martins Press, New York, 2015.
Octavo; hardcover, 370pp., b&w plates. Dustwrapper. New, remainder. "On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, King and Wilson dig for clues to unanswered questions. The details surrounding how the elusive information disappeared uncover guilt on all sides. The British Admiralty had to protect the fact that they were transporting contraband in a ship sailing without a flag. The local coroner's inquest, the British Board of Trade's hearing and a U.S. District Court all dismissed charges of negligence. The admiralty never sent escort to protect the Lusitania as she entered British waters, and the captain acted contrary to orders. Even the journal of the U-boat captain has been altered. Did he fire one or two torpedoes? The German government published a warning as the Lusitania was about to sail from New York, proclaiming that ships misusing neutral flags found in British waters would be subject to destruction. Prior to this statement, the 'Cruiser Rules' codified by The Hague in 1899 required enemy ships to give warning, demand a search for contraband and allow the ship to be abandoned before sinking it. In January 1915, England ordered her merchant vessels to sail under false flags and carry munitions, knowing Germany would respond in kind. First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill referred to the Lusitania as 'live bait,' hoping to draw the Americans into the war. The ship was the last of the great Edwardian ships, as her upper-class passengers showed, some of whom had actually been warned by Germans not to sail. The authors devote inordinate portions of the text to biographies of passengers and still more to the lives of the survivors, but their exploration of the facts surrounding the mystery is the primary pleasure of the book.Those who relish tales of the rich and famous will appreciate this book, but the real joy is in the authors' detective work and attention to detail." - Kirkus
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Kipling, Rudyard
Sea Warfare "The Fringes of the Fleet" (1915); "Tales of 'The Trade'" (1916); & "Destroyers at Jutland" (1916)
Macmillan, London, 1916.
First edition: Hardcover, octavo; blue cloth boards with gilt upper board and spine titling; 221pp., all unopened. Board corners frayed; offsetting and mild foxing to endpapers and prelims; browned text block edges. Very good. No dustwrapper. A compilation of later works by Kipling focussing upon the - then - current state of the imperial navy, both military and merchant. This is a handsome volume of these chatty collected works, completely unopened and unread.
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Kludas, Arnold
Great Passenger Ships of the World - five volumes
Patrick Stephens, Cambridge UK, 1975-1977.
Five small quarto hardcover volumes, 216, 240, 240, 232 and 226pp., black and white illustrations throughout. All volumes have lighly spotted upper text block edges, light foxing to preliminaries, very minor overall wear only being very good to near fine in like dustwrappers. The first volume has a sticker stain to the front pastedown; the fifth volume has some tape stains to panels and flaps. One volume only not price-clipped. All wrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. First volume is a reprint, others are first printings. Volumes cover years 1858 to 1986. A work covering all passenger ships over 10,000 gross registered tons with relevant technical and historical data and including photogaphs of the vessels.
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Lubbock, Basil
The Arctic Whalers
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1968.
Reprint. Quarto hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine titling and upperboard blind-stamped titling; blue map endpapers; 483pp., b&w frontispiece, plates and illustrations. Minor wear; mildly toned text block edges with a few faint spots on upper edges; lightly rubbed white illustrated dustwrapper with a few tiny marks and minimal wear to edges. Near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. 'I had intended when planning this work to make it a complete history of all British whalers, both in the Arctic and in the South Seas, but so great has been the ground to be covered that I have been forced to leave out the South Sea side of British whaling... The day of the Arctic whaleman, known amongst seamen as the Greenlander, and considered the toughest specimen of all the men who followed the sea for a living, has long since passed, but his memory deserves to be preserved, and I feel sure that the reader of this book will find his admiration roused for as gallant a seafarer as ever trod the planks of a stout ship.' - Basil Lubbock
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Lubbock, Basil
The Colonial Clippers
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1948.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titling; 384pp., with a monochrome photolithographic frontispiece, and 29pp. of plates likewise, with 3pp. of diagrams. Slightlyo shaken; softeniong to the spine extremitiesbumping to the lower corners; mild insect damage to the upper board; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; faint offset to the endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapperis well-rubbed and edgeworn with large chips from the spine panel extremities (with some loss of text); a mark from an old price sticker to the upper panel; now backed by archival-quality whiote paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film. Bound in: two pages of full-colour illustration of ships' ensigns. Very good. "To sail and the sail-trained seaman more than to any other cause do we our nation's greatness. By sail were our homesteads kept safe from the enemy; by sail were our coasts charted; sail took adventurous pioneers to the new land, and sail brought home the products of these new lands to the Old Country and made her the Market of the World. This book is an attempt to preserve in written form what the fading memory is fast forgetting - the Glorious History of the Sailing Ship." - Basil Lubbock.
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Maxtone-Graham, John
Cunard 150 Glorious Years
David & Charles, Newton Abbot UK, 1990.
Oblong quarto hardcover, 128pp., mainly colour illustrations. Minor wear; lightly toned text block edges; slight scuffing to dustwrapper with light creasing to lower front edge of dustwrapper. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This is an historical account of the history of the Cunard shipping line - complete with all her big ships during the past 150 years. From Samuel Cunard's first sailing steamer - a paddle ship called RMS Britannia (the RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer), to the QE2. Brief histories of such magnificent ships as the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and such four-funnelled vessels as the Aquitania and Mauretania are given. John Maxtone-Graham is a noted historian and lecturer on ocean liners.
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Maxtone-Graham, John
Liners to the Sun An evocative re-creation of great cruises past & present, from cruise ship conversion, construction & design to the pleasures and occasional perils of life on board
Macmillan, New York, 1985.
Octavo hardcover; blue papered boards with blue cloth spine and silver gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 495pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; slightly scuffed and worn lower board edges and corners and slightly creased tail of dustwrapper spine. Very good to near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Parker, Mary Ann
A Voyage Round the World
Hordern House, Potts Point, 1991.
Hardcover facsimile of the 1795 edition. Limited edition of 750, hand bound in half maroon Scottish calf with marbled papered sides, octavo, 149pp., and dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales; this the first of the Australian National Maritime Museum's Historical Facsimile Series. Marbled boards with insect damage along front side and top edge with less pronounced wear in small spots on rear board. Text block edges lightly toned and faintly spotted on upper edge. Internally, printed on Ivory Kilmory Text, very good to near fine. No slip case. Three years after the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, Mary Ann Parker became Australia's first tourist. Her journal of the voyage out and back, 'A Voyage Around the World in the Gorgon Man of War', is the first account of the new colony to be published by a woman. Mary Ann Parker made the voyage for her own interest and her husband's company. Her account provides important insight into the life and interests of a woman undertaking what was then the longest and most dangerous voyage on earth.
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Parkin, Ray
H.M. Bark Endeavour
Miegunyah Press / Melbourne Universitry Publishing Ltd., Carlton, Vic., Australia, 2003.
Second edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 467pp., with schematics, diagrams and many black & white illustrations. Mild wear; slightly rolled. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed and edgeworn. Else, near fine. Ray Parkin lived a harrowing life at sea: in 1928 he joined the Royal Australian Navy and served an eighteen-year stint which saw his ship, the HMAS Perth, torpedoed in 1942 by the Japanese, after which he was interned in a POW camp and worked on the Burma-Siam railway, and later as an indentured coalminer in Japan. After his rescue and later retirement, he dedicated his life to writing the definitive overview of HM's Bark The Endeavour, a project in which he was wholeheartedly supported by J.C. Beaglehole, Captain Cook's premier biographer. The result of twenty-five years of painstaking research, is this astonishing book, which outlines everything there is to know about this ship, perhaps the most famous nautical craft in Australia's history. The work contains not only a plethora of maps and schematics, but also a composite log of her journeys, interweaving the records of many of those who traveled onboard, edited by Parkin, as well as a list of myriad facts about the craft right down to what she would have smelt like. Did she have a lightning rod? How many strands of yarn were there in her ship's cable? What was the diameter of her main mast? All of this and an unbelievable amount more is contained herein.
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Quinn, David & Alison (eds.)
The English New England Voyages, 1602-1608
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1983.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 580 pp, b&w illustrations. Lightly scuffed dustwrapper with edge and corner wear; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The publication of the narrative accounts of the voyages of Gosnold (1602) and Waymouth (1605) opened up for English readers what was known as Norumbega, the later New England. They are the first documents of the exploration of that region to have been published since that of Verrazzano's voyage (1524) in 1556. To the accounts of these voyages by John Brereton and James Rosier there was added by Purchas in 1625 the material of Martin Pring's voyage of 1603 and some scraps of information on the attempted colony by the Virginia Company of Plymouth at Sagadahoc on the Kennebec River in 1607-8. These and ancillary documents have been collected here and give a fuller understanding of the New England colony at its inception.
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Ralfe, J.
The Naval Biography of Great Britain - in Four Volumes Consisting of Historical Memoirs of Those Officers of the British Navy Who Distinguished Themselves during the Reign of His Majesty George III
Whitmore & Fenn, London, 1828.
Four volumes quarto; full calf, with raised bands and gilt spine titles and decorations in compartments, gilt board decorations and marbled endpapers; 1,917pp. [vipp. + 428pp. + 528pp. + 400pp. + 542pp. + xiiipp.], with marbled edges and wide margins, two engraved frontispieces and 11 plates likewise, 8 folding. Rebacked: A and A2 signatures are missing; boards lightly scuffed and edges mildly cracked; text offset; mild scattered foxing throughout; previous owner's contemporary ink inscriptions on all title pages; retailer's bookplate on the front pastedown of Volume I; a small hole in the front free endpaper of Volume III. Withal, a very good set. Printed for a subscription list, as was the nature of these types of publications, this set of splendidly-bound volumes contains potted histories of all the leading ship's captains and naval officers serving under King George III and IV, with specific details of their engagements during the wars that buffeted those reigns. A wonderful feature of these books are the folding charts that outline various tactical confrontations which highlighted the careers of some of these officers. The volumes have all been sympathetically re-backed in order to restore them to their original lustre, meaning that their task as a pleasing shelf adornment for a private study - not to mention as the guardians of the information which they contain - is assured into the future.
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Rienits, Rex and Thea
The Voyages of Captain Cook
Paul Hamlyn, London, 1968.
Quarto hardcover, (157pp.) Illustrated in colour & b&w. Light spotting to preliminaries and text block edges spotted; dustwrapper worn along edges and corners. Good to very good. A man of peace; natural leader of men; peerless seaman and navigator; superb cartographer; acute and accurate observer; foremost explorer; this was Captain James Cook. The story of Cook's three historic voyages between 1768 and 1780 is one of the most remarkable in history. The authors relate how Cook discovered and charted much of the Pacific that we now know, from the west coast of Canada and the Hawaiian Islands to New Caledonia; established by sailing around it that New Zealand was two narrowly separated islands and not part of a mythical continent; disproved the Dutch belief that New Holland was entirely barren by traversing the whole length of its fertile coast, so paving the way for British settlement eighteen years later and confirmed that a strait separated New Guinea from what is now Australia. The book incudes exerpts from Cook's diaries as well as his companions, Cook's maps and plans and thirty-eight colour illustrations.
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Ronald, D A B
Young Nelsons: Boy Sailors During the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2009.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling, pale yellow endpapers; 305pp., colour & b&w plates and illustrations. Toned text block edges. Very good to near fine in like dustwrapper with mild wear to edges. They 'fought like young Nelsons.' The words of a schoolmaster, writing from aboard the Mars after the battle of Trafalgar, describing the valour of his pupils in the heat of battle. Made immortal by the novels of Patrick O'Brian, C. S. Forester and Alexander Kent, these boy sailors, alongside those of every other Royal Navy ship, had entered the British Navy to fight the French across every ocean of the world. There was a long-standing British tradition of children going to sea, and along the way found adventure, glory, wealth and fame. During the Napoleonic Wars, these children, some as young as eight or nine, were also fighting for the very survival of Britain. Drawing on many first-hand accounts, letters, poems and writings, this book tells the dramatic story of Britain's boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars.
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[Shipping World & The Shipbuilder]
Ocean Liners of the Past - The White Star Triple Screw Atlantic Liners "Olympic" & "Titanic" No.1 in a series of reprints from "The Shipbuilder"
Patrick Stephens Ltd., Cambridge UK, 1976.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titles; 164pp., top edge dyed yellow, with many monochrome illustrations, 8pp. of monochrome plates and 6 folding plates and schematics. Moderate wear; price sticker on front endpaper; a heavy bump with fraying at the spine heel; retailer's bookplate to the flyleaf; text block top edge faded and other edges very lightly toned; fifth folding plate inadvertently bound in. Price-clipped dustwrapper is well-rubbed and heavily-chipped at the spine panel heel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film. Else very good. This work is almost entirely a facsimile reprint, produced by arrangement with Benn Brothers (Marine Publications) Ltd., the present publishers of "The Shipbuilder", from a Souvenir Number of that journal originally published in the summer of 1911. This special number was published to commemorate the the building of these two mammoth White Star liners which were intended to put the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company in the forefront of the prestigious transatlantic passenger trade. These two great ships represent for many the zenith of British shipbuilding achievement, at a period when Britain almost literally "ruled the waves" in every sense, with the largest merchant and naval fleets in the world.
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Spate, O.H.K.
The Spanish Lake - signed, limited edition The Pacific since Magellan, Volume 1
Australian National University, Canberra ACT, 1979.
Octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards and a black ribbon; 372pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear. Near fine in scuffed slip case with worn and frayed edges. Strictly speaking, there was no such thing as the Pacific until in 1520-1 Fernao de Magalhais, better known as Magellan, traversed the huge expanse of waters, which then received its name. With these opening words, Oskar Spate launches his account of the process by which the greatest blank on the map became a focus of global relations. The Spanish Lake describes the essentially European and American achievement of turning this emptiness into a nexus of economic and military power.This work is a history of the Pacific, the ocean that became a theatre of power and conflict shaped by the politics of Europe and the economic background of Spanish America. There could only be a concept of the Pacific once the limits and lineaments of the ocean were set and this was undeniably the work of Europeans. Fifty years after the Conquista, Nueva Espana and Peru were the bases from which the ocean was turned into virtually a Spanish lake. This is number 212 of only 500 signed copies.
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Stevenson, Jo
In the Wake: The True Story of the Melbourne-Evans Collision, Conspiracy and Cover-Up: signed copy
Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1999.
Paperback, octavo; 263pp., b&w plates. Inscribed to the owner with two photocopied documents from Prince Phillip and Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis pasted to first page. Minor wear; toned text block edges and slight wear and scraping to cover edges and corners. Very good.
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Taylor, E.G.R. (ed.)
A Regiment for the Sea And Other Writings on Navigation
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1963.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 459pp., b&w illustrations. Text block edges foxed. Blue card dustwrapper with edge and corner wear, spine and edges browned; small segment missing on head of spine, and some minor chipping; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. William Bourne, of Gravesend, by trade a gunner, was a successful writer of a new type of textbook. Neither a scholar nor of gentle birth, both of which were regarded as the prerequisites of authorship in the sixteenth century, when scientific books were expected to appear only in universities and to be read only by those fluent in Latin, Bourne nevertheless produced a whole series of technical manuals, written in English for the artisans and craftsmen of his own class. A Regiment for the Sea, which forms the core of the volume, is perhaps the earliest technical manual written by an Englishman. It is not simply his rules for navigation, for Bourne wrote much as he spoke, so that out of this instruction book for sailors a clear picture of the man himself emerges: serious, reliable, patriotic and with this inborn impulse to pass on his knowledge to others.
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Various (Arthur Gough-Calthorpe; A W Clarke; F C A Lyon; J H Biles; Edward C Chaston - Assessors)
Report on the Loss of the SS Titanic: The Official Government Enquiry
Alan Sutton, Stroud, 1990.
Quarto hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling, titanic diagram plan endpapers; 74pp., b&w photographic plates. Minor wear only; near fine in like illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The loss of the Titanic is probably the most famous shipwreck ever. A vast number of books have been produced by the survivors, crew and many others since 1912. All of these have leant heavily upon this report, the one fully documented, factual account of the disaster. All the facts are here, from the technical description of the vessel to the evidence of the passengers and the actions of the other two ships involved, the Californian and the Carpathia. The result of thirty-seven public sittings and the cross-examination of ninety-seven witnesses, the unemotional reporting of the official investigation fails to reduce the tragic nature of this maritime disaster which has gripped the imaginations of so many. This report, which has been out of print for many years, illustrated with archive photographs of the ship and of survivors who gave evidence at the enquiry, will enable the reader to get closer to the reality of that dreadful night.
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Villiers, Alan
The Quest of the Schooner Argus
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1951.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 256pp., b&w photographic frontispiece, b&w plates, maps and illustrations; top edges dyed blue. Minor wear; browning and spotting to text block edges and foxing to endpapers with some random scattered spotting to early pages. Illustrated dustwrapper with missing segment on upper front spine edge; some wear and scraping to edges with chipping at corners and spine panel extremities; two tiny tears and creasing at lower front corner; rear panel and spine slightly toned. Very good and wrapper now protected in archival film with white paper backing.
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Waine, C.V., & R.S. Fenton
Steam Coasters and Short Sea Traders
Waine Research Publications, Wolverhampton, 1994.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards without titling, illustrated b&w ship endpapers; 182pp., colour & b&w illustrations and diagrams. Minor wear; small bump to upper front board edge. Illustrated grey card dustwrapper with mild wear and spotting to edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine otherwise. A history of the British steam coaster covering building, repairing, early design, Clyde Puffers, and the various engine-aft types, up to the big east-coast colliers. Also covered are vessels with engines amidships and coastal tankers. Contains plans, colour profiles, and sketches that keep the modelmaker in mind.
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Williamson, J.A. (ed.)
The Cabot Voyages and Bristol Discovery Under Henry VII With the Cartography of the Voyages.
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1962.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 332pp, b&w illustrations and pull-out maps. Text block edges foxed. Blue card dustwrapper with edge and corner wear, spine and edges browned; some minor chipping; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. One of the Hakluyt Society's scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, it includes documents from English, Portuguese, and Spanish archives, transcribed or in translation, and from printed sources, relating to the Atlantic voyages out of Bristol; including the voyages of John and Sebastian Cabot.
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Willis, Sam
The Glorious First of June Fleet Battle in the Reign of Terror
Quercus, London, 2011.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 434pp., with many monochrome illustrations and 16pp. of full-colour plates. Minor wear; text block top edge lightly toned. Dustwrapper lightly edgeworn. Very good to near fine. France, early summer, 1794. The French Revolution is in the grip of the Terror. While the guillotine relentlessly takes the heads of innocents, two vast French and British fleets meet in the mid-Atlantic. The French, in ships painted blood-red and bearing banners proclaiming 'La Republique ou la Mort!' are escorting an American grain convoy to Brest to feed their starving countrymen; the British, under the command of Lord Howe, a radical innovator and tactical genius, are bent on destroying it. The ensuing clash would swiftly become known as the hardest fought battle of its era.
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Winchester, Simon
Pacific: The Ocean of the Future
William Collins, London, 2015.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 492pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; mild edgewear to dustwrapper and small area on dustwrapper front where laminate has been lifted by removal of a sticker. Otherwise very good to near fine and wrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future. The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey. It is the place of Paul Gauguin and the explosion of the largest-ever American atomic bomb, on Bikini atoll, in 1951. It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future.The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America - which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea - while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states - North Korea most notoriously today - suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies. Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.
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Wolff, Geoffrey
The Hard Way Around The Passages of Joshua Slocum
Alfred Knopf, New York NY, 2010.
Hardcover, dustwrapper, octavo, 218pp. Remainder. New. Born in 1860, Joshua Slocum signed aboard a boat headed from his Nova Scotia home to Dublin and became dedicated to the sea for the rest of his life. Rising from the lowest of the low on board ship, he eventually commanded eight vessels, owning four of them outright, and travelled the world with his wife, whom he met and married in Australia, along with the children they raised at sea. But all was not bliss in this maritime idyll: cyclones, pirates, cholera and shipwrecks took their toll and, in 1895, bereft of nearly all that he had attained, he set off solo around the world, becoming the first person to do so, a feat not matched until 1925. After publishing his memoirs and rubbing elbows with President Theodore Roosevelt, scandal overcame him and, facing financial ruin, he set off into the wild blue, never to be heard of again. This full-speed-ahead biography is outlined in masterful fashion by Geoffrey Wolff, who absolutely captures the derring-do of this intrepid, uncompromising mariner.
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