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A Selection of Books Relating to the U.S. Navy
Updated 19 May 2014


6884 . [American Revolution] Clark, William Bell, Editor (Foreword by John F. Kennedy). Naval Documents of the American Revolution, Volume I - American Theatre: Dec. 1, 1774--Sept. 2, 1775; European Theatre: Dec. 6, 1774--Aug. 9, 1775 .
Click for larger imageWashington: (U.S. Government Printing Office), 1964; First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & white photos, facsimiles, maps , xlvi, 1451 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     First volume in the massive project by the office of the Naval History Division to transcribe original letters and documents relating to the naval and maritime history of the American Revolution. Includes correspondence, ship's logs, muster rolls, orders, letters of marque and reprisal, prizes won, contemporary newspaper accounts, etc. Makes extensive use of British and foreign holdings as well as American. Invaluable compilation of original source material. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine titles and upper board medallion, endpaper maps. Shallow wrinkles to cloth along spine ends, top fore corners bumped, mild browning to edges of textblock.  

Book #6884
$45.00    order or inquire US Revolution Revolutionary War Letters of Marque original sources Naval Warfare British History Royal Navy French navy U.S. Navy

6885 . [American Revolution] Clark, William Bell, Editor (Foreword by Lyndon B. Johnson). Naval Documents of the American Revolution, Volume 2 - American Theatre: Sept. 3, 1775--Oct. 31, 1775; European Theatre: Aug. 11, 1775--Oct. 31, 1775; American Theatre: Nov. 1, 1775--Dec. 7, 1775 .
Click for larger imageWashington: (U.S. Government Printing Office), 1966; First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & white photos, facsimiles, maps , xlvi, 1463 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Second volume in the massive project by the office of the Naval History Division to transcribe original letters and documents relating to the naval and maritime history of the American Revolution. Includes correspondence, ship's logs, muster rolls, orders, letters of marque and reprisal, prizes won, contemporary newspaper accounts, etc. Makes extensive use of British and foreign holdings as well as American. Invaluable compilation of original source material. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine titles and upper board medallion, endpaper maps. Bumps to fore corners, shallow wrinkles to cloth at spine ends, some browning to edges of textblock.  

Book #6885
$45.00    order or inquire US Revolution Revolutionary War Letters of Marque original sources Naval Warfare British History Royal Navy French navy U.S. Navy

6886 . [American Revolution] Clark, William Bell, Editor (Foreword by Lyndon B. Johnson). Naval Documents of the American Revolution, Volume 3 - American Theatre: Dec. 8, 1775--Dec. 31, 1775; European Theatre: Nov. 1, 1775--Jan. 31, 1776; American Theatre: Jan. 1, 1776--Feb. 18, 1776 .
Click for larger imageWashington: (U.S. Government Printing Office), 1968; First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & white photos, facsimiles, maps , xxxiv, 1486 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Third volume in the massive project by the office of the Naval History Division to transcribe original letters and documents relating to the naval and maritime history of the American Revolution. Includes correspondence, ship's logs, muster rolls, orders, letters of marque and reprisal, prizes won, contemporary newspaper accounts, etc. Makes extensive use of British and foreign holdings as well as American. Invaluable compilation of original source material. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine titles and upper board seal, endpaper maps. Shallow wrinkling to cloth edges at head of spine, small circular stain to cloth at middle of upper joint, otherwise clean and bright. NOT ex-library.  

Book #6886
$45.00    order or inquire US Revolution Revolutionary War Letters of Marque original sources Naval Warfare British History Royal Navy French navy U.S. Navy

8884 . Baer, George W. One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U. S. Navy, 1890-1990 .
Click for larger imageStanford: Stanford University Press, (1994); First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , [xii], 553 pages. Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Powerfully argued explanation of the U. S. Navy's conception of naval force and efforts to implement the doctrines of Alfred Thayer Mahan in peace and war.  

Book #8884
$25.00    order or inquire Naval History Naval Warfare Alfred Thayer Mahan naval doctrine Strategy Battleships U.S. Navy fleet

9411 . [Berg, Vernon E., J. R. McAliley, and Carter Sawtell]. Paint 'N' Powder [U.S. Naval Academy, Natronlant 1971] .
Click for larger image[Annapolis]: [U. S. Naval Academy], [1971]. Quarto, Hardcover , black and white photographs, drawings , [98 pages]. Condition: Fine.
     This is the cruise book from the Naval Academy's 1971 summer training cruise to northern Europe for third class midshipmen (NATRONLANT 1971). The vessels taking part in the cruise were the amphibious transport dock ships USS Shreveport (LPD-12) and the USS Raleigh (LPD-1). Content of the book consists primarily of photographs. "A ship is always referred to as 'She' because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder" -- Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Bound in red textured paper over boards with black title and illustration on upper board.  

Book #9411
$25.00    order or inquire Service Academies Cruise Books U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen chester nimitz USS Shreveport USS Raleigh Natronlant northern Europe

11401 . [Civil War]. Union Soldier's Letter, Postmarked U. S. General Hospital, Annapolis, February 8th, 1862 .
Click for larger imageAnnapolis: , 1862. , Manuscript . Condition: Fine.
     Four page manuscript letter on colorfully patriotic stationery, written by one Joseph B. Farnam of the 8th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers from the military hospital on the Naval Academy grounds at Annapolis. Farnam is writing to a male cousin, and after some pleasantries launches into a colorful diatribe against Annapolis, its residents, its mud, its shabby houses, etc. He appears to allude to prostitution saying that on a walk through the city you would find "…a wenches head to every pane of glass in the house and as many more arround the street and if you want any thing all you have got to do is just to say so and it is all there." He describes Annapolis as "…the dirtiest and mudiest place you ever saw" where "you cant go out without getting into the mud up to your nees and such a thing as a nice house you cant find in the place." Well! Anyway, this fascinating letter is in excellent condition in a nice legible hand.  

Book #11401
$350.00    order or inquire US Civil War Letters Diaries Photographs camp parole Manuscripts civil war letters Annapolis union soldiers

4233 . Dulin, Robert O., Jr., William H. Garzke, Jr., and Robert F. Sumrall (line drawings). Battleships: United States Battleships in World War II .
Click for larger imageAnnapolis: Naval Institute Press, (1976); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , black & white photographs, drawings , xii, 267 pages. Condition: Very Good in a Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     The definitive technical history of all battleships and battlecruisers of the U.S. Navy designed or conceived since the early 1930s. Includes complete plans (numerous fold-outs) and extensive technical data as well as the complete operational careers careers of all active ships. An invitation and a commemorative card from the 1984 commissioning of the new USS Iowa (BB-61) are laid in. Includes a good bibliography and index. Bound in dark gray cloth over boards with pictorial onlay bordered in white rule on upper board, spine titled in white, pictorial endpapers. Minor wear with rubs to cloth at spine ends. Jacket has tears up to 3.5" long at top and bottom of upper joint fold, a few edge chips, rubs, and wrinkles.  

Book #4233
$65.00    order or inquire Battleships US Navy World War II Navy Naval Battles Naval warfare Iowa class USS Iowa

8563 . [Fetridge, William Harrison, Editor, Foreword by James V. Forrestal]. Abbott Hall U. S. N. R.: The record of the United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, Abbott Hall, Northwestern University September 1940-August 1945 .
Click for larger imageChicago: Abbott Hall Publications Committee, [1945]; First Edition. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & White photographs , 168 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Unofficial history of this particular naval midshipmen's training school at Chicago, published just a month before it closed at the end of World War II. Lots of wonderful photographs of the classes, activities, and the school. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with spine and upper board lettered in gilt. Some extremity wear, light fraying to spine ends, shallow bump to lower fore corner of upper board. Interesting card of thanks from uniform supplier Finchley is pasted on front free endpaper. Prior owner name and address at top of front free endpaper, three small pieces of paper with notes on them laid in. These notes appear to relate to the prior owner tracking down Abbott Hall classmates.  

Book #8563
$35.00    order or inquire WW2 World War II U.S. Navy u.S.N.R. Naval Reserve training schools Chicago Benyaurd Bourne Wygant Northwestern University

7900 . Hourigan, P[atrick]. W[illiam]. Manual of Seamanship for the Officer of the Deck, Ship Under Sail Alone, 1903 Original Edition .
Click for larger imageAnnapolis: Naval Institute Press, (1980); Facsimile. Twenty-fourmo, Hardcover , 148 pages. Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Facsimile text of this manual compiled for the watch officer of a U.S. Navy ship under sail. Contains a wealth of detail about life and work aboard sailing vessels, including an appendix of over 100 standard commands to the deck and helm. Bound in tan paper over boards with black-stamped spine title. Jacket has a hint of soiling along fore edges and spine, otherwise clean and crisp in all.  

Book #7900
$35.00    order or inquire Naval History Sailing Ships U. S. Navy commands Watch officer Naval Institute Facsimiles Seamanship Sailors

11300 . Karig, Walter, Malcolm W. Cagle and Frank A. Manson. Battle Report: The War in Korea (Battle Report Series, Vol. VI) .
Click for larger imageNew York: Rinehart and Company, Inc., 1952 (1960). Octavo, Full cloth , black and white photographs, maps , xviii, 520 pages. Condition: Fine in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     The U.S. Navy's combat operations in Korea, prepared from official sources and told as far as possible in the words of the men who participated in the actions described. Karig had concluded his five volumes on World War II when, with the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, he was ordered there to prepare this six volume in the series. Includes over 200 photographs, 8 maps, naval casualty lists and decorations. Bound in grey cloth over boards with spine and upper board stamped in dark blue and gilt. A few light specks of foxing to textblock edges. Jacket has some minor extremity rubs, scattered light foxing.  

Book #11300
$25.00    order or inquire Korean War US Navy Naval History Cold War Communism China Soviet Union Harry S. Truman Pusan perimeter

11356 . Knight, J. B., Compiler. Navy Yearbook: Compilation of Annual Naval Appropriation Laws from 1883 to 1914, Including Provisions for the Construction of all Vessels of the "New Navy"… .
Click for larger imageWashington: Government Printing Office, 1914. Octavo, 3/4 leather , Tables , 967 pages. Condition: Fine.
     Senate Document No. 637, 63rd Congress, 3rd session. Also includes tables showing "present naval strength in vessels and personnel, and amount of appropriations for the naval service, also statistics of foreign navies." A goldmine of information about the navy in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, including much information on the Naval Academy. This copy belonged to George C. Perkins, Governor of California (1880-1883) and U. S. Senator (1893-1915), with his name stamped in gilt on upper board. Bound in dark blue textured cloth over boards with leather spine and fore corners, marbled edges and endpapers. Spine titled in gilt. Mild rubs to extremities.  

Book #11356
$75.00    order or inquire Naval History george c. perkins California Politicians US Navy Congress Senate Senators Vessels

2294 . McMurtrie, Francis E. (Editor). Jane's Fighting Ships, 1939 (Issued November, 1939) .
Click for larger imageLondon: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., 1939; First Edition. Oblong folio, Full cloth , black & white photographs, drawings , ads, xx, 543 pages. Condition: Good.
     Important issue of Jane's, showing how the world's navies looked at the start of World War II. Includes pictures, dimensions, tonnages, armament details, and more. Opens with 55 pages of advertisements by shipbuilders, and related manufactures. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine lettering, upper board stamped in blind. There are two tears of .5" length in cloth at head of spine, minor rubs to binding extremities, a few minor stains to exterior. Front hinge tender but holding.  

Book #2294
$100.00    order or inquire WW2 Holocaust Naval battles Battleships Destroyers Germany U.S. Navy Warships Vessels World War II

4158 . Morison, Samuel Eliot. The Rising Sun in the Pacific 1931-April 1942 (History of United States Naval Operations in World War II, Vol. III) .
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , black and white photographs, maps , xxviii, 411 pages. Condition: Good. No dust jacket.
     The first of nine volumes within the overall series that deals with the U.S. Navy's war with Japan. In this volume Morison devotes considerable attention to laying out the background, the incidents that truly began the war in the Pacific, and the internal conflicts within Japan. Also makes use of data obtained from Japanese records after the war. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine lettering, dark blue topstain. Mild external wear, some spots to cloth. Prior owner name on front free endpaper, bookseller label at lower inner margin of front free endpaper.  

Book #4158
$25.00    order or inquire WW2 World War II Pearl Harbor Japan Pacific Theatre Philippines Wake Island Guam Malay barrier

7298 . Swann, Leonard Alexander, Jr. John Roach, Maritime Entrepreneur: the Years as a Naval Contractor, 1862-1886 .
Click for larger imageAnnapolis: United States Naval Institute, (1965); First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & White photographs, illustrations , xvi, 301 pages. Condition: Very Good in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Roach was an Irish immigrant who rose from an obscure iron founder in New York to become America's foremost marine engine manufacturer and shipbuilder in his day. He developed an "integrated" operation for building iron ships. He got into a controversy with the Cleveland administration and went into bankruptcy building the first four steel warships in the U.S. Navy. Contains a very good bibliography and tables of information on Roach's operations. COLETTA #1593; ALBION p. 62 (starred item). Bound slate-colored cloth over boards with black endpapers and black topstain. Shallow bump at heel of spine. Jacket has some edge rubs, a closed .75" tear at top edge of front panel, a touch of fading to spine, and some rubbing to lower left margin of portrait on front panel. Nice copy.  

Book #7298
$25.00    order or inquire Naval History Steel warships Battleships marine engines iron works foundries Civil War Battleships Ship Construction

10880 . Trumpy, Sigrid (Compiled and edited by), Introduction and Essays by Sari Hornstein. Naval Prints from the Beverley R. Robinson Collection, 1514-1791 .
Click for larger imageAnnapolis: United States Naval Academy Museum, (1991); First printing. Oblong quarto, Full cloth , Color and black & white illustrations , 419 pages. Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket, slipcased. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A stunning catalogue of the exceptional collection of naval prints collected by Mr. Beverley Randolph Robinson (1876-1951) and bequeathed to the United States Naval Academy Museum. Not only is the collection an invaluable source on the naval history of Europe and the New World in the 16th to 18th centuries, but also offers outstanding examples of the art of printmaking from the 16th through 19th centuries in woodcuts, etchings, line engravings, mezzotints, aquatints, and lithographs. This fully illustrated catalogue of 268 prints is arranged chronologically and includes titles and detailed descriptive notes for each entry. A second volume was anticipated but never published. Bound in blue cloth over boards with spine and upper board stamped in silver, matching slipcase.  

Book #10880
$75.00    order or inquire Naval History Prints Printmaking Engraving Etching Naval Warfare Wooden Ships Naval Battles famous ships

7083 . [Tuleja, Thaddeus J., John Dingwell, F. Kent Loomis, Dean Allard, et al]. The Battleship in the United States Navy .
Washington, D.C.: Naval History Division, Navy Department, 1970; First printing. Quarto, Wrappers , monochrome photos, drawings , 65 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     Packs a lot of information into a small space. Overview of the development of the American ship-of-the-line and battleship followed by tables of specific data, including U.S. battleships disposed of before World War II, U.S. battleships which saw service in World War II, details of employment of U.S. battleships in World War II, service of old battleships in World War II, service of fast battleships in World War II. A chronology of U.S. ships-of-the-line and battleships is also included. Printed covers, stapled binding. Tiny extremity rubs.  

Book #7083
$15.00    order or inquire Naval History Battleships ship data Specifications World War II U.S. Navy

11224 . [U. S. Navy]. United States Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho .
Click for larger image[Farragut, ID]: (s.n.), [1943]; First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , black and white photographs, drawings , [32 pages]. Condition: Near fine.
     Original publication from this U.S.N.T.S. on northern Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille. Dozens of photographs illustrated daily life and typical activities at the base, which was then the second largest naval training station during the war. Bound in printed paper covers over saddle stapled binding. Lovely copy with only light soil to rear cover and a few extremity rubs.  

Book #11224
$30.00    order or inquire Training and Camps World War II Idaho Panhandle Naval Training Station U.S. Navy

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