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Books Relating to the Chesapeake Bay

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7197 . Barrie, Robert and George Barrie, Jr. Cruises, Mainly in the Bay of the Chesapeake .
Click for larger imagePhiladelphia: Franklin Press, 1909; First Edition. Octavo, Full cloth , black & white photographic plates , [x], 276 pages. Condition: Very good. No dust jacket.
     A Chesapeake Bay classic. The first book to draw significant attention to the Bay as ideally suited for pleasure boating. The Barrie brothers were members of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Philadelphia, and made their first cruise the Bay in 1897 by way of the C&D Canal, just at the beginning of the reign of the skipjack among Chesapeake Bay workboats. There were also numerous other workboats plying the Bay's waters then, but George Barrie later recalled that "Yachts in those days were almost as scarce as hen's teeth." (in Burgess, "This was Chesapeake Bay.") The book is written in a charmingly readable style and does not confine itself to scenes on the water but includes many interesting vignettes of Annapolis, Oxford, St. Michael's, activity around the boatyards, etc. Nicely illustrated with dozens of photographic plates depicting the native sailing craft as well as scenes in the sleepy shore towns and boatyards (note: the illustrations in the later Bryn Mawr editions are rather inferior to the original plates herein). Fold-out map of the Bay at rear. HOWES #B-176; TOY #1023; PRATT-EASTERN SHORE #35; MORRIS & HOWLAND p. 11. This copy has been nicely rebound in maroon cloth over boards some time ago. Gilt spine title, top edge gilt. Slight rubs to extremities, mild browning to spine. Fold-out map has a short tissue-repaired tear at lower attachment. All in all a very nice copy of this uncommon source on early Chesapeake pleasure boating.  

Book #7197
$250.00    order or inquire Maryland Sailing Chesapeake Bay Yachting Corinthian Yacht Club Barrie Brothers Skipjacks Eastern Shore Americana

2646 . Bodine, A[ldine]. Aubrey. The Face of Maryland .
Click for larger imageBaltimore: Bodine & Associates, Inc., (1961); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & White photographs , 144 pages. Condition: Fine in a Good, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A spectacular collection of over 230 photographs by Maryland's most renowned photographer. Bound in pictorial cloth over boards with cartoon illustrated endpapers by Richard Q. Yardley. Slight rubs at binding extremities. Dust jacket has a 5" tear extending from top edge of upper joint fold into front jacket panel, otherwise only minor wear. Lovely copy.  

Book #2646
$35.00    order or inquire MARYLAND Photography Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Americana Sunpapers Eastern Shore Watermen Photographs

4030 . Brown, Alexander Crosby (Foreword by Walter Lord). Steam Packets on the Chesapeake: a History of the Old Bay Line Since 1840 .
Click for larger imageCambridge, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc., 1961; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & White photographs, illustrations , xvi, 192 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Rich history of the nation's oldest steamboat line--the Baltimore Steam Packet Company--which operated between Baltimore and Norfolk. Interesting information on the impact of World War II on the company, including the requisitioning of two thirds of its fleet for combat. After that war, one of the company's former vessels became the 'Exodus 1947,' carrying 4,500 illegal Jewish immigrants to Haifa, Palestine in the push for an Israeli state. Well illustrated with historic photographs. Appendices include a detailed roster of the steamers, information on the Bay Line's personalities, and a good bibliography. ALBION, p. 36 (starred item). Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt spine lettering. Tiny extremity rubs at spine ends. Jacket has chips to top edge and other minor wear. Prior owner bookplate on front free endpaper. Attractive copy overall.  

Book #4030
$35.00    order or inquire Steamships Nautical & Maritime Exodus 1947 Israel, Jews Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Steamboats Virginia Maryland

5605 . Burgess, Robert H. Chesapeake Circle .
Click for larger imageCambridge, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, 1965; First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , black & white photographs, illus. , xii, 211 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A fine collection of historic photographs and remembrances of those who lived and worked on the Chesapeake Bay. Includes material on shipbuilding, sailing vessels, steamboating, oyster dredging, natural history and much more. PRATT, EASTERN SHORE #278. Bound in blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine lettering, endpaper maps. Prior owner inscription on front free endpaper. Jacket has minor edge wear, a few shallow chips to spine ends, a couple of closed tears along joints at head of spine, and some mild browning.  

Book #5605
$25.00    order or inquire Maryland Annapolis Oysters Watermen Schooners Skipjacks Nautical & Maritime Eastern Shore Americana

11249 . Footner, Geoffrey M[arsh]. The Last Generation: A History of a Chesapeake Shipbuilding Family (Signed) .
Click for larger imageSolomons, MD: Calvert Marine Museum Press, 1991; First printing. Oblong quarto, Full cloth , black and white photographs, illus. , xiv, 194 pages. Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     The life and work of Chesapeake shipwright Clarence E. Davis and the four generations of his family that preceded him in building wooden vessels on these waters. Nicely illustrated. This copy INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Footner to famed naval architect and historian Thomas C. Gillmer, on half title. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine and upper board titles, color pictorial onlay tipped onto upper board, map illustrations to both pastedowns. Minor extremity wear, faint foxing to textblock edges, scattered faint spotting to cloth. Jacket has some minor dampness ripples to front panel, minor edge wear.  

Book #11249
$100.00    order or inquire Maryland Chesapeake Bay Shipbuilding Davis of Solomons Island pilot schooners James Island Taylors Island St. Michaels Bugeyes

9346 . Gillespie, C. Richard. The James Adams Floating Theatre .
Click for larger imageCentreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers, (1991); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , black and white photographs, maps , xvi, 288 pages. Condition: very good in a very good cloth wrapper. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     History of this unique entertainment venue that plied the Tidewater region for over 25 years. James E. Adams's boat was the basis for Edna Ferber's well known novel "Showboat." Gillespie's extensive research draws on primary materials, interviews, and unpublished diaries. Includes many interesting photographs and a good bibliography. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine. Prior ownership label at top fore corner of front free endpaper. Jacket shows a few minor extremity rubs and shallow wrinkles.  

Book #9346
$19.00    order or inquire Theater and Drama Chesapeake Bay Virginia Maryland Actors vaudville showboat Drama Entertainment

1294 . Hamer, Red (author and photographer). Four Seasons of the Chesapeake Bay: Volume I, Spring-Summer Edition (Signed) .
West Chester: Four Seasons Book Publishers, 1983 (1980); Second printing. Folio, Hardcover , Color photographs , 128 pages. Condition: Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     SIGNED by Hamer on half title page. Lovely color photographs of Maryland and Virginia towns on or near the Chesapeake. Slight wear at spine ends. Jacket shows a touch of browning along spine and some light soil to rear panel.  

Book #1294
$19.00    order or inquire Maryland Maryland Williamsburg Annapolis Virginia Chesapeake Boating Watermen Eastern Shore Author Signed

5076 . Horton, Tom. An Island Out of Time: a Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake .
Click for larger imageNew York: W. W. Norton & Company, (1996); First printing. Octavo, Hardcover , xvi, 316 pages. Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Horton, a respected environmental journalist, was a 3 year resident of this unique waterman's island nine miles from the mainland. He records here the traditions of oystering, crabbing, churchgoing, hunting, poaching, and social rituals of these fiercely independent men and women. Clean copy, no prior ownership marks.  

Book #5076
$15.00    order or inquire Maryland Virginia Chesapeake Seafood Fishing Traditions Cultural studies Dialect smith island cakes

4966 . Horton, Tom. Bay Country .
Click for larger imageBaltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, (1991); Early printing. Octavo, Full cloth , Drawings by Charles R. Hazard , xvi, 223 pages. Condition: Very good in a very good, price clipped dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Baltimore Sun environmental writer portrays the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. Winner of the Burroughs Medal for nature writing. Faint foxing to top and fore edges of textblock.  

Book #4966
$15.00    order or inquire Maryland Chesapeake Nature Conservation Watermen Boating Environment

8873 . Horton, Tom and William M. Eichbaum for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Turning the Tide: Saving the Chesapeake Bay (Signed by Horton) .
Click for larger imageWashington, D.C.: Island Press, (1991); First printing. Octavo, Hardcover , diagrams, maps, charts , xxiv, 328 pages. Condition: Fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A study of the entire bay ecosystem's health, the progress that has been made toward cleaning it up, and the work that remains. SIGNED by Tom Horton on half title page. Bound in brown textured paper over boards, spine titled in gilt.  

Book #8873
$25.00    order or inquire Maryland Chesapeake Bay Ecology Signed By Author Watermen Blue Crabs Rockfish Commercial Fishing Oysters

8265 . Keith, Robert C. Baltimore Harbor: A Picture History .
Click for larger image(Baltimore): (Ocean World Publishing Co. Inc.), 1982; Second printing. Quarto, Full cloth , black and white photographs, illus. , viii, 168 pages. Condition: Fine in a Near Fine, Price Clipped Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A thorough guide to Baltimore harbor, with hundreds of historic photographs, maps, and charts. Bound in brown cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board titles. Jacket shows a few faint extremity rubs.  

Book #8265
$35.00    order or inquire Maryland Baltimore Steamboats Canton federal hill Chesapeake Bay Signed By Author old bay line Nautical & Maritime

6380 . Middleton, Arthur Pierce. The Colonial Virginia Parish .
(S.l.): (s.n.), [ca. 1969]. Octavo, Wrappers , [15 pages]. Condition: Fine.
     Reprinted article from 'The Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Vol. XL, No. 4". Chesapeake historian and Episcopal Canon Middleton (author of "Tobacco Coast") discusses the establishment and early development of the Episcopal Church in the Virginia colony. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Middleton on front cover. Printed front cover, stapled binding.  

Book #6380
$15.00    order or inquire Colonial Era Virginia Chesapeake Bay Episcopal Church Church Of England Colonies Religion Virginia Company Jonathan Boucher

3985 . Morrison, Russell; Edward C. Papenfuse; Nancy M. Bramucci; Robert J. H. Janson-La Palme. On the Map: An Exhibit and Catalogue of Maps Relating to Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Honoring George Washington at the beginning of the Third Century of Washington College at Chestertown, Maryland February 21 - March 6, 1983 .
Click for larger imageChestertown: Washington College, 1983; First printing. Oblong quarto, Wrappers , Black & white maps , [x], 102 pages. Condition: Very good.
     Wonderful collection of historic Maryland maps, mostly from the Huntingfield Collection, with some additional rare maps loaned by other collectors and institutions. Each map is accompanied by a generous catalogue entry containing its author, date and place, features, size, orientation, description, and other details. Includes a good bibliography and complete index at rear. Pictorial paper covers with some minor extremity rubs. Prior owner bookplate on inside front cover, slight fading along spine.  

Book #3985
$50.00    order or inquire Maryland Surveying Mason-Dixon line Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore Washington, George Maps and Map Making Cartography Washington College

9424 . Sawin, Nancy C[hurchman]. Locks, Traps and Corners on and along the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal .
Click for larger image(Hockessin, DE): (Northern Light Studio), (1984); First printing. Oblong Quarto, Wrappers , black and white sketches , [56 pages]. Condition: Near Fine.
     Charming sketches and historical narrative depicting farms, houses, transportation, and various scenes. The drawings are reminiscent of the work of Eric Sloane. Includes a brief bibliography and maps on inside covers. Bound in printed paper covers over saddle-stapled binding. Mild browning along spine, a few tiny rubs at corner tips, faint sticker ghost at top fore corner of inside front cover with some offset to facing page.  

Book #9424
$25.00    order or inquire Delaware D & C Canal Canals Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore cecil county Historic Houses chesapeake and delaware Delaware City

7949 . Singewald, Joseph T. Shore Erosion in Tidewater Maryland (Reprinted from Bulletin 6) [cover title] .
Baltimore: State of Maryland Board of Natural Resources, 1949. Octavo, Wrappers , black & white photographs, illus. , 1-18 & 115-128 pages. Condition: Fair.
     Explains Maryland's unique shore drift problems with photographs, diagrams, maps, and text. Discusses Gibson Island, Bay Ridge, and Chink's Point among other locations. Bound in pale grey paper covers over saddle-stapled binding. Some rustiness to staples, some dampstaining to page edges.  

Book #7949
$9.00    order or inquire Maryland Chesapeake Bay sands Beaches Rivers Erosion conservation Bay Ridge Gibson Island

10681 . Singewald, Joseph T. and Turbit H. Slaughter. Bulletin 6: Shore Erosion in Tidewater Maryland .
Click for larger imageBaltimore: State of Maryland Board of Natural Resources, 1949; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & white photographs, maps , viii, 141 pages. Condition: Good.
     Comprehensive study of Maryland's unique shoreline erosion problems, comparing the original U.S.C.&G. surveys to those of the mid 20th century to graphically illustrate the magnitude of the problem. Illustrated with photographs and maps, including a packet of folded maps in pocket on rear pastedown. Of these there are 4 from Calvert County that are missing. Bound in dark green cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine and upper board. Some light exterior rubs, otherwise very nice.  

Book #10681
$35.00    order or inquire Maryland Chesapeake Bay Erosion shorelines Bay Ridge sandy point Anne Arundel County shipping channels sand

7488 . Smith, Melbourne (Introduction by Robert H. Burgess). Sailing Vessels of the Chesapeake: Nine original lithographed prints from the International Historical Watercraft Collection by Melbourne Smith, Volume Number One (Signed) .
Click for larger imageAnnapolis: Admiralty Publishing House, Ltd., (1973). Oblong folio, Stiff card covers , Color lithographs , [iv], 9 plates. Condition: Good.
     Naval architect Thomas C. Gillmer's copy, INSCRIBED and SIGNED to him by Smith. This fine collection of prints gives credence to the description of the Chesapeake Bay as the 'cradle of American naval architecture.' Here are the Virginia pilot boat "Swift," the Baltimore clipper "Experiment," the log canoe "Margaret P. Hall," the bugeye "Lizzie J. Cox," the beloved skipjack "Geneva May," and others. Melbourne Smith's paintings are known for their historic and structural accuracy based on extensive research and experience, and also for their fine artistic quality. The nine 16" x 12" prints are reproduced to the highest standards on quality paper. They are interleaved with protective tissue guards printed with descriptive text. Nice association to Gillmer. Bound in stiff paper covers with cloth reinforced spine. Front cover shows some minor edge wear and a bit of fading along fore and bottom edge. Interior has some faint scattered foxing.  

Book #7488
$175.00    order or inquire Nautical Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes Skipjacks Baltimore Clippers watercraft Pungy Wooden Boats Naval Architecture

7417 . Tawes, William I. God, Man, Salt Water and the Eastern Shore .
Click for larger imageCambridge: Tidewater Publishers, 1977; Revised edition. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & white photographs, illus., endpapers , xxii, 295 pages. Condition: Very Good in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Charming reminiscences of Tawes's boyhood around the turn of the century in Somerset County on Maryland's lower Eastern Shore. Substantial material added to this edition. See PRATT, EASTERN SHORE #832. Bound in light green cloth over boards with gilt spine lettering. Some shallow bumps to cloth at spine ends, spine lettering slightly dulled. Jacket has a few tiny edge rubs and shallow wrinkles, and a 2" by 3/4" light brown stain at bottom edge of rear panel.  

Book #7417
$20.00    order or inquire Maryland Eastern Shore Virginia Somerset County Chesapeake Bay Watermen Crabs Local Color Tales Creek Country

8543 . Townsend, George Alfred "Gath". The Entailed Hat or Patty Cannon's Times, a Romance .
Click for larger imageNew York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, (1912) [1920s?]; Early edition. Octavo, Full cloth , x, 565 pages. Condition: Fine in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Classic historical novel of the Delmarva Peninsula and the slave kidnapper, Patty Cannon. Originally published in 1884. Explores the slave trade from the points of view of the kidnapper, the slave, and the slave owner. Townsend was born and grew up in the area about which he writes and vividly captures the people and vernacular of the remote Eastern Shore. PRATT, EASTERN SHORE #1117. Teackle Mansion edition, exclusively distributed by Carl H. Monsees. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with spine titled in yellow. A few light rubs at extremities. Jacket has a touch of fading to spine and some shallow edge chips at heel of spine. Uncommon early printing in jacket  

Book #8543
$100.00    order or inquire Maryland Patty Cannon Slavery Slaves Joe Johnson Sampson Delmarva delaware Chesapeake Bay

9151 . Tucker, Jane Foster. Half Pint (Signed) .
Click for larger imageCambridge: Tidewater Publishers, 1975; First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , Black & White photographs , viii, 96 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     Biography of yacht designer and small boat sailor Ernest Tucker of Oxford, Maryland and his double-ended sloop, Half Pint, written by his wife. Though handicapped since a child, Tucker sailed the Chesapeake for 30 some years in Half Pint while working in various yacht yards around the Bay including the Owens Yacht Company, Annapolis Yacht Yard, and John Trumpy & Sons, Inc. Includes many Bay and yachting anecdotes along with interesting photographs. SIGNED by both Jane Foster Tucker and Ernest Tucker on title page. PRATT, EASTERN SHORE #855; MORRIS & HOWLAND, p. 147. Bound in blue pictorial paper covers with slight extremity rubs, map of Half Pint cruises on inside front cover and front free endpaper. Prior ownership inscription at top edge of inside front cover and top of title page.  

Book #9151
$35.00    order or inquire Maryland Chesapeake Bay John Trumpy & Sons Annapolis Eastern Shore Yacht Design Signed By Author Sailing disabled

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