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8679 . Ashley, Clifford W[arren]. (1881-1947); Introduction by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Whaleships of New Bedford: Sixty Plates .
Click for larger imageBoston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1929; First printing. Quarto, Original cloth , Black & white sketches , vi, [2] pages, 60 leaves of plates. Condition: Very Good in a Worn Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A wonderful gathering of drawings depicting a wide variety of whaling scenes and experiences on shore and at sea. Ashley grew up immersed in the subject he depicts so realistically here. "[Ashley]...tells his story so frankly that even the stranger can scarcely fail to grasp the spirit of what he portrays" -- Franklin Roosevelt, from the Introduction. This is one of 1,035 copies, of which 1,000 were for sale. HOWES #A355. Bound in red cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board, deckle fore and bottom edges. Shallow rubbed wrinkles to cloth at spine ends, some light scattered foxing inside. Plain tan paper jacket with spine lettered and decorated in black. Chips and tears to jacket edges along with some mild browning to spine and some light soil.  

Book #8679
$175.00    order or inquire Whaling maritime art Limited Edition Nantucket Sleigh-ride Cutting in Whalers Charles W. Morgan Massachusetts Hermaphrodite Brig

8557 . Gibbs, Jim. Pacific Square-Riggers: Pictorial History of the Great Windships of Yesteryear .
Click for larger imageSeattle: Superior Publishing Company, (1969); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , black & white photographs, illus. , 192 pages. Condition: Very Good in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Colorful tales of the big sailing ships on the West Coast. Chapters on whaling in Hawaii and Alaska, the grain fleet, ships figureheads, and more. Appendices document sailing vessels owned on the Pacific Coast and passages in the Pacific by commercial sailing vessels. Bound in blue textured paper over boards with spine and upper board titled in black. Some faint spotting to boards, faint foxing to endpapers, otherwise clean and sound. Jacket has a few extremity rubs and was apparently trimmed about 1/8" too narrow in manufacturing.  

Book #8557
$30.00    order or inquire Sailing Ships Sailors Pacific Ocean Pacific Coast Pacific Northwest Oregon California Alaska Whaling

11281 . Gilkerson, William. An Arctic Whaling Sketchbook (Signed) .
Click for larger imageFairhaven: Edward J. Lefkowicz, Inc., 1983; Limited edition. Folio, Full cloth , black and white sketches , [56] pages. Condition: Fine.
     Gilkerson's portfolio of studies for his ink and watercolor wash drawings in "American Whalers in the Western Arctic." This edition consisted of 120 copies of which 100 were for sale. This is copy #23, hand-numbered and SIGNED by Gilkerson on limitation page. Additionally, Gilkerson has INSCRIBED and SIGNED a personal note on front free endpaper. Bound in gray cloth over boards with upper board titled in silver foil. Upper board shows a faint tint of browning toward lower fore edge.  

Book #11281
$250.00    order or inquire Whaling Artists Signed By Author Limited Edition Arctic Eskimos Whales Polar Wooden Ships

3773 . Paine, Ralph D[elahaye]. The Ships and Sailors of Old Salem: the Record of a Brilliant Era of American Achievement .
Click for larger imageBoston: Charles E. Lauriat Co., 1927; Revised edition. Octavo, Original cloth , black & white plates , xviii, 471 pages. Condition: Good. No dustjacket.
     Drawn from log books, sea journals, and other hitherto unpublished manuscripts of men who made Salem the most famous port in the New World. This revised edition contains a new preface by the author and a new complete index. Well illustrated. Bound in blue cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Some spotting to boards, light rubs to extremities, front endpaper shows a 1 1/2" split along inner margin, prior owner penned date at top edge of front free endpaper.  

Book #3773
$25.00    order or inquire Massachusetts Salem Ships Trade Merchants Sea Oceans Americana Whaling

9055 . Savings Bank of New London. A Century of Banking in New London, Published in Commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of The Savings Bank of New London .
Click for larger imageNew London, CT: (Savings Bank of New London), (1927); First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , black & white photographs, illus. , [ii], 57 pages. Condition: Fine.
     History of this New London, Connecticut bank which was established to provide a safe place for small deposits by average citizens. Lots of details and anecdotes about the bank, its founders and officers through the years, and also about the town itself and its ties to the whaling industry. Includes historic photographs and portraits. Bound in stiff card covers with Yapp edges, dark brown and gilt block, lettering, and medallion on front cover, cord tied at spine. Just minor extremity rubs to covers, otherwise clean and crisp.  

Book #9055
$35.00    order or inquire Connecticut Whaling financial history Banking Banks Ebenezer Learned William P. Cleaveland Increase Wilson Nathaniel S. Perkins

8774 . Tilton, George Fred (Introduction by M. D. C. Crawford). "Cap'n George Fred" Himself .
Click for larger imageEdgartown: Dukes County Historical Society, 1969; Reprint. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & White photographs, illustrations , xviii, 295 pages. Condition: Good in a very good dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     True whaling and seafaring adventures as recalled by a colorful Martha's Vineyard captain. Illustrated with photographs, silhouettes, and from paintings and drawings by Harry Neyland. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt spine and upper board lettering, illustrated endpapers. Some faint spotting to boards, foxing to textblock edges. Jacket has browning at edges, minor edge rubs, faint foxing scattered on underside.  

Book #8774
$35.00    order or inquire Whaling Merchant Marine New England Whales ARctic rescue martha's vineyard Commercial Fishing sea captain

10254 . Tripp, Howland. In Whaling Days .
Click for larger imageBoston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1909; First printing. Duodecimo, Original cloth , [vi], 371 pages. Condition: Good. No dust jacket.
     Posthumously published tales commemorating the whalers of New Bedford. Tripp gathered much of his information directly from firsthand sources. Bound in drab green cloth over boards with illustration of a whaling ship to upper board. Head and heel of spine have some chipping and slight fraying, minor wear to other extremities. Front board has some rubs to lettering and illustration. Oval stamp of Chace Library of West Harwich, MA on front free endpaper, evidence of an old pocket on rear pastedown. Some scattered foxing.  

Book #10254
$75.00    order or inquire Whaling Whales new bedford Massachusetts First Editions Whalers Ships Adventure

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