Newport News: The Mariner's Museum, 1937. First printings. Black and white plates, scale drawings. Wraps. Octavo. 113 pages (Part I) and
Wraps. Oblong folio. Unpaginated plates (Part II). Text volume has a slight vertical crease to front cover, otherwise no significant wear. Large oblong Plates volume has been folded along the short dimension, with resultant creasing. There are a few other corner creases, extremity rubs, etc. There is a faint dampstain at top edge which extends into the first 3 leaves to a maximum depth of about 1/2". Rear cover is browned along central fold. Prior owner has handwritten the title on rear cover, and there is an ownership stamp at bottom edge. A few light stains to covers. Overall a good to near fine set, tough to find complete.
Brewington's first book. An excellent study of the region's early log canoes, canoe building methods, sailing rigs, and log canoe racing. The log canoe is a native Chesapeake Bay sailing craft and was the primary fishing boat on the Bay before the development of the bugeye and skipjack.
Part I contains the descriptive text and 40 illustrations. Part II contains scale drawings and information on eleven Chesapeake log canoes, six of which were built in Talbot County. This latter volume of plans is quite uncommon to find.