1) Albion, Robert Greenhalgh. Naval and Maritime History: an
Annotated Bibliography. David Charles, Newton Abbot. 4th revised
and expanded edition. 1973. 8 vo., 370 pp. Over 5000 entries.
Clear cross-referencing, through a classification system, and
subject and author indexes make this a valuable research aid
to maritime historians everywhere. Blue cloth. Minor wear and
fading of edges; slight soiling of topedges; o/w Vg in VG d.j.
with some chipping and discolouration. $27.50
2) Arbuckle, J. Graeme. Badges of the Canadian Navy. Nimbus
Publishing, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1st Edition (1987). Narrow
8 vo., 203 pp. Features descriptions and colour representations
of the badges of HMC ships, naval air squadrons, reserve divisions,
and naval shore establishments and also gives an insight into the
history of each ship. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in
VG d.j. with minor chipping and rubbing. $31.50
3) "Ark Royal", the Admiralty Account of Her Achievement. Musson
Book Co., Toronto. 1943. 1st Can. Edition. Stapled booklet abt.
5-1/4 x 8" tall, 64 pp. The Ark Royal was launched in April, 1937
and sunk in November, 1942. In between, she performed admirably.
This is her story. Numerous photos. Pictorial card wraps. The covers
somewhat discoloured; the staples rusted; prev. owner's small address
label on the half-title; abt. a G+ copy. SOLD
4) Armstrong, John Griffith. The Halifax Explosion and the Royal
Canadian Navy. UBC Press, Vancouver and Toronto (2002). 1st Edition.
8 vo., 248 pp. A shrewd and careful exploration of naval, military,
and social questions surrounding The Halifax Explosion in December,
1917. 9 pages of photos plus 3 maps. Blue cloth. Slight edgewear;
gift inscription on f.e.p.; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG+ pictorial d.j.
with minor chipping and rubbing. $20.00
5) "Bartimeus". The Turn of the Road: being the story of the part
played by the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy in the landings in Algeria
and French Morocco of combined British and United States forces
on 8th November, 1942, and the final destruction of the Axis
forces in North Africa. Chatto and Windus, Lon. 1946. Distributed
in Canada by Oxford University Press, Tor. 12 mo., 123 pp. A first-
hand account written during 1943 and published here without alteration.
Includes 5 diagrams and 3 fold-out maps. Blue cloth. Moderate wear
and fading of covers; f.e.p. removed; slight smokey odor; o/w a
G+ copy in a Good Only d.j. with heavy chipping and several short
taped tears. $14.00
6) Beaver, Paul. Fleet Command. Britain's Armed Forces Today: 2.
Ian Allan, London. 1st Edition. 1984. Tall 4 to., 48 pp. After the
Falkland conflict, the Royal Navy was forced to assess its Fleet
and make changes and improvements. The aircraft carriers, destroyers
and frigates as described in this book were thoroughly examined
and their shortcomings rectified. Many photos and specs. Stiff card
pictorial wraps. Slight edgewear; one corner bent; o/w a VG copy.
7) Bercuson, David J. and Holger H. Herwig. Deadly Seas: the Duel
between the St. Croix and the U305 in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Random House of Canada, Tor.(1997). 8 vo., 346 pp. plus 16 pp. of
b/w photos. The dramatic story of the birth, life and death of the
HMCS St. Croix and the German U305 and their conflict in the eastern
Atlantic on September 20, 1943. Only one ship survived the encounter,
neither survived the war. This unique collaboration between a German
and a Canadian sets the record straight for both side. Black cloth.
Slight edgewear; slightly cocked; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $23.00
8) Bishop, Arthur. Courage at Sea. Canada's Military Heritage,
Volume III. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Tor. 1st Edition. 1995. 8 vo., 191 pp.
Bishop brings to light the role of Canada's maritime heroes in the
Battle of the Atlantic, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the invasion of
North Africa, the battles in the gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay
of Biscay, and the dreaded Murmansk Run. Blue cloth. Slight edgewear;
o/w VG+ in VG+ pictorial d.j. $15.50
9) Blair, Clay. Hitler's U-Boat War: the Hunters 1939-1942. Random
House, N.Y. 1st Edition (1996). Lg. 8 vo., 809 pp. plus 16 pp. of
b/w photos. The first volume of a monumental and ground-breaking history
of the Battle of the Atlantic. Told chronologically, it is subdivided
into two major sections: the War Against the British Empire, and the
War Against the Americans. 7 maps. Makes use of the official codebreaking
records not released by Washington and London until the 1980's. Grey
paper-on-boards with Black cloth spine. Minor edgewear; prev. owner's
blind stamp on f.e.p.; o/w a VG+ copy in VG+ d.j. SOLD
10) Busch, Fritz-Otto. The Drama of the Scharnhorst: a Factual
Account from the German Viewpoint. Trans. from the German by Eleanor
Brockett and anton Ehrenzweig. Robert Hale, Lon. 1st English Edition.
1956. Sm. 8 vo., 186 pp. plus 17 pp. of b/w photos. Also incl. 3 plans.
While the story of the final battle and sinking of the "Scharnhorst"
on Dec. 26th, 1945, is the core of this book, the author also covers
the whole life-history of the 32000-ton battleship from 1939 onward.
Blue cloth. Moderate wear and fading of edges; prev. owner's bookplate
and name stamp on f.e.p.'s; o/w a -VG copy in G+ price-clipped
pictorial d.j. $21.00
11) Cain, Emily. Ghost Ships. Hamilton and Scourge: Historical
Treasures from the War of 1812. 1st Edition by Musson, Tor., and
simultaneously by Beaufort Books, N.Y. 1983. 4 to., 152 pp.
The "Hamilton and Scourge" were waiting in darkness to engage in battle
at dawn with six British-Canadian Squadron ships on August 8, 1813,
when a sudden squall blew across the lake, caught the ships beam on
and sank them both. Their resting places were discovered in 1975. The
author provides their history and a description of their condition
once they were found. Many photos, some in colour. Line drawings of
each ship on the e.p.'s. Brown cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in
G+ pictorial d.j. $24.50
12) Cant, Gilbert. America's Navy in World War II. John Day Co.,
N.Y. (1943). 432 pp. plus 16 pp. of b/w photos. 13 maps and
diagrams. The author provides an educated analysis of the successes
and failures of the American Navy in its first seventeen months
of action in WWII. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear and some minor
fading to covers; poor wartime paper is discoloured; small piece
of paper missing from front inner hinge (perhaps a binding error);
some colour rubbed from topedges; o/w a VG clean copy. $18.00
13) Chant, Christopher. Warships of the 20th Century. Tiger
Books International, Lon. 1st Edition. 1996. Tall 4 to., 144 pp.
A useful reference book with sections on: The Battleship and
Battle-Cruiser; The Cruiser; Destroyers and Escorts; Fast Attack
Craft; and The Aircraft Carrier. Many b/w photos and original
colour art by John Batchelor, as well as General Index and an
Index of Ship's Names. Glossy pictorial boards. Mild bumping of
a couple corners; prev. owner's small address label on f.e.p.;
o/w a Near Fine copy in a VG+ matching pictorial d.j. $21.00
14) Cameron, Ian. Red Duster, White Ensign: the Story of the
Malta Convoys. Frederick Muller Ltd., London. 1959. 1st Edition.
8 vo., 218 pp. plus 8 pp. of b/w photos. 3 full-page maps. "Many
of the true stories in this book are epics of the sea--outstanding
examples of the courage and fine seamanship of the men of the Royal
Navy and the Merchant Navy." Some ships mentioned are the "Ohio",
the "Breconshire", and the U.S. aircraft-carrier "Wasp". There is
a 2-page Chronological Table of the principal convoys to Malta,
their composition, lossed and cargoes landed. Red cloth. Some
minor edgewear and rubbing; minor foxing of endpapers and foredges;
bookseller's stamp on f.e.p.; o/w a VG copy in a VG pictorial
15) Colledge, J.J. Ships of the Royal Navy. Greenhill Books,
London. 2003. This is the updated version of the 1987 edition of
Volume 1 of Mr. Colledge's excellent work. (Volume 2 covers trawlers,
drifters, tugs and requisitioned ships.) A comprehensive reference
of all ships that served in the Royal Navy, brought up-to-date by
Ben Warlow. Black cloth. Slight edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG+
pictorial d.j. $35.00
16) Cunningham, Viscount of Hyndhope. A Sailor's Odyssey: an
autobiography of Admiral of the Fleet. Hutchinson, London. 5th
printing, Aug. 1953. Lg. 8 vo., 715 pp. plus 31 pp. of photos.
Complete with 16 maps. The story of a great leader and a brilliant
fighting seaman. Viscount Cunningham is best known for his gallant
and determined leadership as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean,
in the dark days of 1940-41, when, after the surrender of France
and Italy's entry into the war, with Britain fighting single-handed,
he held the Eastern Mediterranean with a fleet greatly inferior
to the Italian. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; fading of
top inch of spine where a piece of the d.j. was missing; minor
foxing to foredges; bookseller's stamp on f.e.p.; o/w a VG
copy with most of a Poor d.j. laid in. $32.50
17) Easton, Alan. 50 North: Canada's Atlantic Battleground.
Ryerson Press, Toronto. 1st Edition. 1963. Sm. 8 vo., 287 pp. plus
4 b/w illus. Foreword by Rear-Admiral K.L. Dyer. Lt.-Commander
Alan Easton of the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve tells of his
experiences during the Second World War, discussing the men and
the ships that he knew so well. Blue cloth. Minor wear and soiling
of edges; minor soiling and foxing of topedges; one corner bumped;
prev. owner's name on f.e.p.; o/w a VG copy in a G+
pictorial d.j. $17.00
18) Essex, James W. Victory in the St. Lawrence: the
Unknown U-Boat War. Boston Mills Press, Erin, Ontario. Abt.
8-1/2 x 11" tall, 160 pp. 1st Softcover Edition. 2004. A little-known
Canadian war story. "In 1942, marauding U-Boats entered the Gulf
of St. Lawrence and did a great deal of damage. They roamed the
Gulf and River St. Lawrence at will and were seldom opposed. They
sank Canadian warships and valuable merchant vessels almost with
impunity." This is the long untold story of how the Canadians
fought back, told by one who was there. Numerous b/w photos. Glossy
pictorial heavy card wraps. Minor edgewear; one corner turned on a
few pages; o/w a VG+ copy. $16.50
19) Ferguson, Julie H. Through a Canadian Periscope: the Story of
the Canadian Submarine Service. Dundurn Press, Tor., Oxford (1995).
8 vo., 364 pp. plus 36 pp. of photos. A colourful and thoroughly
researched account of Canada's silent service since its beginning
in British Columbia on the first day of WWI. Green cloth. Minor
edgewear; paper discoloured; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $17.50
20) Galuppini, Gino. Warships of the World: an Illustrated
Encyclopedia. Times Books, N.Y. 1st U.S. Edition (1986). Sm. folio,
320 pp. Rear Admiral Gino Galuppini, former head of the Italian Navy's
Historical Dept. and a member of the NATO Mediterranean Command,
shows how the warship has evolved through a combination of technological
advances and historical necessity. The 11 chapters reveal the evolution
of the fighting ship. Supplemented by 544 colour drawings and over
1000 scale drawings in b/w. An extensive appendix includes charts, ground
plans of each unit, and the relevant technical data. An invaluable
reference source and a work of art. Grey cloth. Minor wear and
discolouring of edges; prev. owner's small address stamp on f.e.p.;
o/w a VG+ copy in a VG+ pictorial d.j. Extra postage applies. $40.00
21) Gardiner, Robert (ed.). Fleet Battle and Blockade: the French
Revolutionary War 1793-1797. Chatham Publishing, London. 1st Edition.
1996. Tall 4 to., 192 pp. Published in association with the National
Maritime Museum and uses many of the images from their collection.
Text contributions from Nicholas Tracy, Dr. Roger Morriss and David
Lyon. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $24.00
22) German, Commander Tony. The Sea Is At Our Gates: the History of
the Canadian Navy. McClelland & Stewart, Tor. (1990) 1st Edition.
Tall 8 vo., 360 pp. The Canadian Navy's story, from its colonial
roots through the 20th century wars to the close of the Cold War
era in 1990. With perspectives from the messdecks, quarterdecks and
high command. The story of a proud force scuttled time and again by
its political masters. Grey cloth. Minor edgewear; prev. owner's
name sticker on front and rear endpapers; o/w VG in VG pictorial
23) Gibbons, Tony (General Editor). The Encyclopedia of Ships: over
1500 military and civilian ships from 5000 B.C. to the Present Day.
Silverdale Books (Bookmart), Enderby, Leicester. (2001). Published
at 40 British Pounds. Divided into two sections: The Age of Sail, from
the earliest times to 1859; The Age of Steam and Beyond. The second
section opens with a chapter devoted solely to the remarkable diversity
of merchant shipping over the last 150 years. Thereafter, each chapter
encompasses a specific period in the development of warships up to
the present day. Each entry consists of a technical and career history
accompanied by a comprehensive specification table detailing
displacement, armament, speed, and much more. Each entry also has
a photograph or coloured drawing. Glossy pictorial boards. Three small
tears to bottom of spine; minor rubbing; o/w VG+ in VG or better
matching pictorial d.j. Extra shipping applies. $35.00
24) Halford, Robert G. The Unknown Navy: Canada's World War II
Merchant Navy. Vanwell Publishing, St. Catharines, Ontario. 1st
Edition. 1995. 8 vo., 272 pp. plus 16 pp. of b/w photos. Finally,
some recognition for Canada's merchant seaman who served heroically
during WWII. Gold cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ without d.j. $27.50
25) Harbron, John D. The Longest Battle: the RCN in the Atlantic,
1939-1945. VanWell Publishing, St. Catharines, Ont. (1993) 1st Edition.
Tall 4 to., 132 pp. In Sept. 1939, the tiny Canadian navy went to war
as a pliant auxiliary of the Royal Navy. In May, 1945, it emerged at
the peace as a full-blown, confident Canadian national institution.
This book tells the story in between. Many b/w photos. Grey paper-on-
boards. Slight edgewear; minor stain to bottom of spine; o/w VG+ in
VG+ pictorial d.j. A few newspaper articles laid in. $25.00
26) Hill, A.J. Under Pressure: the Final Voyage of Submarine S-Five.
The Free Press, N.Y., Lon., Tor. (2002) 2nd printing. Sm. 8 vo., 239
pp. plus 8 pp. of photos. The dramatic story of the 36-hr. ordeal of
the American crew of the S-Five on its maiden cruise in Aug. 1920
after it sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic between Baltimore and
Boston. Beige paper-on-boards with Yellow cloth spine. Slight edgewear;
one corner bumped; o/w VG+ in VG+ pictorial d.j. $20.00
27) Hough, Richard. Former Naval Person: Churchill and the War
at Sea. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 1st Edition (1985). 8 vo.,
244 pp. plus 16 pp. of photos. A book concerned with the whole of
Churchill's stormy association with the navy, and latterly with his
remarkable relationship with Franklin D. Roosevelt. Blue cloth.
Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. with minor chipping
and rubbing. $12.50
28) Howarth, Stephen. To Shining Sea: a History of the United States
Navy 1775-1991. Random House, N.Y. 1st Edition. (1991). Lg. 8 vo.,
620 pp. plus 32 pp. of b/w photos. The most comprehensive and authoritative
narrative account of American sea power written in recent times.
Fascinating vignettes of individuals, events, and life afloat in
peace and war are drawn from numerous contemporary sources such as
logs and journals. Blue paper-on-boards with Red cloth spine. Slight
edgewear; prev. owner's blind stamp on f.e.p.; o/w Near Fine in
VG+ pictorial d.j. $16.50
29) Jane's Naval Review, edited by Capt. John Moore RN. 5th Year of
Issue. Jane's Publishing, Lon. 1986. 1st Edition. 4 to., 176 pp.
An interesting collection of articles on the technical advances of
the 1980's in naval matters. Blue cloth with Silver lettering. Minor
edgewear; prev. owner's name on f.e.p.; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial
30) Kennedy, Ludovic. Sub-Lieutenant: a Personal Record of the War at
Sea. B.T. Batsford, London. Nov. 1942. 2nd printing. Sm. 8 vo., 104 pp.
plus 15 pp. of b/w photos. One of the well-written personal accounts to
come out of WWII. The book touches briefly on the author's early life at
Eton and Oxford, then his training for the R.N.V.R., but mostly deals
with destroyers and his life in destroyers, with vivid descriptions,
often illus. by his own photos, of actions at sea, such as the Battle
of Norway, the Lofoten Raid, the sinking of the Bismarck, the
Spitzbergen Espedition, the Atlantic Charter Meeting, bombing attacks
by enemy aircraft, and other incidents of Atlantic and North Sea patrols
and convoys. Blue cloth faded; poor paper discoloured; gift inscription
on f.e.p.; slight smoky odor; o/w G+ in Poor d.j. $14.00
31) Kimber, Stephen. Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War.
Doubleday, Canada. 1st Canadian Edition (2002). Sm. 8 vo., 342 pp.,
including 16 pp. of b/w photos and a 2-page map of Halifax. The story
of how years of overcrowding, privation, entrenched paternalism and the
inevitable tensions of a city at war created a 2-day riot on VE-Day.
Black paper-on-boards. Minor edgewear; minor ding to bottom of spine;
o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $20.00
32) King, Fleet Admiral Ernest J. U.S. Navy at War, 1941-1945. United
States Navy Dept., Washington, D.C. 1st Edition. 1946. Sm. 4 to., 305 pp.
A number of official reports from the Fleet Admiral to the Secretary of
the Navy, mostly on combat operations. 3 Appendices give specifics on the
"Status of major combatan ships of Japanese Navy at the conclusion of
hostilities"; "Major combatant ships added to U.S. Fleet, Dec. 1941 to
Oct. 1945"; and "Losses of U.S. naval vessels from all causes, Dec. 1941
to Oct. 1945". Blue cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; poor paper
discoloured; slight smokey odor; o/w VG. $25.50
33) Lambert, Andrew. War at Sea in the Age of Sail 1650-1850. Cassell
& Co., London. 1st Edition. 2000. 4 to., 224 pp. A wonderful introductory
history of the drama of war at sea, from the Anglo-Dutch Wars of 1650
to 1674 to the naval captains who followed in Nelson's wake. Numerous
contemporary illus. in b/w and colour. Colour pictorial e.p.'s. Part of
Cassell's History of Warfare series. Glossy pictorial boards. Slight
edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG+ pictorial d.j. $20.00
34) Lloyd, Christopher. The Nation and the Navy: a History of Naval
Life and Policy. Cresset Press, London. 1954. 1st Edition. 8 vo., 288
pp. Colour frontis of The "Sovereign of the Seas", 1637 from a print
by John Payne, plus 10 full-page half-tone illus. from prints and
paintings up to the Crimean War. A compact, authoritative and easily
enjoyed account of British naval life and policy up to the year 1922.
The author also succeeds in integrating the history of the Navy with
that of the nation. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; minor discolouring
of foredges; o/w a VG copy in a Poor d.j. $20.00
35) Macbeth, Jack. Ready, Aye, Ready: an Illustrated History of the
Royal Canadian Navy. Key Porter Books, Tor. 1st Edition (1989). Sm.
folio, 176 pp. In his Foreword, Rear-Admiral Patrick D. Budge describes
this book as a well-written, concise history of Canada's navy. Superbly
illustrated with archival and contemporary photos plus reproductions of
rarely-seen paintings belonging to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Blue cloth. Moderate edgewear; o/w VG in VG pictorial d.j. with some
chipping and discolouration. $18.00
36) Macintyre, Donald and Bathe, Basil. Man of War: a History of the
Combat Vessel. New and revised edition. 1974. Castle Books, N.Y.
Oblong 4 to., 280 pp. The first book to chronicle the epic of the fighting
ship from the days of Rameses III to naval operations in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Over 300 illus., many in colour, show the main structure and form, together
with the most significant details of the equipment, machinery and weapons
of mankind's armed sea-going vessels. A nice, balanced combination of
drawings and photos. Orange cloth. Minor edgewear; minor soiling of
bottomedges; some minor discolouring of page margins; couple of price
erasures on shaded f.e.p.; o/w VG in Good Only d.j. with heavy chipping and
a couple of short taped tears. Extra postage. $20.00
37) McClement, Fred. Guns in Paradise: the Saga of the Cruiser Emden.
McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, Montreal (1968). 1st Edition. Sm. 8 vo.,
270 pp., including a 14-pp. picture section. Map e.p.'s. An astonishing
tale of an extraordinary WWI German battle cruiser "Emden", her
Commander, Karl von Muller and her crew. Black cloth. Minor edgewear;
o/w VG+ in chipped, price-clipped VG d.j. SOLD
38) Miller, Nathan. War at Sea: a Naval History of World War II.
Scribner, N.Y., Tor., Lon. 1st Edition (1995). 8 vo., 592 pp. plus
16 pp. of b/w photos. "From the sinking of the British passenger
liner "Athenia" on September 3, 1939, by a German U-Boat (against
orders), to the Japanese surrender onboard the "Missouri", on September
2, 1945, "War at Sea" covers every major naval battle of World War II.
For the first time, equal weight has been given to the battles fought
by the four primary navies--the U.S., the British, the German, and the
Japanese. It also includes the vital role played by the Canadians,
Italians and Soviets. Grey paper-on-boards with Blue cloth spine.
Minor edgewear; ding to bottom of spine; o/w VG+ in a VG d.j. SOLD
39) Nalty, Bernard (ed.) The Pacific War: the story of the bitter
struggle in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Salamander Books,
Lon. (1999). A title in the "Classic Conflicts" series. An expert
panel of ex-servicemen and military historians describe each step
of the unprecedented conflict between the Americans and the
Japanese; a clash of cultures that turned tropical islands into
killing grounds and laid waste cities with weapons of mass destruction.
8-page photo section. Heavy card wraps. Minor edgewear; crease
in spine; crease in one corner of front cover; prev. owner's address
stamp on half-title; o/w a G+ or better copy. $9.50
40) Naval Officers Association of British Columbia: a Record
of achievement, 1919-1959. Prepared by Lt.-Commander N.R. Hacking.
Self-published. Vancouver. Abt. 6 x 9-1/4" tall, 32 pp. Discusses
briefly Canada's naval participation in WWI, identifies the founding
members of the Association and the prominent members in its history.
Blue card wraps. Minor wear and fading of covers; paper a little
discoloured; o/w still a VG copy of this uncommon item. $30.00
41) (Nelson) Nelson: the Life and Letters of a Hero by Roger
Morriss. Collins & Brown, London. 1st Edition. 1996. Oblong 8 vo.,
160 pp. Between Lord Nelson's letters to his wife, his fellow officers
and to Emma Hamilton, we come as close as is possible to the
autobiography he never wrote. Illustrated with numerous b/w and
colour contemporary paintings, maps, prints, miniatures and
commemorative items. Black cloth. Slight edgewear; o/w Near Fine
in VG+ pictorial d.j. $14.50
42) (Nelson) Life of Nelson by Robert Southey. The Folio Society,
London. 1st Edition Thus. 1956. Sm. 8 vo., 304 pp. plus 12 pp. of
b/w illus. This book by Southey has been called the finest short
biography in the English language. The text of this volume follows
that of the thirteenth edition, which includes Southey's own final
correction and alterations. Spelling, paragraphs and some
punctuation has been modernized, as well as a breaking of the
book into natural shorter chapters. Map e.p.'s. Blue decorated cloth.
Minor edgewear; minor foxing of topedges; some fading of spine;
o/w a VG copy without slipcase. $15.50
43) (Nelson) The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy by
Nicholas Blake & Richard Lawrence. Chatham Publishing, London.
1st Edition. 1999. Sm. 4 to., 208 pp. This book "...describes every
aspect of the navy and brings vividly to life the shipboard world
of the seaman. The workings of the Admiralty; the design and
building of ships; food, drink and entertainment; discipline,
medicine, fighting tactics, gunnery, seamanship and shiphandling;
the merchant fleets and the opposing navies and their feats in
battle--all this and much more is described and explained in succinct
texts and illustrated with over 500 sketches, maps and diagrams."
Blue cloth. Slight edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG+ pictorial
44) (Nelson) Nelson's Battles: the Art of Victory in the Age
of Sail by Nicholas Tracy. Caxton Editions, London. 2001. Reprint
of the Chatham 1996 edition. 4 to., 224 pp. A brilliant study of
Nelson's naval battles which played such an important role in
Napoleon's defeat, and it is a significant contribution to the
study of the development of strategy and naval tactics in the
18th century. Numerous illus. Glossy pictorial boards. Near Fine
in VG+ pictorial d.j. $23.50
45) Nolan, Brian and Street, Brian J. Champagne Navy: Canada's
Small Boat Raiders of the Second World War. Random House of Canada,
Toronto. 1991. 1st Edition. 8 vo., 260 pp. plus 8 pp. of b/w photos.
Many Canadian fighting sailors served in various Royal Navy
flotillas of the Coastal Forces in WWII, until in Feb. 1944, they
formed two all-Canadian flotillas that operated in the English
channel, and commanded a third which roamed the Mediterranean.
This is the story of these brave young men who taught the world
how to fight in small boat warfare. Illus. e.p.'s. Wine cloth.
Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG+ pictorial d.j. $17.50
46) Paine, Lincoln P. Ships of the World: an Historical Encyclopedia.
Houghton Mifflin Co., Bos., N.Y. 1997. 1st edition. 4 to., 680 pp.
plus a 16-page colour section. A comprehensive and very readable
encyclopedia that covers more than one thousand of the world's
best-known and most sigmificant vessels of every size and type,
both military and commercial. Blue cloth. Slight edgewear; o/w
VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. Slightly extra postage may apply. $26.50
47) Polmar, Norman(ed.). Soviet Naval Developments. Nautical and
Aviation Publishing Co. of America. Published for the Dept. of the Navy.
Tall 8 vo., 119 pp. America's leading expert on the Soviet Navy describes
the evolution of Russia's high seas fleet. Illus. with more than 100
photos and 60 silhouettes of warships. Descriptions and specs of each
class of warship and aircraft are provided. Illus. e.p.'s. Black cloth
with Red lettering. Slight edgewear; minor stain on topedges; paper
slightly discoloured; o/w VG in VG d.j. $15.00
48) Pope, Dudley. The Battle of the River Plate. Alison Press/
Secker & Warburg, Lon. 1987. Re-issue of the 1956 William Kimber ed.
8 vo., 219 pp. plus 8 pp. of b/w photos. An enthralling account
of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee being hunted down and
destroyed on Dec. 13, 1939 by the lightly armoured cruisers HMS
Ajax, Achilles and Exeter. Red cloth. Slight edgewear; Black
remainder dot on bottomedges; prev. owner's small address stamp
on f.e.p.; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG price-clipped d.j. $21.00
49) Pope, Steve. Hornblower's Navy: Life at Sea in the Age of
Nelson. Orion Books, London. 1st Edition. 1998. Tall 4 to., 112 pp.
C.S. Forester's famous fictional hero inhabited a time of real
heros and sea adventures. This book tells the extraordinary truth
behind the dash and glory of Hornblower and his times. Numerous
illus. in b/w and colour. Endpaper maps of the Battles of Cape St.
Vincent and Trafalgar. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in
VG rubbed pictorial d.j. $17.50
50) Potter, John Deane. Admiral of the Pacific: the Life of
Yamamoto. Heinemann, London. 1965. 1st Edition. Sm. 8 vo., 332 pp.
plus frontis portrait of Yamamoto and 12 more pages of b/w illus.
The man who planned and carried through the surprise attack on
the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Map e.p.'s. Black cloth. Minor
edgewear; o/w VG in G+ d.j. with chipping, a couple of small pieces
missing and a couple short taped tears. $23.50
51) Preston, Anthony. Cruisers: an illustrated history 1880-1980.
Prentice-Hall, N.Y. 1st U.S. Edition (1980). Tall 4 to., 192 pp.
The author defines the "cruiser" as the smallest ocean-going warship
but the largest which could be built in numbers. The term originated
in the 18th century when a "cruizer" was any warship on detached duty.
In 1922, an international treaty defined two separate categories:
a heavy cruiser with 8" guns and a light cruiser with 6" guns. British
cruisers had a good record in WWII and were partly responsible for
the destroying or capturing such major German ships as the Graf Spee,
the Bismarck and the Scharnhorst. After being abandoned by world
navies for decades, the missile-carrying cruisers made a comeback
in the 1970's (and 1980's). The books has many photos and some maps.
Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; minor ding to spine; prev. owner's small
address label and blind stamp on f.e.p.; o/w a VG copy in a
VG pictorial, price-clipped d.j. $20.00
52) Pugsley, William H. Return to Sea: The Lower Deck of the Royal
Canadian Navy re-visited eleven years after the 1945 demobilization.
Sm. 8 vo., 249 pp. plus 8 pp. of b/w photos. 1st ed. The author presents
a very complete picture of what it's like to serve in the Canadian Navy
and how it differs from wartime service. Blue cloth. Moderate wear and
fading of edges; prev. owner's bookplate on f.e.p.; poor paper somewhat
discoloured; o/w G+ in Poor d.j. with heavy chipping and a couple of
short taped tears. $15.00
53) Pugsley, William H. Sailor Remember. Collins, Toronto (1948).
1st Edition. 8 vo., 185 pp. With 270 photographs and an entertaining
commentary, the author shows us what life was like during World
War II for the Canadian seaman. Blue cloth with Gold lettering and
rope design. Minor edgewear; prev. owner's name and address on f.e.p.;
poor paper somewhat discoloured; o/w VG in Good Only chipped
and taped pictorial d.j. $18.00
54) Richardson, Doug. Naval Armament. Jane's Publishing, Lon.
and N.Y. 1st U.S. Edition. 1982. 4 to., 144 pp. This book covers
in concise detail the naval armament of the world's fleets in
the early 1980's, including submarine-launched strategic missiles,
anti-ship missiles, anti-aircraft missiles, plus various heavy
and light guns and torpedoes. 100 photos. Blue cloth. Minor
edgewear; prev. owner's name on f.e.p.; o/w VG+ in VG d.j. $17.00
55) Rimington, Critchell. Merchant Fleets: a Survey of the
Merchant Navies of the World. Dodd, Mead and Co., N.Y.(1944). 1st
edition. 8 vo., 293 pp. This book provides a comprehensive picture
of merchant ship design, maintenance and operation. The numerous
types of vessels pictured herein is limited by lack of space and
by the exigencies of war-time censorship, but nevertheless
represents the diversity of merchant fleets. Dozens of photos.
Blue cloth. Moderate edgewear and rubbing; missing front endpaper;
prev. owner has laid-in a typed list of ships; slight smokey
odor; o/w VG. $24.50
56) (Raleighites) The Canadian Raleighites (1940-1965). Privately
printed 14-page booklet for the 25-year reunion held at the Sherwood
Inn, Muskoka, Ontario. Officially, the Canadian Raleighites consisted
of 150 Ordinary Seamen (Officer Candidates) who were enrolled in the
R.C.N.V.R. in 1940 for training and service on loan to the Royal Navy.
They all reached England by November, 1940 and their training at
HMS Raleigh is recorded in this booklet, along with photos and names
of all the participants. "The Canadian Raleightites earned the impressive
record of one Victoria Cross (Lt. Robert Hampton Gray), one Member of
the British Empire, six Distinguished Service Crosses and twenty-two
Mention-in-Despatches during the Second World War." The last page of
the booklet is an agenda of the 3-day reunion. Blue card wraps. Moderate
edgewear and fading of covers; o/w a clean G+ copy. $23.50
57) The Royal Navy in Focus 1940-49. Maritime Books, Liskeard, Cornwall.
n.d. (circa 1982). Oblone 8 vo., unpaginated (175 pp.). The second book in a
series featuring a portfolio of photos from the famous Wright and Logan
collection as a representative look at the British Navy during the decade. Most
photos are dated on the page after the ship's name. 174 ships pictured. Heavy
card pictorial wraps. Minor edgewear; top corner bent on most pages
(abt. 1/4"); prev. owner's name at top of title page; o/w Vg. $17.50
58) Schull, Joseph. The Far Distant Ships: an Official Account of Canadian
Naval Operations in the Second World War. King's Printer, Ottawa. 1950. 1st
Edition. 8 vo., 515 pp. This book deals with the Canadian contribution to
Allied sea power. On the Atlantic, throughout the longest and most crucial
struggle of WWII, Canada's navy grew to be a major factor. In almost every
other naval campaign, her ships and men were represented, playing frequently
an obscure, sometimes a brilliant part. Frontispiece plus 29 full-page b/w
photos, several maps and diagrams, and 4 fact-packed Appendices. Blue cloth.
Minor edgewear and discolouring; minor darkening of foredges; slight smokey
odor; o/w VG. $24.00
59) Shafter, Richard A. Destroyers in Action. Cornell Maritime Press, N.Y.
1st Edition (1945). 12 mo., 246 pp. The colourful records of 10 famous U.S.
Destroyers of WWII are recounted here, with the heroic sagas of the men
aboard them. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; some wear to lettering
on spine; poor paper slightly discoloured; o/w VG. $11.50
60) Smith, Oliver M. HMS Belfast. MacMillan Press, Leicester and Lon.
(1973). Published for HMS Belfast Trust. Oblong 4 to., 32 pp. The building
and life at sea of the cruiser HMS Belfast. Many photos, including some
in colour. Heavy card pictorial wraps. Covers chipped and wrinkled; about
a G+ copy. SOLD
61) Taylor, J.C. German Warships of World War II. Doubleday & Co., N.Y.
1st U.S. Edition. Nov. 1967. 12 mo., 168 pp. In May 1938, Hitler ordered a
full-scale rebuilding programme of the Kriegsmarine. This book contains
details and pictures of "fighting ships" of the German Navy, as well as
details of other ships taken over from other countries and which served as
an integral part of the German Navy. Blue cloth. A VG+ copy in a VG
price-clipped, pictorial d.j. SOLD
62) Thomas, Evan. Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great
Naval Campaign 1941-1945. Simon & Schuster, N.Y., Lon. 1st Edition (2006).
8 vo., 415 pp. The author follows the careers of four men in the South
Pacific during WWII: Admiral William (Bull) Halsey; Admiral Takeo Jurita,
Japanese battleship commander; Admiral Matome Ugaki, commander of all
kamikazes; and Commander Ernest Evans who led his destroyer on the last
great charge in the last great naval battle in history. Grey paper-on-
boards with Red cloth spine. Slight edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG+ pictorial
d.j. with one short taped tear. $15.50
63) Thornton, J.M. Warships 1860-1970 a Collection of Naval Lore. Douglas,
David and Charles. Vancouver, B.C. (1973) 1st Canadian edition. Sm. 4 to.,
96 pp. An interesting collection of drawings presented as a unique record of a
hundred years of naval history. The drawings originally appeared in the Royal
Canadian Navy's now defunct magazine "Crowsnest". over a period of 15 years.
Many were reprinted in the British Navy League's magazine Sea Cadet",
the Indian Navy's magazine "Varuna", and the South African military paper
"Kommando". Originally entitled "Naval Lore Corner", the original drawings have
been re-assembled and edited, some discarded and new ones added in order
to present a logical sequence to a series of self-contained illustrated articles.
Red cloth. Minor edgewear; narrow faded strip at bottom of spine; o/w VG+
in VG price-clipped pictorial d.j. SOLD
63a) Thornton. Another copy. 1st Canadian softcover edition (1973).
Stiff card pictorial wraps. Prev. owner's blind stamp on half-title;
o/w VG+. $12.50
64) Thornton, J.M. Men-of-War 1770-1970. Model and Allied Publications,
Watford, Hertfordshire. 1st Edition. 1978. Sm. 4 to., 104 pp. The second
collection of drawings from the pen of Captain J.M. Thornton further
illustrates the development and deployment of warships from the wooden-
walls of yesterday to the metal monsters of the 20th century. Brief captions
accompany the many vignette drawings. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w
VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. with minor chipping and discolouring. $17.50
65) Watts, A.J. Japanese Warships of World War II. Ian Allan, Lon. 3rd
printing. 1968. 12 mo., 400 pp. A comprehensive handbook of the vessels
of the Imperial Japanese Navy from the mighty Yamato class battleships to
the suicide submarines. Each class or type of vessel has a short
introduction which incl. the development of its design, building, wartime
exploits, armament changes and fate. Other details such as specification,
complement, builter, etc., appear in tabular form. Dozens of photos and
drawings. Red cloth. Some fading and bumping to top and bottom of spine;
foredges slightly darkened; o/w VG in G+ heavily-chipped, price-
clipped, pictorial d.j. SOLD
66) Werner, Herbert A. Iron Coffins: a personal account of the German
U-boat battles of World War II. Holt, Winehart and Winston, N.Y., Chi.
1st Edition. 1969. 8 vo., 329 pp. plus 32 pp. of b/w photos. The author
fought for four death-defying years (1941-1945) in this momentous battle
as an officer of five German U-boats. He traces the triumphant years
of 1941 and 1942 in which the German U-boats threatened to strangle
England; the crucial campaign of 1943 in which the German submarines
were hunted down and virtually exterminated; and the final years of
destruction in 1944 and 1945 in which only Werner's skill, daring and
luck enabled him to survive and tell his story. Map e.p.'s. Black cloth.
Minor edgewear; one corner bumped; foredges discoloured; a G+ to -VG
copy in a G+ pictorial, price-clipped d.j. $15.50
67) Wheeler, Harold. War With the Sea Wolves. Thomas Nelson & Sons, Lon.,
Edinburgh, Tor. and N.Y. Jan. 1941. 2nd printing. 12 mo., 251 pp. plus
frontispiece and 10 other pages of b/w photos. An account of the Royal
Navy during WWI and through the first stages of WWII. Red cloth. Minor
edgewear; one corner bumped; some staining of covers; poor paper
discoloured somewhat; o/w a G+ copy. $22.00
68) Woodman, Richard. The Sea Warriors: Fighting Captains and Frigate
Warfare in the Age of Nelson. Carroll & Graf, N.Y. 1st U.S. Edition. 2001.
8 vo., 384 pp. plus 16 pp. of b/w illus. The true story of the great sea
captains of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The author centers
on the "cruizer" war, that struggle between opposing frigates which meant
the blockade of enemy ports, interception of enemy trade and the
protection of Britain's merchant ships. Maps and illus. e.p.'s. Blue
cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w Near Fine in VG+ pictorial, price-
clipped d.j. $13.50
69) Zarn, George. Prairie Boys Afloat by the hired hand at Idlewood Farm.
Self-published. High River, Alberta. Sm. 8 vo., 260 pp. 1st Edition. Nov.,
1979. This book tells the stories of a number of Canadian prairie boys who
went into the Navy during the '39-45 war and how they coped with the world
of differences from what they knew "down on the farm". The author created
this book from his own diary and with the help of a lot of other ex-navymen.
Dozens of photos. An informal but refreshing look at the war at sea. Blue
cloth with Gold embossed lettering and portrait. Slight edgewear and rubbing;
very slightly cocked; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $19.50
Sea Battles in Close-Up Series
70) Published by Ian Allan, London. All 1st Editions. 12 mo.,
No. 1 is 84 pp., No. 8 is 112 pp., the others 96 pp. each.
a) No. 1. Loss of the Schornhorst by A.J. Watts. 1970. The first half of
the book sets the background for the sinking of the Scharnhorst in December,
1943. The Schornhorst was Germany's last operational major warship and this
was to be the last major action fought by the Royal Navy in WWII. Many photos
and some diagrams of movement. The second half of the book consists of 11
tables which list the composition of the various forces, the technical
specifications of the warships involved and the detail of the radar
and armaments. Blue cloth. Slight edgewear; prev. owner's name and another
prev. owner's small address label on f.e.p.; first prev. owner's address
stamp on inside rear e.p.; o/w a VG+ copy. $16.50
b) No. 3. Loss of the Bismarck by Vice-Admiral B.B. Schofield.
1972. The first detailed account in English of the chase and ultimate
destruction of the German Battleship "Bismarck" in May 1941, making full
use of the information available from both British and German sources.
16 pages of b/w illus. plus maps, and 7 appendices giving a list of
the Flag and Commanding Officers engaged as well as full technical
details of the ships taking part in this memorable operation. Orange
cloth. Minor edgewear; prev. owner's small address label on f.e.p.;
o/w VG+ in G+ pictorial d.j. with a few short taped tears. SOLD
c) No. 4. Battle of the River Plate by Geoffrey Bennett. 1972.
Captain Bennett tells the dramatic story of the Graf Spee's career
as an ocean raider, then how she was hunted down by Commodore Henry
Harwood's force of three light cruisers, the Ajax, Achilles and Exeter,
and finally how and why Bennett scuttled his own ship. 16 pages of b/w
photos, plus diagrams and 17 appendices. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear;
prev. owner's small address label on f.e.p.; first prev. owner's name
and date written on f.e.p. and his stamp on inside r.e.p.; o/w a VG+
copy in a VG pictorial, price-clipped d.j. SOLD
d) No. 8. The Attacks on the Tirpitz by Gervis Frere-Cook.
1973. An account of the 22 different attacks in an attempt to
obliterate the German battleship "Tirpitz", right up to the final
successful raid of 617 Squadron of Bomber Command, the Dambusters.
There are 16 pp. of b/w photos plus 14 operational diagrams, as
well as appendices giving details of the ships, aircraft and
weapons involved in each attack. Grey cloth. Slight edgewear; prev.
owner's small address label on f.e.p.; first prev. owner's name
and date written on f.e.p.; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG+ d.j. SOLD
e) No. 14. The Escape of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. 1975.
Here is a detailed account of the amazing escape of the German
battle-cruisers "Scharnhorst" and "Gneisenau" and the heavy
cruiser "Prinz Eugen" from Brest to Germany in February 1942. Much
to the shock and embarrassment of the British Navy, these three
ships were allowed to steam up the English Channel and pass
unobserved through the Straits of Dover in full daylight. Mr.
Justice Bucknill's official inquiry findings are included here
as well. 16 pp. of b/w photos plus appendices with technical
data. Black cloth. Slight edgewear; minor bit of sticker glue
on f.e.p.; prev. owner's small address label on f.e.p.; o/w
a VG+ copy in a VG price-clipped, pictorial d.j. SOLD
71) Allen, Jerry. The Sea Years of Joseph Conrad. Doubleday &
Co., N.Y. 1965. 1st Edition. Tall 8 vo., 368 pp. plus 32 pp. of
b/w photos. Unlike most adventure yarn writers, Joseph Conrad
experienced the life that he was to later record in his novels.
His contact with the 1876 revolution in Colombia was used in
"Nostromo"; the sensational sea incident in 1880 and the part
played in it by a young man Conrad knew, recreated in "Lord Jim";
the two shipboard deaths drawn upon for "The Nigger of the
Narcissus"; the Congo episode behind "Heart of Darkness"; the
American with whom Conrad fought a duel in Marseilles and wrote
of in "The Arrow of Gold". A major biography, illus. with many
rare photos and including an Appendix detailing Conrad's voyages
and naming his shipmates. Map e.p.'s. Black cloth. Minor
edgewear; slight stain on topedges; o/w VG+ in G+ price-
clipped, pictorial d.j. $25.00
72) Anderson, Tom. Shiyak! Misadventures of the Schooner Lottie
Bennett: the Last Windjammer Voyage to Alaskan Salmon Waters.
Windship Press, San Rafael, Cal. (1987). 1st Edition. 8 vo., 325 pp.
The true account of a sea adventure that took place in 1932, a
flamboyantly promoted cooperative fishing expedition to the
Kuskokwim River. A diverse group of 29 men made the voyage. Poor
planning and the greed of the ship's owners caused unnecessary
hardships, including malnutrition, illness and the eventual
failure of the enterprise. Photos from the author's own film of
the voyage illustrate the tale. Map endpapers. Blue cloth. Minor
edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. with some chipping
and rubbing. $14.00
73) Andrews, Ralph W. and Harry A. Kirwin. This Was Seafaring:
a Sea Chest of Salty Memories. Bonanza Books, N.Y. (1955) 1st
Bonanza printing. 4 to., 168 pp. For 30 years, Harry Kirwin
recorded the seagoing history of the Pacific Northwest. Most of
the dozens of photos in this book are by him, with a few added
from other sources. Ralph Andrews adds the commentary. Grey
cloth. Moderate edgewear; some fading of spine; o/w VG in
Good Only d.j. $18.00
74) Benson, Richard M. Steamships and Motorships of the West
Coast. Superior Publishing Co., Seattle. 1st Edition (1968).
4 to., 175 pp. A fascinating history of ships that plied the
waters and ports of the Pacific Coast, including their class,
speed, power, descriptions of quarters and engine rooms. A few
ship disasters are noted as well. Dozens of photos. Blue cloth.
Some wear and fading of edges; foredges and page margins
somewhat discoloured; slight smoky odor; Red remainder dot
on bottom edges; a G+ copy in a Good pictorial d.j. SOLD
75) Berthier, Marc P.G. The Art of Knots: a Sailor's Handbook.
Doubleday & Co., N.Y. 1977. 1st U.S. Edition. 12 mo., 187 pp.
Light in tone but thorough in content. Here are all the basic
knots, splices, hitches and rope lore essential to good
seamanship. Here are the knots used for mooring, for towing
a dinghy, for tying anchors, for rigging shrouds, for
securing halyards and lots more. Over 100 step-by-step, how-
to illus. by the author. Calligraphy by Joseph P. Ascherl.
Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; poor paper somewhat discoloured;
o/w a VG copy in a G+ chipped, price-clipped d.j. $15.50
76) Bowen, Dana Thomas. Memories of the Lakes Told in Story
and Picture. R.E. Publishing, Lachine, Quebec. 3rd printing.
1969. 8 vo., 292 pp. From the author of "Lore of the Lakes"
comes this interesting compilation of true events that happened
on the Great Lakes. Nearly 500 ships are mentioned. Dozens
of historic photos. Wine cloth with Silver lettering.
Map endpapers of the Great Lakes. Minor edgewear;
minor water damage to top corner of front board and a
water stain extends through the first few pages in the
upper right corner as well; prev. owner's blind stamp on
free front endpaper; about a G+ copy in a G+ pictorial d.j.
with corresponding quarter-size stain in upper corner. $13.50
77) Bowen, Frank C. Ships for All. Ward, Lock & Co., London
and Melbourne. 3rd edition. n.d. (circa 1943). 8 vo., 384 pp.
plus dozens of b/w photos. Interesting frontispiece is a photo
taken from the boat deck of the "Leviathan" in Southampton Docks,
showing on the left the "Aquitania" and on the right the "Olympic".
Dust-jacket photo is the "Majestic". Capt. Bowen writes of vessels
of all sorts and services. Chapters include: "Canal, River, and
Coastal Craft"; "Types of Sailing Ships"; "Under Sail"; "In Steam";
"The Seaman"; "The Steamship"; "The Engines"; "The Business of
Shipping"; "Disaster"; and "Salvage". Grey Blue cloth. Minor
edgewear; small nick in front panel; minor foxing of e.p.'s and
foredges; prev. owner's blind stamp on f.e.p.; a G+ copy
in a Fair but desirable d.j. $27.50
78) Braynard, Frank O. Famous American Ships. Hastings House,
N.Y. (1978). Revised and enlarged edition. Sm. 4 to., 237 pp.
The author's lively text and authentically detailed pen-and-ink
drawings bring to life the unique stories of 74 of the most
notable ships in American history. Red/Grey cloth. Slight edgewear;
prev. owner's blind stamp on f.e.p.; o/w VG+ in VG +
pictorial d.j. $15.00
79) Brown, Anthony. Ill-Starred Captains Flinders and Baudin.
Chatham Publishing, London. 1st Edition. 2001. 8 vo., 512 pp. plus
28 pp. of illus., mostly colour. Amid the Napolionic Wars, France
and Britain dispatched rival voyages of discovery to complete the
mapping of Australia. Led by naval captains Nicolas Baudin and
Matthew Flinders, both expeditions carried safe-conducts protecting
them from seizure by ships of the opposing navies. Between 1801 and
1803, Baudin and flinders filled in most of the gaps on the map
os what was then New Holland. This is the first book to explore the
two voyages together in detail. Wine cloth. Slight edgewear; o/w
Near Fine in VG+ pictorial d.j. $24.50
80) Coffee, Frank. Forty Years on the Pacific: the Lure of
the Great Ocean. Oceanic Publishing Co., N.Y. (1920) 1st U.S. Edition.
8 vo., 375 pp. plus many b/w photos. What started out to be the
author's own reminiscences of his trips back and forth across the
Pacific Ocean and his visits to the various islands quickly expanded
to include the experiences of other travellers as well. A most
interesting read covering the period 1880 to 1920. This copy INSCRIBED
by the author on the f.e.p. on Aug. 2, 1921. Blue cloth. Heavy wear
to bottom of spine, minor edgewear elsewhere; poor paper somewhat
discoloured; binding a little loose; o/w a G+ to -VG copy. $47.50
81) Crowe, John Congdon. In the Days of the Windjammers. Ryerson
Press, Tor. 1st Edition. 1959. Sm. 8 vo., 176 pp. plus 9 pp. of photos.
In the author's Foreword, he states that he has tried to portray
something of the life of a captain's family as lived in the cabin of
a sailing ship in the 1890's. "Memory supplies much of the material
used, but it has been greatly assisted by copies of the ship's logbooks,
by a scrapbook kept by my mother, and by a notebook of my father,
showing the arrival and departure days of every voyage he made."
Blue cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; ding to bottom of spine;
topedges slightly darkened; o/w a VG clean copy. $16.50
82) Culver, Henry B. The marvellous sea book "Forty Famous
Ships: Their Beginnings, Their Life Histories, Their
Ultimate Fate". Featuring the outstanding
illustrations of Gordon Grant...there is a line-drawing or
coloured illus. for each ship described, including a frontispiece
of the "Queen Mary"; a colour illus. of the schooner
yacht "America", launched in May, 1851; and a
line-drawing of the "Cutty Sark". This book
was published in 1936 by Doubleday, Doran and Co., N.Y.
Tall 4 to. (over 11"), 320 pp. This is a LIMITED EDITION
of 501 copies, of which this is copy #434. SIGNED by
the author and including an extra tipped-in illustration
which is partly original and SIGNED by the artist, Gordon
Grant. Beige/Blue cloth; top edge gilt. Minor soiling of
covers; spine a little faded; minor foxing of endpapers;
o/w a VG copy of a very desirable book. ..................$245.00
83) Downs, Art. Paddlewheels on the Frontier: the Story of British
Columbia and Yukon Sternwheel Steamers. Gray's Publishing, Sidney,
B.C. 1st Edition (1972). Tall 4 to., 160 pp. The paddlewheeler era
opened in March 1836 when the Hudson's Bay Company's "Beaver" arrived
on the Pacific Coast and closed in April 1957 when the venerable
"Moyie was retired from service on Kootenay Lake. This book,
including over 200 photos, tells the story of these colourful vessels
and of the people who travelled on them. Brown cloth. Slight edgewear;
slight smokey odor; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG pictorial d.j. with
a some rubbing and chipping and a couple of short, taped tears. $22.00
84) Druett, Joan. Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under
Sail. Simon & Schuster, N.Y. 1st Edition. (1998). 8 vo., 274 pp.
"Hen Frigate", traditionally, was any ship with the captain's wife
on board. This book is the dramatic and largely untold story of the
enterprising women who sailed on oceangoing merchant ships
throughout the 19th century. Gleaned mostly from first-person
accounts. Numerous illus. Green paper-on-boards with Blue cloth
spine. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG+ d.j. $13.50
85) Faith, Nicholas. Classic Ships: Romance and Reality. Boxtree
Ltd., Lon. 1st Edition. 1995. Oblone to., 144 pp. Published in association
with Channel Four Television series "Classic Ships", London. This
book and the 6-part TV series surveys the important industrial, military,
commercial and leisure ships of the previous 150 years. Chapter heads
are: "Men O'War", "The Great Liners", "A Life on the Ocean Wave",
"Boats at Work", "The Fishermen of England and Scotland", "Messing
About in Boats" and "Sail, Sea, Snobbery". Several colour photos as
well as numerous b/w and sepia photos. Green cloth. Slight edgewear;
slight smokey odor; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $21.00
86) Gibbs, Jim. Disaster Log of Ships. Bonanza Books, N.Y. (1978).
1st Bonanza printing. 4 to., 176 pp. A record of 100 years of Pacific
Coast disasters, from the southern Capes to Norton Sound. Full of
dramatic photos and stirring facts. 2-tone Blue cloth. Minor edgewear;
o/w a VG or better copy in a VG pictorial d.j. $14.50
87) Gibbs, Jim. Shipwrecks in Paradise: a Maritime History of Hawaii.
Superior Publishing Co., Seattle. 1st Edition (1977). 4 to., 183 pp.
The author relates many stories of the maritime history of the Hawaiian
Islands that reach far back into the centuries. Accompanied by numerous
photos. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; slight darkening of topedges;
o/w VG in G+ pictorial d.j. with some chipping and rubbing. $17.00
88) Gibbs, Jim. West Coast Windjammers in Story and Pictures. Bonanza
Books, N.Y. (1968) 1st Bonanza printing. 4 to., 192 pp. The author
dedicates this book to the preservation of the golden age of schooners,
barkentines and all wind ships that navigated West Coast waters. Dozens
of historic photos. Green/Gold cloth. Minor edgewear; minor discolouring
of pages; o/w VG in VG pictorial d.j. $13.50
89) Hacking, Norman R. and W. Kaye Lamb. The Princess Story: A Century
and a Half of West Coast Shipping. Mitchell Press, Vancouver (1974).
8 vo., 360 pp. The colourful history of the many ships who served cities
and settlements along the entire Pacific coast of Canada and the Panhandle
of Alaska. Dozens of historic photos. Heavy card wraps. Moderate edgewear
to covers; minor soiling of foredges; o/w a VG copy. SOLD
90) Hudson, Kenneth and Nicholls. Tragedy on the High Seas: a History
of Shipwrecks. A & W Publishers, N.Y. (1979). 1st U.S. Edition. 8 vo.,
170 pp. plus 64 pp. of illustrations from old prints and photos. More
than 1500 ships from around the world are included and placed in the
context of their time by a concise account of contemporary seafaring,
trade routes and navigation methods. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; two
corners bumped; prev. owner's blind stamp on f.e.p.; o/w a VG copy
in a VG d.j. $12.50
91) Larn, Richard and Bridget. Shipwrecks St. Ives to Bude. Tor
Mark Press, Penryn, Cornwall. 1st Edition. 1990. Abt. 5-1/2 x 8-1/4"
tall, 32 pp. Description and location of 19 ships wrecked off of the
Cornish coast. Numerous photos. Slight chipping and rubbing; o/w
a Near Fine copy. $9.50
92) MacGregor, David R. The China Bird: the History of Captain Killick
and One Hundred Years of Sail and Steam. Chatto and Windus, London.
1st Edition. 1961. Tall 8 vo., 366 pp. plus 42 pp. of illus. and photos,
as well as a 7-panel fold-out deck plan and a frontispiece of "The
Lovely Lothair in her old age". This book is basically a study in
comparative maritime history in which the material has been assembled
for the purpose of demonstrating how Killick Martin & Co., might have
conducted their business under various circumstances as shipowner and
shipbroker. Map e.p.'s. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear; minor wear to
spine label; o/w a VG clean copy. $17.50
93) MacGregor, David R. Square Rigged Sailing Ships. Nevasa
Publications, North, Vancouver, B.C. 1st Canadian Edition. 1977.
Sm. 8 vo., 144 pp. 1st Can. Edition. 1977. This compact but comprehensive
history of the square rigger sets presents the characteristics and
development of the various types of vessel in this large category.
The text is accompanied by a rich collection of photos, prints and
plans from the author's personal collection. Blue cloth. Slight edgewear;
o/w VG+ in a VG price-clipped, pictorial d.j. $24.00
94) McFee, William. More Harbours of Memory. Doubleday, Doran & Co.,
N.Y. 1934. 1st Edition. Prolific sea writer McFee presents another
volume of stories and sea-faring memories for popular enjoyment. Blue
cloth; paper title paste-on with illus. on spine. Minor edgewear, with
heavy wear to top and bottom of spine; poor paper somewhat discoloured;
prev. owner's name on f.e.p.; o/w a clean G+ copy. $13.50
95) McNairn, Jack and MacMullen, Jerry. Ships of the Redwood Coast.
Stanford Univ. Press, Stanford. Later printing. 1976. 4 to., 156 pp.
The intriguing account of the little ships that plied the California,
Oregon, and Washington coasts, and of the men who operated and sailed
them. Includes 2-page map, drawings and numerous historic photos.
black cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; one corner mildly bumped;
minor discolouration of pages; o/w a clean VG copy in a price-clipped
G+ pictorial d.j. with some chipping and some taping. $16.50
96) Mitchell, Charles. Book of Ships. Hammondsworth: Penguin
Books, Abt. 4-3/4 x 7-1/4" tall, 31 pp. plus 16 full-page colour plates.
1st Edition. 1941. No. K3 (King Penguin). A brief but enjoyable history of
ships with illus. that represent sailing ships of the western world. Blue paper-
on-boards with b/w ship illus. on front panel. Minor chipping and
light soiling of covers; 1942 gift inscription on f.e.p.; o/w VG. $13.50
97) Newell, Gordon and Williamson, Joe. Pacific Coastal Liners.
Bonanza Books, N.Y. 1st Bonanza printing of this book originally
published by Superior Publishing Co. (1959). 4 to., 192 pp. Memories
of the coastwise passenger liners of the West Coast in the age
of steam. Here are photos and stories of the "Senator", "Redondo",
"Valencia", "Victoria", "Catherine Sudden", "Admiral Watson",
"Yucatan" and more. Read about the exploits of the ships of
Pacific Coast Steam, Admiral Lines, Alaska Steam,
Canadian Pacific, the Gold Rush ships and others. Dozens of
historic photos. White cloth. Minor edgewear; abt. 1-1/2"
stain on spine where piece of d.j. is missing; slight
smokey odor; o/w VG in Good Only d.j. with
chipping and light soiling and piece missing
from spine. SOLD
98) Newell, Gordon and Williamson, Joe. Pacific Lumber Ships.
Bonanza Books, N.Y. (1960). 1st Bonanza printing of this book
originally published by Superior Publishing Co. 4 to., 192 pp.
Stories of the little schooners and big barkentines that carried
millions of board feet of lumber for the building of the New West
between the 1860's and the 1920's. Hundreds of historic photos.
Grey cloth. Minor wear and fading of edges; o/w VG in G+ pictorial d.j.
with heavy chipping and taped tears. $17.00
99) Newell, Gordon R. SOS North Pacific: Tales of Shipwrecks off
the Washington, British Columbia and Alaska Coasts. Binfords & Mort,
Portland, Oregon (1955). 1st Edition. Sm. 8 vo., 216 pp. plus 15 pp.
of b/w photos. An entertaining collection of true shipwreck stories,
some tragic, some fun, and some just plain funny. Red cloth with
Blue lettering and illus. on front panel. Minor edgewear and fading;
paper somewhat discoloured; a few clippings laid in; slight smoky
odor; o/w a G+ copy. $13.50
100) Norris, Pat Wastell. High Seas, High Risks: the Story of the
Sudburys. Harbour Publishing, Vancouver, B.C. (1999). 1st Edition.
8 vo., 235 pp. The inspiring saga of two B.C.-based salvage tugs,
the "Sudbury" and "Sudbury II", that became world famous for their
deep-sea rescues and long-distance towing feats. Numerous photos.
Black cloth. Slight wear and fading of edges; o/w VG+ in a VG
pictorial d.j. $22.50
101) Pethick, Derek. S.S. Beaver: the Ship That Saved the West.
Mitchell Press, Vancouver (1970). 1st Edition. Sq. 8 vo., 160 pp.
The "Beaver" arrived in British Columbia waters in 1836 with the
advent of steam, served its owners and the public for half a century,
then slipped down under the waves one day in June, 1892. This book
chronicles the Beaver's construction, its long journey to the B.C. coast,
shows how it affected the economic life of the area and lists some
of the notable events in which it played a role. Numerous historic
photos. Grey cloth. Minor edgewear; boards a little warped; o/w
a VG clean copy. $16.50
102) Rushton, Gerald. Echoes of the Whistle: an Illustrated History of
the Union Steamship Company. Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, B.C. 1st
Edition (1980). Oblong 4 to., 143 pp. Sequel to the author's "Whistle
Up the Inlet". This illustrated history portrays the men and ships who
maintained links between isolated communities along 4000 miles of
rugged B.C. coast. More than 200 historical photos. Beige cloth.
Minor wear and fading of edges; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $15.50
103) Sager, Eric W. Ships and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age
of Steam. Univ. of B.C. Press, Vancouver ((1993). 1st Edition. Sm. 8 vo.,
179 pp. The author draws on interviews with master mariners, engineers,
able seamen, cooks, stewards, and others who worked aboard steamships
in Canada from 1920 to 1950, including the role of merchant ships during
WWII. Numerous historic photos. Red paper-on-boards. Minor edgewear;
slight smoky odor; o/w VG+ in VG d.j. with some chipping and
104) Schoettle, Edwin J. (editor). Sailing Craft: mostly descriptive
of smaller pleasure sail boats of the day. Embodying writings of well-
known sailors. Macmillan Co., N.Y. 3rd printing. Sept. 1937. 4 to.,
a massive 786 pp. Instruction, stories and reminicences of yachting,
cruising, canoeing and racing by such sea-loving authors as William U.
Swan, Sir Thomas J. Lipton, Thomas D. Bowes, Maurice Griffiths, Cornelius
Vanderbilt Jr., Gerald T. White, Edwin Schoettle himself, plus others.
Quality glossy paper. Many photos and drawings. Green cloth. Some wear
and fading of edges; spine faded; topedges spotted; f.e.p. removed;
taped tear in half-title; o/w a G+ clean copy. $27.00
105) Shenton, Edward H. Diving for Science: the Story of the Deep
Submersible. W.W. Norton, N.Y. 1st Edition (1972). Sm. 8 vo., 267 pp.
plus 16 pp. of photos. This book presents for the first time a historical
background of submersibles, detailing their origins, together with a
description of the great progress made throughout the 1960's and early
1970's. Several appendices. Green cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in
a G+ chipped, price-clipped d.j. $14.50
106) Sproule, Anna. Port Out, Starboard Home. Blandford Press, Poole,
Dorset. 1st Edition. 1978. Sm. 4 to., 128 pp. The rise and fall of
the ocean passage, in text and dozens of prints and photos. A tribute
to the great ships--first sail, then steam--that carried rich visitors
and poor emigrants across the Atlantic, colonial armies to the outposts
of the British Empire, and troops to the four corners of the world.
Illus. e.p.'s. Blue cloth. Minor wear and fading of edges; minor stain
on rear board; slight smokey odor; o/w G+ in a G+ pictorial d.j. with
stain to rear panel and some rubbing and discolouring. $13.50
107) Voss, J.C. The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss. Charles E.
Lauriat Co., Bos. 2nd Edition. 1926. 8 vo., 326 pp. plus one map, 4
plans and 11 drawings and photos. Exciting sea stories from a diminutive
man who sailed in diminutive craft, who weathered 21 major gales
and a typhoon and lived to tell about his experiences. His British
Columbian Indian war canoe "Tilikum" took him on many adventurous voyages,
including a trip to the Orient from Victoria, B.C. via Australia and
New Zealand. Introduction by Weston Martyr, who attests to some of
Voss's most unbelievable exploits. Map e.p.'s. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear,
with heavier wear to top and bottom of spine; stain on front cover; water
marks in the margins of most of the illustration pages; o/w
a G+ copy of an uncommon title. $26.50
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