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Ship’s Menus, S.S. Comayagua, 1959

S.S. Comayagua, , 1959; Five ship’s menus from a voyage on the Merchant Marine freighter Comayagua dated March, 1959. Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menus. The first Comayagua was built in 1921 at Newburgh Shipyard, N.Y. for Cuyamel Fruit Co., but was torpedoed and sunk on a voyage from Guatemala to Cuba by the German submarine U-125 in May of 1942. The re-christened Comayagua was built by Gulf Shipbuilding Co. in 1946 and placed in service as an intracoastal refrigerated cargo ship for United Fruit Co. In years past a popular and inexpensive way to travel was to book passage as a civilian on a Merchant Marine vessel bound for any number of ports of call. Whereas a common misconception of the uninitiated was that the food on such ships was unappealing, in point of fact the menus on Merchant Marine vessels rivaled those of the best restaurants, and crews and passengers ate extravagantly. All menus measure 5" x 8" and are printed on stiff card stock. All are in excellent condition, no chips, tears, or stains. The words "Freighter Comayagua" are written in cursive in the top blank margin of the first menu. Quite scarce.


Extended Travels In Romantic America, Being A Nineteenth Century Journal Through The Most Picturesque Portions Of North America, Reconstructed From Accounts By European Visitors; The Whole Embellished With Watercolor Drawings And Engravings Of The Period

By Jobé, Joseph

Edita, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1966; First Edition; Quarto, 221 pages; red leatherette, ornate gilt titles and decorations; decorative end papers. Fascinating collection of writings by European travelers describing the landscape and people encountered in their journeys across America during the period between the War Of Independence and the War Between The States, from East coast to West. Beautifully and profusely illustrated in color and black & white with reproductions of American scenes drawn and painted from life by early artists, some never published before, and most seen previously only by researchers. Two-panel map of the United States and Territories in 1857 on pages 6-7. Painstakingly compiled by Joseph Jobé, literary director of Swiss publishing house Edita. Printed and bound in Switzerland. Absolutely Fine, in like slipcase. A wonderful book which affords a rare look back at, tragically, a vanished America. An exceptional copy, complete in all respects.


Hugsad Heim (Signed)

By Schmidt, Rannveig

Baukatgafan Reykholt H.F., Reykjavik, Iceland, 1944; First Edition; 8vo, 160 pages; burgundy cloth; gilt titles. Affectionately inscribed and signed in English to American friends, by the author. Text in Icelandic. Very Good Plus in a Very Good dust jacket with small edge chipping.


Ten Thousand Miles With A Dog Sled, A Narrative Of Winter Travel In Interior Alaska

By Stuck, Hudson

Charles Scribners’ Sons, NY, 1916; Second Edition. 8vo, 420 pages; illustrated. Fascinating account of a series of early century journeys into the Alaskan interior and Yukon Valley in the dead of winter, traveling by dogsled. Beautifully illustrated with 36 period photographs of the land and native peoples of Alaska and a frontispiece photogravure portrait plate of the author. Large fold out map of the Alaskan interior at the back, tracking the journeys documented in the book. Very Good, clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound and square, map fine.


Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Island Playground Of The Pacific North West

By British Columbia Government Travel Bureau

British Columbia Government Travel Bureau, Vancouver, 1939; 5" x 8", 33 pages; illustrated. Early British Columbia travel guide to Vancouver Island, with descriptions of all the major areas, activities, and sights. Illustrated with numerous photos in sepia, plus a two panel Vancouver Island map at the center. No p.d. (circa 1939). Fine, in color illustrated wraps. Clean, crisp, and bright. No chips, tears, ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.


Polska Was Zaprasza (Poland Welcomes You)

By Skrzypek, Eugeniusz

Towarzystwo Lacznosci z Polonia Zagraniczna, Warszawa, 1959; 12mo, 168 pages. Photo-illustrated guidebook to Poland, with sights and services for a large number of Polish cities, plus numerous display ads for 1950’s Polish businesses, including nice fold-out ads for LOT airlines and Pekao Bank. Individual full-page maps for 17 Polish cities at the back. Text in Polish. Very Good, in card wraps. No chips, tears, ownership signatures, or any other markings of any kind.


Morocco Its People And Places, In Two Volumes (Volume II Only)

By de Amicis, Edmondo

Henry T. Coates & Co., Philadelphia, 1897; First Edition; 8vo, 226 pages; blue cloth; gilt board decorations; gilt top edges; illustrated. Volume II of the fascinating and frequently shocking first hand account of the state visit to Morocco by Edmondo Amicis as a member of the 1876 Italian diplomatic mission, which gave the first view to Western eyes of life behind the veil of the exotic cultures of North Africa. Translated into English from the thirteenth Italian edition by Maria Honor Lansdale, and published by Henry T. Coates in 1897. Illustrated with 25 beautiful photographic plates, reproduced in rich photogravure, of the land and people of Morocco, each with its own identifying letterpress guard tissue. Nicely bound in dark blue cloth with ornate gilt Moorish decorations and red silk marker ribbon. Fine. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound and square, all gilding brilliant. Tipped-in color foldout map of Morocco at the back. Previous owner neat cursive signature on f.f.e.p.


La Ruta De Hernan Cortes

By Benitez, Fernando

Lecturas Mexicanas/ Fondo De Cultura Economica, Mexico, 1983; First Lecturas Mexicanas Edition; 8vo, 308 pages. Story of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, as told by distinguished Mexican journalist and author Fernando Benitez. Text in Spanish. Very Good Plus, in color illustrated wraps. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp. No ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.


World Safari, A Story Of A Trip Around The World

By Skutt, Maysie

Publication Press, Pasadena, CA, 1954; First Edition; Signed; 8vo, 181 pages. First hand account of a three month trip in 1954 from Los Angeles, California to Yokohama, Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Calcutta, Delhi, Srinigar, Karachi, Beirut, Istanbul, Athens, Paris, and New York, traveling by boat, train, and airplane. Back dust jacket panel blurb by Lee Shippey. Nicely inscribed and signed by the author in year of publication on the f.f.e.p. Fine, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket.


Cartas de Relacion

By Cortes, Hernan

Editorial Porrua, Mexico, 1983; 8vo, 331 pages plus a 12-page publisher’s catalogue at the back; buff cloth; black titles. The letters of Hernan Cortes describing his thoughts and experiences while engaged in the Mexican Conquest, first published in Seville in 1522. Issued by Editorial Porrua as part of the "Sepan Cuantos" line, and hardbound by the publisher in buff-colored cloth boards with original wraps bound in. Text in Spanish. Preface by Manuel Alcala. Very Good Plus, clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight, sound, and square. No ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.


American Odyssey, The Journey Of Lewis And Clark

By Eide, Ingvard Henry

Rand McNally & Company, NY, 1969; First Edition; 4to, 245 pages; photo illustrated. The expedition diaries of Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, profusely illustrated with photographs by Ingvard Henry Eide, recapturing the landscape of the original journey. Very Good Plus, in a price-clipped clean, bright, and attractive Very Good dust jacket.


Historia Verdadera De La Conquista De Nueva Espana

By Diaz del Castillo, Bernal

Editorial Porrua, Mexico, 1983; 8vo, 700 pages plus a 12-page publisher’s catalogue at the back. Legendary first person account of the Spanish Conquest by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, soldier in the army of Hernan Cortes. Transcribed from Diaz’s original handwritten manuscript, not from Fr. Alonzo Remon’s altered version of 1632. Includes a substantive background preface by Joaquin Ramirez Cabañas, a complete bibliography of all editions published to date, a lengthy index of proper names occurring in the text, and a handy 16-page chapter summary. An entry in Editorial Porrua’s "Sepan Cuantos" series. Text in Spanish. Very Good, in wraps. Some light external surface wear. A valuable reference.


Seeing England and Scotland

By Newman, E.M.

Funk & Wagnalls, NY, 1930; First Edition; 8vo, 409 pages; 2 pages of publisher’s ads at the back; green cloth; gilt titles and decorations; color map end papers. Detailed travel guide to England and Scotland, by prolific travel writer E.M. Newman. Enchantingly illustrated with over 300 b&w photographs taken expressly for the book. Fine, a brilliant copy, in a Very Good dust jacket that has light chipping at the uppermost edge of the spine panel, not affecting titles or graphics.


30,000 Miles In Mexico, Adventures of Two Women And a Pickup-Camper In Twenty Eight Mexican States

By Murbarger, Nell

Desert Magazine Press, Palm Desert, CA, 1961; First Edition; 8vo, 310 pages; photo illustrated. Fascinating travelogue by Western author and adventurer Nell Murbarger who, together with her 74 year old mother, fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling the length and breadth of Mexico, visiting 28 Mexican states from desert to coast to interior, driving and living in their 1960 Ford pickup truck equipped with a Romer camper shell, visiting many out of the way places not mentioned in guidebooks. Beautifully written. Very Good Plus, in a clean and bright Very Good dust jacket. Signed on f.f.e.p. by the author. A treasure of a book.


The Silent Traveller In San Francisco

By Yee, Chiang

W.W. Norton & Company, NY, 1964; First Edition; 8vo, 366 pages; Illustrated. Poignant and frequently humorous observations of 1960’s San Francisco by artist, writer, and poet Chiang Yee, whose first travel book "The Silent Traveller In Lakeland" established his reputation as a keenly perceptive travel writer. Very Good Plus, in card wraps, with original Very Good Plus illustrated paper dust jacket. A crisp, clean, and bright copy.


Darwin And The Beagle

By Moorehead, Alan

Harper and Row Publishers, NY, 1969; no statement of edition; large octavo (7 1/2" x 10 1/4"), 280 pages; sage cloth; blind stamped front board illustration of the Beagle ; gilt titles; illustrated. Alan Moorehead’s riveting account of twenty-three year old Charles Darwin’s five-year voyage as naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle to Brazil, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries and islands along the way. Richly and profusely illustrated in both color and b&w with the works of contemporary artists, including the oil paintings and watercolors of Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens, official artists to the expedition. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket that has been price-clipped. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp. No ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.