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Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi

By PETERSEN, William J.

Iowa City: The State Historical Society, 1968. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green cloth with gilt lettering and decorations, pictorial dust jacket. 575pp. Numerous illustrations, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Jacket lightly age toned. A tight and quite attractive second edition, with illustrations that don't appear in the 1937 first edition. Superb copy of this Mississippi River classic -- absolute best book on the subject.

$45.00

The Naval History of the Civil War

By PORTER, David D.

Secaucus, NJ: Castle Books, 1984. Hardcover. 4to. Blue and grey paper over boards with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 843pp. Near fine/near fine. Tight and quite nice facsimile reprint of the massive 1886 first edition (New York: The Sherman Publishing Company), "Illustrated from Original Sketches Made by Rear-Admiral Walke and Others." According to Thomas Wells: "Comprehensive, partisan, egotistical, sometimes inaccurate, but always interesting." NEVINS I, 231.

$45.00

Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition
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Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man: A Tale of the Sea in the Classic Tradition

By McCLOSKEY, Robert

New York: The Viking Press, 1963. Hardcover. 4to. Green cloth with brown lettering and decoration. 63pp. Extensive color illustrations. Very good. Binding lightly age toned and faintly edgeworn, though tight and internally fine. Quite nice first edition of this juvenile tall tale of an old man's seagoing adventure.

$50.00

H.M. U-Boat

By DRUMMOND, John D.

New York: British Book Centre, 1958. Hardcover. 8vo. Red paper over boards with gilt spine lettering. 228pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Near fine. Lacks dust jacket. Handsome and tight first edition. Unusual tale of the capture of a German WW2 submarine.

$20.00

Fifty Years of Fortitude: The Maritime Career of Captain Jotham Blaisdell of Kennebunk, Maine, 1810-1860
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Fifty Years of Fortitude: The Maritime Career of Captain Jotham Blaisdell of Kennebunk, Maine, 1810-1860

By DAGGETT, Kendrick Price

Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc, 1988. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiv, 173pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map endpapers. Fine/fine. Pristine first edition of Volume XII in this museum's fine "American Maritime Library" series.

$20.00

The Nagle Journal: A Diary of the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor, from the Year 1775 to 1841

By NAGLE, John

New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988. Hardcover. Edited by John C. Dann. Small 4to. Tan cloth spine with green lettering and green paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xxx, 402pp. Numerous illustrations (some color), map endpapers. Fine/near fine. Tight and immaculate first edition of the first appearance of this journal, begun as a teenager fighting in the American Revolution and continuing for well over half a century chronicling life at sea around the world.

$30.00

Steamboating: Sixty-Five Years on Missouri's Rivers -- The Historical Story of Developing the Waterway Traffic on the Rivers of the Middlewest
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Steamboating: Sixty-Five Years on Missouri's Rivers -- The Historical Story of Developing the Waterway Traffic on the Rivers of the Middlewest

By HECKMAN, William L.

Kansas City, MO: Burton Publishing Company, 1950. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Grey cloth with white and black lettering and pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 284pp. Frontispiece, illustrations, map and pictorial endpapers. Very good/very good. Binding faintly age toned, with endpaper gutters toned per usual; jacket a bit edgeworn, with large chip at head of spine and expert archival mends on verso. A handsome, tight first edition of the memoir of this famed steamboat captain (1869-1957). And we thought that famed, prolific Mississippi River historian William "Steamboat Bill" Petersen was the only "Steamboat Bill"! Rather uncommon.

$55.00

Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue
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Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue

By DRURY, Bob, and CLAVIN, Tom

New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xix, 322pp. Maps, illustrations, map endpapers. Fine/fine. Superbly tight and handsome second printing of this 1944 WW2 incident, boldly signed by Drury on the title page, where he adds "Fair Winds!"

$35.00

Sail Ho! Wind Jammer Sketches Alow and Aloft
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Sail Ho! Wind Jammer Sketches Alow and Aloft

By GRANT, Gordon

New York: William Farquhar Payson, 1931. Hardcover. Small 4to. Coarse canvas-like tan cloth with green lettering and brown pictorial stamping. xii, 126pp. Captioned tissue-guarded frontispiece, extensive full-page plates, pictorial endpapers. Very good. Binding (only) a bit age toned, else internally tight and near fine. A handsome first edition of this stunning sketch gathering by the premiere, prolific maritime artist (1875-1962) -- boldly signed with his huge, stylized signature on half-title page in black ink.

$175.00

Naval Customs: Traditions and Usage
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Naval Customs: Traditions and Usage

By LOVETTE, LeLand P.

Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1942. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial stamping. xx, 404pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Mild edgewear; ownership name/address on front pastedown. Tight, nice later printing of this popular 1934 compilation.

$25.00

Torpedo Junction: With the Pacific Fleet from Pearl Harbor to Midway
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Torpedo Junction: With the Pacific Fleet from Pearl Harbor to Midway

By CASEY, Robert J.

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1942. Hardcover. Small 4to. Blue cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 423pp. Frontispiece, illustrations.Near fine/very good. Some jacket edgewear and touch of rubbing, but overall bright and attractive; large nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf. Tight and handsome first edition of this WW2 maritime classic.

$50.00

Die Flotten von England und Frankreich

Berlin: Walter Krieg Verlag, 1940. Paperback. 24mo. Stiff green pictorial wrappers. 40pp. Near fine. Text block lightly age toned, but no brittleness or edge tears. A tight and nice later printing (51st-70th thousand) of this handy pocket war-time guide containing charts describing (entirely in German) the British and French naval fleets in technical detail. Title translation: The Fleets of England and France. It's unlikely this surprisingly fresh copy went through World War Two in the hands of a German swabby!

$25.00

Paddle Wheels and Pistols
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Paddle Wheels and Pistols

By ANTHONY, Irvin

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929. Hardcover. Illustrations by Manning DeV. Lee and Lyle Justis. Small 4to. Green cloth with blue lettering and blue and white pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 329pp. Color frontispiece, 3 full-page color plates, full-page line drawings. Very good/very good. Faintest of binding edgewear, with endpapers lightly age toned; jacket rather edgeworn, with spine slightly sunned, but complete and still attractive. A tight, attractive reprint edition of this broad survey of the tumultuous heyday of Mississippi River navigation.

$40.00

Showboats: The History of an American Institution

By GRAHAM, Philip

Austin: University of Texas Press, 1954. Hardcover. Small 4to. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. x, 324pp. Illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear and couple tiny edge chips. Quite tight and handsome first edition of this (to cite front jacket panel) "delightful and authoritative record of America's showboats, from the first one, launched in 1831, to the last...."

$35.00

Eastward the Convoys

By SCHOFIELD, William G.

Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1965. Hardcover. 8vo. Teal blue cloth with ivory spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 23pp. Near fine/near fine. Quite nice and attractive first edition of this journalist's memoir of being a naval officer with the U.S. Navy's Armed Guard Program in the Atlantic during World War Two.

$25.00

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Series I -- Volume 25

By MEYER, George v.L., and STEWART, Charles W. (directed by)

Harrisburg: The National Historical Society, 1987. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xvii, 887pp. Frontispiece, illustration, 2 small foldout maps. Fine. Tight and pristine facsimile reprint of this volume from the 31-volume naval portion of the enormous "O.R." (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1912), covering "Naval Forces on Western Waters from May 18, 1863, to February 29, 1864."

$25.00

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Series I -- Volume 23

By MEYER, George v.L., and STEWART, Charles W. (directed by)

Harrisburg: The National Historical Society, 1987. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth with gilt spine lettering. xvi, 801pp. Frontispiece, small foldout map. Fine. Tight and pristine facsimile reprint of this volume from the 31-volume naval portion of the enormous "O.R." (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1908), covering "Naval Forces on Western Waters from April 12 to December 31, 1862."

$25.00

Selected Essays by Gideon Welles: Civil War and Reconstruction

By WELLES, Gideon

New York: Twayne Publishers, 1959. Hardcover. Compiled by Albert Mordell. 8vo. Blue cloth with silver lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 279pp. Near fine/very good. Jacket mildly edgeworn and a bit rubbed. A tight, nice first edition of these writings ob Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy. Robert W. Johannsen calls "These postwar observations... a valuable addenda to Welles's incomparable diary." Interestingly, front pastedown bears the bookplate of U.S. Naval War College alumni and WW2 naval pilot George Martin Cunha (1912-94), an influential figure and author in the world of document conservation. NEVINS II, 99.

$55.00

Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days

By DOENITZ, Karl

Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1990. Hardcover. Translation by R.H. Stevens. Introduction by Jurgen Rohwer. 8vo. Purple cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xv, 520pp. Illustrations, maps. Near fine/near fine. First of this edition, a right and tight new edition of this memoir by the leader of the Imperial Germany Navy in World War Two and its notorious U-boat fleet, first published in English in 1959.

$50.00

Munda Trail: The New Georgia Campaign

By HAMMEL, Eric

New York: Orion Books, 1989. Hardcover. 8vo. Orange and green paper over boards with white spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 252pp. Illustrations, maps. Near fine/near fine. Just a book club edition -- but tight and pristine. Front jacket panel touts this as "Turning the Tide Against Japan in the South Pacific."

$17.50

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