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9909 . Boyd, Thomas. Poor John Fitch: Inventor of the Steamboat .
Click for larger imageNew York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1935). Octavo, Original cloth , Black and white cuts , [xii], 315 pages. Condition: Very Fine. No dust jacket.
     John Fitch built a successful steamboat decades before Robert Fulton, but because of patent problems is not generally given the credit he probably deserves. Bound in red cloth over boards with spine titled in black. Spine slightly faded, shallow bumps to spine ends, binding has a few minor stains, top edge browned.  

Book #9909
$30.00    order or inquire Steamships Steamships Inventions Inventors James Rumsey Robert Fulton Steamboats Patent Disputes

4030 . Brown, Alexander Crosby (Foreword by Walter Lord). Steam Packets on the Chesapeake: a History of the Old Bay Line Since 1840 .
Click for larger imageCambridge, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc., 1961; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , Black & White photographs, illustrations , xvi, 192 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Rich history of the nation's oldest steamboat line--the Baltimore Steam Packet Company--which operated between Baltimore and Norfolk. Interesting information on the impact of World War II on the company, including the requisitioning of two thirds of its fleet for combat. After that war, one of the company's former vessels became the 'Exodus 1947,' carrying 4,500 illegal Jewish immigrants to Haifa, Palestine in the push for an Israeli state. Well illustrated with historic photographs. Appendices include a detailed roster of the steamers, information on the Bay Line's personalities, and a good bibliography. ALBION, p. 36 (starred item). Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt spine lettering. Tiny extremity rubs at spine ends. Prior owner name on front free endpaper. Jacket has a few edge chips up to 1 inch depth, a closed edge tear with associated wrinkles to rear panel, a 1/4 inch hole on rear panel. Still an attractive copy overall.  

Book #4030
$35.00    order or inquire Steamships Nautical & Maritime Exodus 1947 Israel, Jews Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Steamboats Virginia Maryland

2250 . Crowe, Rosalie and Sidney B. Brinckerhoff (editors). Early Yuma: a Graphic History of Life on the American Nile .
Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1976; First printing. Folio, Full cloth , B&w photographs, maps , viii, 135 pgs.. Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A fine chronicle of the people who visited and settled at Yuma Crossing on the Colorado River in southwestern Arizona. Profusely illustrated with historic photographs. Many extracts from the local newspapers of the day. Information and photographs about steamboating on the river, law and order, mining, the business community, the local Indians, and much more. Brown cloth over boards with gilt stamped spine lettering and gilt stamped illustration of a steamboat at lower fore corner of upper board. Trace rubs at corner tips and spine extremities. Browned rectangle on front free endpaper, as if from a former label, approx. 2" x 5", otherwise book is clean, straight, and free from wear. Jacket has some mild edge wear, including rubbed wrinkles, short edge tears, surface rubs, etc., primarily on rear panel. Attractive book.  

Book #2250
$26.00    order or inquire Arizona Gold Southwest Western Native Americans Desert Colorado River Steamboats Silver

9810 . Hall, Henry. Report on the Ship-Building Industry of the United States [from the 10th U.S. Census, 1880] .
[Washington, D.C.]: [Government Printing Office], [1884]. Quarto, Hardcover , black and white engraved plates, plans , 276 pages. Condition: Good.
     Very detailed statistics and information gathered for the 10th U. S. Census. The information was collected mostly by personal visits to the many shipyards in the United States rather than by correspondence. There are chapters on merchant sailing vessels, steam vessels, iron vessels, canal boats, shipbuilding timber, merchant sailing vessels, and more. There are scale drawings and plans throughout, along with a few plates, including a double page folded plate of the Mississippi River steamboat "Golden Rule." A tremendous amount of information on late 19th century shipbuilding in America. This report was separated from a larger census volume and bound separately here in tan cloth over boards. Title page has some soil and a 1" tear at bottom edge. A few leaves are beginning to pull loose at either top or bottom of inner margin, but all still attached. One plate has a large piece of one corner torn away. Prior owner bookplate on front pastedown.  

Book #9810
$150.00    order or inquire Nautical: Old and Rare Census Statistics New England Shipbuilding shipyards Wooden Ships Steamboats Timber

8635 . Humiston, Fred. Windjammers and Walking Beams .
Portland, ME: Blue Water Books, (1968); First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , black & white plates , [x], 199 pages. Condition: Near Fine in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Humiston's account of the evolution of steam navigation in Maine. Bound in light blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board. Jacket has some mild browning to spine and some shallow edge rubs and wear.  

Book #8635
$12.00    order or inquire Maine Steamboats Sailing Ships steam navigation Down East passengers Penobscot Bay Oscar Crockett Bath shipyards

7846 . Marestier, Jean Baptiste (Translated by Sidney Withington). Memoir on Steamboats of the United States of America [Memoire Sur Les Bateaux A Vapeur Des Etatsunis Damerique] .
Click for larger imageMystic, CT: Marine Historical Association, Inc., 1957. Octavo, Wrappers , Scaled drawings , x, 90 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     Marestier's book was originally published in French in 1824. This translation, apparently the first into English, provides an excellent contemporary report on the first successes of maritime steam power. Marestier was a brilliant young marine engineer sent by the French government to observe American progress in steam navigation. His carefully documented account includes descriptions of a number of individual steamboats of the period, their engines, their boilers, etc. Also includes 9 plates of scaled drawings and elevations of various early steamboats. Bound in pale blue stiff paper covers with dark blue spine and front cover titles, line drawing of a steamer reproduced on front cover. Mild browning along spine, shallow bump to top fore corner of front cover.  

Book #7846
$25.00    order or inquire Steamships Robert Fulton Marine Engineering Steamboats Steamers Mississippi River steam navigation Surprise Nautilus

9418 . Marshall, Ian (Foreword by John Maxtone-Graham). Ironclads and Paddlers (Signed) .
Click for larger image(Charlottesville): (Howell Press), (1993); First printing. Square Quarto, Hardcover , color paintings, black & white sketches , 108 pages. Condition: Near fine in a Fine Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Ian Marshall combines a deep knowledge of battleships with a superb artistic talent for capturing them on canvas and paper. The result is beautifully illustrated chronicle of the fighting paddle steamers and early armored vessels that set the stage for the battleship era. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Marshall on front free endpaper. Bound in light gray textured paper over boards with spine and upper board titled in silver foil. Tiny bump to top fore corner of lower board, hint of fading toward extreme edges of boards.  

Book #9418
$45.00    order or inquire Naval History Naval Warfare Battleships Ironclads Armor Paddlewheelers Steamboats paddle steamers riverine warfare

4634 . Morrison, John H. History of American Steam Navigation .
Click for larger imageNew York: Stephen Daye Press, (1958); Reprint. Octavo, Full cloth , black and white plates, drawings , [xiii], 4-630, vii pages. Condition: Good in a good dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     An indispensable mine of factual material and steamship lore, illustrated through over 50 pen and ink drawings. The artist, Samuel Ward Stanton, was lost with the Titanic. The scope of the book covers the entire steam maritime scene, but its major focus is on the Hudson River and Long Island Sound waterways and steamboat lines. There is a new foreward to this edition by Frank O. Braynard. Bound in maroon cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine. Shallow extremity bumps. Binding is sound. Prior owner left a several relevant notations on rear endpapers. Jacket has some tape-repaired edge tears.  

Book #4634
$25.00    order or inquire Marine Steamships Americana Inland waterways Rivers Steamboats Ships Shipping Boats

7141 . Newell, Gordon ad Joe Williamson. Pacific Lumber Ships .
Click for larger imageSeattle: Superior Publishing Company, (1960); First printing. Quarto, Full cloth , Black & White photographs , 192 pages. Condition: Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     Profusely illustrated chronicle of sail and steam ships that plied the lumber trade in and out of Pacific ports like Seattle, Tacoma, Eureka, San Francisco, and even Honolulu. An excellent collection of old photographs and salty sea stories. See ALBION, p. 150. Bound in grey cloth over boards with dark blue spine lettering. Jacket has minor extremity rubs, faint old price rewritten at top fore corner of front flap.  

Book #7141
$35.00    order or inquire Lumber Business Sawmills Steamships sailing schooners redwood coast California seattle, Washington Pacific Northwest Logging

11427 . Stanton, Samuel Ward. American Steam Vessels .
Click for larger imageNew York: Smith & Stanton, 1895; First printing. Oblong quarto, Full cloth , Drawings , 500 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Superb collection of drawings depicting a century's worth of American steamers, from Robert Fulton's Clermont in 1807 to the St. Louis, built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, in 1894-1895. Stanton reproduced the older vessels from reliable sources--early prints, lithographs, drawings and paintings--and the later ones from photographs, plans, sketches, etc. There is a full page drawing of most vessels, with a smaller drawing and specifications on the facing page. Text and illustrations printed in a variety of colors with many ornaments reminiscent of sailing cards of the era. This copy of Stanton's classic has been slightly restored. Bound in original dark blue cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in gilt, additional small illustration of a steamer in gilt at lower fore corner of upper board. Overall this gilt has dulled. There is a new cloth spine but with the original retained in place over it. New endpapers. Some leaves have shallow edge tears and there are a very few leaves with old but neatly done tape repairs. Textblock is solid. Excellent copy overall.  

Book #11427
$500.00    order or inquire Steamships Sailing Ships sailing cards Steamboats Merchant Marine Sam Sneden Morton & Edmonds shipbuilders William E Woodall

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