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13386. Coker, John. Sun, Sea and Lights. The Memoirs of an Inspector of the Imperial Lighthouse Service. London. 2009. 134p. DJ. As the last Inspector of the Imperial Lighthouse Service before the Bahamas became fully independent of the UK in 1973, John Coker witnessed a defining moment in the history of this region, and his recollections paint a fascinating portrait of the twilight days of the British Empire and of a nation on the brink of change. Quite interesting look into the life and daily work of a lighthouse inspector – a rare account. (F-). $76.

1426. Reid, Gordon. From Dusk Till Dawn: A History of Australian Lighthouses. MacMillan. Department of Transport and Communications, South Melbourne. 1988.DJ. 264pp. Illustrated throughout in color and b&w, with more than 200 photographs, illustrations and diagrams, double-page map showing the location of Commonwealth light stations, bibliography, index. A comprehensive and well researched history of Australian lighthouses - their architects, builders, service bosses, the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families, and more. The story of lighthouses has always started with shipwrecks. Since the beginning of world shipping, mariners have relied on devices to warn of reefs, rocks and shores. From Dusk Till Dawn is the first comprehensive illustrated history of Australian lighthouses. From the early days when lighthouse construction was hamstrung by British authorities, through the early colonial period when each colony built its own lights to when the Commonwealth took control, here is the extraordinary story of the battle to make Australian waters safe for two centuries of mariners. Wonderful details of the buildings, equipment, and more. Clean, tight, light wear, corners bumped. DJ edgeworn, one tear, light soiling. Difficult to find. (VG). $86.

 

2297e. Drake, Samuel Adams. NOOKS AND CORNERS OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST . New York . 1875. 1st. 459 p. Gilt embossed title and lighthouse vignette on wraps. Illustrated with  hundreds of wonderful, detailed woodcut illustrations. Nooks And Corners Of The New England Coast is a beautiful and sometimes bittersweet portrait of life along the New England shore in 1875. Samuel Adams Drake was one of America 's most enduring 19th-century New England historians and folklorists. In Nooks And Corners Of The New England Coast, Drake focuses all of his experience and powers of observation on the coastal villages, seaports and islands of old New England, which he personally visited. From Bar Harbor to Old Saybrook, Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard, Drake takes the reader on a guided tour of everything on the New England shoreline that was worth seeing in the 1870s. Complementing the text are hundreds of detailed woodcut illustrations showing scenes and historic personages from the locales the author writes about, adding rich visual texture to his narrative. As expected, life on the ocean is a prominent theme here, including lighthouse life, shipwrecks and much more. Contents clean and crisp, binding still tight, covers bright but bumped, unusually nice copy. Superb New England reading. (VG+). $138.

 

6366z. Putnam, George R. LIGHTHOUSES AND LIGHTSHIPS OF THE UNITED STATES. Cambridge , MA . 1917 1st. ed. 308 pp. Scarce first edition. Contains 48 photos and maps. Historical and descriptive work by the Commissioner of lighthouses. Good information from a most reliable source, nice overall view. Includes chapters on the history and organization, Boston Light and the Colonial Lights, US lighthouses around the country, lighthouse construction and apparatus, lightships and lighthouse tenders, buoys and daymarks, fog signals, the light-keepers, and much more. This most important work has become quite scarce. Ex library but only lightly read, contents unusually clean and crisp, front cover bright with nice image of Boston Light. (VG+). $118.

8432c. Wetherill, Fred V., BOYS AND BUOYS. Philadelphia . 1928. 151p. DJ. Exceptionally rare, this youths book described the work of the Lighthouse Service for boys. Chapters include lighthouses including Tilamook Rock, and a great deal on the work of a Lighthouse Tender as the boys observe the work of the crew. Dedicated by the author to the employees of the United States Lighthouse Service for their quiet heroism and sacrifice. Nicely embossed covers and in a rare complete dust jacket. (VG). $68.

 

5131k. Willoughby , Malcom F.,(Lt. USCGR), LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND . Boston . 1929. 253pp.  Over 60 vintage b/w photos by the Bureau of Lighthouses help to make this book one of the "musts" for the serious or casual collector. Provides histories of the many New England light stations, along with a great deal of accounts of the work and service of the keepers. Very complete, detailed work by this noted author on the subject. Certainly one of the two or three best on New England and has become quite difficult to find. Quite clean, tight, light edge wear. (VG+) $68.

1474. Scott, William E. The Wreck of the Lafayette. Two Harbors. 1959. 43p. Soft wraps. 5” x 7”. There can be no doubt that the Storm of November 28, 1905, was the biggest storm that spumed on Lake Superior up until that time. The 1905 storm is often called the “Mataafa Storm” for the dramatic wreck of the steamer Mataafa just off the harbor entrance in Duluth, Minnesota. The residents of the city could only look on in horror as nine of the Mataafa’s crew perished just beyond the reach of would-be rescuers. Also on Lake Superior, other vessels and their crews fought for their lives that day. The steel steamer Lafayette was towing the 436-foot barge Manila. Darkness and ceaseless sheets of snow combined for zero visibility. The captain had no idea where they were until he heard breakers hitting shore on the starboard side. A few moments after this realization, waves smashed the 454-foot Lafayette into massive rocks that bear her name today, just fifty feet offshore. With no time to react, the Manila drove into the Lafayette's stern, busting her within minutes. Both crews made it safely to shore. The author, a witness to the storm and to the wreck, relates in great detail the events of the day and the crews’ fight to survive. Illustrated with a number of photos. Clean, tight, light wear to wraps. (VG). $34.

1497. Hempleman-Adams, David, Sophie Gordon, Emma Stuart. The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton, and Antarctic Photography. Bloomsbury. 2009. 256p. DJ. Among the greatest achievements in the history of photography, those of the early polar explorers surely stand out, for the beauty of their images and the almost impossible conditions they encountered. And none of these are more remarkable than the photographs recorded by the official chroniclers of two epic Antarctic expeditions—that of Robert Falcon Scott, departed in 1910, which tragically resulted in his death; and, four years later, that of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance expedition (1914-1916), whose heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia has become the stuff of legend. Their photographers—Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley—transported bulky cameras and glass plate negatives across the forbidding polar landscape to record some of the earliest images of this dramatic environment. That the photographs survived to be presented on their return to King George V is miraculous, and they have remained ever since in the Royal Collection. The Heart of the Great Alone reproduces the best of these marvelous images, some of which have never appeared in book form before—ships encased in ice floes, ice cliffs and ravines, campsites and dog sleds, and the incomparable beauty of Antarctic flora and fauna. Together they form an invaluable record of an environment that global warming has forever changed. With a superb narrative drawing on Ponting’s and Hurley’s writings and other unique archival material from the Royal Collection, and with extended captions for each image, this book is a unique addition to the literature of polar exploration. A treasure trove of photographs—some never before reproduced in book form—from the two greatest Antarctic expeditions. (M). Retails for $47.50. Our price $28.50. 

8391J. Drysdale, William., THE BEACH PATROL - A Story of the Life-Saving Service. W. A. Wilde Company, Boston . 1897. 318p. With five illustrated plates. All aspects of the work of the life-savers is described in this fictional tale of the men at the Great Harbor Life-Saving Station in New England . Sixteen year old Tom examines the equipment, from the operation of the Coston flare, to the contents of the Life-Saving Service portable library and assists with numerous rescues as we follow him through his adventure. Quite good descriptions, with great detail. An extremely early, rare Life-Saving Service novel. Contents clean and tight. Light soiling to embossed wraps but still fairly bright. (VG). $78.

 

13157. na. Building and Operating the Nation’s Lighthouses. Engineering News Record. April 27, 1933. 4p. Disbound. Detailed article discussed building and operating some of the Nation’s light stations including the isolated light and fog station at Anacapa Island off the California coast; the Cape Decision Lighthouse in Alaska; the Detour Reef Light Station in Lake Huron; and the Chicago harbor project involving the remote control of several lights from a central station. Good information and details. Includes 8 photos and illustrations. (VG+). $22.

875. Rosenfeld, Morris. UNDER FULL SAIL. Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 1957. 213p. 4TO. Lovers of Yachting are in for a rare treat with this collection of yacht photographs by famous photographer Morris Rosenfeld. In a manner equaled by none, Mr. Rosenfeld has captured the real flavor, spirit and zest of sailing. Includes hundreds of wonderful photographs, from windjammers to yachts. Clean, tight. Scarce. (VG).    $42.

 

7159q. (magazine) THE MENTOR. July 1925. Vol. 13, No. 6. Pub. Springfield , Ohio . 66 pp. b/w photos & gravures: few color ads. Special issue devoted to the U. S. Coast Guard, Lifesaving Service and Lighthouse Service contains 4 articles with beautiful illustrations chronicling the history and work of the Life-Saving Service, the Light-House Service and the Coast Guard. Includes an article on "Lighthouses Tended by Women", article on Winslow Homer titled "He Painted the Might of the Sea" and containing reproductions of his paintings of the Lifesaving Service, a  photo-article titled "Picturesque Lighthouses", featuring photos of 11 different lighthouses, article "Through Calm & Storm" relating to lighthouses & Coast Signals, and the article "Knights of the Wave" 17 pages with 16 photos relating "The Story of Rescue at Sea-Duties, Responsibilities and Perilous Service of the Coast Guard of Today". An important lighthouse and life-saving issue. Clean, tight, light spine wear, good copy. (VG). $54.

13111. Snow, Edward Rowe. ATLANTIC SUNRISE . [Published as essay in Griffin , Arthur. NEW ENGLAND : The Four Seasons With Original Essays by 51 Famous Authors.] Boston . 1980. 111 p. DJ. Little known article by Mr. Snow on the appeal that New England ’s coastline holds for millions of Americans. Edited by Arthur Griffin, this compendium of his superb New England color photography combines with essays by many famous authors. Superb viewing and reading. A rare difficult to find snow article. (VG+). $24.

13137a. Mace, Henry O. Collectors Guide to Early Photographs. 1990. Wallace-Homestead. 214p. Soft wraps. This one-of-a-kind reference guide provides invaluable information on identifying and dating cased images to help readers succeed in the hot hobby of collecting and preserving 19th-century photographs. Collector's Guide to Early Photographs goes beyond describing the basic types (categories) of old photographs. It provides entire chapters detailing the descriptions of each category and sub-categories of old photographs. There is specific advice regarding collecting each category of old photograph, as well as advice on which photographed subjects (animals, children, etc.) images are most rare. Also included is a listing of notable early photographers (ten pages long) whose work is of particular interest to collectors. There is rarely a page in the book doesn't include at least one picture / illustration of a category of photographs, photographed subjects, close up details of case markings, brass mats, etc. Approximately half the book is devoted to the non-paper based photographs (daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype) with the remaining half addressing the various paper based photographs including calotypes, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, stereographs, dry plate and gelatin prints, Civil War images, and more. This is an outstanding book for learning the details about the various categories and types of photographs in existence. Clean, tight, light wear, a few creases to wraps. (VG). $24.

889. Williams, Lawrence W., A COLLECTORS GUIDE TO SOUVENIR CHINA – Keepsakes of a Golden Era, Identification and Value Guide. Paducah , KY. 1998. 232p. Soft wraps. Completely illustrated with over 500 color photographs. A hundred years ago, souvenir china was all the rage in the US . For the first time this well known expert from Chatham , Mass. presents a complete guide to the background and manufacturers, along with an in-depth analysis, descriptions, and current values. For those of you who have been collection lighthouse and life-saving commemorative pieces, or who would like to collect pieces from your hometown, this is a most valuable reference. Wonderful reading, with over 500 beautiful, clear color photographs of every type and style, manufacturer’s marks and details. (M).  $22.95. (also one slightly used copy $19.95). 

 

12487. na. PRESERVING HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSES – An Annotated Bibliography. National Park Service. Compiled by Camille M. Martone, Lauren McCrosky, Sharon C. Park.  illus., 40 pp., 1989. Soft wraps. Lengthy bibliography prepared to assist owners, architects and administration officials with the planning and implementation of preservation work on lighthouses. Includes case studies, official documents, as well as books and publications both recent and early, Includes too annotations describing the contents of each publication and its applicability. Also appended is a copy of Light House Board, Specifications for a First Order Lighthouse (Brick Tower) October 1861, and Light House Board, Specifications for Materials and Labor for Construction of an Iron Pile Lighthouse for Lake Superior 1860. Valuable resource. (VG+). $44.

12423. na. Thirty-Second Annual Report of the Board of Harbor and Land Commissioners For the Year 1910. Boston. 1911. 90p. Gilt embossed cloth wraps. With two large fold-out maps of Boston harbor and piers. Lengthy report details extensive surveys and work performed in the various harbors and rivers in Massachusetts during the year. Includes work in Boston Harbor, Mystic River, Chatham, Cohasset, Connecticut River, Cotuit, Menamsha, Dorchester Bay, Sesuit, Cape Cod Canal, Cuttyhunk, Harwich, Wellfleet, Province Lands, Scituate, Vineyard Haven, Falmouth, wrecks and obstructions, and more. Contents clean and tight, light soil and wear to wraps. (VG). $18.

12488. na. Among the Breakers – A Drama in Two Acts. George M. Baker & Co. Boston. 1876. 65p. Soft wraps. Script for two act play revolves around David Murray, Keeper of Fairpoint Lighthouse and his Assistant Larry David. Much of the play takes place in the keeper’s house during a fierce storm. With references to a murder and survivors from a wreck, looks like an interesting early play. Clean, tight, in worn wraps. (VG). $24.

 

 

12450. Treasury Department. Public Health Service. Prevention of Disease and Care of the Sick by W.G. Stimpson, M.D. With a Supplement on First Aid to the Injured by R. M. Woodward, M.D. Wash. 1917. 247p. Govt. green stiff wraps. 4TO. Prepared as a first aid handbook for use by the layman, on ships and by governmental agencies, revised editions were used by United States Lighthouse vessels and stations and included in medicine chests or libraries. This detailed text includes instructions for use of equipment and for the treatment of all forms of injury and illness. Well illustrated with photos and diagrams. Clean, tight, good condition. Rare.  (VG+). $45.

 

 

857d. na. THE MANUSCRIPTS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’S RECORDS OF A FAMILY OF ENGINEERS. The Unfinished Chapters. Walter M. Hill, editor. Chicago . 1929. Limited to 300 copies. Quarto. 92p. Boards, cloth backed, edges uncut. In 1929 Mr. Hill acquired the original manuscripts, together with hitherto unpublished portions, of R. L. Stevenson’s Record of a Family of Engineers. As Robert Louis Stevenson accumulated notes explaining the lighthouse work of his forebears, he first sketched out one chapter, then another which were eventually published, along with extracts from his grandfather’s work on the Bell Rock Lighthouse. The mass of notes and drafts out of which the original book was finally carved, illustrates the great author’s mode of work. First, there is the manuscript as printed in 1912. Second, a series of finished and unfinished chapters intended for publication but afterwards contracted and reduced. Third, we find a wealth of supplementary notes and projected chapters – a most interesting and significant mine of material. These notes and unfinished chapters are introduced by a recapitulation of Stevenson’s study of his family history, to which has been added a description of the manuscripts. A remarkable insight to the work and the thoughts of these important lighthouse engineers, and in the style of R.L.S. Extremely scarce, only 300 printed. Quite clean, tight. Only light edge wear to boards. (VG+) $185.

8308d. Ballantyne, R. M. THE FLOATING LIGHT OF THE GOODWIN SANDS . A Tale. Philadelphia . nd. c.1870. 403p. Nice, brightly embossed binding. In this exceptionally scarce title, the author gives an insight into the condition, value, and vicissitudes of the light-vessels, or floating lighthouses, which guard the shores of the United Kingdom . A very detailed account, particularly of the life and adventures of some of the men who have manned these interesting craft in the past. Based on the author’s visit to the floating light Gull, told through the use of a fictional tale combined with the correct accounts of the life at sea. Unusually clean, bright and tight. With 1 fine woodcut illustration of mast lanterns. Exceptionally scarce, only the fourth copy that I have been able to find. In wonderful condition. (VG+). $98.

8218d. Cobb, James F., THE WATCHERS ON THE LONGSHIPS. London . 1878. 4th.  283p. Nice gilt embossed binding. A tale based strictly on fact, about life of the keepers at the lighthouse on the treacherous Longships shoals. First exhibited on the 29th of September, 1795, the light was the scene of many dramatic tales and tragedies. Included is the tale of the little girl who was left alone in the lighthouse, - her father, the keeper, having been purposely kidnapped by wreckers, - and who was obliged to stand on the family bible to light the lamps. Other tales include the keeper, in the early days, who heard noises so horrible that his hair turned white in a single night, Christmas at the light, and more. Numerous other tales of keeping the light. A fine early binding and collectible. Pages tight but signatures loosening a bit, fairly well worn, covers nicely engraved and gilt embossed, moderate wear to spine, edges worn. Light soiling from use. (G+). $65.

11375. Gattie, George Bing. Memorials of the Goodwin Sands, and their Surroundings, Legendary and Historical. London. J.J. Keliher & Co. 1904. 297p. The Goodwin Sands is a 10-mile-long sand bank in the English Channel, lying six miles east of Deal in Kent, England. As these shoals lie close to major shipping channels, more than 2,000 ships are believed to have been wrecked upon it, and as a result it is marked by light vessels and buoys. In this exceptionally scarce title, the author gives detailed account of the history of the area, the geology, great storms, the Hovellers, the establishment of a “Coastguard”, beacons and buoys, lightships, wrecks, the lifeboat and rescues, lighthouse schemes and building projects, and more.  A very detailed account. Gilt embossed binding, moderate soil and wear, contents tight, light soiling. (G+). $38.

6373g. na. THE STORY OF JOHN SMEATON AND THE EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE. London . 1877. 117pp. 16MO. Beautiful embossed covers. Two nice full color frontis illustrations. This nice collectors edition describes the history of ancient and modern lighthouses, the life of this distinguished British engineer and details the design and construction of the Eddystone Light-house. Quite scarce, important work on this famous lighthouse engineer. Light foxing on few pages, contents overall clean, generally tight, front hinge weakening, cover bumped but still bright. (G). $164.

20436d. Chadwick, Lee. LIGHTHOUSES & LIGHTSHIPS. London. 1971. 165p. DJ. The story of warning lights at sea and the people who build and tend them. The author traces the continual search for improved lighting, reviving many of the individual heroic episodes in lighthouse history. The working of lights and construction techniques are outlined and their principles explained, with first-hand accounts of life at various lights and lightships. Nicely illustrated with photographs. Very nice condition, near fine. (F-). $56.

   

  

5461n. Lombard, Asa Cobb Paine. EAST OF CAPE COD . Cuttyhunk. 1976. 157 pp. The author tells the stories of ships and shipwrecks and particularly of the Life-Savers of this dangerous area. The author incorporated into this account numerous photographs and records of his grandfather, United States Life-Saving Service Warrant Officer  [1885-1921] Edward Everett Lombard who was stationed at the Cahoon’s Hollow station.  Extremely well illustrated with over 80 wonderful early photographs, one of the better accounts of the Life-Saving Service. The glass slides from which the pictures are reproduced were made from 1885 to 1900. Lombard, along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of  Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to  Provincetown , explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. Chapters include the Wreck of the Jason, History of the Life-Saving Service, the Lifesaver’s Tools, Lifeboat Drill, Communications, Smuggler, Restoring the Apparently Drowned, Shipwrecks, the Way of the Wreckers, and more. Becoming scarce, this has always been one of the two best on  Cape Cod ’s life-savers but so far has not received proper recognition. Clean, tight, light sunning to wraps. (VG+).  $48.

 

  

24131d. Secretary of the Navy. Hydrographic Office. INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS for The Use of All Nations. American Edition. Wash. 1898. 415 p. Gilt embossed Govt. boards. The International Code of Signals was first drafted in 1855 by the British Board of Trade and subsequently published in 1857 as a means of maritime communications. The original publication showed 17,000 signals using 18 flags, part of which was specific to the United Kingdom and another part that contained universal signals to be used by all nations. Adopted by most sea-faring nations, the system was revised in 1932 to include seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Norwegian. In this early American edition, detailed text includes thousands of signals, as well as color plates of signal flags and flags of maritime nations. Includes alphabetical spelling table, urgent signals, phrases, general vocabulary, semaphore, and more. Also includes a complete list of US Life Saving Service stations with location and latitude and longitude, Signal Service stations, Weather stations and much more. Leather binding, with gilt lettering and gilt emblem of the Department of the Navy, Bureau of Navigation on the front cover; gilt lettering and date on spine; outside page edges dyed red, white, or blue for Parts I, II, and III. Contents clean, tight save frontis page and one plate loose, some edge wear. (VG). $255. 

 

2386b, L-181. Schallehn, Bernie  and John J. Galluzzo. SANTA OF THE LIGHTHOUSES. Burnaby . 2002. 180 p. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Even as a youth, Edward Rowe Snow grabbed hold of life with both hands. After graduating from Harvard, he throws himself into a career as a history teacher, taking every opportunity to coax history to life for his students and acquaintances on Boston 's richly historical coast. Over time, he was intrigued by the history of the local lighthouses, and became acquainted with the lighthouse keepers and their families and wrote of their amazing stories. It isn't by chance that he met a student, Bill Wincapaw, whose father, Captain Wincapaw gave Ed the chance of a lifetime, the chance to make history himself. The captain invited Ed to ride along while they drop Christmas packages from a plane--to the excited lighthouse keepers and their families below. Though Ed, Anna Myrle and the lighthouse keepers are gone now, the legacy of The Flying Santa lives on to this day, bringing hope when it's needed most. Written for young adults, this is the story of Edward Rowe Snow and his family’s marvelous work. (VG+). $9.

 

  

12109. Fox, Lois Ann. Wild Waves and Isolation: Memories of a Childhood on Centre Island Lighthouse, Foveaux Strait. Published by the Author. 2003. 70p. Soft wraps. Illustrated. “Wild Waves and Isolation” is a small slice of New Zealand’s heritage, of a way of life that has now passed. It is a snapshot of a lighthouse keeper and his family who enjoyed the happier times and endured the rigors that island life bestows upon those who venture forth. Follow as the Aitchison family share their isolation and experiences of three years keeping the light in the 1950’s. Ex-library with stamps and markings, wrappers laminated in clear plastic. Quite rare. (VG). $54.

 

  

7448a. na. Motorboat Handbook Vol. II. The Motorboat Publishing Company. New York. Fourth Ed., 1910. 131p. Cloth w/o dj as published. Detailed text and reference guide with everything needed to know about motorboats; profusely illustrated with detailed line drawings and three pages in full-color of signal codes/flags. Includes construction, repair, management, navigation, storage, specifications, underway, storm warnings and signal codes, engine repair and everything you need to know about the motor boat and its engine. Text by Charles G. Davis, G.F. Crouch, R.H. Combs and others. Intact, contents clean, expected wear, some marks to wraps. Lot both volumes $24.

7448b. na. Motorboat Handbook Vol. III. The Motorboat Publishing Company. New York. Second Ed., 1911. 118p. Cloth w/o dj as published. Detailed text and reference guide with everything needed to know about motorboats; profusely illustrated with detailed line drawings and three pages in full-color of signal codes/flags. Includes construction, repair, management, navigation, storage, specifications, underway, storm warnings and signal codes, engine repair and everything you need to know about the motor boat and its engine. Text by Charles G. Davis, G.F. Crouch, R.H. Combs and others. Intact, contents clean, expected wear, some marks to wraps. Lot both volumes $24.

25257. The New York Maritime Register. July 18, 1923. 64 p. Contains complete listing of vessels arriving and departing in the United States , wrecks and casualties, as well as numerous maritime advertisements and articles of the day. Interesting reading. (VG).   $8.

11109. Underhill, Harold A. SAILING SHIP RIGS AND RIGGING With Authentic Plans of Famous Vessels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Glasgow. 1974. 5th. 128p. Stiff wraps. Highly detailed explanation of ship rigs and rigging illustrated with authentic plans of famous vessels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; profusely illustrated with highly detailed line drawings and sketches. Reprint of work originally published in 1938. A must for the serious modeler. (VG+). $16.

 

25357a. Meyrick, Bette. BEHIND THE LIGHT. London. 1975. 215 p. DJ. Behind The Light tells of the Morgans during the first two decades of this century, as lighthouse keepers and in this volume on the lightships. We follow Pa Morgan as a young tattooed mariner on the great transatlantic sailing ships of the 1890’s to his eventual life’s work ‘behind the light’ of Trinity House Lightships. Written by his granddaughter, presents a most informative insight into a way of life. (VG).  $42. Reduced $34.

21225. Scott, Justin. The Shipkiller. New York. 1978. 342p. DJ. Signed by the author. After reading just the first page, you will be instantly caught up in the story. "The Shipkiller" is a thrilling, compelling tale! It is about the vengeance of Peter Hardin, whose wife is lost at sea when their yacht is crushed by a gigantic oil-tanker. The pursuit and destruction of Leviathan becomes a vendetta, and the reader very quickly comes to share Hardin's obsession. The premise may be far-fetched, but the story is so vividly written it becomes real. The passages on sailing are especially riveting, as are the descriptions of the blighted locales wherein Hardin stalks his prey. Every force of man and nature seems determined to destroy our hero; but the reader will cheer him along every tormented step of his voyage. This "killer" novel has been reprinted a number of times so that many others can enjoy the experience of reading it. Clean, crisp. Rare author’s signature. (VG+). $44.

    

23458. Tantum, W. H. THE LUSITANIA CASE. London . 1972. 224 p. DJ. A thorough compilation of documents and accounts of the sinking that drew America into World War I. (VG-). $16

23475. Ratigan, William. SOO CANAL . Grand Rapids . 1954. 186 p. DJ. Nicely inscribed by the author. Historical novel tells how private enterprise was instrumental in seeing through to a finish the construction of the Soo Canal and Locks a century ago. Provides a history of the times, people of the day and the character of the country that made the canal possible. With a forward by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. (VG+).  $24. Reduced $16.

    

23483. Beach , Edward L. AROUND THE WORLD SUBMERGED – The Voyage of the Triton. New York . 1962. 293 p. DJ. An exciting personal narrative by the skipper of the nuclear submarine that circumnavigated the earth submerged. Covering the voyage of more than 36,000 miles, the author brings to life the many tense events in this historic journey.  (VG+).  $20. Reduced $16.

23481. Beach , Edward L. SUBMARINE. New York . 1952. 301 p. DJ. The first of the submarine war patrol best sellers. This book broke through the complete silence about submarine operations imposed by the war. This is the true and heroic story of USS Triger, and of those who sailed her against the enemy, and of her life and death in the Pacific. Interwoven are thrilling tales of other battle-hardened submarines, and of the officers and enlisted men who fought them. A proud and impressive record of courage and guts. (VG-).  $18. Reduced $12.

    

22111. Jones, Tristan. HEART OF OAK. NY. 1984. 283 P. dj. In this noted account, Tristan Jones looks back to his years “below decks” in the British Royal Navy during World War II. The author is thrown among wartime recruits amid life on a destroyer and provides an authentic look at the life of the rates in the forecastle during wartime. Vivid exciting reading. (VG). $10.

9320. na. TALES OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST . Compiled by Frank Oppel. Secaucus. 1985. 472 p. DJ. A fascinating journey through turn of the century Victorian New England provided through 28 magazine articles of the day. Visit Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, Old York, the Great Shell Mounds of Damariscotta, Newport , Old Saybrook, Cuttyhunk, Bar Harbor, Block Island, Salem , Isles of Shoals, and more. Illustrated with hundreds of original photos and illustrations. Great early articles, wonderful reading. (M).  $19. Reduced $14.

21379. Marriott, Leo. TITANIC. New York . 1997. 160p. DJ. Large format look at the history and short life of this famed liner will be sure to interest the maritime buff and historian alike. Filled with hundreds of original vintage photographic views, paintings, diagrams and more are complimented by substantial text detailing the construction process and its fateful voyage. Great reading. (F-).  $14. Reduced $8.

22231. Holland , F. Ross. AMERICA’S LIGHTHOUSES - An Illustrated History. Dover Pub. 2nd. 1988. 226p. Soft wraps.  8VO. Filled with 100 historic vintage photographs, line illustrations and 8 maps, America’s Lighthouses is one of the best references on the history of the light stations in America in recent memory. Mr. Holland guides you through the history and development of lighthouses in America with fascinating stories of the history and development of individual lighthouses, and a nostalgic look at the keepers who have devoted their lives to the daily maintenance and operation of the lights. Another wonderful and valuable lighthouse addition by this well known historian. (M). $12.95. Reduced $9.

   

10490. Costello, Linda, and Bruce Foster, Wendy Edelson, Al Mitchell. Lighthouses – A Pop-Up Gallery of America's Most Beloved Beacons. Thunder Bay Press, 2007. Hardcover. From the busy Atlantic waters to the rugged Pacific coast, explore the country's most historic and beautiful lighthouses with amazing 3-D pop-ups. Lighthouses features more than 25 color photographs and original illustrations showcasing America's coastal guardians. From the historical to the technical, author Al Mitchell, a renowned expert in the field of lighthouse study, explains the important roles played by each beacon through the years. This unique tribute includes 5 amazing, architecturally accurate 3-D pop-ups designed by acclaimed paper engineer Linda Costello. Beautifully illustrated pop-ups stand approximately 9 1/2 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter and demonstrate each lighthouse's unique design and function. Pop-ups include some of the most famous landmarks in the country: Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina's distinctive black-and-white light tower; Old Point Loma Light, the beacon for California's Gold rush traffic; and Florida's prominent Ponce de Leon Inlet Light. This is the ultimate book for admirers of lighthouses and architecture. (M). $28.95. Reduced $22.

1259. na. Lighthouses of the World. International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation. 1998. Globe Pequot. 172p. Soft wraps. Absolutely stunning, full-color guide showcases more than 125 unique lighthouses from around the world. Includes full color photos throughout, country-by-country listing, with detailed maps, general and historical descriptions, information on architects ands builders, construction, locations, and more. (M). $24.95. Reduced $16.

6717. Carter, Robert. A SUMMER CRUISE ON THE COAST OF NEW ENGLAND [Being An Account of a Cruise from Provincetown to Bar Harbor in the Summer of 1858 ...] Boston . 1870. 7¼" x 5¼" textured cloth hardcover edition. 261 pages. With bookplate From the Library of “Edward Rowe Snow”. In the summer of 1858, Robert Carter, a journalist, editor and frustrated poet, sailed aboard a rented sloop named "Helen" ($7.50 per day) from Boston to Provincetown , along the brief New Hampshire shore, then down the coast of Maine . Dispatches from his voyage first appeared in the New York Tribune (for which he normally served as a Washington correspondent). They were later collected and published as this book. Some of the chapters include From Boston to Swampscott, Off Boston Light, Provincetown, The Sands of Cape Cod, Dredging Off Nahant * Misadventures, The Great Thunderstorm * From Marblehead to Gloucester, For the Isles of Shoals, Casco Bay, A Storm Off Cape Seguin * Boothbay * The Coast Survey Schooner, The Island of Monhegan, Owl's Head, Mount Desert, Bass Harbor, and much more. This 131-year-old book is considered a New England maritime classic and would make a fine addition to any personal library devoted to sailing, Atlantic sport fishing, or both. Wonderful reading and an ideal way to view the coast as it was over one hundred years ago. Contents clean and tight save some age toning,  corners slightly bumped, front hinge worn, coming apart. (VG-). $118.

6368c. Tracy, Louis. THE PILLAR OF LIGHT. Norwood , MA . 1904. 339pp. 2nd. printing. Unusually clean, brightly embossed cover, contents clean and tight. Desirable early period novel centers around life at the Gulf Rock Light-House and the work of the keepers. (VG). $45. 

Lesser copy moderate wear, only light soiling to pages, few pages loose, covers well worn. Good reading copy. (G-). $14

9176c. Smith, F. Hopkinson, THE WOOD FIRE IN NO. 3 [a novel]. New York . 1905 298 pages + Advertisements, with b&w & color illustrations. Nicely illustrated spine & cover. Francis Hopkinson Smith was born in Baltimore , Md. , October 23, 1838, and died in New York City , April 7, 1915. Educated as a mechanical engineer, he became a contractor and planned and supervised the building of numerous works. He built for the United States Government the sea wall around Governor's Island, another at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London , and the architectural plans for the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse. He laid the foundation and the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor , and in 1879 he built the Block Island breakwater. A noted engineer, artist, and writer, Smith soon became an assistant superintendent of a New York iron foundry during the Civil War. Leaving the foundry, he set himself up as an engineer with a partner, James Symington. Smith’s engineering firm was in business for thirty years, contracting many projects with the Federal Government. In his free time, Smith painted and wrote many notable books, a best seller of which was his novel Caleb West: Master Diver (1898), recounting his construction of the Race Rock Lighthouse. A period novel of the day. Clean, bright, nice copy. (VG+)  $48. Reduced $29.

23489. Humiston, Fred. BLUE WATER MEN – AND WOMEN. Portland . 1966. 1st. 172 p. For more than three centuries the sailing vessel has dominated the Maine scene, directly influencing economic, social and cultural structures as well as furnishing an effective method of defense and attack. These men were a breed apart. Their exploits and prowess will be remembered for years to come. Blue Water Men – And Women tells their story, from pirates and the West India trade, to California gold rush, to the era of the “Sail Carriers” and more. Excellent source and reading. (VG+).   $24.

20272a,b,c. Gleason, Sarah C., KINDLY LIGHTS – A History of the Lighthouses of Southern New England . Boston . 1991. 175p. DJ. A wonderful account of the evolution of a lighthouse system in Southern New England with considerable historic detail on the 98 light stations in the area. Covering the area from Great Captain Island in Connecticut, to Newburyport Harbor Light on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border, the author weaves tale of Pleasonton, Winslow Lewis and notable others in the evolution a system of lights. Well done and a most worthwhile investment. (VG+).  $15.95. Reduced $12. 

21296. Grant, John and Ray Jones. LEGENDARY LIGHTHOUSES - Volume II. 2001. 208p. 125 color photographs. Soft wraps. Like its companion book published in 1998, Legendary Lighthouses is filled with stunning photographs of light stations from Galveston to Lake Ontario , and from Honolulu to the Aleutian Islands . In addition are included interviews with former lighthouse keepers, children of keepers, authors and historians and more. Includes numerous stories of heroism, daring rescues deadly storms and the ever fascinating history of these interesting stations. (M).   Published at $24.95. SALE. $15.95.

23118. Bowen, Frank C., SHIPS FOR ALL. London . nd. c.1930. 384 p. Illustrated with nearly 100 photographs, this early work details the numerous types of vessels including: canal, river and coastal craft; sailing vessels; steam vessels, seamen, steamships, engines, disasters, life-boats and life-saving, salvage, treasure and much more. Great reading. (VG). $24.

26315. Wermiel, Sara E. LIGHTHOUSES: Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design & Engineering. New York . 2006. 384 p. DJ. This pictorial survey of the icon of steadfastness and strength: the American lighthouse, is the newest addition to the Norton/Library of Congress series. This abundantly illustrated book conveys the romance and beauty of lighthouses and beacons while explaining the development of the forms, materials, architecture, and engineering of their structure: wood, masonry, cast-iron plate, on- and off-shore skeletal, caisson, and reinforced concrete. It covers lighthouses from all parts of the United States from the late eighteenth century to the 1940s, when control of lighthouses was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard. Numerous images of lighthouses from coast to coast provide examples of striking design and setting, celebrate technological achievement and the work of important engineers, and include associated structures such as keepers' quarters, fog signal buildings, boathouses and boat railroads, cistern buildings, barns, and workshops, as well as interiors and working details of the light mechanisms. With over 1200 illustrations, many of rarely seen views, this is sure to be one of the better books this year. Includes CD-ROM containing all of the images shown in the book for even better viewing. (M). Publisher’s price $74. SALE. $49.95.

 

27438. (marine supplies catalogues c.1930’s) We recently acquired a great lot of early illustrated marine supplies catalogues. Catalogues detail thousands of early ship and yacht chandlery items including rope and chain, fittings, flags, ensigns and jacks, binnacles, marine engines, blocks and pulleys, Coston distress signals,  lamps and lanterns, boats and canoes, sails, life vests, tools, clocks, barometers and much more. Great reading and reference. Catalogues available include: Armstrong & Galbraith, Inc. c.1940. 96p.; W & J Tiebout Marine Supplies c.1939. 208p.; E. J. Willis Company c.1935. 256p.; E. J. Willis Company c.1937. 264p. $34 each. Reduced $24 each - all 5 for $100.

11189. (catalogue) Perko Ship and Boat Equipment. 1981. 200p. Soft wraps. Completely illustrated catalogue includes all manner of boat and ship supplies including Fresnel lenses for lamps and lanterns, navigational lights, lighting fixtures, electric lamps, switches, searchlights, vents, portlights, steering equipment, deck hardware, lead lines, fishing equipment and much more. Great for reference. (VG+). $12.

  

23565. Mabie, Hamilton W., THE MEMORIAL STORY OF AMERICA COMPRISING THE IMPORTANT EVENTS EPISODES AND INCIDENTS WHICH MAKE UP THE RECORD OF 400 YEARS FROM 1492 TO 1892. Philadelphia . 1894. 851 p. Detailed story of America told through important episodes over the years. Includes lengthy chapter on the saving of life by the Lighthouse Service and Life Saving Service with engraved illustrations. With hundreds of detailed engraved illustrations, this history of the United States of America includes: The Early Discoveries New England and the Early Colonies; A Chapter devoted to Buccaneers and Pirates (15 pages) The American Revolution Westward Expansion The War of 1812; 2 Chapters devoted to Indians "The Story of the Indian " and "The Indian of the 19th Century" (30 pages, in total); A Chapter devoted to African Americans "The Story of the Negro " [ slavery ] (15 Pages); The American Civil War; The American Navy From its Origin to the "New Navy" of the Late 1800's (21 pages); Difficulties with Foreign Powers The Barbary States;  A Chapter devoted to Arctic Adventures and Explorations; Sir John Franklin Dr. Kane and the Grinnell Expedition; Captain Hall The Greely expedition etc. (10 pages);  Religion in America From the Old Hebrew Commonwealth to Religious Life in New England To Mormons etc. (25 pages); Gold and Silver Mining California - San Francisco (11 pages); American Currency (21 pages); American Schools and Universities (15 pages); American Farms and Farming (17 pages); American Industry and Invention (20 pages) ;  Life Saving and The Light-House System ( lighthouses ) Coast Lighting United States Life-Saving Service (20 pages); American Houses and Architecture (13 pages); Trapping Fishing and Hunting (22 pages) ;  American Railroads (14 pages); Newspapers - Journalism – Literature (25 pages); Manufacturing and Milling (10 pages); Frontier Life Homesteading (15 pages); New York City (18 pages); Boston (15 pages); Philadelphia (15 pages); Chicago (14 pages); The Northwest (13 pages); The Old South and The New (14 pages); Women In America (10 pages); and much more  Superb early reading for those interested in US history. Overall clean save some soiling to endpapers, tight, hinges weak, covers with some wear and soiling. (VG-). $34.

6174d. Binns, Archie. LIGHTSHIP. New York . 1934. 2nd. ed. 345pp. A literary sensation of its time, Lightship was published simultaneously in London and in the United States . More recently, pages have been discovered and newly bound and offered for sale. These are the original copies and binding, not newly bound. Interesting fictional story of the small but interesting world bound by the hull of a Pacific Coast light-ship. A close look at their work and their relationships. Contents clean, tight, slight browning from age, ex. lib. with typical markings, covers some soil and marking. (G). $22.

  

6240i. Owen, Francis C., SENTINELS OF THE SEA. NY. 1926. 127pp. 12MO. Written for young adults, still a comprehensive and detailed overview of the work of Light-House Service. Chapters include navigation, lighthouse history, the Lighthouse Service, fog signals, buoys, light vessels, the Coast Guard, etc. Well illustrated with over 45 unusually nice photographs. Unusually clean, nice, rarely opened. (F-).  $44. 

 

4532n.o. Putnam, George R., BEACONS OF THE SEA: LIGHTING THE COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES. January, 1913. 53 pp. Illustrated with 67 photographs including light vessels, depots, and much more. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, January 1913. Excellent descriptions of the work of the Lighthouse Service by the Commissioner himself. . Wonderfully illustrated with numerous official photographs. Includes especially nice photos of various light vessels, lenses and various lanterns and towers. More and more difficult to find this article. Overall clean, tight, good condition. (VG). $28.

5261a,f,g. Putnam, George R., AN IMPORTANT NEW GUIDE FOR SHIPPING. November, 1918. 6pp. Illustrated with 4 photographs. [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol XXXIV, No. 5, November 1918]. Details the construction by the U. S. Lighthouse Service of the unusual new concrete light tower at Navassa Island , in the West Indies . (VG). $10.

4531r. Putnam, George R., NEW SAFEGUARDS FOR SHIPS IN FOG AND STORM. August 1936. 32pp. 30 photo illustrations [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. LXX, No. 2, August 1936] Complete issue, without wraps, clean. George Putnam was the Commissioner of Lighthouses in the early years of the twentieth century. In this interesting and detailed article, Commissioner Putnam includes information on the use of the new radio beacons, lightship operations as well as the overall operation of the Lighthouse Service. Included are 30 wonderful official photographs of light stations, tenders, light vessels, lens apparatus, light keepers and more. (VG-) $12.

 

6597q. Witney, Dudley. THE LIGHTHOUSE. Boston. 1975. 1st. US edition. 256p. DJ. 8VO. The author’s enjoyable and informative text compliments over a hundred beautiful color and b/w photographs, early architectural plans and illustrations outlining the history and architectural significance of lighthouses. Includes many quite beautiful photographs of lamps, lens and early lighting apparatus. Certainly one of the nicer of the more recent publishing endeavors, unusually difficult to find. Clean, tight. (VG+). $54.

6597r. Witney, Dudley. THE LIGHTHOUSE. Toronto. 1975. 1st. 256p. DJ. 8VO. The author’s enjoyable and informative text compliments over a hundred beautiful color and b/w photographs, early architectural plans and illustrations outlining the history and architectural significance of lighthouses. Includes many quite beautiful photographs of lamps, lens and early lighting apparatus. Certainly one of the nicer of the more recent publishing endeavors, unusually difficult to find. Clean, tight. (F). $68.

 

     

8390g. Clifford, Candace. 1994. INVENTORY OF HISTORIC LIGHT STATIONS. National Park Service. 1994. 386p. Soft Wraps. This comprehensive inventory of United States Light Stations was conducted by the National Maritime Initiative and lists vital information relating to hundreds of existing lights. Also included are extensive bibliography, owners and addresses of station managers. This is probably the most comprehensive listing of stations available today, and is illustrated with hundreds of photographs. Clean, moderate cover wear. (VG+).  $54 net.

4171. na. AWFUL CALAMITIES or THE SHIPWRECKS OF DECEMBER, 1839 Being a Full Account of the DREADFUL HURRICANES OF DEC. 15, 21 & 27 ON THE COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS in Which More Than 150 Lives Destroyed, of Which Full Statistics are Given... and also THE DREADFUL DISASTERS AT GLOUCESTER. Boston 1840. Seventh Edition. 25pp. Soft wraps. Excellent detailed accounts of the three dreadful hurricanes of December 15, 21 and 27 and includes complete details of the loss of the steamer Lexington , the barque Lloyd, brigs Pocahontas, Rideout and J. Palmer, and the schooners Deposite, Catharine Nichols and Miller. Also includes the “dreadful disaster” at Gloucester , and damage on Cape Cod and vicinity, Boston Bay , Lynn and Marblehead , Newburyport , Salem and all along the coast. Detailed early information, extremely rare. In original pale yellow front wrap, no back wrap. Expected edge wear, contents light foxing, a few spots, good for its age. (G+). $124.

8118. Christmas Seal lighthouse stamps. 1941. These were the Christmas Seals which decorated the holiday mail in December of 1941, as the implications of the attack on Pearl Harbor were being discussed throughout the country. The prospect of another World War, combined with the absence of family members serving in the armed forces, gave a new significance to the peaceful, reassuring glow of the lighthouse shown in this winter lighthouse scene. Mint Block 12 stamps $2.25. Mint strip of 4 stamps $1. Individual stamps $.30.

 

23327c. na. LIGHTHOUSES AND OTHER AIDS TO THE MARINER. Museum Publication No. 15. The Mariner’s Museum. Newport News . 1946. 54p. The Mariner’s Museum was founded in the 1930’s and has always been well respected for its superb maritime collections and for its exhibits. This interesting publication describes in good detail the museum’s many lighthouse and life saving collections and artifacts in the museum’s inventory and serves as good reference to collectors on the subject. Well illustrated with photographs, the publication details the superb lighthouse and life-saving equipment in their collections, including the first-order Fresnel lens from Virginia’s Hog Island lighthouse, surfboats, lifeboats, Francis Life Cars, beach carts, wonderful vintage USLHE lightship models, fog horns, Lyle and Hunt beach apparatus carts, guns, post lanterns, lens lanterns, lamps, and more. A good general reference. Clean, nice. (VG+). $64.

      

11433. Herreshoff, L. Francis. The Common Sense Of Yacht Design. The Rudder Publishing Co., New York, 1948. Blue Cloth. First Edition. 9 ½” by 12”. 176 pages. Volume II only of 2. Contains chapters 11-20: Drafting; Figuring displacement; Measurement rules; Power boat models; Choosing a cruiser; Marine hardware and fittings; Ground tackle; The sailing machine; Small craft; and Looks in relation to design. Lewis Francis Herreshoff (1890-1972), the son of Nathanael G. Herreshoff, was a naval architect, editor and author of numerous books and articles. As a young man, Mr. Herreshoff had the opportunity to work in each area of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. During World War I, he designed for the U. S. Navy, and he later worked for naval architect W. Starling Burgess. By 1926, he was self-employed, designing racing and cruising yachts, canoes, kayaks and other small craft. His racing yachts include a 1930 Americas Cup contender, the J class yacht WHIRLWIND; the almost unbeatable double-ended M class sloop ISTALENA; and the revolutionary R class sloops YANKEE and LIVE YANKEE. Herreshoff is known to most as a designer of superb racing and cruising craft, and they are all well represented in this scarce volume. It is difficult to be too effusive in praise of this title. There is a wealth of information here, not only for the yacht designer, the budding yacht designer, and the would-be yacht designer, but also for the great number of the rest of us who just enjoy reading about great boats and gear. The standards and concepts of yacht design espoused by Herreshoff have not substantially changed since the original publication of this book, though rigs and shapes might appear very different, many of the same principles obtain. A fascinating read! Thoroughly Illustrated. Clean, tight, moderate wear to wraps, tape-repaired spine. (VG-). $48.

11306. U.S. Coast Guard. Buoys in Waters of the United States. Wash. GPO. 1942. 10p with fold-out plate. Soft wraps. Detailed pamphlet describes the types and uses of buoys in the United States. Includes shapes, uses, lighted buoys, coloring, numbering, history and more. Included is large colored fold-out plate showing buoy types and colors. Interesting, good reference. Clean, tight. (VG). $14.

11307. U.S. Coast Guard. Regulations for the Security of Vessels in Port. Wash. January 1943. 40p. Soft wraps. Interesting regulations for posting guards, watches, prevention of sabotage, manning of vessels, equipment, identification and passes, blackout regulations, handling cargo, inspections, and more. Clean, tight. (VG+). $8.

8475b. Coast Guard. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF AIDS TO NAVIGATION. GPO. 1943. 33p. Soft wraps. This interesting pamphlet describes all aspects of lighthouses, range lights, buoys and light-vessels including descriptions, styles, color designations, light characteristics, sectors, fog signals, power plants, radio aids, symbols and more. With color and b/w illustrations. Interesting. (VG+). $8.

 

11218. American Tobacco Company, Lighthouse Series Cigarette Cards c.1910.  In 1910 in England , Hassan Cigarettes issued this very rare series of fifty cigarette cards depicting fifty different light stations of the United States . Cards include a short history and description of each station on verso. A collection of the 50 original cards is exceptionally difficult to find and would sell for about $280. 2 ½” x 3 ¼”. These individual cards are just what you need to start or complete your set. Many available, please email your wants. $2 each. 

11188. na. Coast Guard. Lighthouses: Then and Now. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. 1987. 18p. Soft wraps. Published on the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Lighthouse Service, this publication discusses the evolution of U.S. lighthouses over the years, the current state of our lighthouses, the last of the lighthouse keepers, lighthouse automation, and more. Well illustrated. Filled with interesting accounts. Clean, tight. (VG+). $12.

11189. (catalogue) Perko Ship and Boat Equipment. 1981. 200p. Soft wraps. Completely illustrated catalogue includes all manner of boat and ship supplies including Fresnel lenses for lamps and lanterns, navigational lights, lighting fixtures, electric lamps, switches, searchlights, vents, portlights, steering equipment, deck hardware, lead lines, fishing equipment and much more. Great for reference. (VG+). $12.

11184. (copy) League of Coast Guard Women. Life Saving Stations of the Fourth Coast Guard District. Year Book 1935. 137p. Photocopy of rare 1935 publication details each station in the district with photo, list of officer in charge and crew, accounts of rescues, boats, account of the wreck of the ship Circassian, and more. Extremely rare accounts. (Spiral bound photocopy $14.95). 

PA-63. United States Coast Guard. MEDALS AND AWARDS MANUAL CG-207-2. Wash. GPO. 1979. 150+p. Includes regulations governing all current awards and decorations available to individuals and units in the Coast Guard. Includes authorization, eligibility requirements, categories of operations, degree of participation, issuance and manner of wearing. Also included are two copies of Summary of Regulations Governing the Issuance and Wearing of Decorations, Medals and Ribbons Now Designated for Naval Personnel. March 1943 and June 1943. 12 p. Soft wraps. Includes color plates of ribbons of decorations and medals. An excellent, detailed reference. In Coast Guard blue post binding. Overall clean. (VG). $24.

PA-51. Treasury Department. U.S. Coast Guard. Aids To Navigation Manual -  Lighthouses And Lightships, Buoys, Etc. CG-222. April 1964. 48 pages. Soft wraps. Ammended chapters for detailed manual used for training of personnel in the operation and maintenance of the lamps and apparatus used in lighthouses and light vessels, fog signals, and more. Complete with diagrams, illustrations and photographs. These are a “must” if you are restoring these items, are a collector or maintain a light station as they include many early items. Includes the ATON system, organization, instructions for ATON personnel, instructions for servicing units, training, major and minor light structures. An great addition to your references. (VG). $18.

PA-52. Treasury Department. U.S. Coast Guard. Aids To Navigation Training Manual -  Lighthouses And Lightships. Chapter 25 Fog Signals. CG-222. October 1950. 94 pages. Without wraps. Detailed manual used for training of personnel in the operation and maintenance of fog signals. Complete with numerous diagrams, illustrations and photographs. These are a “must” if you are restoring these items, are a collector or maintain a light station as they include many early items. Includes major and minor signals, air units, percussion units, CO2 bell striker, electric solenoid bell striker, diaphone, automatic sirene, diaphragm horns, reed horns, air supply, coding devices, controls, theory of fog signals, and more. An exceptional reference. (VG). $55.

PA-54. Treasury Department. U.S. Coast Guard. Aids To Navigation Regulations. CG-208. 44p. Soft wraps. Contains all regulations, policies and procedures which affect the public concerning the aids to navigation system in the United States. Includes marking wrecks, lighting of bridges, private aids, bouyage, lightshoips, radio beacons, Loran, and more. Good information. $14.

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1166. United States Light House Establishment. “Price List of Standard Articles (for Lighthouse Purposes) Furnished from General Depot, Thompkinsville, New York. 1901”. Washington. GPO. 83p. We have known of the existence of this document but until now have been unable to find it. It includes listings and descriptions of items available from the General Lighthouse Depot in Staten Island, for use by keepers at light stations, depots, for use on light vessels and tenders, and  more. Included are 18 text pages, 44 full page photo plates and 21 fold-out plates of implements and equipment. Prices are included for budgeting purposes when requesting such items from the General Depot (keepers Service basket $5, First Order Revolving Lens $6,328, etc). Plates include steam whistles, automatic sirens,  electric buoy lantern, engines to power fog signals, fog signal house, Daboll trumpet, bell striking apparatus, air pressure lamps, 4th, 5th, 6th order lamps, lightship and tender lamps, table lamp, locomotive headlight lantern, lens lantern, light vessel lanterns, post lantern, revolving clock mechanisms, revolving lenses, keeper’s service basket, oil carrier, dustpan, drip pan, oil feeder, oil measure, and more. A “must” for museums, collectors, writers and researchers on the subject and anyone interested in the apparatus used by the Lighthouse Service. Spiral bound, photo-reproduced copy. (M). $86.

29222. [full page plate] United States Life-Saving Service, 1899-1915. The Company of Military Historians. Winter 1976. Two page article with b/w full page plate details the various uniforms used by the United States Life-Saving Service including Keeper’s uniform, cook, surfman winter and other dress, storm suit, summer uniform and more. Also includes numerous pieces of equipment including Lyle gun, powder box, beach lantern, early station and more. The Company of Military Historians has published a continuing series of articles and military prints, Military Uniforms in America , for many years. These b/w or full color prints are executed by different member artists to illustrate military dress relating to the American scene. As far as possible, the plates show items of material culture never illustrated before or not accurately depicted in the past. They are a unique form of reference. With over 800 plates completed to date, this continuing series represents the single most comprehensive documentation available on the subject. Excellent article and drawing, great for reference. Full issue with additional articles on other military uniforms and equipment. (VG+). $44. (plate shown in color for information only.)

 

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2659. Tag, Thomas A. THE FRESNEL LENS MAKERS PART IV - CHANCE BROTHERS GLASS WORKS. Dayton . 2006. Soft wraps. Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has added still another volume to his list of publications – The Fresnel Lens Makers Part IV Chance Brothers Glass Works. Part IV of five parts, describes the development of the early Fresnel lenses and defines the companies and individuals who took part in this effort. Augustin Fresnel had assistance from many sources as he developed and perfected his lens. This part details the work of the Chance Brothers Company in England , from its beginning as a glass window maker to its production of Fresnel lenses for the world market, and to its final demise in 1977 after being divided into several companies.  (M).  $26.  

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27172. (copy sets) Bureau of Lighthouses. Lighthouse Service Bulletins. Wash. 1912-1935. Complete set Volumes I – IV for a total of 288 issues.. Lighthouse Service Bulletins were issued monthly updating keepers and personnel on new technology and equipment, new construction, changes in personnel, fires and other disasters, punishments to keepers and personnel, lightships damages or driven off station, lives saved, and much more. Long sought after, these are made from the first full set that I have ever been able to find. These are probably the most informative look into the condition and day to day operations of the Lighthouse Service that I have yet found. The original issues (shown above) measured 5 ½” x 9” and were 4 pages each, for a total of 1152 original pages of information. Our set reproduces these in four volumes of about 151 pages each. Each volume is fully indexed as were the originals and is spiral bound. This is an unprecedented lot of information, superb for reading and research. Vol. I. 1912 – 1917. 304 pages. $64. Vol. II. 1918 – 1923. 325 pages. $68. Vol. III. 1924 – 1929. 324 pages. $68. Vol. IV. 1930 – 1935. 237 pages. $50. Full set 4 volumes $225 (savings of $25).

379. Methley, Noel T., THE LIFE-BOAT AND ITS STORY. London . 1912. 318p. Embossed cloth. A sought after early source tracing the origins and development of the life-boat. Includes great detail on the origins of the life-boat, the birth of a system of rescue, evolution of the self-righter, steam and motor life-boats, stations and equipment, life-saving services throughout the world, rockets and wreck guns and much more. Illustrated with 67 superb b/w photographs. An important source on the subject. Clean and tight, light wear to wraps. (VG). $88.

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE  

 

We have just acquired two large collections of these rare Annual Reports of the Life-Saving Service and, in an effort to stem the rise of prices over the last few years on these reports, have endeavored to offer them at as low a price as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your collection or to fill those missing years in your present collection. Reports are printed by the Government Printing Office [GPO] and range from 180 to 600 pages. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. In addition, many include appended reports such as the new Beebe-McLellan Life-Boat, Dobbins’s surf life-boat, launching wagon, improved breeches buoy traveler block, McLellan’s Tally-Boards, and lengthy report on tests performed on Hunt and Lyle guns on Nantucket Island in 1887, reports on Cunningham rockets, surfboats and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Typical cloth government binding, contents overall clean, expected uniform very light browning on some copies, hinges tight and intact, covers may have some wear.  Years available include: 1880 (short), 1884, 1888, 1889, 1901, 1904, 1907, (CG) 1916. (please inquire)

999. [Coast Guard] U. S. COAST GUARD MAGAZINE Publication of the U. S. Coast Guard. c.1935-38. Filled with informative notes and articles about the men and stations in all of the districts, including life at some of these remote stations and more. Includes some particularly good notes on the duty, beach patrol, rescues, sinking and damage, notes of the districts and more. Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and wartime cartoons. Staple bound, soft wraps, 46 - 80 pages. Have many issues dating from January 1935 to October 1938 [not inclusive]. (VG). Have 30+ issues dating from 1946 to June 1957 [not inclusive]. (VG). @ $8 each.

10403. (lot 2 books) U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross (1882). (1) Marine Fisheries Review. Vol. 61. No. 4. 1999. 89p. Soft wraps. Extensive history of the building and operations of the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross. Apparently this vessel was for use by the U. S. Fish Commission under the jurisdiction of the Light-House Board. The second USS Albatross, often seen as USFC Albatross in scientific literature citations, was an iron-hulled, twin-screw steamer and reputedly the first vessel ever built especially for marine research. Albatross was laid down at Wilmington, Delaware by Pusey and Jones in March 1882; launched on 19 August 1882, and commissioned on 11 November 1882, Lt. Zera L. Tanner in command. Tanner, who had superintended the ship's design and construction, would command Albatross, a Navy-manned vessel assigned to a civilian government agency, for nearly 12 years. At her launch on 19 October 1882 in Wilmington, Del., the Albatross was the world's first large deep-sea oceanographic and fisheries research vessel, and she would go on to have a distinguished 40-year career, ranging from the north Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, around Cape Horn in 1887-88, and into the North Pacific. By 1908, Deputy Fish Commissioner Hugh M. Smith reported that "The Albatross has contributed more to the knowledge of marine biology than has any other vessel." And, of course, her career continued for another 13 years, being decommissioned in late 1921, serving later as a training vessel for nautical cadets, and disappearing from the records in Hamburg, Germany, in late 1928. Filled with vintage photos and information. (2) Hobart, W. L. Baird’s Legacy: The History and Accomplishments of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service 1871-1996. Seattle. 1996. 48p. Soft wraps. Filled with vintage photos and information. (VG+). Lot 2 items $18.

      

10465. Bacyk, Ted & David &Tom Rowe. Gun Powder Cans & Kegs. Rowe Publications, 1998. 1st. 266p. DJ. This was the first book devoted to powder tins and kegs and has become the standard definitive book on the subject. Old powder cans and kegs are colorful, historical and highly collectible, catering to a variety of interests. The Bacyk collection is probably the most extensive assemblage of powder cans, kegs and related memorabilia in existence. The quality, rarity and scope make this collection extraordinary. To date there have been minimal references for these collectors to determine rarity or value of cans and kegs. This book is focused on the smaller companies, the retailers, and the agents that were such a important part of the gunpowder trade. Companies included are duPont, Hazard, Kings, American Powder, Mass. Powder, Laflin & Rand etc. Includes a rating for rarity and a value guide. All cans & kegs shown in full color. A great reference and interesting reading. Includes DuPont and Hazard, who made powder for the U.S. Life Saving Service. (VG+). $88.

26355. (PDF file on CD) Report of the United States Light-House Board. Presented to Congress by Rear Admiral W. B. Shubrick, U. S. Navy, Chairman. October 15, 1869. Approx 80p. Includes complete report on construction, repairs and replacement of each and every light and vessel from #1 at West Quoddy Head, Maine to #383 at Ediz Hook , WA . Also includes improvements in equipment, expenditures, new lights established and the overall condition and operation of the Establishment. Excellent details on conditions and equipment. This volume was transcribed as faithfully as possible for inclusion as a PDF file on CD, which provides quick reference as well as the ability to cut and paste sections for inclusion into your work. Excellent resource. $19.95.

 

26212. Tag, Thomas A.  CHURCH STEEPLES AND FOG SIGNALS. Dayton. 2006. 20p. Spiral bound. Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has added still another volume to his list of publications – Church Steeples and Fog Signals. This detailed account covers a long neglected area of lighthouse equipment – the mechanical weight-driven fog bell strikers. The author covers a history of fog bells, bell construction, wave actuated bells and clockwork-striking machinery. Included are Lowell Fog Bell Strikers, Custer Strikers, Daboll Strikers, Stevens, Gamewell, and more. Thoroughly illustrated with early photographs and  drawings, this booklet makes most interesting reading.  (M). #26212   $26.

11136. Hayward, Arthur H. Colonial and Early American Lighting. Dover. 1962. 198p. Soft wraps. With 169 photos and illustrations. This fascinating text presents what is probably the largest selection of antique lamps illustrated anywhere—647 in all. Included are "Betty" lamps; petticoat and tumbler lamps; pierced tin lanterns; candle lanterns; Sandwich glass candlesticks; mantle and astral lamps; luster lamps, Bennington ware; chandeliers and other lighting devices in use up to the 1880’s. One of the best references on the subject. (VG). $8.

Cleveland inner pierhead light and life-saving station. (image courtesy Library of Congress. Not in book)

792h. O’Brien, T. Michael. GUARDIANS OF THE EIGHTH SEA - A HISTORY OF THE U. S. COAST GUARD ON THE GREAT LAKES . GPO. 1976. 97p. Soft wraps. 4TO. This scarce historical narrative traces the vital services performed, beginning with the Revenue Cutter Service up to the present day Coast Guard. Included are the roles of the Lighthouse and Life-Saving Services, and Steamboat Inspection Service. Well illustrated with over 90 photographs, the author presents a comprehensive history of the rescue services in this important area. (VG). $22.

11133. na. Signals of the Sea and Heroes of the Surf. Vistabooks. 1996. 24p. Soft wraps. Well done reprint of two wonderful early articles on the Lighthouse Service and Life Saving Service in the United States include: Hewitt, Arthur. SIGNALS OF THE SEA. [The Outlook. November 1904] Wonderful 14 page article tells of the author’s trip aboard the U. S. Lighthouse Service Tender Larkspur in the Second Light House District. Along the way the author interviews officers and members of the crew and various keepers of the lights. Includes 15 most interesting and unusual photographs of lamps and apparatus, lights and vessels including one of the keeper of Minot ’s Ledge Light looking up through the lens. Most interesting with rare information. Spears, John R., HEROES OF THE SURF. [from Outlook Magazine, 1903.]  7p. Detailed history of the life-saving services in the United States, beginning in 1786 with the Massachusetts Humane Society. The author carries the discussion through the early lifeboats placed on Rockaway Beach on Long Island and government efforts there, to more established services added in the 1870’s and finally to the present [1903] day. Includes four illustrations. (VG+).        $8. 

 

11131. na. Lighthouses and Lightships. Cardamone Pub. Staten Island. 1983. 16p. Soft wraps. Copy No. 167 of 500. Well done reprint of two wonderful early articles on the Lighthouse Service in the United States include: Rideing, William H., Our Light-Houses and Light-Ships. October 1874. 8p. With 9 fine engraved illustrations. Nicely written tale of the efforts along the coast to make seafaring a safer occupation through updated lighthouses, lightships, buoys and signals, and more. Abbatt, William. The Lonely Lighthouse. June 1892. 3p. With 2 fine engraved illustrations. Great account of a visit by the author in 1891 to a remote light station on Long Island Sound. In his account he relates the keeper’s description of his work, of lighting the lamp and tending to the duties of the station. (VG+). $8. 

5529. [Coast Guard] U. S. COAST GUARD MAGAZINE Publication of the U. S. Coast Guard. April 1936. Filled with informative notes and articles about the men and stations in all of the districts, including life at some of these remote stations and more. Includes some particularly good notes on the duty, beach patrol, rescues, sinking and damage, notes of the districts and more. Illustrated with many photographs. Staple bound, soft wraps, 40 pages. Expected wear. (VG). $14. (Other dates available) 

PC-80, 1196. Kochel, Kenneth G., AMERICA’S ATLANTIC COAST LIGHTHOUSES – A Traveler’s Guide. Clearwater, Florida. 1994. 486p. Soft wraps. A detailed guide to finding most if not all of America’s remaining Atlantic Coast lighthouses, with a bit about the history of each. Indispensable if you hope to visit these sites as some are obscure and down remote paths. (F). $12.

1188. Robinson, William F. Coastal New England- Its Life and Past. Wellfleet Press. 1989. 222p. DJ. 100 B&W and 20 color ill. The one book for all those who love New England and the sea - A richly illustrated, comprehensive history of those who have lived here under the ocean's sway, in this region "peopled with witch-hanging Puritans, broad-shouldered whalemen, dignified sea captains, and recalcitrant Down Easters." Filled with information, accounts of coastal life, prints, maps and more. Excellent notes and bibliography. (VG+). $16.

20337. Gaykowski Kozma, LuAnne. LIVING AT A LIGHTHOUSE – Oral Histories from the Great Lakes . GLLKA. 1987. 103p. Soft Wraps. Stories of daily life and work, of family members and traditions, and events both common and unusual. Lighthouse keeping was more than a job, it was a way of life. The complete record cannot be found in the official records and in government reports. These memories, first hand accounts and family stories complete the picture. Wonderful reading. (F-). $12.

 

1198. Penrose, Laurie. A Traveler’s Guide to 116 Western Great Lakes Lighthouses. Friede. 1995. 164p. Soft wraps. The Penrose family shines again in this essential guide to the Great Lakes lighthouses...."the castles of the Midwest". Keep it in your car while traveling the great lakes coast line and you'll find an adventure around every bend! Provides a good description and history of each of the lighthouses, plus accurate driving directions, including turn-by-turn directions and a map. This book is a must for anyone going on a lighthouse vacation. (F-). $9.

1199. Moore, N. Hudson. The Old Clock Book. Tudor Publishing Company, New York, 1937. Second Printing of New Edition (1936). xi, 339pp, 104 photo illustrations. Includes list of English and Continental Clockmakers, list of American Clockmakers, detailed looks at all types of American and English clocks. Includes Terry, Seth Thomas, Chauncey Jerome, Willard, and many more. Brown cloth gilt, rubbing at extremities, otherwise clean, tight and very good. The review indicates that the list of 4598 names of European and American clockmakers was at the time the most complete ever made. (VG-). $8.

11109. Underhill, Harold A. SAILING SHIP RIGS AND RIGGING With Authentic Plans of Famous Vessels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Glasgow. 1974. 5th. 128p. Stiff wraps. Highly detailed explanation of ship rigs and rigging illustrated with authentic plans of famous vessels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; profusely illustrated with highly detailed line drawings and sketches. Reprint of work originally published in 1938. A must for the serious modeler. (VG+). $16.

11108. Willard, John Ware. Simon Willard and his Clocks. (Formerly titled A History of Simon Willard Inventor and Clockmaker Together With Some Account of His Sons--His Apprentices--And the Workmen Associated With Him, with brief notices of other clockmakers of the family name). Dover. 1968. 133p. Soft wraps. Unabridged republication of the original 1911 edition. The inventor who established America's first clock factory and developed clock-making techniques that are still in use more than 200 years later, Willard was a master among craftsmen. This unique biography, written by his great-grandson, not only chronicles the inventor's life, it explains his methods and catalogs his creations. Well illustrated. (VG). $12.

11107. na. Sea Yarns : Being the Reminiscences of Capt. Joshua N. Taylor. Orleans Historical Society. 1981. From the original published in 1915. 47p. Soft wraps.  From the author: “These little 'SEA YARNS' are true stories from chapters in my own life, given to my readers as little experiences of a sailor of the old school”. The old-time 'Yankee" skipper was an important factor in placing the American Flag in every known port of the world and in proving the commercial superiority of its men and ships. Those times are now long past, and remain in our minds as remembrances only, of a day when American ships and American men were supreme in the maritime world. Great reading of wrecks, trips around the globe and life at sea. (M). $3.

9421. Gowdy, Jim & Kim Ruth. GUIDING LIGHTS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER AND BAY. Sweetwater, NJ., 1999. 296p. Soft wraps. Signed by the authors. This is the most comprehensive history ever written on the lighthouses, lightships, tenders and depots of the Delaware River and Bay – from Cape May to Gloucester City and Philadelphia to Fenwick Island . This detailed history was painstakingly research by the authors and is enhanced by more than 180 photographs and 25 illustrations. Using records from the National Archives, Coast Guard, and private collections this monumental work provides wonderful reading. The vintage photographs alone are a feast to the eye and offer previously unseen views of many of these interesting stations. Includes are views of a number these lights under construction, and some in the process of destruction. Also includes rare views of tenders, keepers, light vessels and much more. Only light wear. (M). $68. (or as new copy available $74.)

1191.Waugh, Charles G. (editor), Martin Harry Greenberg and Jenny-Lynn Azarian. Lighthouse Horrors – Tales of Adventure, Suspense and the Supernatural. Down East Books. 1993. 256p. Soft wraps. Stormswept, remote light stations—and the isolated souls who man the beacons—are the perfect subjects for tales of suspense and horror. In the 18 stories in this collection the horrors are sometimes purely psychological, sometimes terrifyingly real. Lighthouse Horrors includes works by well-known authors including Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, and Rudyard Kipling. Settings range from the Americas to Britain to East India. (VG+). $6.

 28346. Boddington, Jack. A CONQUERED SEA - An Illustrated Record of the United States Presidential Lifesaving Medal and Related Awards. Self published. 1990. 90p. Soft wraps. Scarce reference lists Presidential Lifesaving Medals and associated awards from 1853 up to 1939, as well as registers of recipients where available, images of the medals, and more. Very good reference work on the subject with good detail and information. Recipients’ listing includes date, the award, the name of the recipient, their rank, nationality, their ship and what US ship they saved as well as information on the award itself. Clean, tight, very nice copy of a rare publication. (VG+). $64.

9215g. Wechter, Nell Wise. THE MIGHTY MIDGETTS OF CHICAMACOMICO. Manteo , NC . 1992. 78p. 12MO. Soft wraps. The name Midgett has stood out in the annals of the Life-Saving Service and the Coast Guard for over one hundred years. More than 150 living members of the Midgett family have made these services a career. Seven men of the Midgett family have been awarded the nation’s highest award – the Gold Lifesaving Medal for “Extreme and Heroic Daring” and three have received the Silver Lifesaving Medal. In remembrance of the skill and daring of Chief Boatswain John Allen Midgett, the Coast Guard has named a recent cutter the Midgett. This interesting little booklet centers on the lives of three of the famous family; Cap’n Ban, Cap’n John Allen, and Cap’n Levene Midgett. These three all served as Keepers of the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Most interesting reading on the Life-Saving Service on the Outer Banks. Illustrated with over 32 photos of Outer Banks stations and crews. Difficult to find. (VG+).  $42.

 20386b. Barnett, J. P., THE LIFESAVING GUNS OF DAVID LYLE. South Bend . 1976. 106p. Soft wraps. 2nd updated edition. This is the definitive reference on this well known backbone of the Life-Saving Service and early Coast Guard – the Lyle Gun. Using early records and searching out makers and specimens, the author presents a most complete account of the manufacture and history of these important tools. Filled with vintage photos and diagrams, this is an extremely valuable reference on the subject. (M).     $12.50.  

BR-94. (beginning back issues) Lighthouse Digest Magazine. Want to complete your collection? Here are some of the earliest issues to complete your collection. (1992) Holiday, (1993) February, May, (1995) January, June. $3.50 each. 

BR-95.  [journal] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco. Var. Fill out your collection with these back issues of The Keeper’s Log. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Here is a great opportunity to add some of the earlier issues to your collection at an exceptionally low price of $3.50 each, four for $12. Issues from 1985 (Vol 2) to 2008 available. Excellent condition - good historical information. 1988 Issue #3, 1996 Issue1,2, 1997 Issue 2,4, 1999 Issue 3.

SR-421.  [journal] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco . Var. Fill out your collection with these back issues of The Keeper’s Log. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Here is a great opportunity to add some of the earlier issues to your collection at an exceptionally low price of $3.50 each, four for $12. Some issues from 1993 to 1995 available. Excellent condition - good historical information. 1993    Vol. 1,2.         1994    3,4,1.         1995    2,3,4

BR-1125.  [journal] WRECK & RESCUE. Journal of the United States Life Saving Service Heritage Association. Hull, Massachusetts. Var. Fill out your collection with these back issues of Wreck & Rescue. This is the premier journal for the Life-Saving Service and early Coast Guard researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on the men, their stations and wrecks across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Here is a great opportunity to add some of the earlier issues to your collection at an exceptionally low price of $3.50 each, four for $12. Various issues from 1997 (Volume I) to 2005. Excellent condition - good historical information.

BR-116. Wolf, Virginia. To The Lighthouse. San Diego. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Modern Classic. 1990. 236p. DJ. To the Lighthouse was first published in 1927. A landmark novel of high modernism, the text centers on the Ramsay family and their visits to the lighthouse on the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, and their vacations on the island. (M). $6. 

 

29332. Terras, Donald J. Grosse Point Lighthouse: Landmark to Maritime History and Culture. Evanston. 1995. 112p. DJ. Thoroughly illustrated with over 100 b/w and color photographs that bring to life the history and romance associated with one of the Great Lakes¹ most important landmarks. The Grosse Point Lighthouse is one of only eight lighthouses in the country, and the only one on the Great Lakes, to be designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. A must-have addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in maritime history. Well Done !  (VG+). $32.

 

793c. Bennett, Robert F. SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. GPO. 1976. 98p. Stiff wraps. Inscribed by the author. Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades  traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. This is the story of these first rescue stations and of the later establishment of the Life-Saving Service. Extremely difficult to find. (F). $118.

793d. Bennett, Robert F. SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. GPO. 1976. 98p. Stiff wraps. Inscribed by the author. Written before the resurgence of interest in the origins of the Life-Saving Service, Surfboats, Rockets, And Carronades  traces the little known origins, successes and failures of the earliest federal efforts in lifesaving along the coasts. During the years from 1848 through 1870 volunteer efforts of private citizens saved countless thousands of lives from shipwreck. To help them, they had only native experience, abundant courage, and some token federal assistance in the form of … SURFBOATS, ROCKETS, AND CARRONADES. This is the story of these first rescue stations and of the later establishment of the Life-Saving Service. Extremely difficult to find. Contents clean, tight, light soiling to wraps, light foxing to end papers. (VG).  $88.

    

29394. Andrews, Capt. W. D., G.C.V., .[Dominion of Canada Life-Saving Service], Swimming and Life Saving. Toronto. 1889. 136p. With numerous illustrations. 12MO. Gilt embossed blue beveled boards. Inscribed in pen by the author: “To Captain J[erome] G. Kiah, Superintendent 10th District, United States Life-Saving Service, with the compliments of the author ‘97”. “Yours respectfully W. D. Anderson”. A rare tale of 18 years of heroic service and heroism with the US Life-Saving Service in Cleveland and Canadian life-savers. Captain Andrews was responsible for saving the lives of people on the schooner J.R. Pelton heading to Toledo, shipwrecked crews near Buffalo, countless saves in the Toronto Harbor, Kingston and other parts of Ontario. He was also involved in improvements in life saving equipment, including early trials of the Lyle gun and more. At the time of this text, the author had become blind and it was penned by a Mr. Howell. The first 43 chapters of this text is dedicated to all aspects of the art of swimming, teaching and learning the techniques, dangers, strokes and much more. The remaining 12 chapters relate the history and work of the Massachusetts Humane Society, U.S. Life Saving Service, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and other life-saving organizations, as well as describing the equipment (line guns, breeches buoy, etc.) and life-boats used, etc. Well illustrated with engravings, this life-saver tells of various rescues and medals received, of his visits to U.S. Life-Saving stations, use of the Lyle gun and of lifeboats. An esoteric and fascinating account of bravery, plus interesting historical nautical info on lifesaving practices in Canada and the US during the Victorian era. Nice gilt embossed image of a life ring on covers, light wear and soiling. Contents clean and tight. (VG). $148.

  

29371. Murphy, Mary. Preservation Values in the United States: A Case Study of Three Lighthouses. Masters Thesis. Texas Tech University. 2007. 142p. This study is an analysis of the preservation values evident in three historic lighthouses: The Roanoke River Lighthouse in Plymouth, North Carolina; the Old Plantation Flats Lighthouse in Cape Charles, Virginia; and the Old Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton, North Carolina. These three lighthouses are compared and analyzed according to the preservation values set forth by Austrian historian Alois Riegl in his essay "The Meaning of Monuments and Their Historical Development" and the values implied in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. This study serves four purposes: First, this study establishes the relationship between Riegl's preservation theory and the current preservation guidelines in the United States. Second, this study presents the histories and current conditions of three related historic lighthouses together in a single work. Third, this study makes a recommendation of treatment for the Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton based on Riegl's preservation theory. Fourth, this study concludes with a summary regarding the current state of preservation theory in the United States, and of lighthouse preservation in particular. Filled with photographs, drawings and illustrations. Worthwhile reading, and an interesting source of reference for those interested in similar restorations. Available in: High quality paperback ($124)  spiral bound ($32) or as PDF on disc ($24).

26119. Nalty, Bernard C., Dennis L. Noble, and Truman R. Strobridge. WRECKS, RESCUES & INVESTIGATIONS. Wilmington. 1978. 473 p. Blue cloth covered boards lettered in silver. Beginning during the first decade of the nineteenth century, this thoroughly researched text presents a history of the U.S. Life Saving Service and early Coast Guard using a variety of early official reports, documents and writings. With an emphasis on the "...humanitarian efforts, principally the rescue of shipwreck victims, and the promotion of maritime safety..." , the authors present a great detail of information and insights into a number of areas of importance including the origin and development of the service, the use and effectiveness of the Coston light, the improvements and operation of line throwing devices, use of the metallic lifecar, the use and effectiveness of the breeches buoy, lifeboats and their crews, improvements in lifesaving appliances, lifesaving actions during early combat action, rescue on ocean stations, rescue from the air, accidents and their investigation, and much more. Included to illustrate topics covered are numerous accounts of early and more recent wrecks and rescues. A must have information resource and reference. Near fine, rarely if ever opened. (F-). $175. 

29367. Spears, J. R. and C. H. Claudy. The Life Saving Service and Lighthouses. Bay View Magazine. January 1908. pp. 223- 227. Quite a nice article describes the history of the life-savers and the work that they perform across the country. Also includes a account of the extent and operation of the United States Lighthouse Service, with a bit about its history, with a number of examples of light stations and more. Full issue with wonderful articles of the day. Wraps present but detached, light edge wear and foxing to wraps. (VG-). $22.

 

721d. Longo, Mildred Santille. PICTURE POSTCARD VIEWS OF RHODE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSES AND BEACONS TOGETHER WITHA BRIEF HISTORY OF LIFESAVING STATIONS. 1990. Rhode Island . 100p. Soft wraps. 8VO. Color illustrated covers. Chock FULL of vintage photographs, engravings, postcard views, Notice to Mariners and other illustrations, this work is a delight to read and to look through. With a chapter on each Rhode Island light station and light-vessel, this interesting work provides views and tid-bits of information not found in most volumes. Also includes chapters on Point Judith Life-Saving Station and the Volunteer Lifesaving Corps. Regardless of where you are from, you are sure to find this most interesting. Out of print, difficult to find. (VG+). $56.

SR-422. Chase, Mary Ellen. THE STORY OF LIGHTHOUSES. New York . 1965. 1st ed. 169pp. DJ. Combining her talents as both scholar and storyteller, the author chronicles the history of lighthouses throughout the world with an emphasis on the tedious construction and the life of the keepers and their families. (VG) $12.

SR-424. Holland , F. Ross. AMERICA ’S LIGHTHOUSES - Their Illustrated History Since 1716. Brattleboro . 1st. 1972. 226p. DJ. 8VO. Filled with historic vintage photographs and illustrations, America’s Lighthouses is one of the best references on the history of the light stations in America in recent memory. Mr. Holland guides you through the history and development of lighthouses in America with fascinating stories of the history and development of individual lighthouses, and a nostalgic look at the keepers who have devoted their lives to the daily maintenance and operation of the lights. One of the earlier and best references on the subject by this well known historian. Light wear. (VG-). $12.

SR-421.  [journal] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco . Var. Fill out your collection with these back issues of The Keeper’s Log. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Here is a great opportunity to add some of the earlier issues to your collection at an exceptionally low price of $3.50 each, four for $12. Some issues from 1993 to 1995 available. Excellent condition - good historical information. 1993    Vol. 1,2.         1994    3,4,1.         1995    2,3,4

24241. Clarke, A. C. VOICE ACROSS THE SEA. New York . 1974. 228 p. DJ. An account of submarine telegraph and telephone lines and the laying of the first transatlantic cable over 125 years ago. A complete account of this adventure. (VG+). $16.

1042b. The Sea Chest – Journal of The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. March 2005. 47p. Wonderful historical articles of the Pacific coast include: Melanope, Witch of the Waves; Southern Chief, A Reminder of Jefferson County’s Maritime Past; Sail Training in the Pacific Northwest, and more. (VG+). $9

21412. Rourke, Juanita. UP THE SHORE: THE LIGHTHOUSE YEARS. Toronto. 2000. 264p. Soft wraps. Autographed by the author. Edited by Bonnie Rourke. Enter into the intriguing world of lightkeeping on the Great Lakes with this detailed account of a lightkeeper’s wife. Originally written as a weekly newspaper column, these true stories reflect the life that Juanita and Frank Rourke and their family shared at various lighthouses on Georgian Bay and Lake Huron between the years 1956-68, when Frank was the keeper there. These tales offer a fascinating account of the experiences of a family living this rugged life far from the comforts of community and friends. Wonderful day-to-day details that will appeal to all who have succumbed to the lure of lighthouse history. Well illustrated with vintage photographs. (VG). $28.95.

1042c. The Sea Chest – Journal of The Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society. June 2005. 47p. Wonderful historical articles of the Pacific coast include: The Wreck of SS Saratoga; The Liberty Ship George Walton; Loss of Seagate on the Washington Coast, Haida Revisited, and more. (VG+). $9

29213a. William H. Flayhart. Perils of the Atlantic: Steamship Disasters, 1850 to the Present. New York. 2003. 1st. DJ. 380p. 26 illustrations. The author retells classic ocean liner disaster stories while bringing to light never-before-published but compelling episodes in man's ongoing battle with the sea. A gripping, colorful and deadly history of ocean liner disasters from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Perils of the Atlantic is a chronicle of the most frightening episodes in the maritime history of the North Atlantic. From 1850 to the present day, the Atlantic has been home to hundreds of ocean liners and cruise ships, each more lavish than the last...all of them symbols of wealth and luxury. Many of us know the stories of the Titanic and the Lusitania. Both tragedies caused tremendous loss of life, even as they made the ships immortal. But there are many little-known accounts of extraordinary survivals at sea, such as the Inman and International liner City of Chicago that jammed her bow into an Irish peninsula in 1892 but stayed afloat long enough for all to be rescued, or the City of Richmond that survived a dangerous fire in 1891, and a year earlier the City of Paris, whose starboard engine exploded at full speed in the mid-Atlantic and yet miraculously still made port. Often such tales are forgotten even if the ship sank: In 1898 the Holland-America liner Veendam hit a submerged wreck and sank at sea, but all lives were saved—so this vessel's dramatic story seemed less important in maritime history than incidents involving human loss. As recently as 2000, the Sea Breeze I sank off the East Coast of the United States while on a positioning voyage, but all her crew members were rescued in a heroic effort by U.S. Coast Guard helicopters. These stories and many others are dramatic, and acclaimed maritime scholar William Flayhart has spent much of the last forty years in search of material from which to create colorful narratives. It is a first-class work; I recommend it highly. (VG). $24. 

L-185. Nordhoff, Charles and James Norman Hall. Botany Bay. Boston. 1941. Tenth printing. 374p. Following their Bounty trilogy ( The Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, Pitcairn’s Island), these renown authors penned this excellent take, one you can't put down and and was later made into a feature film (1951). A good look at how life was in the penal colonies of Australia in the 1780's and 90's. (VG). $12.

BR-110. ed. Townsend, Robert B. Tales from the Great Lakes. Toronto. 1995. 203p. Soft wraps. For more than two hundred years, thousands of giant sailing ships traversed the Great Lakes carrying cargo and passengers. The memory of the romance and elegance of these beautiful ships has almost been forgotten in the search for greater efficiency and speed in our modern world. C.H.J. Snider (1879-1971) chronicled this era in his 1,303 "Schooner Days" columns for Toronto's The Evening Telegram between 1931 and 1954. A great marine researcher and artist, Snider himself worked aboard schooners in his youth and studied first-hand the development of the Great Lakes region. Included herein are selected articles written for Toronto's The evening telegram from 1931-1954. Coupled with Snider's writings are those of Robert B. Townsend, who, besides introducing Snider's stories, adds some of his own. (VG). $7.

BR-101. Stonehouse, Frederick. GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSE TALES. Gwinn , Michigan . 1998. 192p. Soft wraps. Lighthouse Tales, by one of the most respected authors on the subject, tells the exciting story of the human side of lightkeeping. It describes the deadly storms, killing fogs and numbing loneliness that those who “kept the lights” endured. Stories of wreck and rescue thread their way through this tribute to the “wickies” of a bygone era. Thoroughly illustrated with vintage photographs. (M). $7

2614. (catalogue) Bannerman, Francis. MILITARY GOODS CATALOGUE 1938 - CANNON, UNIFORMS, GATLING GUNS, AMMUNITION & RELICS. FRANCIS BANNERMAN CO. New York 1938 ed wraps 9" x 11 ½”  287pp. This extensive catalog is accompanied by the original pictorial mailing envelope (edge worn) and a 1939 correction list. Illustrated throughout. The Bannerman Company dated from the Civil War. They were the first merchants to recognize the value of surplus military goods and became the premier private arms dealer in the world. They bought 90% of the surplus from the Spanish American war and after they were told not to store the 90 tons of explosives in New York , they bought Bannerman Island on the Hudson River . The company prospered until the 1970s. Catalogues of their goods were routinely issued for almost 100 years although the quality of the printing deteriorated over the years as the staff aged and pages were reproduced. Extensively illustrated catalogue includes thousands of piostols, rifles, cannon, cartridges, uniforms, medals, swords, naval lamps, battle lanterns, life rings, binnacles and much more. Some past issues included Lyle guns, Life-Saving Service annual reports for $1 each, lighthouse items and more. Superb reading and a great reference. Pictorial paper covers and contents in good condition, age toning but clean and tight. (VG-).  $128.

28183. Tag, Thomas A. The Clock Without Hands. Chicago. 2008. 17p. Spiral bound. Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has added still another volume to his list of publications – The Clock Without Hands. This detailed account covers a long neglected area of lighthouse equipment – the mechanical weight-driven mechanisms that rotate the lenses causing the flash that we see. The author covers a history and design of these mechanisms, chariot wheel systems, mercury flotation systems, clockwork mechanisms, and much more. Thoroughly illustrated with early photographs and  drawings, this booklet makes most interesting reading. (M).  $26. (Additional titles available – please ask for list.)

28291. (newspaper) "THE COSTON LIGHT". The United States Gazette. November 6, 1845. Front page top right full column lengthy piece on the improvements on the invention of a Parabolic Reflector by Benjamin Franklin Coston, a young Navy officer. Article includes more detail and scientific specifics on this invention and its impact on Lighthouses at Reedy Island, Christiana Creek Light. Noted is Mr. Middleton who constructed the apparatus for Coston. 23 column inches. Full newspaper contains 4 large pages with interesting early articles of the day, only light occasional foxing, expected wear. (VG).  $34.

  

28254. (advertisement) Jos. W. Jones Radio Receivers. Saturday Evening Post. October 3, 1925. Vintage advertisement shows writer  talking with the old lighthouse keeper and notes: “It used to be lonesome here – it ain’t any more. So said this lighthouse keeper, for 38 years a hermit until Radio brought the outside world to him.” Three models or radio receivers manufactured by  the Jos. W. Jones Radio Mfg. Co. of New York. Models include: Model J-75 B 5-tube, tuned radio frequency receiver, selling for $75, the Model J-100 B, also 5 tube, tuned radio frequency receiver and selling for $100. The top of the line was the Model J-175, a 6 tube, tuned radio frequency receiver selling for $175. The add measures approximately 10 ¼” x 14” and is clean and bright, perfect for framing. (VG+). $24.

 BR-89. Adamson, Hans Christian. KEEPERS OF THE LIGHTS. New York . 1955. 430pp. Illustrated with photos, provides a compelling history of the lighthouses and light vessels of the United States . Well done, interesting and complete. Ex-Library. Spine with some wear, contents clean and tight. (VG-). $22.

BR-91. Kozma, LuAnne Gaykowski. LIVING AT A LIGHTHOUSE – Oral Histories from the Great Lakes . GLLKA. 1987. 103p. Soft Wraps. Stories of daily life and work, of family members and traditions, and events both common and unusual. Lighthouse keeping was more than a job, it was a way of life. The complete record cannot be found in the official records and in government reports. These memories, first hand accounts and family stories complete the picture. Wonderful reading. (F-).   $18.

21126. South Bend Replicas, Inc., CATALOGUE OF ANTIQUE/REPLICA ORDNANCE. South Bend , Indiana . 2004-2005. 130p. Soft wraps. South Bend Replicas are the manufacturers of solid-cast machine-bored cannon for display and actual firing. Included among their inventory are 1878 style Lyle gun barrels used by museums around the country to demonstrate the breeches buoy drill of former life-savers. J. Paul Barnett, owner of the company, is one of the foremost experts on the subject of cannon and particularly those developed by David Lyle. Their catalogue provides thousands of photographs and extensive text describing all manor of cannon, present day construction processes to provide authentic reproductions, and much about safety in the present day demonstrations of these pieces. Interesting reading as well as a great reference. (M). $10. 

  

27347. (photo) SKY PILOT TO LIGHTHOUSE MEN – W. H. “Grandpa” Law. Keystone View Company. 6” x 8”. b/w. c.1930-1940. Press release attached notes: “After practically a lifetime on the high seas, W. H. “Grandpa” Law, who has preached the gospel to lighthouse keepers and Coast Guardsmen of the U. S. has retired from active service. His going will be mourned by every lighthouse keeper in the United States.” There is not much information really known about Mr. Law -  We are aware of a story that he wrote entitled, “Deeds of Valor by Heroes and Heroines of the Great Water World” but know little else. Clean, clear, light wear. (VG).  $38.

 26278. Hughes, Joseph Henry Jr., A COVENANT WITH HONOR – An American “Lord Jim”. Lawndale. 1982. 3rd. 413p. Soft wraps. Frank V. Helmer, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, writes of this book: “The United States Coast Guard Academy subjects its cadets to a regime that is physically arduous and mentally demanding. Each graduating Ensign takes with him, in addition to a fund of academic and professional training, his personal triumph over discouragement and fatigue. From my own cadet days, and from my tour as Assistant Superintendent of the Academy, I have had a feeling for the daily struggle that each cadet meets in his own way, but until I read this book I had never seen that feeling reflected in print. As a cadet, Joseph Hughes met his days with courage and enthusiasm. He grew in maturity and self discipline. Tragically, his career as an officer ended before it had begun, but the picture of his life as it unfolds on these pages will stand as a memorial to him, even as it serves as an inspiration to all who read it." This poignant account includes 15 chapters that span the time-frame from the early 1950s to 1964. (VG+).  $18.

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2750. [NEW]. Tag, Thomas A. Brilliance and Prejudice – The John R. Wigham Story. Dayton. 2007. Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has added still another volume to his list of publications – Brilliance and Prejudice – The John R. Wigham Story. This is the story of a brilliant engineer who created some of the most interesting lighthouse equipment ever developed. His designs would be both praised and maligned and would lead to conflict, prejudice, plagiarism, and the ultimate resignation of one of the leading scientists of the day. Thoroughly illustrated with early photographs and  drawings, this booklet makes most interesting reading.  33 p. (M). #2750.  $26.

26301. Baarslag, Karl. SOS RADIO RESCUES AT SEA. London. 1937.  243pp. For the first time the story of a number of famous sea disasters is told from the point of view of the vessel’s radio operators. See the development of this craft as the “brass pounders” have practiced it. The author has written these awesome tales in terms of dits and dahs, translated for us in terms of the hundreds of thousands of lives saved  because of the use of radio and the unfailing devotion of the operators. Includes the true stories of the collision of the Republic and the Florida, the loss of the Titanic, the foundering of the Empress of Ireland, the heroic rescue of the storm-swept Antinoe by the President Roosevelt, the capsizing of the Vestris, the dreadful burst of flame on the Morrow Castle, and more. Clean, tight, nice copy. Rare radio related account. (VG+).  $28.

4675L. U. S. Coast Guard. HISTORICALLY FAMOUS LIGHTHOUSES. CG-232. 1972. Soft Wraps.  88 pp. Photos and historically oriented descriptions of 55 well known U.S. lighthouses and lightships. Contents clean, tight, nice copy. (VG+) $14.

313g. [reprint] "THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES",  by Charles Nordhoff, March 1874 “LIFE IN A LIGHTHOUSE, LIFE ON THE SOUTH SHOAL LIGHTSHIP, and HEROISM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE” by Gustav Kobbe. 1981 reprint. 64p. With over 65 excellent engraving reproductions and descriptions of U.S. Lights and light vessels, the authors here present four articles on the romantic history of the Service, originally printed during its heyday in the 1870 - 90’s. Provides a wonderful period overview of the history and operation of the Service. Excellent reading. (VG+). $10.

28411. na. Automatic Lighthouses. c.1940. Two page article discusses sensors in use in many lighthouses that alert the keeper if the IOV light is burning too high or low, and will automatically extinguish the light at sunrise. These sensors aid the keeper so that he does not have to stand regular watches. Includes one photo illustration of Kuhio Bay Range Light. Disbound. (VG). $10.

28412. na. How a Lighthouse is Built. A Child’s Book of Familiar Things. c.1912. 6p. Nicely illustrated article for young people discusses how a lighthouse is built at sea with waves lashing over the site. Includes good photos of the construction of the Beachy Head lighthouse using the “railway in the air”. Includes 8 photo illustrations. Disbound. (VG). $14.

23424. McCue, James Westaway. SEA FEVER. Silver Lake . 1944. 96p. Sea Fever is a collection of short stories, based almost entirely on true and personal experience. The author’s father was a physician on Cape Cod in the early days of the century. The life of a country doctor and his family was often devoid of personal privacy and regular hours, and such was the situation for thirty years. One of the doctor’s most famous cases was attending to the wounded from American shipping sunk by a German U-boat off Orleans in 1918. This account helps to bring alive the life of a sailor, his hopes, his troubles and his moments of happiness. The author went off to sea at the age of sixteen on his uncle’s schooner and came to know what the elements can do to harden a man. True account, well worth reading. With attractive comer image of a lonely surfman walking beach patrol, lantern in hand. Clean, tight, light cover soiling. (VG).  $26.

BR-85. Noble, Dennis L. THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE – The U. S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915. Annapolis , MD. 1994. 177p. DJ. One of the first full-length accounts of the operational history, this detailed and interesting work has been somewhat overlooked in the recent upsurge of interest on the subject. Filled with numerous early photographs and diagrams, the author sheds light on many of the daily duties, rescues and little out-of-the-way stations that time has forgotten. In a clear and precise style, he describes how rescue efforts were conducted including the gripping story of the schooners George Taulane and J. H. Hartzell, and many more. A well done, most interesting work. Clean, bright. (F-). $21.

 

5461n. Lombard, Asa Cobb Paine. EAST OF CAPE COD . Cuttyhunk. 1976. 157 pp. Presentation copy – inscribed and numbered #70 by the author with laid in greetings page. The author tells the stories of ships and shipwrecks and particularly of the Life-Savers of this dangerous area. The author incorporated into this account numerous photographs and records of his grandfather, United States Life-Saving Service Warrant Officer  [1885-1921] Edward Everett Lombard who was stationed at the Cahoon’s Hollow station.  Extremely well illustrated with over 80 wonderful early photographs, one of the better accounts of the Life-Saving Service. The glass slides from which the pictures are reproduced were made from 1885 to 1900. Lombard, along with his Cahoon’s Hollow companion, Eugene Young, gave lectures at the time in the eastern part of  Massachusetts describing the wrecks that occurred on Cape Cod from Monomoy to  Provincetown , explaining how rescue attempts were made, and the operations of the United States Life Saving Service. The proceeds from the lectures were used to buy Station personnel the necessary extras needed to perform their duties — equipment not provided by the government. Chapters include the Wreck of the Jason, History of the Life-Saving Service, the Lifesaver’s Tools, Lifeboat Drill, Communications, Smuggler, Restoring the Apparently Drowned, Shipwrecks, the Way of the Wreckers, and more. Becoming scarce, this has always been one of the two best on  Cape Cod ’s life-savers but so far has not received proper recognition. Clean, tight, light sunning to wraps. (VG+).  $48 net.

25374. Rand, Edward A., FIGHTING THE SEA or WINTER AT THE LIFE-SAVING STATION. New York . 1887. 344p. After visiting a Life-Saving Station and examining various reports, the author became impressed with the work of the hardy crews. Herein the author presents a tale “…for young people of the brave men who watch the sea while we are sleeping, and whose generous daring may well provoke us to courage and self-sacrifice in other spheres.” An interesting tale of the crews, their lives and personalities. Being quite rare, this is a most desirable title. Contents tight, though some light soil & age toning. Covers nicely embossed, corners and edges bumped, moderate soil. (VG-). $84.

24131b. Secretary of the Navy. Hydrographic Office. No. 87. THE 1931 INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS. American Edition. Volume I. For Visual and Sound Signaling. Wash. Reprinted 1943. 362 p. Black cloth printed boards. The International Code of Signals was first drafted in 1855 by the British Board of Trade and subsequently published in 1857 as a means of maritime communications. The original publication showed 17,000 signals using 18 flags, part of which was specific to the United Kingdom and another part that contained universal signals to be used by all nations. Adopted by most sea-faring nations, the system was revised in 1932 to include seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Norwegian. Detailed text includes thousands of signals, as well as color plates of signal flags and flags of maritime nations. Includes alphabetical spelling table, urgent signals, phrases, general vocabulary, semaphore, and more. Also includes a complete list of US Coast Guard stations with location and latitude and longitude, and Coast Guard Instructions to Mariners in Case of Shipwreck. Contents clean, tight, some overall wear. (VG-).  $48.

24131c. Secretary of the Navy. Hydrographic Office. No. 88. THE 1931 INTERNATIONAL CODE OF SIGNALS. American Edition. Volume II. For Radio Signaling. Wash. 1933. 418 p. Black cloth printed boards. The International Code of Signals was first drafted in 1855 by the British Board of Trade and subsequently published in 1857 as a means of maritime communications. The original publication showed 17,000 signals using 18 flags, part of which was specific to the United Kingdom and another part that contained universal signals to be used by all nations. Adopted by most sea-faring nations, the system was revised in 1932 to include seven languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Norwegian. Detailed text includes thousands of signals for use in radio communication. Includes alphabetical spelling table, urgent signals, phrases, general vocabulary, and more. Contents clean, tight, only light overall wear. (VG+).  $48.

 9171. [full page plate] Lighthouses. c. 1890. From early encyclopedia. this handsome one page lithograph plate shows 12 beautiful detailed full and sectional views of lighthouses, their construction features, lens and lantern apparatus. This extremely detailed view is a beautiful item for framing, measuring 8” by 10” and clean, crisp, as new. (F). $78. Image on request.

24155. Who Invented the Fresnel Lens? Thomas Tag has long been probably the only authority on lamps, lens apparatus and illumination for lighthouses, with his articles on the subject appearing in our catalogue, as well as the U. S. Lighthouse Society’s Keeper’s Log, Lighthouse Digest and other publications. Now Tom has added still another volume to his list of publications – Who Invented the Fresnel Lens. From 1822 , when Fresnel published his first paper Memoire sur un Nouveau Systeme d’Eclairage des Phares, Sir David Brewster, in Scotland , claimed that he was the true inventor. This account discusses the various claims and should settle the dispute. 15 p. Spiral bound.  $26.

BR-66. na. U. S. LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Fortune Magazine January 1937. Pp. 61-69, 126-132. Lengthy, large folio illustrated article details the men and equipment of today’s Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with photographs, paintings and diagrams including a large full page diagram of the Nantucket LV No. 112  illustrating its construction, equipment and operation. Other photos include quartermaster at the wheel of the Lighthouse Tender Spruce, lens apparatus, buoys and more. Most interesting and detailed article, excellent images. Disbound, staining to some corners. Worth it for the lightship illustration alone. (VG-).  $34.

25352. na. CHAINS, ANCHORS AND MOORING GEAR. HANDBOOK CONTAINING SKETCHES AND USEFUL TABLES. Henry Wood & Co., Ltd., Dee Iron Works, Saltney, Near Chester, England [Established in 1780] c. 1907. Gilt embossed hard cover. Maritime ship’s chandlery catalogue includes lightship chain, buoy chain, anchors, mooring gear, cables, grapnel irons, shackles, hawsers and more. Also includes tables of measures and more. With 80 illustrations (pages 38-84) plus two multi-folding tables, and laid in broadside for Wood’s Patent “Viking” Stock Anchor. Excellent reference, clean and tight. (VG). $148.  

7393d,e. Noble, Dennis L. A LEGACY - The United States Life-Saving Service. USCG Bicentennial Publication. Wash. c.1987. 27pp. Soft Wraps. Tremendous overview of the life and work of the members of the U. S. Life-Saving Service. Well illustrated with 26 wonderful large format photographs. Also with a complete listing of Coast Guard small boat rescue stations. A most interesting pamphlet. Clean, tight. (VG).  $16.  

    9434d,g,h,j. Bachand, Robert G., NORTHEAST LIGHTS, LIGHTHOUSES AND LIGHTSHIPS - RHODE ISLAND TO CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY. Norwalk , Ct. 1989. 422 pp. Impressive reference work covers 133 light stations that existed Includes all manor if information from construction information, major alterations and characteristics of the lights that existed there, to information about the keepers work there. A most excellent reference for this area, extremely difficult to find now. As new. (M). $52.

     20369b. Lucas, Kenneth W. Sr., FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BADGES. 1991. 392p. 8VO. Badges have long been of interest to collectors but before this book, there has been little information to enable collectors to learn the history and designs of these attractive and most desirable insignia. Included are thousands of photographs of individual badge designs arranged by department, with a description of the history and work of each department. Though the author does not include specifics on each design evolution, by going through the many designs shown, including views of the back and clasps, you can begin to piece together a time line to date and authenticate many shields in your collection. Includes complete views and listings of badges issued by the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce [including one badge of the Lighthouse Service], Defense, Energy, Health, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and over 50 other agencies. Most interesting and a worthwhile reference. (M).  $128 net.

    2217. Department of Commerce. Lighthouse Service. INSTRUCTIONS TO LIGHT KEEPERS. Wash. GPO. 1911. 26 p. Nicely done reprint. Includes general instructions for all employees, instructions for Light-Keepers, instructions to all stations and vessels equipped with fog signals, instructions relating to light vessels, and much more. Includes all aspects of station and apparatus maintenance. A complete and important document.  $9.95.

     24394. Krebs, Laurie. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COLONIAL LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER. New York . 2004. 24 p. New from PowerKids Press, this charming addition to their Day in the Life series looks at Boston Light in Colonial times. From the harbor and lighthouse design, to the keeper’s daily duties, changing weather, firing the fog signal cannon, polishing the brass, rescues and more. A wonderful addition to your children’s library. (M). $18.95.

    24269. Thomas, Lowell. RAIDERS OF THE DEEP. Garden City. 1928. 363 p. The first American account of German submariners to offer a sympathetic, behind-the-scenes look at the men who prowled the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and English Channel in U-boats. Widely known for his radio and newspaper dispatches from World War I battlefields, Thomas was immediately successful with this vivid portrait of undersea warfare that included details of the new technology. In his inimitable style, Thomas allows his subjects to tell their stories in their own words, rendering an infinitely interesting look at the challenges of life aboard these early submarines. Their dramatic oral histories tell of Walther Schwiegers’ sinking of the Lusitania , the seven U-boat raiders sent to lay mines across the Atlantic and sink merchant ships off the coast of the United States , and other riveting trials and accomplishments of the U-boaters. A classic of WWI literature. (VG).   $14.

     24241. Clarke, A. C. VOICE ACROSS THE SEA. New York . 1974. 228 p. DJ. An account of submarine telegraph and telephone lines and the laying of the first transatlantic cable over 125 years ago. A complete account of this adventure.  (VG+). $16.

     6719d. Manning, Gordon P., LIFE IN THE COLCHESTER REEF LIGHTHOUSE. by The Shelburne Museum . 1958. 43p. Soft wraps, clean, crisp. Nicely illustrated. Details the life of the Keepers in this Lake Champlain lighthouse. Includes listing of the keepers who served here during its’ 62 years of service, as well as details on the 1952 move of the lighthouse to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont . (G+).  $22.  

     CLEARANCE PRICED at Only $7.95 each:

    Roberts, Bruce and Ray Jones. Over 80 color and b/w photographs. Soft wraps. Scarce early editions of this author’s earlier works covers the lighthouses along the coasts of the United States . The superb narrative and exquisite photography have made this lighthouse series repeated best sellers. Many signed by the author. (M).  

    NORTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. New Brunswick to the Jersey Shore . 1990. 127p. (1)

    772. NEW ENGLAND LIGHTHOUSES. Bay of Fundy to Long Island Sound. 1996. 101p. (3)

    8227. MID-ATLANTIC LIGHTHOUSES – Hudson River to Chesapeake Bay . 1996. 86 p. (2)

    8264. SOUTHEASTERN LIGHTHOUSES. Outer Banks to Cape Florida . 1998. 92p. (2)

    SOUTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. Outer Banks to Cape Florida . 2002. 88p. (2)

    8265. GULF COAST LIGHTHOUSES – Florida Keys to the Rio Grande . 1998. 92 p. (2)

    8268. CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSES – Point St. George to the Gulf of Santa Catalina . 1997. 86 p. (2)

    22432. LIGHTHOUSES OF CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII Eureka to San Diego to Honolulu . 2002. 87 p. (3)

    WESTERN LIGHTHOUSES. Olympic Peninsula to San Diego . 1993. 117p. (1)

    24240. Harding, R. Brewster. GREETINGS FROM MAINE – A Post Card Album. Portland. 1975. 80 p. Soft wraps. The fascinating story of how Maine pioneered the development of the picture postcard, as told by Maine post cards. Thoroughly illustrated with Maine postcards on all subjects including lighthouses. (VG).  $14.  

    9453. [journal] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco . Var. Fill out your collection with these back issues of The Keeper’s Log. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. 1993 to 2001. Not quite a complete set – 28 issues. Excellent condition - good historical information.  Entire lot comes with four official USLHS binders. Here is a great opportunity to add some of the earlier issues to your collection at an exceptionally low price of $3.50 each, four for $12. Entire lot $78  

    2488. Kobbe, Gustav. HEROES OF PEACE – A Series of Authentic Instances of Heroism in Every-Day Life. Babylon. c.1920. Inscribed to “Gustak Kobbie 2nd from his Grandmother 1924”. Special work, self published by the author, which includes  five of his past works published in The Century Magazine: HEROISM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. A Description of Life on Matinicus Rock. The Century Magazine. 1897. 12p. Illustrated with 12 very nice engravings, this article describes the life of Abby Burgess and her family at the Matinicus Rock Light Station including her heroism in the winter gale of 1856. Later Abby married Captain Grant and continued her service at Matinicus and later at White Head Light. Most interesting. Illustrations include Keeper Frederick T. Hatch, the only recipient of the Gold Bar for Heroism, Abby Burgess, and more; HEROES OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE"  The Century Magazine. c.1898. 8p. Excellent descriptions of the life of the life-savers and the work that they perform at various stations across the country. With a nice full-page plate of “The Life Line” by Winslow Homer; EVERY-DAY HEROISM. 7 p.; HEROES OF THE RAILWAY SERVICE. 7 p.; HEROES OF PEACE – Volunteer Life-Savers. 7 p. Includes the volunteer life-savers of the Massachusetts Humane Society, Life Saving Service crews, and more. A most interesting piece especially bound by the author himself. Some wear, slightly brittle, one plate loose. (G+).      $164.  

    C24128. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS . REPORT 1917-1918. Boston . 1918. 94p. Excellent report includes large fold-out map of the “Life Saving Stations of the Humane Society”. In addition, includes  of all sixty five life saving stations and boat houses with their keepers, List of Persons to Whom Awards were Granted 1916 to 1918, sample award certificates, Instructions to the Captains of the Life Saving Stations [includes apparatus drills and operation, Instructions to Seamen, Instructions for Saving Drowning Persons, Restoring Persons Apparently Drowned, General Summary of the Work of the Society, Equipment of Stations, Act of Incorporation, By Laws, List of Officers and Trustees of the Society, List of Members, a detailed List of Awards Granted 1786 – 11918. A tremendous amount of information about this important early predecessor to the Life-Saving Service. (Photocopy $20).

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    25184. Senate Doc. No. 12. THE DESCRIPTION OF PAPERS DEEMED NECESSARY TO BE PRIVIDED BY LAW FOR THE USE AND PROTECTION OF AMERICAN VESSELS ENGAGED IN THE WHALE FISHERIES. December 27, 1839. 16 p. Report examines information provided by Nantucket, New Bedford and other whaling captains with regard to legalities of entering ports and other issues of the day. $14.

     2012. Sanderson, Ivan T. FOLLOW THE WHALE. Boston . 1956. 423 p. DJ. (VG).  $18

    2411. Fisher, Leonard Everett. THE DEATH OF EVENING STAR –The Diary of a Young New England Whaler. New York . 1972. 125 p. DJ.  (VG).  $18

    2408. Chippendale, Captain H. A., SAILS AND WHALES. Boston . 1951. 232 p. DJ. (VG-). $16

    2407. Hohman, E. P., THE AMERICAN WHALEMAN. London . 1974. 355 p. DJ. (VG).        $24.

    2406. Whipple, A. B. C., YANKEE WHALERS IN THE SOUTH SEAS . New York . 1954. 304 p. $18

    2405. Robotti , Frances Diane. WHALING AND OLD SALEM . New York . 1962. 292 p. DJ.  $16

    2404. Haley, Nelson Cole [harpooner in the Charles W. Morgan 1849-1853] . WHALE HUNT – The Narrative of a Voyage. New York . 1948. 304 p. DJ.  $26

    2403. Stackpole, Edouard A., THE SEA-HUNTERS – The New England Whalemen During Two Centuries 1653-1835. Philadelphia . 1953. 510 p. DJ.  $26.

    4531t. Putnam, George R., NEW SAFEGUARDS FOR SHIPS IN FOG AND STORM. August 1936. 32pp. (disbound) 30 photo illustrations [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. LXX, No. 2, August 1936] Complete issue, very clean. George Putnam was the Commissioner of Lighthouses in the early years of the twentieth century. In this interesting and detailed article, Commissioner Putnam includes information on the use of the new radio beacons, lightship operations as well as the overall operation of the Lighthouse Service. Included are 30 wonderful official photographs of light stations, tenders, light vessels, lens apparatus, light keepers and more. (VG).  $20.

      6333x. Putnam, George R. SENTINEL OF THE COASTS - THE LOG OF A LIGHTHOUSE ENGINEER. NY. 1937. 1st. ed. 368pp. DJ. Well illustrated with over 60 photos. This historical and descriptive work by the retired Commissioner of Lighthouses includes chapters on the history and organization of the Lighthouse Service, the perils of lightships, fog and radio, tenders, romance of the buoys, the government workers, and much more. A most important book that has become quite scarce. Unusually good condition for this title, clean, bright, tight, only slight fading to the spine, some wear to dj. (VG+) $134 net.  

      23556. Price List 63. NAVY, MARINES AND COAST GUARD. GPO. June 1936. 16p. Soft wraps. Contains list of publications available relating to the US Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Subjects include air almanacs, cargo handling gear, mooring bits, fire hose, medicine chest, compress air plants, annual reports, direction finders, lots of pamphlets on all manor of subjects, instruction manuals, directories, and tables of data, indexes and catalogues, etc. Light foxing. (VG-).     $8  

       

    23283. Bailey, John. SENTINEL OF THE JERSEY CAPE - The Story of the Cape May Point Lighthouse. 1st. 1989. 56p. Soft wraps. In an entertaining style, the author provides details of the history and construction of the light station, its technical details, and the life of the courageous keepers who maintained this light for so long. The author provides many details as to the lighting apparatus and equipment of the station, its past and present designs and layout, and the families that lived there. Includes many excerpts from the station logs, making this a detailed yet interesting account. Includes a complete listing of Keepers and assistants through the years. With numerous photos and illustrations. (VG). $26.

    23182. Davis, Charles G., SHIPS OF THE PAST. The Marine Research Society, Salem, Massachusetts 1929, Publication Number Nineteen of the Marine Research Society. 170 p. DJ. This copy is a first edition of this remarkable work with original dust jacket. Chapters include, Block Island Boats And Pinkys, The Fishing Schooner, The Baltimore Clipper And Other Southern Craft, The Packet Ship Isaac Webb, The Frigate Raleigh, The Frigate Congress, Masts And Spars Of United States Naval Vessels And List Of Plans Of Ships. The volume has hard blue cloth covers and measures 8 ½ X 11 ½ inches. There are 170 pages with index plus 14 two-page plans in rear of book for 12 different ships. There are 54 plates (b&w photos plates and illustrations). Extremely desirable text on the subject, only a few have been found available and has become a sought after text for the marine historian or model ship builder. Clean, tight, very little wear in well worn dj. (VG). $188 net.

    2393. Morrison, John H. HISTORY OF AMERICAN STEAM NAVIGATION. New York, W.F. Sametz & Co., 1903 First Edition. 8vo,. Pp. 630. Well illustrated with numerous engravings of steamships. Very good copy of the first edition of this important history of the invention and early development of steam boats and steam navigation, with especially good information on the Hudson and Delaware Rivers, Long Island Sound, the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic coast. Chapters cover the country by area with history of the noted vessels and steamship lines of the period. Also includes extensive information on the progress of the science at the time, history of various steamship lines. Also includes excellent chapters on tow boats, the state of lighthouses, lightships and fog signals and the work toward improvement, Life-Saving Service, Steamboat Inspection Service, and on the Steam Calliope or Organ. Superb early reference. In original black cloth, gilt spine lettering. Contents clean and crisp, some light wear, former owner's bookplate on front pastedown. (VG). $138 net.

    9217. Huntress, Keith. NARRATIVES OF SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS 1586-1860. Iowa State University Press. 1973. 248p. Unbound printer’s proofs, stapled by signature. A scholarly compilation of narratives of 24 notable shipwrecks with detailed accounts and a wealth of information. Included are such famous shipwrecks as the Nottingham Galley off Boon Island, the Brig Tyrrel off Sandy Hook, shipwreck of the French Frigate Medusa, destruction of the whale-ship Essex (Herman Melville based his last chapter in his book Moby-Dick on this incident.), loss of the Albion off Fastnet Rock, fatal explosion of the boiler on the steamship Helen MacGregor at Memphis, loss of the steam packet Home, and many more. Also includes a lengthy listing of narratives published of shipwrecks and disasters since the 1500’s. Nicely illustrated with period woodcut engravings. A most interesting and valuable work. (G). $62.

    22494. Strobridge, Truman R. UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Wash. U. S. Coast Guard. June 1982. 148p. An important research text, provides a comprehensive listing of writings related to the US Coast Guard, from archival, fictional, historic and technical sources listed alphabetically by author and by topic. Included are descriptions of content and publication information. Subject index includes: Administration and Organization, aids tonavigation, Aviation, Biographies, Civil War, Cutters, Training, Equipment and Facilities, Expeditions, Flags Ensigns Pennants and Customs, Icebreaking, Law Enforcement, Medicine and Science, Minorities, Port Security, Prohibition Era, Revenue Cutter Service, Search and Rescue, Spanish-American War, Uniforms, World War I and II, and much more. Extremely valuable for research or collectors. (Spiral Bound Photocopy $34).

    6275h. Ralph Shanks, Wick York, Lisa Woo Shanks, editor. THE U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE - HEROES, RESCUES AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE EARLY COAST GUARD. 1996. Petaluma, CA. 262p. DJ. Hard cover. This long awaited work by Ralph Shanks and Wick York is now available. Filling a longtime void in the chronicles of the Life-Saving Service, this book is the result of two decades of research by these highly respected maritime historians. In 272 large format pages, the authors present unforgettable stories of the surfmen and their unsurpassed bravery. Unique to this work is the authors coverage of the architecture of the stations. Using over 400 rare photos from the Library of Congress and other historic sources, the authors provide a station by station look at the architectural features that make them such a unique and unforgettable piece of our history. Hard cover edition, now out of print and no longer available, is quite sought after for libraries and museums and now commands a premium. We have been fortunate to come upon this copy, still shrink wrapped as new. (M) $39.95 net.

    22452. Taylor, Theodore. FIRE ON THE BEACHES. New York. 1958. 248 p. DJ. In the war between the U-boat and the American merchant marine, 1942 was a year of crisis. Mr. Taylor tells of that bitter and heroic year which began with the US unprepared. This is a story of actions at sea, of the men who fought, and of the naval commanders who improvised escorts and developed a plan of convoy operations. An exciting account. Illustrated. (VG+). $19.

    9217b. Huntress, Keith. NARRATIVES OF SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS 1586-1860. Iowa State University Press. 1973. 249p. DJ. A scholarly compilation of narratives of 24 notable shipwrecks with detailed accounts and a wealth of information. Included are such famous shipwrecks as the Nottingham Galley off Boon Island, the Brig Tyrrel off Sandy Hook, shipwreck of the French Frigate Medusa, destruction of the whale-ship Essex (Herman Melville based his last chapter in his book Moby-Dick on this incident.), loss of the Albion off Fastnet Rock, fatal explosion of the boiler on the steamship Helen MacGregor at Memphis, loss of the steam packet Home, and many more. Also includes a lengthy listing of narratives published of shipwrecks and disasters since the 1500’s. Nicely illustrated with period woodcut engravings. A most interesting and valuable work. (VG+). $48

    9453. [journal] THE KEEPER’S LOG. Journal of the United States Lighthouse Society. San Francisco. Var. Fill out your collection with these back issues of The Keeper’s Log. This is the premier journal for the lighthouse researcher or enthusiast, filled with hundreds of detailed articles on lighthouses, lightships and tenders across the country. Filled with remarkable original photographs. Most interesting reading. Here is a great opportunity to add some of the earlier issues to your collection at an exceptionally low price of $3.50 each, four for $12. Entire lot $88. 1994 to 2001. Not quite a complete set.  Excellent condition - good historical information.  29 magazines. Entire lot comes with four official USLHS binders.

    7118e. [Brunton, Richard Henry. BUILDING JAPAN 1868 - 1876. [With an Introduction & Notes by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, G.C.M.G. In addition to the 1906 Introductory, Postscript & Notes by William Elliot Griffis.]. England. 1991. 269p. 1st. 4TO. DJ. This book is an account of an English master mariner’s participation in the early maritime development of modern Japan. Born in the early nineteenth century, Albert Richard Brown was instrumental in coastal survey and in the erection of over 30 lighthouses. Building Japan was Brunton’s memoir of the years that he spent in Japan constructing lights to light up the coast. R. H. Brunton’s Japan Lights, was first published in London in 1876. The text of Brunton’s work presented here is as edited around 1906. With 28 color and monochrome photos and illustrations and numerous appendices and data. Clean, tight, near fine condition. (F). $46.

    22334. Lighthouse Stamp Society. CHECKLIST OF LIGHTHOUSES ON POSTAGE STAMPS. Lakewood. 2002. 50+ p. Spiral bound. For the lighthouse postal collector, here is a detailed checklist for collectors of postage stamps of the world that picture a lighthouse. From Aden to Yugoslavia, includes listings of thousands of stamps. Also includes duck stamps with lighthouses, stamps with lightships, and much more. Not illustrated but filled with important information for collectors. (M). $21.95.

    6106e. Cox, William Van Zandt, and Northrup, Milton Harlow, LIFE OF SAMUEL SULLIVAN COX. Syracuse. 1898. 281p. Nicely gilt embossed binding. Dedicated by the author "To the Employees of the …Life-Saving Service…." Given the title "Father of the Life-Saving Service", Mr. Cox spent his thirty year career in the United States Congress attempting to upgrade the Life-Saving Service. Mr. Cox was most proud of his work in creating the Federal statute that created the Life-Saving Service and his untiring zeal in pressing for its eventual passage. Throughout his career he continued to press for the upgrading of this humanitarian service such that, upon his death his widow was presented by members of the Life-Saving Service with a memorial vase inscribed to his memory. This volume details his distinguished life and his efforts in support of the Service. Includes a nice photograph of Sumner I. Kimball and of the Port Huron Life-Saving Station. Illustrated with 28 photographs. Pages lightly browned, otherwise clean, tight, front hinge open but intact, covers with some sunning and soiling. (VG-). $86 net.

    22178c. [Commemorative Lighthouse Stamp Spring Promotion Poster] A set of five commemorative lighthouse stamps were issued April 26, 1990 featuring full color images of Admiralty Head Light, Cape Hatteras Light, West Quoddy Head Light, American Shoals Light and Sandy Hook Light. To promote this set in the Post Offices across the country, The Postal Service produced a large 14" X 21" full color poster featuring Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse at sunset, along with images of the five commemorative stamps. Poster is in unused condition, in original envelope as mailed to each postmaster. (M). $8.

    22164. Thompson, Courtney. LIGHTHOUSES OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND- Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut – A Pictorial Guide. 2002. 190p. Soft wraps. This companion to the author’s earlier works covers the lighthouses of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Replacing and updating her former work Lighthouses of Massachusetts, this guide offers narrative material, directions and over 650 color photographs as well as additional vintage lighthouse views. With select historic photographs, maps and directions for finding the site, a history, description, legends and more, this is a great one-source travel guide and resource. (M). Published $24.95. Our price $23.95.

    7101. Crowner, Gerald E., [Surfman, South Manitou Station 1926-1928]. THE SOUTH MANITOU STORY. 1982. 87p. Soft Wraps. Illustrated with 49 photographs, a chronicle of the author’s work and life as a surfman at the South Manitou Station. Filled with details of the day to day life at the station as well as at the South Island Lighthouse. This is one of the few true day-to-day accounts available from the men who manned the oars and walked patrol. Quite interesting. (M). $13.95.

    PC-27. Collins, Francis A. SENTINELS ALONG OUR COAST. New York. 1922 1st. 272pp. Nicely illustrated with 24 official Lighthouse Service photographs. Nicely developed overview of the history of the Service, the light and fog stations, lightships, equipment and men of the Light-House Service. Chapters include Harbor Protection, Early Lighthouses, Building the Lighthouse, Developing the Light, A Night in the Lighthouse, A Service Depot, Aboard a Lighthouse Tender, Aboard a Light-ship, With the Coast Guard, and more. One of the nicer early references. Light overall wear, clean, tight. Bookplates. (VG-) $56.

    994. McGuinn, William F. and Bruce S. Bazelon. AMERICAN MILITARY BUTTON MAKERS AND DEALERS; THEIR BACKMARKS & DATES. Fredericksburg. 1996. 135p. This is a comprehensive study that is an invaluable tool in identifying buttons and what period they were manufactured. With this and Albert’s book Record Of American Uniform And Historical Buttons, you are well equipped to properly identify buttons and determine what period they were manufactured. With hundreds of photographs and details of back-marks (lettering and symbols on the obverse of buttons) one can determine the date and location of manufacture, wonderful for dating your U. S. Revenue Cutter Service, Life-Saving Service, Lighthouse Establishment and Service and Coast Guard buttons. This is a comprehensive discussion and listing of all makers and suppliers of American military buttons covering the period from ca. 1790 to ca. 1945. A MUST for collectors and historians. Hard bound, high quality with literally hundreds of photographs. (M). $34.

    4532m. Putnam, George R., BEACONS OF THE SEA: LIGHTING THE COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES. January, 1913. 53pp. Illustrated with 67 photographs including light vessels, depots, with chart. . [NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol XXIV, No. 1, January 1913]. Complete issue, tight, slight wear to spine, some soiling covers, contents clean, tight. Excellent descriptions of the work of the Lighthouse Service. Wonderfully illustrated with numerous official photographs. Includes especially nice photos of various light vessels, lenses and various lanterns and towers. More and more difficult to find this issue. (VG-). $48.

    313. "THE LIGHTHOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES", by Charles Nordhoff, March 1874 Harpers New Monthly Magazine. 13p., 4TO. With 13 excellent engravings and descriptions of 13 U.S. Lights including Fire Island, Bergen Point, Thatcher’s Island, Thimble Shoals, Blsy’s Island, Spectacle Reef, Point Reyes, Alligator Reef, Calcasieu and others. Provides a wonderful period overview of the history and operation of the Service. Excellent reading or mat the engravings for framing. Moderate wear, soil. (G) $24.

    Still available…21471. Stonehouse, ,Frederick. WRECK ASHORE – The United States Life-Saving Service On The Great Lakes. Duluth. 1994. 213p. Soft wraps. From the mid-1780’s until it became the Coast Guard in 1915, the U.S. Life-Saving Service was responsible for the safety of the seas. Despite personal danger or difficulty, the life-savers invariably accomplished the task and became the stuff of legends. For this first time, this wonderful book details the exploits of these intrepid life-savers on the Great Lakes. Just filled with information and hundreds of vintage photographs, Mr. Stonehouse explains all facets of the organization, the stations, the keepers and men, the equipment that they used as well as numerous rescues performed. Excellent reading with a wealth of information and a must for maritime collectors. (M). Published at $29.95. Our price $27.95.

    21235. Scott, Justin. THE SHIP KILLER. New York. 1978. 341p. DJ. Signed by the author. This stunning novel tells of the ketch Siren, run down by a giant supertanker bursting from a squall at full speed. In a few seconds all were lost except one, who was finally able to reach the coast of England. Thus began an odyssey to find the giant tanker and her master and to win the justice that was denied by the authorities. (F). $42.

    21264. Merkel, Jim. MAJESTIC LIGHTS – The Apostle Islands Lighthouses. St. Louis. 2001. 120p. Soft wraps. "A contractor exactingly builds a lighthouse, on the wrong island… on a night of vicious storms, lighthouse keepers within a few miles of each other witness two shipwrecks…" Such are the stories of light keepers and their families in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. Illustrated with vintage photographs and drawings. Well done history of the lights and the families that kept them burning. (M). $19.95.

    FG-27. Floherty, John J. SENTRIES OF THE SEA. Philadelphia. 1942. 220 pp. DJ. Well illustrated with over 85 U.S.C.G photos. Vivid presentation of the men of the Lighthouse Service and their battles with the elements of nature. The author tells the story of who the men are that man these lonely sentries, what they were like and what their work consisted of. Numerous vintage photographs show details of the stations, lanterns, lens apparatus, tenders, and more. Very nicely done. Clean, tight, in lightly chipped dj. A desirable title. (VG). $36.

    466. LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY TRANSMITTING AN ESTIMATE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SERVICE OF THE YEAR 1817. Wash. Davis. 1817. Folio size. 54p. Includes appropriations for all departments including detailed estimates for the Light-House Establishment (3p.). In addition to oil and supplies, includes appropriations for building light-houses at: Cape Lookout, North Carolina; Cumberland Island, Georgia; Bird Island and Presque Isla on Lake Erie; New Inlet, North Carolina; Bald Head, North Carolina; Race Point and Point Gammon on Cape Cod, Petite Manan in Maine; Cumberland Island and Sapelo Island, Georgia; fitting up lights with lighting apparatus, and more. (VG). $48 net.

    9217. Huntress, Keith. NARRATIVES OF SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS 1586-1860. Iowa State University Press. 1973. 248p. Unbound printer’s proofs, stapled by signature. A scholarly compilation of narratives of 24 notable shipwrecks with detailed accounts and a wealth of information. Included are such famous shipwrecks as the Nottingham Galley off Boon Island, the Brig Tyrrel off Sandy Hook, shipwreck of the French Frigate Medusa, destruction of the whale-ship Essex (Herman Melville based his last chapter in his book Moby-Dick on this incident.), loss of the Albion off Fastnet Rock, fatal explosion of the boiler on the steamship Helen MacGregor at Memphis, loss of the steam packet Home, and many more. Also includes a lengthy listing of narratives published of shipwrecks and disasters since the 1500’s. Nicely illustrated with period woodcut engravings. A most interesting and valuable work. (G). $62.

    22315. [newspaper accounts] THE GREAT HURRICANE AND TIDAL WAVE –September 1938. Ten newspapers of the day provide a factual and pictorial record of the worst disaster that has ever struck New England. Compiled within days of the awful event, numerous part and full page photographs and text record the wild gale. A graphic look into the damage the sweeping winds and tides brought to the region. Vivid photos include vessels on the beach, the historic Narragansett Coast Guard station, Sandy Point lighthouse, Brenton Point Coast Guard station, and much more. Papers include Providence Journal, Pawtucket Times, Providence Evening Bulletin. Full newspapers with articles of the day, clean, overall browning from age, one original fold.. (G+). $48.

    22266. na. Facsimile of a Letter Book of Colonel Sharp Delany, First Collector, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7, 1789 to December 20, 1790. (Washington, DC: Department of the Treasury, United States Customs Service, June 1987) 100 p. As new, blue Buckram with old stamped lettering, no DJ as published. 95 pages of Delany’s manuscript letter book are reproduced with a forward by Michael N. Ingrisano, Jr., Director of Information Service Division, of the Treasury Department. Colonel Sharp Delany was the first collector of Customs appointed by President George Washington for the port of Philadelphia. Colonel Delany’s letterbook for the period of August 7, 1789 to December 20, 1790 contains facsimile reproductions of his letters in his original hand. These letters were significant because they portray some of the problems of a Customs Service trying to emerge from a succession of administration under the British Crown, under the individual States, and finally as a Federal entity seeking to protect the revenue of the United States. Included is Delany’s October 31, 1789 letter to Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, that advocated regular boat patrols of the coast. This letter was instrumental in establishing the Revenue Cutter Service, which joined with the Life-Saving Service to become the US Coast Guard in 1915. Other letters discuss seizures, purchase and operation of vessels, and customs duties. Extremely scarce, essential for research on the subject. (M). $85.

    6106e. Cox, William Van Zandt, and Northrup, Milton Harlow, LIFE OF SAMUEL SULLIVAN COX. Syracuse. 1898. 281p. Nicely gilt embossed binding. Dedicated by the author "To the Employees of the …Life-Saving Service…." Given the title "Father of the Life-Saving Service", Mr. Cox spent his thirty year career in the United States Congress attempting to upgrade the Life-Saving Service. Mr. Cox was most proud of his work in creating the Federal statute that created the Life-Saving Service and his untiring zeal in pressing for its eventual passage. Throughout his career he continued to press for the upgrading of this humanitarian service such that, upon his death his widow was presented by members of the Life-Saving Service with a memorial vase inscribed to his memory. This volume details his distinguished life and his efforts in support of the Service. Includes a nice photograph of Sumner I. Kimball and of the Port Huron Life-Saving Station. Illustrated with 28 photographs. Pages lightly browned, otherwise clean, tight, front hinge open but intact, covers with some sunning and soiling. (VG-). $86 net.

    21387b. Darrah, William Culp. STEREO VIEWS – A HISTORY OF STEREOGRAPHS IN AMERICA AND THEIR COLLECTION. Gettysburg. 1964. 255 p. One of the more fascinating collectibles today continues to be early photography including stereographs. For the collector or professional, this book continues to be the "bible" on the subject. Includes the history, types, manufacture and development in America, types and dating of views and more. Most important if the author’s checklist of photographers with dates of their primary period of producing views. A most detailed reference and almost impossible to find today. (VG+). $138 net.

    2244. Schriber, Mary Suzanne. WRITING HOME – AMERICAN WOMEN ABROAD 1830-1920. Charlottesville. 1997. 254p. Before the 1820’s women’s travels outside the United States were infrequent and "accidental", undertaken to accompany fathers and husbands. With the advent of steam-powered ships, followed by the luxurious liners, American women began to journey in significant numbers. Between 1830 and 1900 books of travel written by women number at least 195, by far most after the Civil Way. Writing Home studies these books and the conditions that made them possible, with the tales of women who transformed themselves into travelers and business women. Of particular interest to us here, the author examines Martha Coston’s work A Signal Success: The Work and Travels of Mrs. Martha J. Coston, an Autobiography. Martha Coston traveled to sell night signals that he husband had developed. Widowed and in financial difficulty, she traveled to introduce the signals into the navies of the world and win proper recognition of her husband’s talents. The author discusses her work and writings, and studies her success in a men’s world of business. (M). $36.

    United States Life-Saving Service. 

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE

    We have just acquired a large collection of these rare Annual Reports of the Life-Saving Service and, in an effort to stem the rise of prices over the last few years on these reports, have endeavored to offer them at as low a price as possible. This is the perfect opportunity to begin your collection or to fill those missing years in your present collection. Reports are printed by the Government Printing Office [GPO] and range from 180 to 600 pages. Includes extensive details of operations and of rescues throughout the year. Also details personnel, construction and repairs of stations and equipment, evaluation of new equipment and much more. In addition, many include appended reports such as the new Beebe-McLellan Life-Boat, Dobbins’s surf life-boat, launching wagon, improved breeches buoy traveler block, McLellan’s Tally-Boards, and lengthy report on tests performed on Hunt and Lyle guns on Nantucket Island in 1887, reports on Cunningham rockets, surfboats and more. Quite detailed, becoming exceptionally difficult to find. Typical cloth government binding, contents overall clean, expected uniform very light browning on some copies, hinges tight and intact, covers may have some wear.  Years available change weekly, please inquire.

    2286. Bunting, William H. STEAMERS, SCHOONERS, CUTTERS, AND SLOOPS – Marine Photographs of N. L. Stebbins taken from 1884 to 1907. Boston. 1974. 126 p. DJ. Among the more noteworthy pioneer American marine and yachting photographers were men like N. L. Stebbins, David Mason Little, Henry G. Peabody. These noted photographers ranged the New England coast from New York to Massachusetts capturing on glass-plate negatives the great yachts and the most animated yachting events of the last quarter of the nineteenth century. During their career they shot thousands of views, a great many of which appeared periodically in numerous yachting publications. Stebbins, himself, during the period 1891 through 1910 published his illustrated coast pilots which still today endure as reference works. This book reproduces in full page format many of his superb views and remains a tribute to early marine photography. Superb yachting photographs with detailed text make this a must for your library. Clean, crisp in good dj. (F-). $74.

    4532k. Putnam, George R., BEACONS OF THE SEA: LIGHTING THE COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES. January, 1913. 53 pp. Illustrated with 67 photographs including light vessels, depots, and much more. [disbound from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Vol. XXIV, No. 1, January 1913]. Excellent descriptions of the work of the Lighthouse Service by the Commissioner himself. . Wonderfully illustrated with numerous official photographs. Includes especially nice photos of various light vessels, lenses and various lanterns and towers. More and more difficult to find this article. Disbound, otherwise contents clean, tight. (VG). $46.

    6335f. Collins, Francis A. SENTINELS ALONG OUR COAST. New York. 1922 1st. 272pp. Nicely illustrated with 24 official Lighthouse Service photographs. Nicely developed overview of the history of the Service, the light and fog stations, lightships, equipment and men of the Light-House Service. Chapters include Harbor Protection, Early Lighthouses, Building the Lighthouse, Developing the Light, A Night in the Lighthouse, A Service Depot, Aboard a Lighthouse Tender, Aboard a Light-ship, With the Coast Guard, and more. One of the nicer early references. Extremely clean, tight, near fine. (F-) $88.

     

     

     

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