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Book Catalogue Reviews - March - 2011 Issue

More Nautical Books from the Columbia Trading Company

Columbia151

Nautical books from Columbia Trading Co.

The Columbia Trading Company has published Catalog 151, dated January-February, 2011. We are only very slightly late on this review, close enough to call it, in effect, if not actuality, on time. Columbia Trading specializes in nautical books and related items. From battleships to yachts, lakes to oceans, pleasure cruises to racing, it's all here. There are over 600 items presented in this latest catalogue, and they all in one way or another touch on the world's waterways. Here are some examples of what you will find inside.

 

Item 56 is the autobiography of one of America's greatest naval heroes:  Autobiography of George Dewey. Admiral of the Navy. Dewey graduated from the Naval Academy in 1858, just in time to participate in the Civil War. He rose quickly after displaying his skills in the Union sea campaign to capture New Orleans. Once that war was over, however, America stayed out of war for a long period of time. Dewey earned great respect over the next three decades during peacetime, but few become military heroes during peacetime. Dewey would finally be called to action during the Spanish American War. He would lead American naval forces to battle in the Philippines. It was one of the most one-sided victories in the history of war. Dewey's forces thoroughly routed the Spanish in just a few hours, and at a cost of but one man. Dewey came home a hero. In 1899, Congress created the highest rank in U.S. naval history for Dewey, Admiral of the Navy, a position no one else has since attained. Dewey oversaw much of America's naval planning following the Spanish-American War. His autobiography was published in 1913. Dewey suffered a stroke the following year, just before the outbreak of World War I, which kept him from participating in that conflict. He died in 1917. This copy of his autobiography has a tipped in signature from Dewey. Priced at $45.

 

Item 30 is the story of an unusual gunboat during the Spanish American War:  Log of the US Gunboat Gloucester, published in 1899. The Gloucester was noted for her bold moves, her rapid-fire guns being used effectively against the Spanish. What is unusual is that she was an unprotected auxiliary ship that had previously sailed under a different name. In her previous life, the Gloucester was known as the Corsair, the private yacht of J. Pierpont Morgan and flagship of the New York Yacht Club. This log is an account of her life in combat. $150.

 

Here is a look at one moment in time at a ship that made its way from passenger travel to wartime use several times during its half-century career. Item 235 is the Dollar Steamship Line's S.S. "President Johnson" Deck and Accommodation Plan. Since the date is 1930 we can assume the President Johnson was named for Andrew, not Lyndon. This is a 21 x 16 foldout brochure for the cruise ship. The President Johnson began its career near the turn of the century as a passenger ship named the Manchuria, but was called into service during the First World War as a transport ship. After the war, she returned to civilian duty, and was renamed the President Johnson in 1928 when purchased by the Dollar Line. She would again be called into military duty during World War II transporting troops and supplies, and again to civilian duty after that war. She then received her third name, the Santa Cruz, running from Italy to South America, but was scrapped in 1952. $30.

 

Item 587 is the Harbor Chart-Book. New York to Boston, prepared by George Eldridge. It was published circa 1920. This is an elephant folio collection of 49 harbor and 8 coasting charts, designed to enable both yachtsmen and large steamships to make the journey from Boston to New York. Columbia notes that this item has become increasingly scarce as a result of copies being broken up to sell the charts individually. $1,450.

 

If there is one skill any sailor should have, besides being able to swim, it's tying knots. Here is a book that will teach you how:  The Ashley Book of Knots, by Clifford W. Ashley, published in 1944. This is "the ultimate knot book," including 7,000 drawings of over 3,900 knots. $95.

 

The Columbia Trading Company may be reached at 508-362-1500 or info@columbiatrading.com. Their website is found at www.columbiatrading.com.

 

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500

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