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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>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Sergio Trujillo Magnenat, <i>Bogotá 1938 / IV Centenario / Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos,</i> 1938. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>McQueen Drives Porsche,</i> designer unknown, 1970. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>Joe Bridge, <i>Bignan / A Des Ailes,</i> 1921. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Graham Simmons, <i>The Army Isn’t All Work,</i> 1919. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Je ne fume que le nil,</i> 1912. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> <i>Attack of the 50 ft. Woman,</i> designer unknown, 1958. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Raymond Tooby, <i>Festival Guiness / Have You Tried One Yet?,</i> 1952. $600 to $900.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> Francisco Tamagno, <i>Terrot & Co. / Dijon / Cycles Motorettes,</i> 1909. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b><br>A. Hori, Oakland / General Motors, circa 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 7:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Travel? Adventure? Answer – Join the Marines!,</i> circa 1918. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Roberts, David. Twenty Lithographs of the Holy Land, 19th Century. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Declaration by the Reps. of the United Colonies of N.A. 1775. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Composer Jerome Kern personal Letters, Albums and Other. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Paine, Thomas. <i>Common Sense,</i> London 1776. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin,</i> Cleveland 1852. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Hobbes, Thomas. <i>Leviathan,</i> 3rd edition, London 1651. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Anno Regni Georgii III. Intolerable Acts and other Bills, 1774. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Wilberforce, William. An Abstract of the Evidence, 5 Letters, and two books. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing and Signed Letters, ca. 1860 $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Tolstov, Leo. <i>War and Peace,</i> 5 volumes, 1886. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Dickinson, John. Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, 1768. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Lark Mason Associates, Aug 8-27:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $4,000 to $6,000.

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