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Book Catalogue Reviews - December - 2011 Issue

Maritime Works from the Ten Pound Island Book Company

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A maritime list from Ten Pound Island.

The Ten Pound Island Book Company has published their Maritime List 207. Old, Rare & Exquisite. That title tells the story of what can be found within its pages. These are old and rare books about the sea, boats, sailors, admirals, voyages, and such. Be prepared to get your gills wet as we take a look at a few of the books offered within the pages of this latest list.

There have been few voyages as remarkable, or as well known, even after more than two centuries, than the one retold here: A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty. Captain William Bligh and his crew were on a rather pedestrian mission, to transport breadfruit trees from Tahiti to the Caribbean. The plan was that this would provide a cheap source of food for the slaves. However, a little ways out of Tahiti, Bligh was in for a major surprise. Part of his crew mutinied. Bligh, and some loyal crewmen, were forced into a longboat, and probable death at sea. History has not always been kind to Bligh, though he was not the tyrant some depicted the man. He was more pompous than cruel. On this occasion, Bligh rose to unimaginable heights. Instead of disappearing into the sea, he led his men on an incredible 3,500-mile journey to rescue in Batavia in this small boat, even charting some of the northern coast of Australia along the way. When Bligh made it back to England, he felt compelled to quickly recount his tale so that authorities would know who were the good guys and who were the bad. Two years later, he wrote a more extended version of this tale, but this book, published in 1790, is the first account. Item 7. Priced at $15,000.

Item 47 is a copy of the 1718 edition of Woodes Rogers' A Cruising Voyage Round the World...Containing an Account of Alexander Selkirk's Living Alone... Rogers was a privateer, a polite word for pirate, who cruised the coast of South America, stealing from Spanish ships. The pilot for this voyage was another noted privateer, William Dampier. This work is considered a “buccaneering classic,” though the most interesting part relates to the rescue of Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk had wisely asked off of a ship of dubious seaworthiness years earlier on deserted Juan Fernandes Island. He was expecting another ship to come by shortly, but it was almost five years until Rogers arrived and rescued him. Selkirk's name may not be that well known today, but he was the inspiration for the well-known fictional character of Robinson Crusoe. $3,500.

Item 58 pertains to a case from a time when failure at sea was treated far more harshly than it is today: An Appeal to the People: Containing the Genuine Entire Letter of Admiral Byng... along with Further Particulars in Relation to the Case of Admiral Byng, both from 1756. Admiral John Byng rose in the British military without seeing much action, but he came with a fine pedigree. His father had been an admiral. During the early years of the Seven Years War, he was sent out with a fleet to defend the British island of Minorca, in the Mediterranean Sea, from the French. The French were in the process of seizing the outpost, and were perhaps better equipped than Byng's British forces. Byng engaged the French, but after indecisive results, retreated for repairs and reinforcements, rather than pursuing the French. Unfortunately for Byng, regulations at the time called for pursuit regardless of perceived difficulties, and the penalty for not pursuing was death. Byng was placed on trial and convicted. Despite Byng's high standing, and friends who called for a pardon, Byng was made into an example, and executed for his “crime.” $750.

Item 30 is a manuscript Journal Kept by George Barnes Aboard HMS Terrible, Off Sevastopol Between July 17th and December 6th 1854. Barnes served on board during the Crimean War, and part of his journal is an account of one of the more infamous chapters in British military history. This incident would become very famous as a result of Tennyson's poem The Charge of the Light Brigade. There was a miscommunication of orders, resulting in the Light Brigade being sent on a suicide mission. The men attacked bravely, but futilely, and many died in a clearly doomed mission. $5,000.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rackham (Arthur). The Old Hag Standing Outside a Cottage, original drawing, signed by the artist, [c.1909]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Rowling (J.K.) <i>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,</i> FIRST EDITION, first printing, signed by the author, original pictorial wrappers, 1997. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Castiglione (Giuseppe, after). Twelve plates from <i>Twenty views of the European Palaces of the Yuanming yuan,</i> 1783-1786. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Antiphonal.- Antiphonal manuscript, [Spain], ca. 1650. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Almanach de Gotha.- Almost complete run 1769 to 1945, 12mo & 8vo, Gotha, C.W. Ettinger [- Justus Perthes]. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Bible, Greek.- New Testament [Greek], Novum Iesu Christi D.N. testamentum, ex bibliotheca regia, 2 parts in one, Robert Estienne, Paris, 1550. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Lithgow (William). <i>The Total Discourse of the rare Adventures… from Scotland, to the most famous kingdoms in Europe, Asia, and Affrica…,</i> woodcut illustrations, 4to, I. Oakes, 1640. £2,000 to £3,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Spanish Interest.-16th -18th Century. Large collection of letters related to prominent members of the Spanish court and clergymen,; v.s., late 16th-mid 18th century. £1,800 to £2,200.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Darwin (Charles). <i>The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex,</i> 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, first issue8vo, John Murray, 1871. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <center><b>Chiswick Auctions<br>Books & Works on Paper<br>Including Autographs & Memorabilia<br>31 March 2020</b>
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Loewy (Raymond) ARR. Mickey Mouse, original gouache and air brush illustration of Mickey Mouse, signed by artist., n.p. [1946]. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Potter (Beatrix) & Sendak (Maurice). <i>The Tale of Peter Rabbit,</i> NUMBER 2 OF 250 SIGNED COPIES, WITH AN ORIGINAL DRAWING BY SENDAK, New York, 1995. £1,500 to £2,000.
    <b>Chiswick Auctions, Mar. 31:</b> Wolstenholm (Jonathan) ARR. Books on Books, original watercolor, signed and dated by the artist, 2005.

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