Various places [Liverpool, Bombay, Singapore, Manila, etc.]: July 30, 1860 - April 26, 1863. The Last Log of... Read More about Manuscript Log of the "Typhoon"
London: James Cochrane and Co, 1835. First edition. "War of the Two-Brothers," with a contemporary letter of Admiral Sartorius. First edition of this lively first-hand account of events in Portugal in 1834 during the so-called "War of the Two-Brothers." The author James Alexander is perhaps best known nowadays as having... Read More about Sketches in Portugal, during the Civil War of 1834 ... with Observations on the Present and...
London: Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden, 1852. Revised edition. Read More about Battles of the British Navy
Basel: Johann Froben, 1541. Second edition (first printed 1537). De Re Navali. Lazare de Baïf (1496-1547) was a French humanist, classical scholar, translator of Sophocles' Electra, and ambassador to Venice, who flourished in the enlightened reign of François I, to whom his delightfully illustrated book on captivities and the naval..... Read More about Annotationes in legm II. De captivis & postliminio reversis, in quibus tractatur de re...
8 January 1778. The letter reads in part: "Having a sufficient number of men at the Division to relieve them, I have to request that your Lordship will be pleased to order such of the Detachment on Board the Thetis as have served upwards of Twelve months to be discharged to Quarters..." Read More about Letter signed to Vice Admiral Shuldham
London: T. Burton, 1796. First edition, second issue (with errata printed on verso of title). The Glorious First of June in a Kalthoeber Binding. A prospectus of sorts for A.C. De Poggi’s two engraved scenes, after paintings by Robert Cleveley, of the events of June 1st, 1794, with an account..... Read More about Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty’s Fleet, Under the Command of Earl Howe, from the...
[Brest?]: 16 September, 1814. Bourayne writes to fellow navy director, de Gay, regarding artilliery depots during the Napoleonic wars - a year before the Battle of WaterlooBourayne was highly regarded by Napoleon, who made him Baron of the Empire just prior to the writing of the letter. He continued to... Read More about Letter, Signed. To Monsieur de Gay in Brest
Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1840. Second Edition. MEMOIR OF NATHANIEL BOWDITCH. Nathaniel Bowditch, astronomer and mathematician, and author of "The New American Practical Navigator" was the most important author to American sea captainsInscription on ffep: "James R Stanwood from Miss E.S. Quincy. Quincy, Massachusetts: 18th October, 1880."... Read More about Memoir of Nathaniel Bowditch. By His Son..
New York: Isaac Collins & Son for Abraham and Arthur Stansbury, 1802. First Edition. The first American treatise on commercial law and on Admiralty Law, with an emphasis on shipping. Caines was the first official case reporter in the United States, recording decisions of the New York Court of Appeals 1803-1805. Read More about An Enquiry Into the Law Merchant of the United States; Or, Lex Mercatoria Americana, on Several...
[London] in the Savoy: printed by the assigns of John Bill, and Christopher Barker, printers to the Kings most excellent Majesty, 1671. A proclamation issued due oncerns that by departing in advance of their convoys, British trading vessels were putting themselves and their crews unduly at risk."Subjects Trading by Sea... Read More about By the King. A Proclamation commanding all masters and owners of ships, to stay for their convoy...
New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1886. Mcvickar. First edition. An unusual item with a very handsome cover. Read More about Blue Jackets of ’61. A History of the Navy in the War of Secession
New Orleans: 26 April . Confed. ship attempting to run the Mississippi River blockade at the close of the war. Here a Union sailor describes one of the last naval incidents of the war, in which the CSS Webb made a desperate run down the Red River and the Mississippi... Read More about Autograph Letter, Signed as "Jes" of the USS Port Royal to sister
V.p. at sea, and Cuba, Florida, Greece, Italy: 1822-33. Commonplace book kept by a sailor in the West Indies and Mediterranean, largely consisting of original compositions — poems, songs, prose, drama, including the account of a pirate attack in the Florida Straits — and embellished with 15 watercolor drawings.The sailor..... Read More about Sailor's commonplace book with entries comprising original drawings, stories and poems,...
1834. Cooper wrote several articles in the 1830s for Naval Magazine, contributing to a national conversation on how best to outfit and train the U.S. Navy, among other things. A note in the hand of Susan Cooper on a separate slip identifies it as being from an article on manning... Read More about Autograph Manuscript fragment of a magazine article on Naval training
Philadelphia: 1839. First edition. First edition of this popular and oft-reprinted work. Much material on the major figures in naval history in the colonial and federal periods, conflicts with the Barbary pirates, and the War of 1812. Read More about The History of the Navy of the United States of America
Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1842. First American edition. Read More about The Two Admirals. A Tale
Toronto: 1898. First Edition. Read More about Steam Navigation and its Relation to the Commerce of Canada and the United States
London: William Harrison Ainsworth, Old Bond Street, 1827. First edition. Does the American Navy pose a threat to the British Navy was question the author tried to answer on his trips to our shipyards. Also ‘One of the few books published by W.H. Ainsworth, the novelist, during his 18 month... Read More about Personal Narrative of Travels in the United States and Canada in 1826 With Remarks on the Present...
[England]: [c. 1800]. Superb hilltop view of the old port in this village in North Devon, showing several large frigates anchored in the bay, sloops moored in the harbor, cattle grazing on the slopes, sea and sky in the distance. Read More about Port Scene, Ilfracombe, Devon, England
Washington, D.C: 8 Feby 1825. Dix was Secretary of the Treasury, under Buchanan, Jan.-March, 1861. Read More about Autograph Letter, signed, to Samuel S. Southard, Secretary of the Navy, offering his...
[Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1963]. From the Library of Charles Edison. Read More about Civil War Naval Chronolgy 1861-1865
London: Thomas Curson Hansard, 1838. First proof. SIGNALS FOR PACIFIC COLONIES: SIR WILLIAM PARKER'S PROOF COPY. The expansion of the British Empire introduced a whole raft of new names into the Navy's vocabulary. Ekin's system looks to address this and so in addition to standard sailing terms, this system includes... Read More about Universal Signals Simply and Intelligibly Displayed; in Symbols of Black and White ... with...
[New York: 1881]. Rare broadside poem by the wealthy merchant and philanthropist Field, 1814-1893, on the first man in the U.S. Navy to hold the title of Admiral. Read More about Written on the occasion of the unveiling Farragut statue by St. Gaudens, on 25th May, 1881,...
New York: Henry Holt, . First edition. 235 of 320 copies printed on rag laid paper and specially bound, signed by the author and illustrator and inscribed to Charles B. Driscoll, with quote added. Inscribed on half-title "For William Griffith, man of elegant, temperate refinement who may have chummed with... Read More about Heroes from Hakluyt
New York: D. Appleton, 1854. First edition. Foote's own account of his experience as commander of the Perry off the African coast in the early 1850's, where his dogged attempts to suppress the African slave trade (illegal then under American law) became legendary. His impassioned account here did much to... Read More about Africa and the American Flag
R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth at Sea: Jan, 19, 1948. Captain of the Queen Elizabeth. Read More about Autograph Note Signed to LIFE photographer ALFRED EISENSTAEDT, "Mr Alfred Eisenstaedt stood...