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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to sailing, including cruising, yachting, and associated nautical sports, as well as the history of the field.

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  1. Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    Compiled from the most recent surveys made by order of the British, French, and Spanish Governements. Part I. The Mediterranean West of Cape Spartivento, Italy; [Part II. The Eatern portion of the Mediterranean Sea. The Adriatic or Gulf of Venice, the Albanian and Grecian coasts, the Grecian Archipelago, and the coasts of Syria and Egypt; Part III. The Euxine, or Black Sea, and the Seas of Marmora and Azov; including also the navigation of the Dardanelles and Bosphorus.
    Early editions of Norie's pilots covering the West Mediterranean through to the Black Sea. John William Norrie (1772-1843) was a chart maker and hydrographer who published a large number of sailing directions, the majority of which were written by himself. His shop on Leadenhall Street in London, with its trade sign of a carved wooden midshipman, was immortalised by Charles Dickens in Dombey and Son. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1859

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114572

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  2. Royal Yachts.

    Royal Yachts.

    Published by Gracious Permission of His Majesty the King.
    First edition, limited edition. Number 241 of 1,000 copies of this full and documented account of British royal yachts and their owners from the earliest times to 1932. It includes lists of Royal yachts from the Restoration to 1932, with data on design, building, armament, and origins of names. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114330

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    Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F. B.

    Rare first edition of a detailed "guide for skippers", published in Vegesack, the northern district of Bremen, on the Weser river and at the mouth of the river Lesum. Compiled by "F. B.", who remains otherwise unidentified, the work was assembled from information gathered over many years, both by personal experience, as well as from information given by friends and from publications. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1863

    Published: Vegesack:

    Stock Code: 113475

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  4. Yarns for Green Hands:

    Yarns for Green Hands:

    A Treatise on Practical Yachtmanship.
    First edition. Taking his pseudonym from the supposed name of the Flying Dutchman, William Cooper was probably the most prominent yachting journalist of his era. The present work collects articles originally published in Bell's Life in London, and was Cooper's first book, much reprinted subsequently under the title of Yachts and Yachting. A handsome little book, decidedly uncommon with six copies traced in libraries worldwide, including the British Library and National Maritime Museum copies, and four in the US, and rarely encountered in the original cloth. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1860

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112622

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  5. Yachts and Yachting.

    Yachts and Yachting.

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 105 of 250 large-paper copies, also published in the United Kingdom sometime the same year under the title American Yachts and Yachting, the American edition with likely priority, and preferred on the basis of the author's nationality. "Contains a history of American yachting from the early days of the New York Yacht Club to 1885 by Captain R. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 112618

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  6. Representative American Yachts.

    Representative American Yachts.

    A Collection of One Hundred Views. Photographed by … With Descriptive Sketches by George A. Stewart. [together with;] Representative American Yachts, 1893 Supplement. Photographed by … With Descriptive Sketches by William E. Robinson.
    First editions, extremely uncommon OCLC lists just six copies of the first, all in the United States, two copies of the 1893 supplement and a few copies of subsequent portmanteau editions. A superb collection of images of some the great yachts of a Golden Age of American boat-building. Missouri-born and Dartmouth College-educated, Peabody initially embarked on a career as an engineer, but after a year joined the studio of photographer Alexander Helser in Chicago, making photography his lifelong profession. Learn More
    £6,500

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 112236

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  7. Sailing-Ships and Barges of the Western Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

    Sailing-Ships and Barges of the Western Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

    A Series of Copper Plates engraved in the Line manner by Edward Wadsworth and coloured by hand, with an Introduction and Brief Descriptions by Bernard Windeler.
    First edition, first impression, one of 450 numbered copies (this copy unnumbered). A demurely attractive book printed on handmade paper at the Curwen Press, displaying Wadsworth's great love of the sea in a series of detailed and accurate engravings of a variety of ships that were fast disappearing from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106997

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  8. Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.

    Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.

    "These sketches were drawn by Thomas Worth who was on board the yacht Evelyn at the time she made the cruise with the New York Yacht Club about 1867. Those on board were E.E., Holley owner, Mr. Amos Stellenwerf, Mr. Dan Slote, Mr. Chas. Van Zant, and the Artist. The accompanying sketches were actual incidents of the cruise. Three sketches are scenes in the Great South Bay L[ong] I[sland] on board the Evelyn. Learn More
    £11,500

    Date of Publication: c.1867

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 96970

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  9. Hand-Coloured Master Copies for the Printing Three New York Yacht Club Invitations.
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    Hand-Coloured Master Copies for the Printing Three New York Yacht Club Invitations.

    Two of the cards are signed in pencil with the distinctive "Tiffany" in the lower left. The third is partially printed with hand coloured pennants and is signed in ink by J.V.S. Oddie, secretary of the NYYC. Tiffany was the house designer for the NYCC, producing numerous trophies and medals for the club, and designing and manufacturing decorative fittings and features for the new clubhouse, a masterpiece of restrained American Belle Époque styling, that opened in 1901. Learn More
    £1,850

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 76733

    Signed: Yes

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  10. "A Yachtsman's Scrap Book, "
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    "A Yachtsman's Scrap Book, "

    or the Ups and Downs of Yacht Racing. Edited by …
    First edition. This copy inscribed on the first blank; "Colonel John Hay with the compliments of the editor, J.F. Loubat, New York, May 31st 1887." Uncommon early yachting memoir, just 10 copies in the US listed on OCLC, and a single copy in Europe in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Loubat was the son of Alphonse Loubat, a French entrepreneur who was prominent in developing urban transport systems in both New York and Paris. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published:

    Stock Code: 63989

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Famous Clyde Yachts.

    Famous Clyde Yachts.

    First and only edition. The Royal Clyde Yacht Club was the biggest in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, larger even than the Solent Yacht Club, and Clyde yachts were world-famous as pioneers of the relatively new sport of yacht racing. This book reproduces in chromolithography a series of watercolours by Henry Shields RBA (1859-1935) showing famous yachts or "white wings", mostly built 1880-87, with four boats built prior to 1880 included as notable precursors of the Clyde yacht boatbuilding style. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1888

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 27407

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