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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. 129644
    First edition, first impression, of this superbly detailed and extensively illustrated monograph. "Concerning the junks, my main source has, of course, been first-hand contact with the junkmen themselves. And here I should like to record that never during my long experience on the river have I met an unpleasant or inhospitable... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 129644

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  2. 126909
    Highly appealing photograph album documenting the Bertolet family's 1926 summer cruise off the Maine coast in the Elkhorn, an 81 foot motor yacht built by George S. Lawley & Sons in 1906, captained at the time by Whitney B. Lowe. Of particular interest are the many identified images of some superb sail and motor yachts of... Learn More
    £1,450

    Stock Code: 126909

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  3. 123671
    First US edition, originally published in Norway in 1948. The Kon-Tiki expedition was undertaken by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl to prove that Polynesia was settled from South America by a mixed race who travelled by raft. Their replica raft, named after the Incan sun god Kon-Tiki, was wrecked on a reef 98 days later. "A... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 123671

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    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... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 63989

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  5. 119918detail
    A superb library set of the magnificently bound British Sports and Sportsmen series; each title with a limited issue of 1,000 copies, the majority of this set being number 915 of 1,000, with Big Game Hunting and Angling being number 555 of 1,000. This set includes the uncommon Polo & Coaching volume. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 119918

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  6. 122825comp
    First edition. Mediterranean cruise of the intrepid "lady traveller", the "first part is an account of a voyage in the western Mediterranean in 1874. The second tells of a voyage in 1878 to Cyprus, the Aegean, and Constantinople" (Toy). This copy inscribed on the half title, "To Mr. Preston with best wishes from the Author,... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 122825

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  7. 122917
    Although described on the title page as the second edition "enlarged and revised", this a one-volume edition following a two-volume second edition of 1844. The first was published in 1840. The cruise undertaken by Oscar Wilde's father as medical assistant to Glasgow magnate Robert Meiklam, was to "absent himself temporarily... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 122917

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  8. 117094
    First edition. "The story of a summer cruise from Boston to Gaspé and back by way of the Isle of Shoals, Halifax, Country Harbor, the Gut of Canso, Port Hood, the north coast of Prince Edward Island and the Percé The author, a preacher, discusses the poor quality of American yachts and many other topics. There are very... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 117094

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  9. 113223
    First edition, limited to 500 copies signed by Wales on the frontispiece and the tinted lithograph of the Desdemona (page 124). Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 113223

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    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... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 113475

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  11. 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... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 112618

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    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,... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 112236

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  13. 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.... Learn More
    £11,500

    Stock Code: 96970

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  14. Hand-coloured master copies for 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 club, producing numerous trophies and medals, and designing and manufacturing... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 76733

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  15. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC records just 4 copies - US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis's name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life to the invention of maritime life-saving... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 68595

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  16. Constitution, By-laws, Sailing Regulations, &c. of the New York Yacht Club.
    First edition. The New York Yacht Club was founded in 1844, probably the third such club - after the Narrangansett Boat Club (1838) and the Detroit Boat Club (1839) - founded in the United States, the earliest date for a copy of the constitution that we have been able to trace is 1854. Far from common, this a very nice copy.... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 68592

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  17. 62725
    First edition. The "list of vessels belonging to the Providence Yacht Club" shows N.G. Herreshoff owning both a sloop and a catamaran, one of only two in the club. Extremely rare survival, OCLC shows Brown holding a copy of the 1876 issue, and no others. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 62725

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  18. Blue-ings.
    Cruise of the 40-foot steam yacht Riverside in March 1890, with a crew of five, who are pictured in a wonderful albumen photo showing them lounging in the bow of the yacht. The rest of the book, chronicling the Riverside's cruise, is reproduced by blueprinting, cyanotype sun-printing - white lettering and illustrations against... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 62137

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  19. 27407
    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... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 27407

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