Sailing

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 Alone Around the World.
    SLOCUM, Joshua. Sailing Alone Around the World.

    New York : 1900

    First edition, first printing, of this superb narrative of the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, in uncommonly attractive condition.

    Slocum departed North America at Sambro Island Lighthouse near Halifax, Nova Scotia on 3 July 1895 aboard his gaff-rigged sloop the Spray. He returned more than three years later, on 27 June 1898,... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 147913

  2. Enterprise.
    VANDERBILT, Harold S. Enterprise.

    New York : 1931

    First and only edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the first blank "To Amory Coolidge, With the compliments of Harold S. Vanderbilt".

    The recipient, Amory Coolidge (1895-1952), from Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex County, Massachusetts, was the son of Clara Gardner Amory (1872-1957) and Thomas Jefferson Coolidge... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 148057

  3. Universal Yacht Signals.
    ACKERS, George Holland. Universal Yacht Signals.

    London : 1847

    First edition. Ackers based his system on Marryat's signals so that it would be possible for "all Yachts to communicate with each other; as also by possessing Capt. Marryat's Book, being able to exchange Signals with vessels in the Merchant Service; but what is still more important, the saving of very much trouble to the Officers of the Navy: enabling... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 142560

  4. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.

    [Westminster : c.1900]

    First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.

    Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143005

  5. Sailing Alone Around the World.
    SLOCUM, Joshua. Sailing Alone Around the World.

    New York : 1900

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his lecture manager on the front free endpaper, "Major J. B. Pond, yours truly Joshua Slocum, The Spray, New York, April 27th 1900", with Pond's bookplate to the front pastedown. Pond (1838-1903) was a civil war veteran and highly successful manager who also promoted Mark Twain,... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 133645

  6. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.

    [Washington : 1937]

    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt".

    John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a brief break following... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 129128

  7. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    FRANCIS, Joseph. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    No place : 1887

    First edition. Uncommon, WorldCat 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 devices, his most famous... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 68595

  8. Representative American Yachts.
    PEABODY, Henry Greenwood. Representative American Yachts.

    Boston : 1891 & 1893

    First editions, extremely uncommon. WorldCat 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... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 112236

  9. Yachts by Herreshoff.
    HAFFENREFFER, R. F. Yachts by Herreshoff.

    Bristol, Rhode Island : [1935]

    From a limited edition, this copy number 3766 presented to William A. Andrews, a high-end promotional publication from Herreshoff, in its last years of fame and success. This was possibly produced in synergy with Paterson's publishers for his set America and the Defenders of the America's Cup published in 1934, and from which the eight colour plates... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 133684

  10. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze.
    WORCESTER, George Raleigh Gray. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze.

    Shanghai : 1947-48

    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 junkman" (Prefatory Note,... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 129644

  11. Orion.
    McMULLEN, Richard Turrell. Orion.

    London : 1878

    First edition. Richard Turrell McMullen (1830-1891) was a middle-class yachtsman who cared nothing for yachting society and espoused a code of self-reliance aboard boats. "On 13 July 1877 McMullen sailed in Orion from Greenhythe, Kent, for the coast of France with a crew of two paid hands. He was in poor health and needed sea air. The crewmen, who proved... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 123891

  12. Starboard and Port:
    HEPWORTH, George Hughes. Starboard and Port:

    New York : 1876

    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 full descriptive and historical... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 117094

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

    Vegesack : 1863

    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... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 113475

  14. Etchings and Lithographs of American Ships.
    WALES, George C. Etchings and Lithographs of American Ships.

    Boston, MA : 1927

    First edition, limited to 500 copies signed by Wales on the frontispiece and the tinted lithograph of the Desdemona (page 124). Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 113223

  15. Constitution, By-laws, Sailing Regulations, Etc., of the Providence Yacht Club.
    PROVIDENCE YACHT CLUB. Constitution, By-laws, Sailing Regulations, Etc., of the Providence Yacht Club.

    1878

    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, WorldCat shows Brown holding a copy of the 1876 issue, and no others. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 62725

  16. Blue-ings.
    LARKIN, F. A. Blue-ings.

    1890

    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 a darker blue ground -... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 62137

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