Paris: Worms & Cie. 1978. 74 pp. Illus. with b/w photos and drawings. Sm. 4to. Cloth. First edition thus. One of 8020 copies; this copy out of sequence. Printed letter from company laid in loose. Text in French. History of the French shipping company Worms & Cie. Several tears in the cloth (including along spine), a chip to the head of the spine, small soiled spot on front board, about very good.
1953. Framed size: 14 x 17 inches; image size: 9 x 11 1/2 inches. Framed and matted. July 4, 1953 menu. Affixed to rear paper covering of frame is the menu in Italian for "Pranzo di Gala" in Classe Cabina. Silvio Polloni (1888 -1972) did a number of menus for the ill-fated Italian Lines ship. A fine copy beautifully framed and matted.
Hamburg: Arpa, 1930. 56 pp. Illus. with 43 b/w photos. 4to. Paper wrappers. First edition. Articles on freight traffic, handling, shipping, and the international world exhibition at Antwerp in 1930. Nice images of the exhibition pavillion. Introduction by Frans. Van Cauwelaert, mayor. A very good copy with tiny closed tear and some soiling on the front wrapper; mail crease.
Paris: Arts et Metiers Graphiques, (1955). 429 pp. Illus. with over 200 color drawings and b/w photos and one folding map. 4to. Cloth. First edition. Roger Vercel, preface. In French. A thorough history of the company. Scarce in dust jacket. A near fine copy, faint shelfwear, in a very good dust jacket with a few small tears and chips.
[n.a.]. 1875. 26 leaves. [Title, 7 pages of text, 40 pages of disbursements, 6 blanks]. Folio. Green cloth, gilt title. In a beautiful hand, an accounting for the "David Currie," a two masted square sterned Schooner built in 1866 in Portland, Connecticut, which suffered damage while sailing from Brazos Santiago in Texas to New York on February 2, 1875 carrying a load of wool and hides: "In crossing the bar they struck heavily several times." It was not until the next night that "in sounding the pumps, discovered that the vessel was leaking badly.... At 7 a.m. a strong northerly breeze sprang up and continued to increase, bringing with it a heavy sea. Later part wind increased to gale. Pumps constantly at work to keep the vessel free. February 4th. Gale increasing with terrific seas.... Laboring and leaking badly.... At midnight, the gale still on, and the sea at times breaking all over them. At 8 a.m. hove to under three-reefed mainsail and storm staysail.... February 5th. Latitude 23 degrees 0, longitude 95 degrees 20. Terrific gale and frightful sea. At times the sea making a complete breach over them... all hands at the pumps to keep her afloat.... they concluded for the safety of their lives and the vessel and cargo to make for a port... February 6th. same weather. Vessel under bare poles and leaking and behaving badly...." Though the weather broke a short while on February 8th, as they neared the coast of Mexico, the gale again picked up. Not until February 9th did they observe the sun, eventually seeking harbor, but with the gale back on they again left for a safer anchorage. Finally on February 20th, they received the Mobil City [Alabama] pilot, and on the 22nd "came to anchor in the stream off Mobile City. The crew having been utterly worn out from constant work at the pumps, men were employed from shore to pump night and day." Three surveyors would come on board, examine the ship, and decide to take her out of the water. The last log entry reads "March 5th. Found repairs finished and vessel ready to take on cargo again." The remainder are the details of the disbursements for repairs, the apportionments for cargo, and the settlements. Boards rubbed, title gilt faint, split to top of front hinge, endpapers and a few leaves soiled mainly at the margins, faint dampstain to top edge, but still about very good.
Paris: n.p. 1912. , 335-358 pp., -24. Illus. with b/w photos and maps. Folio. Stapled paper wrappers. First edition. French text. A two page painting by Andre Devambe of the sinking of the Titanic which occurred 12 days earlier, a full page drawing by Georges Scott of the rescue attempt, plus a map and 8 photographs illustrate this story of the death of the RMS Titanic. Also articles with extensive photo-illustrations on the revolt in Fez (Morocco) and North Africa and the launching of the "France," plus 24 pages of advertisements. A very good copy with small tears along fore-edge, small closed tear to inner margin of the two page spread, which has become detached from the staples.
Boston: 1869. 1 sheet. Folio. Signed and dated 1 January 1869. Sealed with 50 cent Internal Revenue conveyance stamp. Title arches over an etching of a three masted ship steaming at sea. Boston Lloyds was an insurance organization formed as "an Association for the purpose of taking Marine Risks by means of Individual Underwriting", and "by power of attorney, have [ing] each [member] authorized Richard S. Haven to make insurance for them, in their individual capacity, as the said Richard S. Haven may deem proper; and for that purpose to perform all acts necessary to the proper fulfillment of the object." There were sixty members, each allowing Haven to commit them up to $500 each. One of the firms was S. C. Thwing & Co. of Boston, whose commitment document this is. Its primary owner was Supply Clap Thwing (1798-1871), a wealthy businessman with roots tracing back to the Pilgrims. He was active in the mercantile trades between the East Indies and New Orleans, was a ship owner, and active in the coal trade. Richard S. Haven came to Boston from California, became an insurance agent for a number of companies, before forming Boston Lloyds, which, unfortunately did not last half a decade, perhaps failing about 1874. Rare. The only known documents on Boston Lloyds are held in the archives of the Peabody Essex Museum. Near fine, some browning at upper edge. The United States Insurance Gazette, V. 28 new series (1868-9) pp. 26-7; Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, p. 251.
[London]: [Printed for T. Woodward, A. Ward, S. Birt, D. Browne, T. Longman, R. Hett, C. Hitch, H. Whitridge, S. Austen, J. Hodges, J. Robinson, B. Dod, T. Harris, J. Hinton, and J. Rivington], 1748. 408 x 596 mm. sheet; image 283 x 576 mm. With cartouche and two compasses. From: Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca ; or A complete collection of voyages and travels by John Harris. Printed for T. Woodward ...,1744-48, London. Vol. II. Page 792. Removed roughly along inner edge, with some loss to border and affecting a few initial numerals, tiny worn spot in blank area, folds, else strong impressions. A nice copy.
Providence, RI: William R. Brown, (1931). 112 pp. Illus. with b/w engravings and reproductions. Sm. 4to. Mottled yellow paper wrappers. First edition. Cover title: Tales of Old Ironsides. Quite uncommon. OCLC locates five copies: NYPL, AAS, US Naval Acad., Brown, Ocean Sate Lib. A very good copy, minor edgewear to wrappers, frontise torn at staples only.
New York: A.S. Barnes, 1850. 408 pp. Illus. with 4 color plates, 1 b/w map, + in-text drawings. Sm. 8vo. Cloth stamped in blind, with gilt titles and decoration. First edition. Mixed issued. Has map (2nd issue) with printed endpapers (1st issue). Provenance: From the library of Kenneth E. Hill, with his bookplate. A very good copy, skillfully rebacked, original spine laid down, boards rubbed, small bookplate, scattered foxing. Sabin 14799. Howes C624. Cowan, p. 237. Hill 340. Borba de Moraes I, pp. 166.
Paris: La Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, (1952). 136 pp. Illus. with b/w & color photos and drawings. 4to. Paper wrappers. First edition. French text. Articles on Lyon and Lyonnaise cuisine as well as photos of Morocco by Almasy as well as fashion spreads and photos and drawings of French ships. A very good copy with some edgewear and scuffing to the wrappers, front wrapper with a crease in the corner.