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Shipbuilding in Colonial America  (Author Signed), Goldenberg, Joseph A.
1 Goldenberg, Joseph A. Shipbuilding in Colonial America (Author Signed)
University of Virginia Press 1976 0813905885 / 9780813905884 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Author signed bookplate. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Beautiful scarce collectors grade copy of this book. This is the first general survey of shipbuilding in colonial America. It is based extensively on original research of merchant papers, legislative and judicial records, shipping registers, and insurance lists from the period. Familiar with both maritime and traditional colonial history, Joseph A. Goldenberg presents a balanced picture of the growth of the industry, encompassing social, labor, political, maritime, and economic history. Rare signed copy.; Museum Publication - Mariners Museum; 1.23 x 9.62 x 6.28 Inches; 306 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 49.97 USD
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2 Harrower, John The Journal of John Harrower, an Indentured Servant in the Colony of Virginia 1773-1776
Williamsburg, VA Colonial Williamsburg 1963 First Edition; Various Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Harrower a Scottish merchant ruined by the panic of 1772 set out in search of business and became a schoolmaster in America. Scarce in this condition.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 202 pages; 
Price: 19.97 USD
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Merchantmen at War, The official story of the Merchant Navy: 1939-1944 (British), HMSO
3 HMSO Merchantmen at War, The official story of the Merchant Navy: 1939-1944 (British)
London The Ministry of Transport, HMSO 1944 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Fair with No dust jacket as issued 
The official story of the Merchant Navy: 1939-1944 This is a paperback book, probably never issued as hardback. Cover may be somewhat tattered and have soiling due to age and storage This book is protected by an archival quality sleeve to maintain present condition. Original World War II publication. Scarce.; Photos; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 143 pages 
Price: 27.97 USD
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Moses Brown  A Sketch, Jones, Augustine
4 Jones, Augustine Moses Brown A Sketch
The Rhode Island Printing Company 1892 First Edition; Various Paperback Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Tan cover with brown print. Some chipping around edges of cover. Contents clean. Moses Brown (September 23, 1738 – September 6, 1836) was a co-founder of Brown University and a New England abolitionist and industrialist, who funded the design and construction of some of the first factory houses for spinning machines during the American industrial revolution, including Slater Mill. rown was the son of James Brown II and Hope Power Brown and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. He was the grandson of Baptist minister James Brown (1666-1732), and his father was a prosperous merchant. His father died in 1739, and Moses was raised in the family of his uncle Obadiah Brown who was primarily responsible for running the firm’s spermaceti works. The firm was also active in distilling rum, owned an iron furnace, and took part in a wide variety of merchant activities including sponsoring the ill-fated and notorious voyage of the slave ship Sally in 1764. Following Obadiah Brown's death in 1762, Moses Brown served as executor of his estate. Shares in the farming and shipping business were divided between Moses Brown and his three brothers, Nicholas, Joseph, and John; it was renamed as Nicholas Brown & Co. The brothers were co-founders of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations to Providence. The family was active in the Baptist community of Providence and were descendants of Chad Brown (c. 1600-1650), a Baptist minister who co-founded Providence. Book now in archival sleeve to protect condition. 
Price: 12.97 USD
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Convoy  Merchant Sailors at War 1939-1945, Kaplan, Philip &  Jack Currie
5 Kaplan, Philip & Jack Currie Convoy Merchant Sailors at War 1939-1945
US Naval Institute Press 1998 1557501378 / 9781557501370 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Dust has been neatly glued by former owner to the book so it cannot be removed or lost. Very good overall condition. Scan/photo is actual book being listed. We ship within 24 hours and provide delivery confirmation. ; Photographs, Illustrations; 9.80 X 7.40 X 1.10 inches; 224 pages 
Price: 12.97 USD
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The Fighting Sailor turned Peaceable Chirstian: manifested in the Convincement and Conversion of Thomas Lurting with a short relation of many great dangers, and wonderful deliverances, he met, Lurting, Thomas
6 Lurting, Thomas The Fighting Sailor turned Peaceable Chirstian: manifested in the Convincement and Conversion of Thomas Lurting with a short relation of many great dangers, and wonderful deliverances, he met
Leeds, England Davies and Booth 1816 Later Printing; First Impression Ephemera Very Good with no dust jacket 
Uneven cut paper has been rebound using beautiful marbled paper boards, gold on black title, Parchment end papers with buffered and restored text block. Very handsome presentation of the 1816 printing. There is foxing to the original pages. The recent pirate activities on the horn of Africa have sparked interest in a phenomenon which in the years of yore characterised the high seas i.e. hostage taking. Combating this ill is the primary objective of the present treatise. Through his autobiographical narrative, The Fighting Sailor Turn'd Peaceable Christian, Thomas Lurting (1632-1713) distinguishes himself as one of the emblematic defendants of the early Quaker ideals for International Peace. In this treatise Lurting takes the fight for these ideals to the maritime scene. Most of the narrative takes place on board the Bristol Frigot, ship on board of which he was convinced. Despite staunch opposition facing the rise of Quakerism in the maritime milieu, which at the time was characterised by the spirit of belligerence, the determination of Quakers to die for their convictions, their pacific resistance ended up appealing to many a seaman who became convinced also. Numerous warring and fighting scenes constitute the ingredients for Lurting's plot development. And most especially the " ... True Account of George Pattison's Being Taken by the Turks; and How Redeemed by ..., Without Bloodshed, Putting the Turks on Shoar in their Own Country ..." Lurting makes of this episode the turning point around which he articulates his spiritual journey to illustrate the very Quaker ideal for an everlasting universal brotherhood and pacifism. Thomas Lurting was born in 1632, probably in Ireland. But he spent his childhood in London where at the age of fourteen he was impressed and forcefully taken to war in Ireland where he spent roughly two years. Upon his return to London, he was turned over into the Bristol Frigot, one of the war vessels belonging to Admiral Blake's fleet. On board this same ship he became convinced of the evils of war and decided to quit warring for the merchant service. He was however impressed many a times into the navy. He published his spiritual autobiography, The Fighting Sailor Turn'd Peaceable Christian. in 1710. Three years later, he passed away on the 30th March 1713, at the age of 81 in London and was laid to rest at Burmondsey. There is also an account of Lurting's mate George Pattison being taken by the Turks in 1663. Rare imprint.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 32 pages 
Price: 169.97 USD
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Point of Honor (Author Signed)  The Continuing Exploits of Lt. Peter Wake United States Navy, Macomber, Robert N
7 Macomber, Robert N Point of Honor (Author Signed) The Continuing Exploits of Lt. Peter Wake United States Navy
Pineapple Press 2003 1561642703 / 9781561642700 First Edition; 1st Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover. Author signed front title page. Looks never read! In At the Edge of Honor, the first of a series of novels on the life and times of Peter Wake U.S.N., the former merchant marine officer arrived at the East Gulf Blockading Squadron at Key West in 1863 as a new volunteer officer commanding the tiny armed sloop Rosalie. With her he chased blockade runners on the coasts of Florida and delved into the murky world of Confederate sympathizers in Spanish Havana and the British Bahamas.

Now the year is 1864, and Wake, assisted by his indomitable Irish bosun, Sean Rork, commands a larger ship, the naval schooner St. James. Wake’s remarkable ability to make things happen continues as he searches for army deserters in the Dry Tortugas, discovers an old nemesis during a standoff with the French Navy on the coast of Mexico, starts a drunken tavern riot in Key West, and confronts incompetent Federal army officers during an invasion of upper Florida. It all adds to his growing reputation in the fleet as a man who engenders loyalty among the sailors of the lower deck and grudging respect from his superiors.

Along the way, Wake’s personal life takes a new tack when he risks reputation for love by returning to the arms of his forbidden sweetheart, the daughter of a Confederate zealot. Key West provides a unique setting for them to prove that their love is strong enough to overcome the insanity of the war. And through it all, even when surrounded by the swirling confusion of danger and political intrigue, Peter Wake maintains his dedication to balance on the point of honor.; The Honor Series; 1.23 x 9.74 x 6.32 Inches; 327 pages; Signed by Author 
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In Peril on the Sea  War Exploits of Allied Seamen, Masters, David
8 Masters, David In Peril on the Sea War Exploits of Allied Seamen
London: the Cresset Press 1960 First Edition; 10 th Printing Hardcover Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Cover may be somewhat tattered and have soiling due to age and storage. browning to end papers. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover. Scarce with dust.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 256 pages 
Price: 9.97 USD
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Two Years before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
9 Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Two Years before the Mast
New York The Heritage Press 1947 1st Edition Thus; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by Hans Alexander Mueller 
Heritage Press edition. Colorful cover.Book and slipcase in very good condition. Book has darkening to gutters otherwise clean and bright text. "Two Years Before the Mast is a memoir by the American author Richard Henry Dana Jr., published in 1840, having been written after a two-year sea voyage from Boston to California on a merchant ship starting in 1834. A film adaptation under the same name was released in 1946." Wiki ; Color Engravings; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 346 pages 
Price: 11.97 USD
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10 Shields, Joseph D The life and times of Seargent Smith Prentiss
J.B. Lippincott 1884 Various Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
439 pages, Seargent Smith was a master of a merchant ship and drew his living by the sea. We provide delivery tracking on US orders. ; 442 pages; 
Price: 45.58 USD
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Wines of the World, Simon, Andre L. (Editor)
11 Simon, Andre L. (Editor) Wines of the World
New York McGraw Hill 1968 1st Edition Thus; Third Printing Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
1968 Hardcover has Red cloth cover with gold print. Slipcase has wine bottles in rack. Looks never read. André Simon (28 February 1877 – 5 September 1970) was a French-born wine merchant, gourmet, and prolific writer about wine. Hugh Johnson describes him as "the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the grand old man of literate connoisseurship for a further 20 years"; Photos, Maps; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 719 pages 
Price: 14.97 USD
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Wintertime, Valtin, Jan
12 Valtin, Jan Wintertime
Rinehart 1950 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Likely a first edition, but not stated. uneven cut pages. Some darkening around edges of endpapers. Dust also shows some fading arount outer edges, now in mylar cover. Novel about effect of Nazis on Germany. Richard Julius Hermann Krebs (December 17, 1905 - January 1, 1951), better known by his alias Jan Valtin, was a German writer during the interwar period. He settled to the United States in 1938, and in 1940 (as Valtin) wrote his bestselling book Out of the Night. In 1926, Krebs entered the United States illegally and settled in California. He spent 38 months in San Quentin State Prison for attempting to murder a merchant navy seaman during a brawl, then was deported to Germany in 1929. He worked as a seaman until 1934, when he was arrested and tortured, and acted as a witness for prosecution in a trial that brought to the conviction of a fellow German seaman accused of treason. Valtin/Krebs married again, before 1941, to Abigail Harris, an American. In November 1942, Krebs was also indicted as a Gestapo agent. He was arrested in December 1942 and found innocent in May 1943. The Los Angeles court record revealed that the 1926 crime had no political purpose.In August 1943, Krebs was drafted as an infantryman and deployed in February 1944 to the Philippines in fighting the Japanese in the Pacific War. In 1946, his book Children of Yesterday, an anecdotal history of the 24th Infantry Division was published, describing in graphic detail the horrors of the fighting and everyday life of the division’s troops. He was granted citizenship in 1947 and died in 1951.; 8.40 X 6 X 1.70 inches; 439 pages 
Price: 17.97 USD
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