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1 VERLINDEN PRODUCTIONS CATALOG NO. 17 - 2000.
O'Fallon, MO Verlinden 2000 1930607466 / 9781930607460 Soft Cover Fine 
112 pp, 10 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated in color. Sections; Verlinden Publications; Figures - 1:35 Scale; Printed & Photo-Etched Accessories; VP Super Value; Accessories for Tanks, Figures & Dioramas 1:35 Scale; Armor Update & Detail Sets 1:35 Scale; Submarines 1:35 Scale; Ceramic Buildings & Accessories 1:35 Scale; Resin Diorama Bases & Accessories; Ceramic Buildings & Accessories 120MM; Fantasy Series - 150MM; Figures & Busts - 200MM; Busts & Weapons - 1:4 Scale; Decals & Dry Transfers - All Scales; 1:24 - 1:25 Scale Figures; Super Scale 120MM Figures; Historical Figures - 120MM; Historical Busts - 1:3 & 1:5 Scale; North and South; The Pirates; Napoleonic Era - 120MM; Vehicles and Accessories - 1:15 Scale; Gear & Accessories - 1:15 Scale; Aircraft Accessories. Clean and bright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE CORAL ISLAND., Ballantyne, R.M.
2 Ballantyne, R.M. THE CORAL ISLAND.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good J.E. Sutcliffe. 
444 pp, 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt - in slipcase. Burgundy endpapers, sepiatone illustrations, including frontispiece, decorated title page, integral ribbon bookmark. After a shipwreck, three boys are marooned on an island in the South Pacific. They experience a 'Robinson Crusoe'-like existence - forging shelter and the necessities of life from a few salvaged items and the natural resources surrounding them, encountering native Polynesians, British pirates and Christian missionaries before returning home. Light toning to pages, tiny corner crease aon last two pages, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, minor edge wear. Slipcase has light edge wear, some very light colour fading at some edges, some stains to top panel, top side joint has been repaired. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL., Base, Graeme.
3 Base, Graeme. THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL.
New York Abrams Books for Young Readers 2010 0810989654 / 9780810989658 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Graeme Base. 
Unpaginated, 12 1/4" H. Includes the small book attached to the title page which tells the original tale of the Golden Snail that inspired Wilbur's voyage. Map endpapers, enchanting full-colour illustrations throughout - with a snail hidden in every picture. "In Wilbur's favorite book, legend tells of a magnificent Golden Snail that has been banished to the Ends of the Earth by a Grand Enchanter. Inspired by this amazing story, Wilbur sets out on a daring voyage to claim the Golden Snail as his own. Along the way he encounters strange creatures and a series of challenges - rough seas, pirates, the Maze of Madness and the Dreadful Doldrums. Finally, Wilbur reaches the Ends of the Earth, but what he finds there is not quite as he imagined - ." Light partial " Withdrawn from ..." stamp on front free endpaper - no other markings in book, very minor wear at corners and at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light wrinkling/creasing at top edge - less at bottom edge, a very small dent on front hinge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
FOLKLORE AND THE SEA., Beck, Horace.
4 Beck, Horace. FOLKLORE AND THE SEA.
Mystic, Connecticut Mystic Seaport Museum 1996 0913372366 / 9780913372364 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good+ Jane Beck, photographs. 
545 pp, 8 7/8" H. B&w photographs, music notation. The American Maritime Library: Volume VI. "Everything you always wanted to know about sea lore but didn't know where to ask: shipbuilding; names and language; weather and navigation; songs and arts; seals, muckle men and mermaids; monsters, sea serpents and enchanted isles; reavers, privateers and smugglers; legends and tales; "spectre" ships - cooked up and served well salted by a first-rate writer who combines the knowledge of a sailor and a college professor." Oceans. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PEEPS AT MANY LANDS:  PANAMA., Browne, Edith A.
5 Browne, Edith A. PEEPS AT MANY LANDS: PANAMA.
London Adam & Charles Black 1913 First Edition Hard Cover Good+ Good- H.A. Richards, et al. 
88 pp + 8 pp publisher's advertising, 7 3/4" H. Bright red cloth with blindstamped decoration to spine and front board, gilt lettering on spine, black lettering and pasted on colour illustration on front board. Pictorial front endpapers, 8 colour plates (including tissue-covered frontispiece), 8 b&w photographs, map, drawing showing "Bird's-eye View of the Panama Canal, Showing Nearness of British Possessions" (all present). Contents: The Popular Idea of Panama; Our Programme; The Way to Panama; ditto (continued); The Discovery of America; ditto (continued); Panama and the Negro; ditto (continued); The Spanish Main; ditto (continued); First Impressions of the Canal Zone in 1912; In the Days of the Buccaneers; The French Fiasco; The Coming of the Americans; The Panama Canal - Autumn, 1912; Panamanian Country. Slight separation between some page gatherings but pages are still firm in binding; page leaf 73/74 has several very small chips/tears (archivally taped), wrinkling and corner crease at bottom edge - adjacent pages have some imprint of the wrinkling/crease; light toning to free rear endpaper; light browning and tiny foxing marks on edges of text block - some darkening to top of text block; tiny dent on bottom edge of front board, three very tiny scuffs and a very small piece of paper glued to edge of pastedown colour picture on front board, tiny light stain on front edge of spine. Dust jacket has edge chips and tears - some with creases, very small hole on spine, slight darkening to edges, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
6 Bruni, Stephen T. / Wyeth, Betsy James / Wolff, Theodore F. / Crosman, Christopher. Foreword: David Michaelis. Introduction: Susan C. Larsen. WONDROUS STRANGE: THE WYETH TRADITION - HOWARD PYLE, N.C. WYETH, ANDREW WYETH, JAMES WYETH.
Boston Bulfinch Press 1998 0821225375 / 9780821225370 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- Howad Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth. 
168 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). "Swashbuckling, romantic, mysterious, fantastical - all these words can be used to describe the art in this splendid book of 'wondrous strange' paintings by four great American artists. Conceived and entitled by Betsy James Wyeth, (it) focuses on an aspect of American realism that stems from the great turn-of-the-century illustrator Howard Pyle and continues in the work of his student N.C. Wyeth, N.C.'s son Andrew Wyeth, and his grandson Jamie Wyeth. The thread that links the four artists is an imaginative, often disquieting, dreamlike imagery - 'the incarnation of the fantastic in everyday reality'. The colourful paintings - thirty by each artist - are brimming with madness, mystery, high emotion, and drama. As Susan Larsen notes in the introduction, this book 'is full of literary flights of fancy, exotic adventures, spiritual journeys, romantic encounters, and children's fables played out on the stage of ordinary life'. Other insightful essays examine the relationships among Pyle and the Wyeths, suggesting how illustration and the fine arts intersect in their work. (This) is an enchanting collection of art by America's most famous family of artists." Small bump at bottom edge of front board. Dust jacket has come light edge wrinkling, light fading to spine and front hinge color. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
A TREATISE ON THE COMMERCE AND POLICE OF THE RIVER THAMES., Colquhoun, Patrick.
7 Colquhoun, Patrick. A TREATISE ON THE COMMERCE AND POLICE OF THE RIVER THAMES.
Patterson Smith, Montclair, New Jersey, 1969, facsimilie reprint of 1800 edition. 
676 pp + index, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover (burgundy cloth with gold lettering on spine) - no dust jacket. Fold-out map at title page, tables (two fold-out). Title continues: "Containing an historical view of the trade of the Port of London ; and suggesting Means for preventing the Depredations thereon, by a Legislative System of River Police. With an account of the functions of the Various Magistrates and Corporations exercising jurisdiction on the river; and a general view o f T h e P e nal and Remedial Statutes connected with the subject." Previous owners small stamp on front pastedown, small very faint soiling mark at top of title page, small soft crease at top of pages 385-402, faint foxing marks on fore-edge o f t ex t bl oc k, mi no r soiling to top/bottom of textblock, one small corner bump - slight bump at other corners, light rubbing, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny light marks on front board small area of very slight fading to spin e col or. VG 
Price: 200.00 USD
 
 
HAMISH X AND THE CHEESE PIRATES., Cullen, Sean.  Illustrated by Johann Wessels.
8 Cullen, Sean. Illustrated by Johann Wessels. HAMISH X AND THE CHEESE PIRATES.
Puffin Canada, Toronto, 2006, first edition. 
293 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0670065021 B&w illustrations. "The mysterious Hamish X is the scourge of the Orphan Disposal Agency - Agents Candy and Sweet can't seem to find a facility that can hold him. After arriving at the Windcity Orphanage, where the children are forced to earn their keep making stinky blue cheese, Hamish is soon planning his escape along with new friends Parveen and Mimi. But his plans are put on hold when the factory is suddenly attacked b y a fierce gang of pirates, led by the dreaded Cheesebeard of Snow Monkey Island. In order to save the other orphans, Hamish, Mimi, and Parveen must embark upon an epic adventure across the Arctic and take on the cheese-obsessed pirates by them s e l v es...." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HELL-RAISERS OF HISTORY., Emmons, Earl H.  Illustrated by Herb Roth.
9 Emmons, Earl H. Illustrated by Herb Roth. HELL-RAISERS OF HISTORY.
Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, New York, 1948. 
92 pp, including colophon, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover (patterned paper-covered boards with title block on spine) in slipcase with pictorial title label on front. B&w illustrations. A collection of humorous verse. Contents: Jupiter - He Had Wom en on His Mind; Ulysses - His Heart Was True to Helen; Samson - He Just Didn't Like Philistines; David - Magnificent Sinner; Lancelot - Chivalry Should Begin at Home; Villon - Victim of Necessity; Bluebeard - Neatness Is Next to Godliness; H e n r y V I I I - Monarch of Marital Marathon; Cyrano - Fortune's Fabulous Phoney; D'Artagnan - Gascon Glamour Boy; Ben Franklin - America's Gift to Mankind; Casanova - Great Lover; Gasparilla - Pious Pirate; Geronimo - Juggernaut of Justice; Des pe ra te D es m on d - An Amatory Washout. Small area of soiling on either side of spine (due to handling when taking book out of slipcase), light browning to spine. Slipcase has light rubbing, light browning/darkening to edges, very light soilin g. Ve ry Goo d/V er y G oo d- 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
10 Fetherling, George. RUNNING AWAY TO SEA: ROUND THE WORLD ON A TRAMP FREIGHTER.
Dundurn, Toronto, 2009, first edition. 
236 pp, 8 1/2" H, soft cover. ISBN 9781550028539 "At a turning point in his life, George Fetherling embarked on an adventure to sail round the wrold on one of the last of the tramp freighters. The four-month voyage carried him 30,000 nautical mil es from Europe via the Panama Canal to the South Pacific and back by way of Singapore, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, and Suez. Written with dash, colour, and droll humour, (his) narrative is peopled by a rich cast of characters, from the Forei g n L e g ionnaires of French Polnesia to the 'raskol' gangs of Papua New Guinea. The author captures the reality of life aboard a working cargo ship - the boredom, the seclusion, the differences of nationality and culture that isolation and cramp ed q u ar te rs seem to exaggerate. But the routine of loneliness or tranquility is punctuated by moments of near-panic - shipboard fires, furniture-smashing storms, even a brush with pirates in the Straits of Malacca." Interior - clean and tigh t w ith n o p rev iou s ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
11 Finlay, Campbell K. FISHERMAN'S GOLD: THE FIRST OF THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN MACINNES NATIVE OF THE HEBRIDES.
George G. Harrap, London, (1960), Ist edition. 
189 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. B&w illus by W.B. White. "The Hebrides are the colourful setting for this thrilling adventure...fourteen-year-old John MacInnes persuades a local farmer and landowner to trust him with the care of his sheep in their summer quarters on Goat Island. Once this is settled, and he has the use of a boat, he organizes a camp so that his friends, three other boys and two girls, can help him in his scheme to fish lobster from the island. In the beginning , t h e p o s s i b i lity of finding a treasure of long lost gold, said to have been hidden there by pirates, was uppermost in their minds as a wish and a dream. It becomes a reality when they realize that men will murder for gold..." Previous ow n er 's n a me /a dd re ss /d at e at top of ffep. Dust jacket has light edgewear/rubbing, several small closed tears with associated creasing, a few tiny chips, large closed tear (archivally taped) on rear panel, spine lightly browned, light s oil in g t o r ear p ane l, cov er art cl ean and bright. VG/G 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
12 Floethe, Louise Lee. IF I WERE CAPTAIN.
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Richard Floethe. 
Unpaginated, 10" H. A [R] on copyright page. Light blue boards, with dark blue decoration on front/rear, dark blue lettering on spine. "In this charming picture book a boy sits day dreaming of all the things he would do if he were captain of the old sailing ship over the fireplace. In his imagination he goes, like Columbus, to lands unknown and far away, seeing these places as a boy might think of them. Jewels of India - camels of Arabia - Indians on a nameless island - it is all a thoroughly childlike dream of adventure. The reader may go with him, quite rapidly, and then go back to see all the fascinating details in the pictures." Gift inscription of front free endpaper, light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners. Dust jacket is clipped at top of front flap, light edge wear and one or two tiny chips and small tear, small label glue residue on front panel, very light browning - mainly on spine and flap-folds, faint water stain at bottom edge near spine - shows mostly on inside surface. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
FLASHMAN AND THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT: FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS 1845-46., Fraser, George MacDonald.  Dust jacket art by Arthur Barbosa.
13 Fraser, George MacDonald. Dust jacket art by Arthur Barbosa. FLASHMAN AND THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT: FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS 1845-46.
Collins Harvill, London, 1990, first edition. 
367 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0002711354 "With the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade India and sweep Britainnia's ill-guarded empire into the sea, every able-bodied man was needed to defend the frontier - and one at least had his answer ready when the Call of Duty came: 'I'll swim in blood first!' For stalwart Harry Flashman, arch-rotter of the Victorian era and the most decorated poltroon in the Army, had not lately escaped fr om Borneo pirates, London bookies, slavery in Madagascar, and the embraces of a mad black queen, just to be plunged into even more dreadful peril - not if he could help it. Alas - there was no avoiding the terrors of secret service in the deba u c h e d and intrigue-ridden Court of the Punjab, the attentions of its beautiful nymphomaniac Maharani (not that he minded that, really), the horrors of its torture chambers, the plots of such fearsome figures as the Tartan Pathan, the Golden Hen , an d th e mysterious Man Who Would Be King, or the baleful influence of the Mountain of Light. And that was only the beginning: ahead lay the carnage of the bloodiest campaign ever fought in India, when Sikh, Briton, and Sepoy contended for an em pi re, a nd it s fate rested on a crazy old Irish gneral and the panic-stricken Flashy vainly trying to hide behind him." Remainder mark across bottom of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has very minor edge wear/wrinkling, tiny rem ain der mar k o n i nside edge. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
RAGGEDY ANN AND THE HOBBY HORSE., Gruelle, Johnny.
14 Gruelle, Johnny. RAGGEDY ANN AND THE HOBBY HORSE.
Indianapolis Bobbs-Merrill 1961 Hard Cover Very Good - No Jacket Worth Gruelle. 
95 pp, 9 1/4" H. Pictorial front cover, yellow endpapers, b&w and color illustrations throughout. An encounter with a Hobby Horse that escaped from a cruel magician leads Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy to strange adventures with Willywiggles, a magic boat and witches. Tiny very light stain in margin of page 37, light to moderate edge wear, one very small corner bump, light rubbing to rear board. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE SEA ROVER.  OXFORD CHILDREN'S CLASSIC NO. 36., Guillot, Rene.  Translated by norman Dale.
15 Guillot, Rene. Translated by norman Dale. THE SEA ROVER. OXFORD CHILDREN'S CLASSIC NO. 36.
London Oxford University Press 1966 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Neville Dear. 
154 pp, small 8vo (7 7/8" H). B&w illustrations by Neville Dear, dust jacket design by Gareth Floyd. Translation of "Shrimp le Corsaire", first published in 1954. "This is an epic tale of buccaneer adventure on the high seas; it is the story of Viscount Saint-Elme, known as the 'Malamok', who had once owned a fine fleet of privateers and used them in the service of his king, Louis XIV of France. But one of his officers proved treacherous, causing the Malamok's eldest son to be unjustly dishonoured and imprisoned. Thenceforward, misfortune dogged the Malamok who had withdrawn from the king's service and become a pirate. All of his ships but one were destroyed, and the old buccaneer knew only one aim: that of vengeance so that the family name might be cleared. Accompanied by the boy Shrimp, his young protege, the Malamok set sail on his last remaining ship, the 'Remailleuse', on a voyage of piracy and battle, seeking to destroy his enemy." Light browning to edges of text block, slight darkening to boards edges, two tiny light liquid marks on top of text block, tiny bump to top edge of both boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spaine and flap-folds. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BY CONDUCT AND COURAGE: A STORY OF THE DAYS OF NELSON., Henty, G.A.
16 Henty, G.A. BY CONDUCT AND COURAGE: A STORY OF THE DAYS OF NELSON.
W. Foulsham, London, n.d. 
224 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Colour frontispiece. "This book has been carefully edited and slightly abridged to meet the reading tastes of the Modern Boy." - From verso of title page. "This is the heroic story of Will Gilmore, who went to sea as a ship's boy and came back a captain in the Royal Navy - the story of a boy who won success and fame by his conduct and courage in the face of great danger. It is a tale of vigour and action, endurance and daring - a tal e of sea-fights with the pirates of the West Indies and the Moors of Algiers, and of the great sea-battles against the French in the days when Nelson was a captain. In this fine historical novel - the last he wrote - G.A. Henty had brought a c o l o u r ful age back to life and told a story packed with thrills, excitement, and superb heroism." Approx. first half of pages are lightly browned and last half of pages are moderately browned. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrin kl in g, s ev er al edge tears - one with old tape and three with archival tape repairs, one or two tiny chips, colors are bright, protected in a mylar sleeve. Very good-/Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WINNING HIS SPURS: A TALE OF THE CRUSADES., Henty, G.A.
17 Henty, G.A. WINNING HIS SPURS: A TALE OF THE CRUSADES.
Latimer House, London, 1954. 
256 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w frontispiece. A tale of chivalry, as Sir Cuthbert wins his spurs in the service of King Richard. Slight curvature to book, gift inscription on front free endpaper. Dust jacket has seve ral closed tears, light browning to spine, light rubbing/soiling, light edge wear/wrinkling with a few tiny tears - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small light stain on inside of front flap-fold, protected in a mylar sleeve. Ver y G o o d /Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE HISTORY OF BRITISH BUS SERVICES.  2nd REVISED EDITION., Hibbs, John.
18 Hibbs, John. THE HISTORY OF BRITISH BUS SERVICES. 2nd REVISED EDITION.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1989, second, revised edition. 
306 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0715389629 B&w photographs, drawings, maps. "The bus industry is going through a period of rapid change, and this is best understood against the background of events, for decisions taken a s long ago as 1916 still influence its structure, and the way busmen think about their function. There are many strands to the story, the longest taking us back to the appearance of the hackney carriage and the stage coach in the seventee n t h c e n t u r y. There are the combine companies of the inter-war years, and their battle with the four main line railways for control of their services; there are the 'pirates', old and new; and there are the municipal transport fleets, stemm in g us u al ly f ro m tr amway operations. We have to go to nineteenth century France for the origin of the name 'omnibus' itself. Professor Hibbs discusses the effect of technical advances on the provision of public services, and writes of tick et sy ste ms , t ime tab les , fle et names and liveries, and some of the odder regulations that govern operations and the travelling public. There is an objective discussion of methods of licensing and control, and of the economic and political ba ckg rou nd o f t he b us o pera tors . But this is the story of the men and women as well as motor vehicles; of shrewd pioneers, international financiers, trade unionists and well-known politicians. Not least it is the story of the crews on the b uses , fo r who m th e ind ustry is n ot ju st a li ving, but a way of life as well....(this new edition includes a chapter that brings) the story from 1968 to 1988." Slight waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has very light edge wri nklin g - m ainly along botto m edge , one minor chi p, min or rubbing, very small area of light color offset on inside surface. VG+/VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE ADAM HORNE ADVENTURES.  3 VOLUME SET.  1. THE BOMBAY MARINES.  2. THE WAR CHEST.  3. CHINA FLYER., Hill, Porter.  Wraparound dust jacket illustrations by Paul Wright.
19 Hill, Porter. Wraparound dust jacket illustrations by Paul Wright. THE ADAM HORNE ADVENTURES. 3 VOLUME SET. 1. THE BOMBAY MARINES. 2. THE WAR CHEST. 3. CHINA FLYER.
Souvenir Press, London, 1985, 1986, 1987, first editions. 
220 pp, 220 pp, 203 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), 3 volumes - hard covers in dust jackets. ISBN 0285626515, 0285627139 & 0285627805. B&w maps. From the dust jacket of 'The Bombay Marines': "Newly returned from a successful assignment to rid the Arabian Se a of pirates, Captain Adam Horne of the frigate 'Eclipse' is summoned to the presence of his commading officer, Commodore Watson, head of the East India Company's private fighting unit, the much derided Bombay Marines. It is 1761, and Pond i c h e r r y , last stronghold of the French in the Indian subcontinent, has just fallen to the British. Now Captain Horne is given a strange and secret mission: to capture the defeated French commander Thomas Lally, from his prison at Fort St. G eo rg e in M ad ra s - or the unit will be disbanded for failure. Due to the deployment of most of the Marines on the east coast of India, Horne's force is seriously undermanned. He is left with only one choice: to take his pick of the motley co lle cti on of th iev es, r ap ists and murderers held in the prisons of Bombay Castle and subject them to intensive training for the most closely guarded campaign of the Seven Years' War. Drawing on a wealth of historical characters and events, and on l itt le-s tudi ed d ocum ent s o f the East India Company's early history, the action moves from sea to land, from the colourful waterfront of Bombay to the sadistic penal colony of Bull Island and the final, cataclysmic denouement within th e wa lls o f Fo rt St . Geo rge. In C apta in A dam Horne Porter Hill has created a character as vivid as Hornblower and Ramage, a man who has rejected the prestige of service in the Royal Navy or the East India Company's Maritime Service for the d ashin g, dar e-dev il lif e of h istor y's fi rst c omman do-style unit, operating amid the exotic dangers of Britain's most coveted oriental territories...." Very slight cigarette odor, minor browning to pages and edges of textblocks of one volume , ligh t brown ing to pages and top of te xtblock s of t wo vol umes, very small bump to top corners of boards of one volume. Dust jackets have minor edge wrinkling - "Bombay Marines" has wrinkling at top of flap-folds and tiny dint on front hing e, mino r browni ng at t op edge s, Very Good/V ery Good + 
Price: 100.00 USD
 
 
SONGS OF THE SEA:  THE TALES AND TUNES OF SAILORS AND SAILING SHIPS., Hugill, Stan.
20 Hugill, Stan. SONGS OF THE SEA: THE TALES AND TUNES OF SAILORS AND SAILING SHIPS.
McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, 1977. 
198 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0070311382 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with reproductions, photographs, musical notation. "Life was short, brutal, lonely and joyless for the 'jolly tar', except for strong dr ink, women - and the solace of song. So he sang: short, rhythmic, onomatopoeic chants to time his backbreaking work at capstan and halyard, the famous 'shanties'. Or longer, ribald or forlorn ditties for idle moments, called 'forebitters' a f t e r t h e metal bollards on the fo'c's'lehead. He sang bravura songs when outward bound; yearning, sexier songs for the homeward reach; warning songs of pirates, press gangs, and faithless maidens; and songs of admiration for the likes of s u ch s ai lo rs as ' Bold MacCarteney'....And here they are, the authentic words and music of more than a hundred sea songs and chants in half a dozen languages. Some are as old as the mists of time, some as new as the great steel-hulled four-ma st ers in th e n itr a te run s of the 1890s....To describe and interpret that history, the book begins with an illustrated look at the sailors' varied machines: ships, brigs, barks, schooners, sloops and so on - and their marvelously complex rigg ing s. Ther e is a h andy g los sary of terms and vernacular, and many clear explanations of customs and language, from the above-mentioned forebitters to the gruesome 'Nelson's Blood' and the ever-present 'Armstrong's Patent' - the muscle power that ma de ev eryth ing g o. T he sail or's skills, dress, pay, superstitions, drink, food - and loves - are clearly described and pictured. There are anecdotes galore: stories of shanghaiing and mutiny, shipwreck and cannabilism, storms and trop ical isle s. Ev ery so ng is transl ate d int o Eng lish (and cleaned up a bit) where necessary, and accompanied by a brief history of its origins and its travels from country to country. But try singing the original words in French or Dutch or ev en (S wedis h or No rwegian ), if only fo r th eir wo nderfu l rhythms." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very small bump to corners of boards. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear. Very Good/ Very Goo d 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
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