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16249. (photo) Wallis Sands Life Saving Station, NH. c.1900 view. 5” x 7” Older (1950-1970’s) photo made from original glass negative shows crew posing on the boat ramp with the beach apparatus cart at the Wallis Sands Life-Saving Station. Notation on the back indicates “Thomas Yarrell 2nd from right.” (VG+). $38.

 

14185. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfmen on the Beach, Wallis Sands, NH c.1898. Rare early mounted photo measures 8” x 10” overall and shows two surfmen on beach patrol meeting on the beach. Each carries a Coston flare handle on a lanyard around his neck, and a Dietz patrol lantern. On their slicker hats is marked “L.S.S. Wallis Sands”. Photo is labeled in pencil “Wallis Sands L.S.S. Winter 1898-1899. C.F. Marden at right.” Photo is clear and close, moderate soiling, a few marks, one mat corner chipped, others bent. Extremely rare close view. (VG-). $265. 

1569. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, Wallis Sands, NH c.1900. Rare early press photo measures 5” x 7” and provides a great view of the 1889 Bibb #2-Type station and buildings from the beach. Photo is clear and close and includes the drill pole, flag mast, auxiliary boathouse and more. Rare close view. (VG+). $45. 

1508. (mounted photo) White Island Lighthouse, Isles of Shoals, NH. c.1940. 5” x 5” overall. Early mounted photo shows great detail of the lighthouse and long walkway on White Island. The Isles of Shoals, a cluster of nine islands located several miles off the seacoast of New Hampshire, were described by Robert Thayer Sterling in Maine Lighthouses and the Men Who Keep Them as "a low lying group apparently composed of masses of tumbled granite bleached white by the unceasing beating of the storm king and the glare of the blazing sun." The islands were frequented by European fishermen for years before the first lighthouse built on White Island in 1820. In the 1930’s, Keeper Laighton's daughter, Celia, later gained widespread fame as Celia Thaxter, poet and author. In her 1930 book, Among the Isles of Shoals, she described the family's arrival and life White Island Lighthouse. Photo is clean and clear, just a bit light. (VG). $20.

1534. (souvenir creamer) Boon Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Lovely decorated bright rose tinted on white round creamer featuring a large, detailed full color image of the tall lighthouse on Boon Island, Maine. This unusual piece features a bold b/w image of the tall granite light tower, boathouse and keeper’s dwellings. The present lighthouse was constructed between 1852 and 1854, along with a new keeper’s dwelling. The stone tower is 133 feet high -- the tallest lighthouse in New England. Creamer is backmarked “Germany… Beach, Maine.” (difficult to read) Nicely decorated with rose highlights and borders. Creamer measures 3” high and is clean, only little if any wear. An unusual presentation with bright image for your display. A large, striking piece. (VG+). $48.

 

1531. D’Entremont, Jeremy. History of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. 2013. Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. 66p. Soft wraps. The large, well-protected harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the Piscataqua River, was an important port in colonial America. It still remains New Hampshire's only deep water port. It was here that a lighthouse, the first one in the American colonies north of Boston, was established in 1771. In nearly two and one-half centuries since that time, the light station has been home to a succession of fascinating personalities and the scene of much human drama. This book brings together a variety of source documents, log entries, interviews with keepers, and much more to help paint an historic portrait of this interesting light station. Well illustrated with photos, engravings and illustrations. (M). $8.95.

 

1234r-2. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerry’s Point Station c.1899. A.A. Mayo, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Mayo to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen. I respectfully transmit herewith check #51639 drawn to the amount of the inclosed bills. Please receipt the bills and return them to yours. Respectfully, A.A. Mayo Keeper.” Dated October 9, 1899. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $68.

1234r-1. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerry’s Point Station c.1899. A.A. Mayo, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Mayo to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen. Will you please send to me at your earliest convenience two blue flannel shirts. Size of shirts to be 19 inches in neck (nothing smaller) quality the same as you have already furnished the crew of this station. Very Respectfully, A.A. Mayo Keeper.” Dated November 6, 1899. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $74.

1234r-3. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Jerry’s Point Station c.1899. A.A. Mayo, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Mayo to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen. Enclosed herewith please find check #51809 amount of enclosed bills. Please receipt and return bills to Yours Respectfully, A.A. Mayo Keeper.” Dated December 8, 1899. 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $68.

 

1423. (reproduction cabinet photo) Whaleback Lighthouse, Portsmouth, New Hampshire c.1900. Fine reproduction of original cabinet photo measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Photo provides great detail of the rarely seen granite light tower and steam fog signal apparatus, perched on a rock foundation off Portsmouth. Cabinet Cards were a very popular way to collect photos of far away, exotic places in the 1880's through 1920's. Many sizes were marketed, one very popular size being the "Boudoir" card, which appeared in the late 1880's, after which this card is patterned. This Boudoir Cards are styled to have the look and feel of rare and valuable vintage cards, using modern archival materials. They even include period-style studio advertising on the backs. Cards are printed on Epson Ultra Premium Presentation paper, using genuine Epson Ultrachrome inks. The images are mounted permanently on Crescent Select mat board, using Bienfang Archival dry mount tissue. Both the front and the back are photo surfaces. Lastly, the Boudoir Cards are carefully cut to size with rounded corners, duplicating the look of the original cards. (M). $28.

 

   

27257b. (commemorative creamer) c.1898. Most unusual piece features the “Whalesback Light [House], Portsmouth, NH.” on a bold hand painted creamer. This early piece is quite distinctive and enhanced by a hand painted sky background with bright gilt decorated rim. Bold piece features an unusually large, close, detailed full color view of the granite offshore lighthouse and steam fog signal. Measures 3” high by 3 ¼” in diameter. Not marked, dating it before 1898. Clean, bright, no chips or cracks, just light wear to gilded edge and to sky, and one small scratch. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG+). $124.

24413c. (commemorative sugar) c.1898. Most unusual piece features the “Whalesback Light [House], Portsmouth , NH.” on a bold hand painted sugar. This early piece is quite distinctive and enhanced by a hand painted sky background with bright gilt handle and rim decoration. Bold piece features an unusually large, close,  detailed full color of  the granite offshore lighthouse and steam fog signal. Measures 3 ¾” high by 5 ¼”  in diameter. Not marked. Clean, bright, no chips or cracks, just light wear to gilded edge. An unusually bright, bold piece for display and an exceptionally rare form. (F-). $295.

Set Whalesback Lighthouse Sugar and Creamer (2 pieces) $385.

      

27126. (commemorative cup/saucer) c.1900. Most unusual set features the “Whalesback Light [House], Portsmouth, NH.” on a bold hand painted cup/saucer combination. This early set is quite large and enhanced by a hand painted sky background with gilt borders and handle decoration. Bold saucer features a detailed full color of  the granite offshore lighthouse and steam fog signal. The cup measures 2 ¼” high by 3 5/8” in diameter. Saucer measures 5 ¾” in diameter. Marked Made in Germany.”. Set is clean, bright, no chips or cracks, just light wear to gilded edge. An unusually bright, bold set for display and an exceptionally rare form. (VG+). $245 set.

 

  

2976. (view book) na. Attractive Bits Along Shore : Portsmouth, Rye Beach, Isles Of Shoals, Old York, Kittery Point. Portland, Maine. 1890. H. Wilbur Hayes. Red cloth hardcover. 7” x 10”. 94p. This scarce turn of the century view book of the New Hampshire coast features more than 64 large full and half page photo-gravures of local views. Views include Kittery (Portsmouth) Navy Yard, Lieut. Greeley’s Fleet, Wallis Sands Life Saving Station, Fort Constitution and lighthouse, Frigate Constitution, USS Kearsarge, Kittery Navy Yard, Celia Thaxter’s cottage, Isles of Shoals, Star Island Harbor, Whale’s Back Lighthouse, Boon Island, Nubble Lighthouse, mills and historic homes, harbors, brewers, many churchs, street scenes, navel scenes and much more. Combined with 30 pages of descriptive text, this book is wonderful for reading or research. Quite nice views, scarce booklet. Binding has some wear and spotting. Pages are intact but spine is becoming loose. Light to moderate occasional soiling. Scarce. (VG-). $74.

12233. (photo) Hotel and Village, White Island, Isles of Shoals, NH. c.1940. 2 ½” x 4” b/w photo shows great detail of the hotel and village on White Island. The Isles of Shoals, a cluster of nine islands located several miles off the seacoast of New Hampshire, were described by Robert Thayer Sterling in Maine Lighthouses and the Men Who Keep Them as "a low lying group apparently composed of masses of tumbled granite bleached white by the unceasing beating of the storm king and the glare of the blazing sun." The islands were frequented by European fishermen for years before the first lighthouse built on White Island in 1820. It went into service in January 1821. Dated August 1940. Clean, album reminants on back. (VG). $12.

 

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1234k. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1899. 1p. B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Smart to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding delay in shipment of order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen: Yours of 26th. Inst. At hand, I have no fault to find in regard to delay in shipment of clothing; for with exception of Surfman No. 6 (who sent his order through the Assistant Inspector) the men are not without uniforms. Knowing that you will forward clothing at the first opportunity, without being urged to do so, I find no fault. Respectfully yours, B.F. Smart, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Dated August 28th., 1899.  Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $94.

  

1234L. U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Great Boars Head Life-Saving Station, Hampton, NH. c.1899. 1p. B.F. Smart, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Smart to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding delay in shipment of order for surfman’s uniforms. Text reads: “Gentlemen: Yours of 26th. Inst. At hand, I have no fault to find in regard to payment for a shipment of clothing. Letter reads: “Gentlemen: Enclosed please find money order $32.50 from myself and crew. Please credit the same as follows: [Keeper] B.F. Smart $10 on account, Geo. W. Palmer $8.50 amount of bills enclosed, Frank N. Garland $2 amount of bill enclosed, H.C. Lattime absent on sick leave, W.A. Mason $4 on acct., Roderick McDonald $8 on acct. I will send the balances of my acct. next month. Respectfully yours, B.F. Smart, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Dated September 10, 1899.  Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $76.

 

6252. (photo) White Island Lighthouse, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire c.1890 by Davis Brothers, Portsmouth, NH. Clear, close view shows good detail of the isolated light tower and Keeper’s dwelling on White Island. Clear view includes light tower, dwelling and out buildings. Clean, crisp, light edge wear. (VG+) $44. 

 

2809. (stereoview) Remains of fortification, Fort William and Mary, Newcastle , NH c.1890 by M. M. Collis, Portsmouth , NH. Often thought to be the remails of the lighthouse tower, this photo view,  taken sometime between 1872 and 1897, shows the, near the remains of a War of 1812-era Martello tower, which sat just beyond the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling. Known as the Walbach Martello Tower , it was originally built in 1814 as part of the fortifications here. The state gave Frost Point, on which Fort William and Mary stands, to the Federal government in 1791 to protect Portsmouth . In 1808, the defense was renamed Fort Constitution . It was manned and expanded during the War of 1812. On a nearby small hill was added a Walbach Tower , a Martello-built in 1814. View is fairly clean and close, a few marks from wear and pen to the margin. (VG-). $24.

 

23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, New Hampshire, Maine along the Merrimack, the North Shore, city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century America. (M). $49.95

29130. (original silver print photo)  White Island Light Station, New Hampshire c.1904 by Henry G. Peabody. Beautiful silver print “#156 of White Island Lighthouse and Dwelling” by renown landscape and marine photographer Henry G. Peabody. Unusually clear, close view shows all aspects of the station including the keeper’s boat with the sail up drying in the breeze. The Isles of Shoals, a cluster of nine islands, is located several miles off the seacoast of New Hampshire. The first lighthouse in the Isles of Shoals was established on White Island in 1821. In 1839, Thomas Laighton (1805-1866) became keeper. Laighton and his wife, Eliza, moved to White Island with their two children, Oscar and Celia. Later in 1841 a baby, Cedric, was born to the Laightons at the lighthouse. Laighton's daughter, Celia, later gained widespread fame as Celia Thaxter, poet and author. In her book, Among the Isles of Shoals, she described the family's arrival and life White Island Lighthouse. Henry Greenwood Peabody (1855-1951), photographer, lecturer, and publisher of educational slides and films, enjoyed a remarkable career spanning nearly sixty years. Peabody produced thousands of photographs, slides, and films documenting the American landscape, worked in virtually every photographic process, delivered lectures describing the scenery that he so lovingly photographed, and published books that visually described the landscapes and scenery in which he specialized. Peabody attended Washington University in St. Louis, and later the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1879 Peabody set up a studio with Alexander Hesler in Chicago and later relocated to Boston where Peabody opened a studio in 1886. He specialized in marine, landscape and architectural photography. He also served as the official photographer for the Boston and Maine Railroad and the Great Northern Railway, photographed the Americas Cup races, and published Representative American Yachts and The Coast of Maine. In 1898, Peabody accepted a position with the Detroit Publishing Company, the largest postcard publisher in the United States. From 1900-1908 he served as field photographer on both the east and west coasts. For this reason we see many of Peabody’s earlier images such as this White Island Lighthouse view showing up as later real photo postcards. From about 1910 to the end of his career, Peabody produced photographs and slides of the American landscape for educational purposes. His life, according to one historian, "embraced the whole cycle of photography from its earliest days as a novelty to the era when every man could be his own camera expert. He exerted a vital influence on the profession and on the acceptance of photographs in the public interest. Original silver print measures 7” x 9 ¼” and is mounted on early album page. Print is clear and clean, perfect for framing. A striking and thoroughly interesting view. (F-). $445. 

10286. (photo) White Island Lighthouse, Isles of Shoals, New Hampshire c.1956. Clear, close 8” x 10” press photo shows great detail of the isolated light tower and Keeper’s dwelling on White Island. Great detail, clear, close view. Dated August 30, 1956. With credit line or description on back. (VG+) $44. 

5512vv. Snow, Edward Rowe. FAMOUS LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND . Yankee Publishing Co. Boston . 1945. First Edition. 457pp. 64 b/w plates. With laid in map of First Coast Guard District. Stories of building the primary and secondary lighthouses in New England with accounts of the keepers, their family’s and the storms which they weathered. Based on books, records and journals of the keepers. Certainly one of the earlier and most readable books on the subject, Famous Lighthouses of New England was the impetus from which today’s interest and preservation efforts were derived. A wonderful, readable book by this well known story teller. Clean, tight, nice copy. Becoming difficult to find in good condition. (VG-) $34.

7429b. Thaxter, Celia. AMONG THE ISLES OF SHOALS. Boston. 1915. 3rd. 184p. Poetess and sister to Oscar Laighton, Celia Thaxter grew up the daughter of the Light Keeper of the light-house on the Isle of Shoals in New Hampshire. In this reprint of her earlier volume, the author offers tales and insights into her life at this vital light station. Whether you enjoy reading of the light-keeper’s life or of life in the remote areas of New England, you are sure to enjoy these early accounts. Scarce account. Quite crisp, clean, tight, a very nice copy. (VG+).$56.

Just Out. 26143. Porter, Jane Molloy. FRIENDLY EDIFICES: PISCATAQUA LIGHTHOUSES AND OTHER AIDS TO NAVIGATION 1771-1939. Portsmouth. 2006. 568 pp. Cloth covered. 168 illustrations. The five lighthouses of the Piscataqua region of New Hampshire and Maine are among the most admired structures of their type in America - Nubble Light, York, Maine; Boon Island Light, Maine; Whale’s Back Light, Kittery, Maine; White Island Light, Rye, New Hampshire; Fort Constitution Light, New Castle, New Hampshire. The construction of a lighthouse is not a simple matter. In addition to being able to project a warning light, the structure also must be able to withstand the foul coastal weather, especially here where the North Atlantic brings crashing waves and strong winds. Before a lighthouse could be built, funds had to be authorized usually from public sources, and politicians, whether local or state or national, had to be convinced that the expenditure is warranted. After lighthouse specifications were written, contractors had to carry out those plans. Bricks, wood, iron, and steel have supported the local lights for centuries, although four of the five lighthouses have been replaced at least once. Finally, the lights had to be maintained, a task originally charged to a keeper and often his family lived with him. In addition to the extensive details about lighthouse construction, maintenance, and operation, the author also discusses the design and placement of various aids to navigation, such as the river and ocean buoys that protect mariners from hidden rocks and ledges, fog signals, and breakwaters that created safe harbors. Chock full of superb information, vintage as well as color images and much more will keep you engrossed for many hours. If you get only one book this year, this should be the one. (M). Published at $34.95. Our price $32.95

Light Lists:

6332-27. Lighthouse Board. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, AND DAY-MARKS ON THE COAST AND IN THE SOUNDS, BAYS, RIVERS, AND HARBORS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT EXTENDING FROM AND EMBRACING PORTSMOUTH, N. H., TO EASTPORT, MAINE. Corrected to December, 1856. Wash. 1857. 58 p. Without wraps, in early library binding. Probably one of the first such light lists following the 1850 Act of Congress prescribing the manner of coloring and numbering of buoys along the coast, making this extremely rare. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and bell boats (light vessels), buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, color, description of structure, bearings, and more. Contents unusually clean and intact, stiff library wraps worn but intact. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $64.

3142a. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, MONUMENTS AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1879. Wash. 1879. 46 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $88.

SR-451. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1886. Wash. 1886. 44 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $78.

6332-21. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1890. Wash. 1890. 67 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $88.

6332nx3. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS AND DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1898. Wash. 1898. 126 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG).  $110 net.

6332k. Light-House Board. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, AND DAY-MARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT…SEACOASTS, BAYS, HARBORS, AND RIVERS FROM THE NORTHEAST BOUNDARY OF THE UNITED STATES TO HAMPTON HARBOR, NEW HAMPSHIRE ….1902. Wash. 130pp. Soft wraps. Includes a wealth of early information including descriptions and colors or aids, locations, light characteristics, fog signals, sailing directions, and more. Covers unusually intact save some chipping and worn off at spine, generally clean, some light foxing, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists. (G+) $68.

6332-9. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF LIGHTS, BUOYS AND DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1907. Wash. 1907. 150 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the northeast boundary of the United States to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Only light soiling to wraps, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG+). $128 net.

6332ddd. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF LIGHTS, BUOYS AND DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1909. Wash. 1909. 146 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Soiling and chipping to wraps, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG).              $110 net.

6332eee. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BUOYS] [INCLUDING LIGHTS, FOG SIGNALS, BUOYS, AND DAYMARKS]  MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE 1911. Wash. 1911. 88 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Light wear, unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+).       $76 net.

6332fff. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BUOYS] [INCLUDING LIGHTS, FOG SIGNALS, BUOYS, AND DAYMARKS]  MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE 1914. Wash. 1914. 61 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Light wear, unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+).             $76 net.

6332jj. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL [LIGHT AND] BUOY LIST [INCLUDING LIGHTS, FOG SIGNALS, BUOYS, AND DAYMARKS] MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE . Wash. 1916. 90 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of Maine and New Hampshire . Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Overall in unusually good condition for an early list, covers nicely intact with only a few chips and some staining, contents fairly  clean and tight, a good copy. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG-) $38 net.  

27161a. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1928. 177- p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast and harbors from the St. Croix River, Maine south to Westport Harbor, Massachusetts. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Overall in unusually good condition for an early list, covers nicely intact with only light wear, contents clean and tight, a very good copy. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+)     $36 net.

27161b. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1929. 182- p. (VG+). $36.

27161c. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1930. 180- p. (VG+). $36.

27161d. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1931. 178- p. (VG+). $36.

27161e. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1932. 177- p. (VG+). $36.

27161f. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1933. 177- p. (VG+). $36.

27161g. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1934. 179- p. (VG+). $36.

27161h. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1935. 183- p. (VG+). $36.

27161i. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1936. 182- p. (VG+). $36.

 L-56. (5 lists New England Coast 1930-1935) Described below:

Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST Maine to Massachusetts – First and Second Lighthouse Districts. Wash. 1930. 180 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay

 Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST Maine to Massachusetts – First and Second Lighthouse Districts. Wash. 1931. 178 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay

 Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST Maine to Massachusetts – First and Second Lighthouse Districts. Wash. 1932. 177 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay

 Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST Maine to Massachusetts – First and Second Lighthouse Districts. Wash. 1933. 177 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay  

Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST Maine to Massachusetts – First and Second Lighthouse Districts. Wash. 1934. 179 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay

 Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST Maine to Massachusetts – First and Second Lighthouse Districts. Wash. 1935. 183 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay

 Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, illuminating apparatus, candlepower, description of structure, and more. In unusually good condition for early lists, nicely intact, quite clean and tight, a very nice set beautifully bound in gilt embossed library binding. Rarely if ever opened. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (F-) $178 net. Reduced $ 89.

6332-17. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST OF THE UNITED STATES. Maine to Massachusetts . Wash. 1933. 177 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay . Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Overall in unusually good condition for an early list, covers nicely intact with only light soiling, contents clean and tight, a good copy. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+)   $48.

Coast Pilots:

4221. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast - Section A. St. Croix River to Cape Cod . (1950) Fifth Edition. Hard cover. 410pp. Unusually good condition, clean, tight. (VG). $18.

450. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast. Section A. St. Croix River to Cape Cod. Fifth (1950) Edition. Hard cover. 410pp. $12.

4434. U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. UNITED STATES COAST PILOT. Atlantic Coast. Section A. St. Croix River to Cape Cod. Second Edition. 1927. 356pp. Covers soiled but tight. Includes listing of Coast Guard and Mass. Humane Society Stations, Instructions to Mariners in case of Shipwreck, etc. (G) $22.

 

 

23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, New Hampshire, Maine along the Merrimack, the North Shore, city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century America. (M). $49.95

22510. Marcus, John. LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND – Your Guide to Lighthouses of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Long Island. Stillwater. 2001. 160 p. A Pictorial Discovery Guide. DJ. A fresh look at the history and technological evolution of lighthouses in the area, the development of apparatus, architecture, construction and maintenance on their remote sites, the daily life of the keepers and much more. The author presents an exciting history illustrated with stunning photographs, historical anecdotes, architectural details and local legends. Lavishly illustrated, an excellent text on the subject and guide for the area. (M). Hard Cover $29.95 Soft Cover $19.95.

9299. Claflin, James W., LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFESAVING ALONG THE MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE COAST. 1999. 228p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the second in a series of volumes of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States. Arcadia is a well known publisher of local and regional histories, including the popular Images of America series. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1940’s, drawn from my and other private collections, most never before published and traces the history of these services through photos and text. Inscribed by the author if desired. (M) $18.99.

27121. LIFE SAVING STATION AT RYE BEACH , NEW HAMPSHIRE . Harper’s Weekly. June 27, 1874. 1p. Wonderful full page illustration on the subject if terminating the Atlantic Cable on the beach at Rye , NH includes two good illustrations of the early 1874-Type life saving station at the location where the cable came ashore. Also included are illustrations of Straws Point, and of the cable and cable ship Faraday. Overall 11” x 15 ½”, disbound, clean, crisp, excellent condition.  (F-).  $38 net.

23178. A BIT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE – WHITE ISLAND LIGHT, ISLES OF SHOALS. Harper’s Weekly. August 13, 1887. 1 p. Fine full page of multiple engravings showing scenes of the New Hampshire coast. Central in the collage is a close view of the lighthouse on White Island with the long wooden walkway leading to the tall cylindrical tower. Other views include: the Islas of Shoals view, the Old Stone Church, Fort McClary blockhouse in Portsmouth, Hampton Beach, Portsmouth Harbor, Rye Beach, Old Fort Point, Boar’s Head, and more. Excellent for framing. (VG). $18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light-House Service District Maps

10345. [Light-House Service District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. June 30, 1891. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in good condition. These are fine for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average 8 ½” x 10” in size and are overall clean, may have very light stain,  with only one light original fold, light age toning. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District for framing. (VG).

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River , Maine to Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire . Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire .                                                    $44.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island . Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard .                                           $44.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks.                                                                                  $44.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain .                                        $18.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey , Delaware , Maryland and Virginia .                           $44.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet , Virginia to and including New River Inlet , North Carolina .   $44.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet , North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida . Includes part of North Carolina , all of South Carolina , Georgia , and Florida between the limits named. $44.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance , Florida . Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida .                                                                                             $44.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance , Florida to the Rio Grande, the southern boundary of Texas . Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River .                                                                          $44.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters.               $44.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River , St. Lawrence River , New York to and including Grassy Island, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario , and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers.                                                                $44.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the Grassy Island Light Station, Detroit River , Michigan to the head of Lake Superior including the waters of Lakes St. Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River , the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac.                                                              $44.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon .                                                                                                                                      $44.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska . Includes all of Oregon and Washington , and Alaskan waters.              $44.

U. S. Light-House Service District Charts - Large Size

20178. [Light-House District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. 1900-1908. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in wonderful condition. These are perfect for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average about 16" x 20" in size and are clean and crisp, with only light original folds. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District, ideal for framing. (VG+).

UNITED STATES. Outline Map shows all of the United States Light-House Districts with the more important lights noted. Includes all of continental United States and Alaska. $88.

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River, Maine to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire. $88.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island. Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. $88.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks. $88.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain. $44.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. $88.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet, Virginia to and including New River Inlet, North Carolina. $88.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet, North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida. Includes part of North Carolina, all of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida between the limits named. $88.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance, Florida. Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida. $88.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance, Florida to the southern boundary of Texas. Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River. $88.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters. $88.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River, St. Lawrence River, New York to the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers. $78.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan to the westerly end of Lake Superior including the waters of Lake St, Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River, the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac. $78.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon. $88.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska. Includes all of Oregon and Washington, and Alaskan waters. $88.

FOURTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., on the Tennessee River 255 miles, and on the Great Kanawha 73 miles. $54.

FIFTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., and on the Missouri River to Kansas City, Mo., and on the Illinois River from LaSalle to its mouth. $54.

SIXTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, La., and on the Red River. $54.

LIGHT-HOUSE CHART. Includes West Indies between the Mona and Virgin Passages comprising Puerto Rico and dependencies, and all of the Hawaiian Islands. $38.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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