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9493c. Detzer, Karl W., SURFMAN NUMBER NINE. The Youth’s Companion & American Boy. March 1930. Lengthy 12 page tale of Dan Judd, who longs to become a surfman at the “Thunder Point” Coast Guard Station. Taken on and assigned as number nine, Dan works to learn the job and become accepted by the men. A great tale of the life and work of the early Coast Guard life-savers. Includes fine full color cover illustration of men boarding a vessel. Full issue. (VG). $48.

29280b. (cover illustration) Rescuing the Shipwrecked – Coming Ashore in the Breeches Buoy. Leslie’s Weekly. March 17, 1904. Lovely full page cover illustration for framing, provides a close b/w view of a seaman coming ashore in the Life Saving Service breeches buoy off a stricken freighter. 11” x 15 ½”. Excellent illustration. (VG+). $44.

25182. IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND. The Illustrated Christian Weekly. May 22, 1886. Lengthy article by Margaret E. Sangster describes the feelings of fear and thankfulness of the passengers and crew of a foundering steamer as the first lines from the Life Saving Service reach their doomed craft. Includes fill page cover illustration of a surfman as he removes a fainted women and child from the breeches buoy. Full issue. Clean save a few spots of foxing. (VG). $32.

9491c. WIRELESS ROOM OF THE U. S. REVENUE CUTTER GRESHAM, LIFE-SAVER OF THE ROCKY NEW ENGLAND COAST. Scientific American. March 23, 1912. 2p. Full issue. Great full front cover photo image of the wireless operators on the U. S. Revenue Cutter Gresham at work at their receiver. Accompanying full page article entitled Curbing the Wireless Meddler – Regulation of Radiotelegraphy by Robert A. Morton Jr., notes that urgent dispatches from such vessels have sometimes been delayed for hours by the workings of over 200,000 amateur radio stations and proposes governmental regulation for the new science. Other interesting articles include Amundsen’s Attainment of the South Pole, The First Oil Engines on Passenger Ships, new inventions, and more. (VG). $34.

22355k,l. [set 2 chromolithograph prints c.1890] Pair of two large U. S. Life-Saving Service prints by Fred S. Cozzens, 1890 as reproduced by the Illustrated American Supplement, 1890. The original paintings were done in 1887 by renowned marine artist Fred S. Cozzens (1856-1928) who studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York . Cozzens did many watercolors of yachting scenes and some views of the U. S. Life-Saving Service as we see here. Both are large 10 1/2" x 15", original 1890 color prints from original paintings. One print is entitled "Hold Fast There" [launching to the wreck], and the other "Now Then Boys" [returning with the rescued passengers]. These would look wonderful framed for a display or wall decoration. Clean, crisp, a superb pair. (F-). $224 pr.

4718oo. CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LIGHT-HOUSE. Harper’s Weekly. December 30, 1876. 1pp. Beautiful, 11”x15”, full front page detailed woodcut illustration showing the undaunted light-keeper scraping ice from the lantern amidst a raging storm. Seen many times as a re-print, this original would be beautiful matted and framed. Also included in this 1876 Christmas issue, is a large full page illustration “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by famed illustrator Thomas Nast. Thomas Nast is famed as the creator of the bearded image of Uncle Sam that we know today, as well as the image of the plump, jolly Santa Clause and this first of his Santa Clause illustrations demand a premium in historic circles. b/w. Full issue, clean and crisp. (VG+) $74.

2430b. POWERLESS TO AID. The Illustrated London News. January 9, 1892 . Fine full front page illustration shows the two offshore lighthouse keepers standing on the lantern gallery watching helplessly as a ship founders in the sea below. Finely detailed illustration includes the large Fresnel lens rotating in the lantern behind the keepers, the exterior fog bell and good detail of the stricken vessel firing distress rockets below. Cover only, only one stain to corner margin but does not affect illustration. (VG-). $34.

26154b. THE NEW ELECTRIC LIGHT AT HELL GATE LIGHTHOUSE. Scientific American. March 22, 1884. Large full front page engraving shows the tall electric light at Hallett’s Point, Hell gate , New York City. Includes complete article with additional diagram of the tower. Large b/w engraving shows the new electric beacon shining brightly over the ships on the river. Established in 1883-4, this project was an experiment by the Light-House Board in the use of electric illumination. A rare view of the light, which was discontinued in 1888. Nice, clean image. 4 pages, disbound. (VG). $18.

2684b. [lithograph] The Last Rocket, c.1907. Superb large 11”w x 15 ½” h  early full color stone chromolithograph entitled “The Last Rocket”, from a painting by Thomas M. Hemy. The striking scene shows the life-savers on shore as they fire the line-carrying rocket through the rigging of a vessel in distress. Published in "Boys Own Annual" 1907, the image is quite large and details nicely the storm-tossed vessel and life-saving crew. Two light folds from its insertion in the magazine produced slight creases across the image, but when mounted these will be hardly detected. This would be a wonderful addition to any museum display or to your living room. (VG-). $54

X-17. Spears, John R., TALES OF THE MUSH-ICE-HEROES. Harper’s Weekly. March 2, 1901 . 2p. Great 2-page tale of the Great Lakes life-savers as they braved to get across the “mush-ice” to perform their rescues. Mush-ice is always found along the shore as the season of lake navigation draws to a close. Though it thickens and clots, it does not harden and thus poses serious difficulties to the life-savers in making their way across it with their equipment to reach a wreck. A number of tales are told from the annuals of the Life-Saving Service reports, including the efforts of the Marquette , Michigan crews during the great of November 1886. Includes a number of other tales including the wreck of the City of Duluth near St. Joseph , the schooner J. H. Hartzell south of Frankfort , and more. Includes six nice engraved illustrations. Full issue. (VG). $38.

X-21. SKETCHES OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES [The Life-Savers of America and England ]. Harper’s Weekly Supplement. January 21, 1888 . 4p. Beautiful full page multiple engravings show 10 U. S. Life-Saving Service scenes including Dragging the Life-Boat, The Gun Cart, Launching, Signaling to a Vessel, Firing a Line and five others in a wonderful full page display. Also includes a three page article on the subject by Gustav Kobbe with six additional engraved illustrations of lifeboats. Disbound. Clean, crisp, fine for framing or reference. (VG). $44.

BR-121. THE WRECK OF THE " ELIZABETH " - LOSS OF THE RESCUING CREW. Harper’s Weekly. January 22, 1887. Full front page illustration with short article, of the lifesavers' boats overturning while attempting to rescue the crew of the German ship Elizabeth off Cape Henry, Virginia on January 8th. In this attempt five men from the Little Island and Dam Neck Life-saving Stations lost their lives. Full issue is filled with news and wonderful illustrations and makes thoroughly interesting reading. Full issue contains 14 pages. Overall clean and crisp. (VG+). $34. 

BR-122. LIGHTHOUSE AT FORT MORGAN. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. November 5, 1864. Full issue. Superb full front page illustration shows the remains of the lighthouse at Fort Morgan at Mobile Harbor following the bombardment by Union Admiral Farragut. During the siege, over 1000 shells exploded within the fort compelling Confederate forces to surrender the grounds on August 23, 1864. The lighthouse, located on the northwest corner of the fort, was pierced in a dozen places and every pane of glass was shot out by Union sharp-shooters. This wonderful large engraving shows every detail of the battered light and its remains. Full issue is filled with news and wonderful illustrations of the Civil War and makes thoroughly interesting reading. Full issue contains 16 pages, moderate chipping to edges, but full and complete, clean and bright. (G). $38.

 

4574w. THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. March 27, 1886 . 1pp. Three WONDERFUL woodcut illustrations of the life saving stations. at Kenosha , Wisc. And at  Fletchers Neck, Maine and a half-page illustration showing the station interior. Extremely clear, detailed, probably as nice as I have seen. Excellent for framing, includes half-page article describing the Service. 2p disbound. (VG+) $48.

 

 

4718gg, gg. CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LIGHT-HOUSE. Harper’s Weekly. December 30, 1876. 1pp. Beautiful, 11”x15”, full front page detailed woodcut illustration showing the undaunted light-keeper scraping ice from the lantern amidst a raging storm. Seen many times as a re-print, this original would be beautiful matted and framed. Also included in this 1876 Christmas issue, is a large full page illustration “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by famed illustrator Thomas Nast. Thomas Nast is famed as the creator of the bearded image of Uncle Sam that we know today, as well as the image of the plump, jolly Santa Clause and this first of his Santa Clause illustrations demand a premium in historic circles. b/w. Full issue, clean and crisp. (VG+) $148. Special Christmas Price $88.

6110k. THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Scientific American. February 21, 1891 . Beautiful full front page woodcut engraving depicts six scenes including the breeches buoy rescue, hauling the surfboat, firing a Coston light to warn a ship off, hauling the Francis metallic life-car to a wreck and two others. Wonderful detail and a superb page for framing. Includes complete full page article. Full issue. Image clean, fine for framing. (VG+). $88.

21374h. THE APPARATUS OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE SAVING SERVICE by Waldon Fawcett. Scientific American. December 29, 1906. 2p. Superb double page 16” x 22” article detailed the modern equipment used by the Life-Saving Service. Especially nice are the 11 large photographs detailing the equipment in use. Included are surfboat use and drills, loading the surfboat onto its carriage, using the hawser cutter, reefing [faking] the line after using the Lyle gun, rigging the tripod for the breeches buoy, and more. Here are some views and details of the operation that are rarely seen, along with an interesting descriptive article. Most desirable views and article. Disbound, clean, light edge wear. (VG+). $42.

4565v. PERILS OF THE COAST - THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. April 16, 1881. 2p. Wonderful, bright, hand colored double page (14” x 21”) engraving of the Lifesavers in action rowing to the wreck, firing a line to the wreck and patrolling the beach. With half page article describing the work of the Service. Clean, fold weakening, archival tape reinforced at one end, wonderful colors, quite bright and one of the nicest for framing. (VG) $54.

6237e. THE DISASTROUS STORM OF FEBRUARY 17TH - RESCUE OF A SCHOONER’S CREW OFF FIRE ISLAND BY THE LIFE-SAVING CORPS. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. February 28, 1885. 1p. Very desirable hand colored full front page engraving depicting the crew being rescued at Fire Island by means of a breeches buoy, with a second illustration depicting the scene on the beach after the storm. Complete issue includes short article describing the disastrous storm. Quite close, detailed illustration of the breeches buoy in use. Clean, crisp, nice scene. (VG+). $48.

8219b. THE BUILDING AND THE EXHIBIT OF THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. December 9, 1876. Superb one full page of multiple engravings of 7 life-saving scenes including a large depiction of the surfboat inside the boat-room, an early 1874 type station, beach apparatus cart with Lyle gun and faking box, flares, lanterns and much more. A superb illustration for framing, quite clear and detailed. Remaining pages full of wonderful detailed illustrations of the Exposition with extensive text. Partial issue. This is only the second of these that I have come across. (VG). $78.

6111d. LIFE-BOAT MAN. Every Saturday: An Illustrated Journal of Choice Reading . February 26, 1870 . 1p. Beautiful b/w full page 10” x 12” woodcut engraving of British surfman on the beach with heaving line, preparing to throw. Wonderful close detailed view of surfman, exceptional for display. Clean, bright but quite brittle, with some tears to margin, closed tear and one slight hole in image. Will mat and display well. (G+). $24.

2584b. THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. January 25, 1873. Detailed and interesting half-page article contains two beautiful engravings of the Life-Saving Service from the Seabright, New Jersey station in action. A wonderfully detailed half-page engraving depicts the surfmen, with the aid of horses, pulling their lifeboat along the beach toward the distress flares from a wreck beyond. A second smaller engraving shows the surfboat and carriage in the small lifeboat station at Seabright , New Jersey . Full issue, overall clean, occasional light foxing or staining to bound edge. Very nice for framing. (VG). $48.

4565m. PERILS OF THE COAST - THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. April 16, 1881. 2p. Wonderful, bright, double page (14” x 21”) engraving of the Lifesavers in action rowing to the wreck, firing a line to the wreck and patrolling the beach. With half page article describing the work of the Service. Clean, intact, but tape reinforced on front at fold. 2p disbound. (G+) $44.

 

 

4718nn. CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LIGHT-HOUSE. Harper’s Weekly. December 30, 1876.  Beautiful original b/w, 11”x15”, full front page detailed woodcut illustration showing the undaunted light-keeper scraping ice from the lantern amidst a raging storm. Seen many times as a re-print, this original would be beautiful matted and framed. Beautiful detail and wonderful for display. Clean, crisp, only light age toning to margins. Full issue. (VG+). $38.

 

21113. [sheet music] Wilson, J. THE LIGHT HOUSE – A Favorite Ballad. New York. [c.1840-69]. 2p. Most attractive sheet music for The Light House – “… til the light-house fire blaz’d like a star in the midst of the ocean….” Though the music has no illustration, the early elegant written title page makes this a most attractive “light-house” item for framing. Light foxing to margins but nicely intact without tears, quite presentable for framing and a nice early piece. (G+). $38. 

8408c. AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES. Scientific American. November 15, 1873 . 1p. Two exquisite engravings depict the “Lighthouse at Race Rock – Eastern Entrance to Long Island Sound” and the “Lighthouse at Thimble Shoal, Hampton Roads, VA. Includes a 1/3 page article describing the responsibilities of the Light-House Board, their organization and detailing the construction of these two most attractive lights. Full page, unusually clean, closed tear through one image, still a beautiful item for framing. (VG-). $28.

21293g. MODERN LIGHTHOUSES, LIGHTSHIPS, BUOYS, ETC. Scientific American. September 10, 1892 . Full front cover illustrates the various types of lighthouses, buoys and equipment in use at various stations in exquisite detail. Included is a great image of Gedney’s Channel Electric Buoy, Whistling Buoy, Bell Buoy, Skeleton Lighthouse, Screw Pile Type Lighthouse, Beacon, Minot'’ Ledge Light, Buoy Lamp, Lightship, Falkner Island Lighthouse and Steam Fog Signal Building, Cape Henry Lighthouse, Statue of Liberty, and more. A spectacular item for framing! Clean, crisp. Most difficult to find and one of only a few that I have ever found. Full issue with lengthy descriptive article. (VG+). $56.

 

  

12210. na. United States Government Exhibit at the Columbian Exposition. The Graphic. February 24, 1894.Excellent article details many of the parts of the U>S> Government exhibit at the new exposition. Included is a view of the interior of the Life-Saving Service station, a view of the exterior of the lighthouse and Life-Saving station, as well as the battleship ‘Illinois’, and much more. Issue also includes an article on the wreck of the ‘Kearsarge’ on a reef in the Gulf of Mexico with a wonderful large full-page illustration of “The Wreck of the ‘Kearsarge’ – The Volunteer Crew Starting for the Beach.” View shows the lifeboat as they lower away from the ship and pull for safety. Full issue filled with articles of the day. (VG+). $54.

 

  

29101. (print) Life Saving Rescue 1889 by Casey Holtzinger. Wonderful large 10” x 13” 3-color print depicts life-savers as they launch their surfboat to a vessel in distress just off the beach. Wonderful detail includes the horse-drawn surfboat carriage and the crewmen in life vests as they work to launch through the breakers. Casey Holtzinger’s paintings and prints are well known around the world, and can be seen in numerous museums and galleries nation wide. His painstakingly detailed work reveals the character of the subjects he has studied and drawn for a lifetime. In recent times, Casey Holtzinger (now age 77) has become one of the areas best known, and most sought after maritime artists. Many of his works are on display at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum at the Norfolk Naval Station. Highly regarded by the U.S. Navy for his insight into marine subjects, he has painted several U.S. Naval Ships upon their commissioning. Currently, his paintings grace Navy vessels and shore installations worldwide. (M). $34.

12159. (print) "TO THE RESCUE, U. S. LIFE-SAVING SERVICE, 1910." By Alexander Cook, Curator of the Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, OH. 11" by 14" overall. Wonderful full color print on quality paper depicts life-savers battling through heavy seas as they make their way out to a rescue. In the background shines the lighthouse beam to guide their way. Perfect for framing. (M). $16.95 each.

 

  

1234b. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cross Island Station c.1899. Lyman E. Wright, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Wright to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniform measurements for Surfman Daniel L. Foss. Text reads: “Dear Sirs. Please send two Duck Jumpers to Surfman Daniel L. Foss at this station. Please mark the goods: Daniel L. Foss, Cross Island L.S. Station, North Cutler, Me. And he will remit as soon as the bill is received. Very Resply., L.E. Wright, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. A few soiled areas. (VG). $134. (postcard view not included)

 

Lighthouse & Lightship Trade Cards

Beautiful multi colored trade cards c. 1880’s showing a very nice, close, multi colored images of lighthouses, light-vessels or buoys. These fantastic cards were issued by the Duke Tobacco Co. as an insert premium in their brands of HONEST LONG CUT  and G. W. GAIL & AX’S Tobacco and Cigarettes during 1889. These cards are from a fairly rare series of 25 cards entitled , " LIGHTHOUSES", and are designated as N119 in Burdick’s American Card Catalogue. The front of each card features a colorful die cut image of a particular lighthouse, light-vessel or buoy, while the back features advertising for Duke Tobacco. The lithography for the cards is exceptional, full of vibrant color and detail and was done by the Giles Co of New York . Labeled “Smoke and Chew Honest Long Cut Tobacco” or G. W. Gail & Ax’s Navy on the obverse. Trade cards were used as are our present day advertising or business cards. Nice images, die cut to shape of lighthouse, vessel or buoy. Each approx. 4”w x 2½”h. A very pretty set to collect and display. Extremely difficult to find and a most valuable collector’s item.

  

#605 

ww. Sandy Hook Lightship. (VG+). $78.

p. Sandy Hook Lightship. (Fine). $78.

c. Bartlett Reef Lightship. (VG-). $68.

eee. Vineyard Sound Lightship. (VG-). $68.

ii. Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse. (VG). $58.

mm. Stratford Shoal Lighthouse. Two folds to base. (VG). $38.

LL. Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Florida . (Fine). $68.

c3. Bell Buoy. (VG+). $54.

nn. Bell Buoy. One fold. (G). $34.  

    

10469. The Great Storm of November 26 and 27-Scenes Along its Path of Destruction. Harper’s Weekly. December 10, 1898. Full issue includes two full page of images of the destruction from the great storm that would come to be known as the “Portland Gale”. With short article describing the damage to the New England coastline, as the storm had just occurred and information was still scarce. Also includes fine 1/3 page image of the steamship Portland from before the disaster. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $58.

1153. (lithographed print) Alle Manner Raus! U-352 leaving a wake of spreading foam as her bow breaks the surface, after a series of crippling depth charge attacks from the USCG Cutterhuute Icarus May 9, 1942, by Dianna Garrison. Limited edition lithographed print, signed and numbered of 500 by noted North Carolina artist Dianna Garrison  is a sought after work of art. Originally painted by popular marine artist Dianna Garrison, image is printed on quality stock paper with fade resistant inks. Fighting a better armed opponent three times her size the underdog coast guard cutter Icarus fought and sank a German u-boat on the surface with no casualties. In an eight month period in 1942, the German u-boats sank 609 ships off the coastline of the United States from Maine to Texas. The only defenses during this time period were the "Bucket Brigade Convoys." These slow convoys escorted merchant men from port to port along the coast, escorted by elderly wooden patrol boats that the navy had all but forgotten, converted yachts of the "Corsair Navy" and a handful of coast guard cutters. One of these cutters was the USCGC Icarus (WPC-110).The small 165-foot warship was an Argo class patrol cutter that was built by Bath Iron works in 1932 to fight rum runners. The Icarus made contact with the larger, faster and better armed U-352 at 1620 when it passed within 1900 meters of it. Within minutes the cutter began dropping depth charges and made a total of four attacks on the u-boat in less than an hour. At 1709 the damaged uboat surfaced and was quickly taken under fire by every weapon on the Icarus. The u-boat sank within five minutes and didn’t get off a shot in defence. The coast guard cutter picked up 33 survivors and a body from the u-boat’s 45 man crew. The Icarus had sunk only the second u-boat by a US ship and was the first US unit to capture German prisoners of war in World War II. The overall size is 19.5 x 24 inches, the total image size is 16.5 x 22 inches. Titled in script “Depth charged and damaged by the U.S.C.G. Cutter Icarus, The VII-C class German submarine U-352 rockets to the surface. The crew begins to abandon their soon to founder U-Boat, 27 miles off Morehead City, North Carolina, May 9, 1942.” Beautifully done, would be perfect framed. New, shipped rolled. All prints are signed and numbered by the artist in a limited edition of 500 prints and are printed on heavy weight paper under the direct supervision of the artist. (M). $64.95. 

10263. na. The Lights that Never Fail – The Lamp-posts of the Coast that Make Night Piloting a Cinch – and Something About their History. Motor Boat Magazine. July 25, 1919. 3p. Disbound. Good overview of the history of navigational aids, lighthouse types, lenses and reflectors, fuels, light characteristics, and more. Illustrated with four photo views including first-order lens and lamp. (VG). $26.

10504. (halftone print) United States Lighthouse Exhibit, World Columbian Exposition c.1894. Large b/w photo engraved print from early 1893 World Columbian Exposition view book by N.D. Thompson Publishing, shows the U. S. Lighthouse Service display. Prominent in the view is a large model of the lighthouse on Spectacle Reef on Lake Huron . Other models pictured include a post beacon, gas operated buoy, whistling buoy, oil lamps, lens lantern, and much more. Most interesting is the very large [6’] wooden model of the Five Fathom bank Lightship. Also at the exposition [not shown in view] were erected an actual lighthouse, life-saving station, light keeper’s quarters, buoys, and much more. Print measures 8” x 10” and is clean and crisp. Includes original description. Would look fine matted and framed. (VG+). $44.

8283e. REVOLVING LANTERNS FOR LIGHTHOUSES. Scientific American. September 26, 1903. Full issue. Full page article illustrated with seven photographs, discusses the difficulties encountered in attempting to manufacture Fresnel lenses in this country and thus the need to continue to purchase from France. Types of lenses are described with the mechanism necessary to revolve them. Six photographs detail the types of lenses, revolving machinery and lamps within including flashing lantern [lens] with colored sides, four-sided flashing lantern [lens], and flashing lantern [lens] with reflecting prism. One of the relatively few articles detailing lens and revolving mechanisms. Some wear to edges and at fold. (VG-). $24.

  6113i. TYPICAL LIGHT-HOUSES OF THE UNITED STATES. Harper’s Weekly. May 5, 1888 . 1p. Beautiful full page hand colored multiple engravings of 12 lighthouse scenes including Spectacle Reef, Matinicus Rocks, Minot’s Ledge, Fowey Rocks, Fire Island, Wreck of Oregon Lightship and six others. Includes half page article on obverse entitled Uncle Sam’s Light-Houses. Quite clean and bright, beautiful for framing. (VG+).  $46.

6237d. THE DISASTROUS STORM OF FEBRUARY 17TH - RESCUE OF A SCHOONER’S CREW OFF FIRE ISLAND BY THE LIFE-SAVING CORPS. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. February 28, 1885. 1p. Very desirable hand colored full front page engraving depicting the crew being rescued at Fire Island by means of a breeches buoy, with a second illustration depicting the scene on the beach after the storm. Quite close, detailed illustration of the breeches buoy in use, beautifully colored. Some wear and soiling to margins, illustration clean, nice scene. (VG-). $58.

 

  22297e. [ Massachusetts Humane Society] THE LATE DISASTROUS STORM ON THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST – SCENES AND INCIDENTS. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. December 8, 1888 . 1 page 10 ½´x 16” . Beautiful, bright, hand colored, this is certainly one of the best views that I have yet found and one of only a few depicting the men and equipment o f the Massachusetts Humane Society. Large full page illustration includes the Humane Society surfboat and beach apparatus cart in front of the boathouse at Marblehead , Mass. A sign above the boathouse door reads “Massachusetts Humane Society”. Additional illustrations include the Hunt gun and projectile, a vessel ashore on Nantasket Beach , and a view of the last remaining survivor of the Higginson preparing to leap from the rigging. Additional large illustrations include bodies ashore at Scituate after the disastrous 1888 storm, a similar scene of the destruction near the Highland Station on the New Jersey coast. Includes a ¼ - page article describing the ferocious “Portland Gale” and the havoc wrought.  Extremely difficult to find and would be superb matted and framed. Beautiful coloring and wonderful for display. Clean, crisp, only light age toning to margins. (VG+) $84.

BR-122. LIGHTHOUSE AT FORT MORGAN . Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. November 5, 1864. Large full front page illustration shows the remains of the lighthouse at Fort Morgan at Mobile Harbor following the bombardment by Union Admiral Farragut. During the siege, over 1000 shells exploded within the fort compelling Confederate forces to surrender the grounds on August 23, 1864. The lighthouse, located on the northwest corner of the fort, was pierced in a dozen places and every pane of glass was shot out by Union sharp-shooters. This wonderful large engraving shows every detail of the battered light and its remains. Full issue, includes short article, some wear to edges, a striking image. (VG-).  $28.

 

29281. Ross, Lieutenant Worth G. (Inspector, U.S. Life Saving Service).  Saving Life Along Our Coasts. Collier’s Illustrated Weekly. December 14, 1901. Lengthy article with wonderful full page illustrations details the quality of men employed by the Life Saving Service, their work and difficulties encountered performing their duties. Includes wonderful full two page 15” x 21” illustration by Walter Appleton Clark  of a stricken sailor riding the breeches buoy as life-savers pull him to shore. Additional full page illustration details a crew delivering supplies to an offshore lighthouse. A great article from a rare perspective, great account. Full issue with great articles including watching President Theodore Roosevelt. (VG+). $84.

  

29101. (print) Life Saving Rescue 1889 by Casey Holtzinger. Wonderful large 10” x 13” 3-color print depicts life-savers as they launch their surfboat to a vessel in distress just off the beach. Wonderful detail includes the horse-drawn surfboat carriage and the crewmen in life vests as they work to launch through the breakers. Casey Holtzinger’s paintings and prints are well known around the world, and can be seen in numerous museums and galleries nation wide. His painstakingly detailed work reveals the character of the subjects he has studied and drawn for a lifetime. In recent times, Casey Holtzinger (now age 75) has become one of the areas best known, and most sought after maritime artists. Many of his works are on display at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum at the Norfolk Naval Station. Highly regarded by the U.S. Navy for his insight into marine subjects, he has painted several U.S. Naval Ships upon their commissioning. Currently, his paintings grace Navy vessels and shore installations worldwide. (M). $48.

9243i. THE UNITED STATES LIGHT HOUSE SERVICE – Its History, Growth and Methods. Part I. Scientific American Supplement. November 25, 1916. Superb four page article describes in some detail the history and particularly the operations of the Service. Part I includes history, organization and duties, jurisdiction, lighthouses, lighting apparatus and illumination, characteristics of lights, and more. Illustrated with fourteen detailed photos and illustrations including Cape Hatteras light, Ambrose Channel LV No. 87, Cape Henry fog signal, Minot ’s Ledge Light, and more. Also includes a fine full front page photo of the ice-incrusted light at Racine Harbor , Michigan in the winter. Full issue, clean, crisp. (VG+). $78.

27486. Merriman’s Improved Water-Proof Dress and Life Preserver. Scientific American. January 14, 1871. Rare issue provides great detail of the new Merriman patent rubber life-saving suit. The Merriman rubber life-saving suit was an innovation of the time. The inventor, Clark S. Merriman, in a bid to help sea-rescue, designed this life preserving suit, which was made from India rubber and was inflatable. This suit had been tested by Captain Boyton of the New Jersey Life Saving Service, when he was dropped over the side of a steamer into the Irish sea , in a gale. Soon suits were issued to some other stations as warranted, including the Surfside station on Nantucket . They did see some use including at the well known wreck of the Metropolis near the Poyners Hill station in North Carolina in 1878. There, after a number of unsuccessful attempts to get a shot line aboard the stricken vessel, Keeper Chappell then donned the Merriman life-saving dress and made two valiant attempts to carry a line out to the vessel. Great half page article with illustration includes a good description of the garment with testimonial of its usefulness. Full issue with numerous informative articles of the day. (VG). $85.

  

HC-1,2. (museum prints) Fowey Rocks Iron Pile Lighthouse, Florida. Views from 1875. Wonderful large display prints measure 26” wide by 37 ½” high and are professionally mounted on board for display. Prints are made from the original U. S. Light House Board drawings for the new Fowey Rocks Lighthouse that was completed in 1878. Fowey Rocks Light is located seven miles southeast of Cape Florida on Key Biscayne. The loss of the H.M.S. Fowey in the area was widely known and the treacherous reef just north of the wreck had been christened Fowey Rocks in honor of the vessel. In 1878 the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse had been placed atop the reef to prevent similar tragedies. The lighthouse was completed in 1878, replacing the Cape Florida Lighthouse. The prints were made a few years ago to grace an office wall and would be perfect for a museum display or your den of office. Views are vertical section through the lighthouse tower, and exterior elevation view. Prints are clean save a few very light areas of foxing. (VG). $85 each or $150 pair. 

23318d. THE BUOY STATION, QUARANTINE LANDING, STATEN ISLAND and THE SANDY HOOK LIGHTSHIP Harper's Weekly. September 27, 1879. Fine close, detailed half-page woodcut engravings drawn by F. S. Cozzens detail the U.S. Light House Establishment buoy dock on Staten Island with quantities of buoys lined up on the dock, and with a lightship and tender moored behind. A second half page engraving beautifully details the Sandy Hook Light Vessel on station, tossing in the sea with a yacht crossing its bow. Nice detail showing both masts with day recognition signals and deck structures. Includes copy of accompanying article describing the use of lightships and buoys and the work of the Lighthouse service. Wonderful piece. Unusually clean, light toning, great for display. (VG).  $38 net.

4577e. THE WRECK OF THE ‘PLINY’ AT DEAL BEACH , NEW JERSEY , SATURDAY, MAY 13th.” Harper’s Weekly. May 27, 1882 . 1p. Fine full hand colored full page illustration of man with child in the breeches buoy, being hauled ashore. Breeches buoy with occupants are extremely close, showing great detail of the apparatus. Behind can be seen through the spray the foundering vessel with sailors at the rail, ropes and spars dangle everywhere. Includes original article on reverse detailing rescue and some of the equipment used. Close, large image, beautifully colored, perfect for framing. A ‘must’ for the Life-Saving enthusiast. (VG). $46.

2745. Crofton, M. THE UNITED STATES LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE Part I. Once A Week [Newspaper]. April 12, 1892. Part I of a multi-part article describes the work and equipment of the Lighthouse Service in great detail. Part I focuses on the administration and particularly the facilities at the Staten Island Depot. Lengthy 2/3 page article includes rare descriptions include the buildings there, the library where books are sorted to be sent to the keepers in wooden library boxes, and quite a bit on the various types of buoys stored and refitted at the depot. Full issue includes numerous articles and advertisements of the day – great reading. (VG). $44.

2718. Crofton, M. THE UNITED STATES LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE Part II. Once A Week [Newspaper]. April 19, 1892. Part II of a multi-part article describes the work and equipment of the Lighthouse Service in great detail. Part II focuses on the lightships, with a good description on life aboard the South Shoal Lightship, accounts of the life of a lighthouse keeper, and more. Full issue includes numerous articles and advertisements of the day – great reading. (VG). $44.

6594d. THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. December 22, 1900. Page 1 only of 2 page article. Excellent article describes the present state of the Lighthouse Service, with improvements in progress and proposed. Photo illustrations include a rare view of the ‘Lighthouse Station’ (LH Depot) at Tompkinsville, Whale Rock Light, Trinity Shoal Light-Ship, York Spit Lighthouse and others. Page 1238 disbound, overall clean, good condition. Includes about 2/3 of original article. Balance included in photocopy form. (G+). $18.

4565m. PERILS OF THE COAST - THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. April 16, 1881. 3 p. Wonderful, bright, b/w double page (14” x 21”) engraving of the Lifesavers in action rowing to the wreck, firing a line to the wreck and patrolling the beach. With half page article describing the work of the Service, this is a striking item for display. Quite clean, crisp, intact, fold has been tape reinforced. Distinctive and one of the nicest for framing. (VG-). $58.

27482. LIFE-SAVING AT ROCKAWAY BEACH . Harper's Weekly. September 2, 1882. Full page multiple engravings detail surf rescue equipment and techniques in use at Rockaway Beach . Detailed article included describes the beach patrol and life-saving efforts of the fledgling beach rescue service. Beautiful for framing. 2p. Disbound. Clean, bright, fine for framing. (VG+) $22.

25371. A LIGHTSHIP ADRIFT by Walter Wood. The Illustrated London News. November 7, 1903. Full issue. Lengthy two page fictional tale of British seamen who plot to set a North Sea lightship adrift in order to win the salvage rights and pay for towing her into port. Clean, full issue with many period articles on various subjects. (VG).  $42.

Framed prints

Just in, perfect for gifts are these fine professionally double matted and framed period engravings of lighthouse heroine Ida Lewis, Life-Saving Service rescues, Cape Hatteras Lightship No. 72 and more.  All ready to open the package and hang on your wall. All engravings are original period pieces in VG+ or better condition. 

     

BR-74. THE PROPOSED NEW DIAMOND SHOAL LIGHTHOUSE OFF CAPE HATTERAS. Scientific American. June 11, 1904. Full front page article with illustration of the  proposed new offshore Diamond Shoal lighthouse off Cape Hatteras. Includes complete descriptive article. Framed to 17 ½”  x 22” , double matted in shades of green and buff. Quite attractive. (F-).     $142. Reduced $85.

 BR-71. SCENES IN THE LIFE OF A WRECKER. Harper’s Weekly. February 21, 1874. Wonderful large 10” x 14” full page illustration depicts the life and work of a wrecker in a large central illustration and 10 vignettes. Includes firing the rocket and mortar to effect a rescue, landing the crew, the underwriters at work, welcoming the crew at the hut, laying in stores, salvaging timber, divers at work, and more. Framed to 16”  x 20” , double matted in shades of green. Superb image. (F-).  $124. Reduced $85.

 

4576c. THE WRECK OF THE “METIS” – THROWN UP ON THE BEACH. Harper’s Weekly. September 21, 1872. 1p. Beautiful large, full page multi (4) illustration of the wreck off Watch Hill , RI . With survivors “thrown” upon the beach and with lifeboats rescuing others. In the background can be seen the lighthouse at Watch Hill and hotels on the shore. Three additional beautifully detailed illustrations include a view of the steamship Metis underway, the schooner Nettie Cushing, and lifeboats from Watch Hill picking up survivors. Bright with wonderful detail makes this a good choice for framing. (VG). $22.  

6112b. SKETCHES OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES . Harper’s Weekly. January 21, 1888 . 1p. Beautiful full page multiple engravings of 10 life-saving scenes including Dragging the Life-Boat, The Gun Cart, Launching, Signaling to a Vessel, Firing a Line and five others. Also includes portion of an article on the subject by Gustav Kobbe. Clean, crisp, fine for framing. (VG+).   $32 net.  

25181. OUR COAST GUARDIANS. The Illustrated Christian Weekly. November 3, 1888. Full page illustration depicts the Life Saving Service crew firing the rocket apparatus to a wrecked vessel as they set up the breeches buoy apparatus. Good detail of equipment, with short article. Full issue. Clean save a few spots of foxing. (VG).  $38.  

 V-02. [print] Large 14” x 20” b/w print taken from original lithograph of Minot’s Ledge Light House c.1903. Taken from the original illustration by artist William P. Bodwell, the original of this exquisite poster was issued by a teacher's journal in October 1903. The text gives basic facts about this historic lighthouse, designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, that was completed Sept. 16, 1860, replacing the earlier lighthouse that came down in a storm in 1851. As this lighthouse is still in existence, but closed to the public, appreciators of its historical importance can have a rare glimpse of the interior as of 100 years ago, with resident lighthouse keeper, by the following illustrations: First Structure on Minot's Ledge (sitting on delicate framework); Minots Ledge Lighthouse - Low Tide; Trial Foundations - Cohasset (where the lighthouse was set up, showing cottages on shore and lighthouse in distance); Keepers' Cottages Gov't. Island; A Convenient Stairway ( the keeper greets a visitor who's climbing the stairs); Looking Homeward - The Little Ones (the uniformed keeper scans the shore with a telescope, lifeboat nearby); The Entrance - Looking Out (view of area just inside the entrance); Night Duty - The Watchroom (the keeper reads a paper by the cast iron heater, and view of some machinery with wheel); Lighting Up (keeper adjusts the lamp mechanism); On the Parapet - The Fog-Bell (view of bell on walkway, keeper standing by looking at sailboats in the distance); The Storeroom - The Well (a view of a small room with tiny open window and a round trap door in the floor); Kitchen and Dining Room (view of wooden sink and cast iron range stove; The Captain's Sleeping Room; A Summer Visitor (woman in turn of the century clothing sitting in a chair, which is being lowered by a rope or chain); Sectional View (cross section view showing number of floors, stair turns, lamp mechanism, number of feet between levels). At lower right corner it says "Illustrated by Wm. P. Bodwell. Minot's Light. 1896." with facsimile of his signature. Bodwell (1852-1940) painted maritime subjects over the years. This superb rendition provides possibly the only views of the interior of this noted beacon and is perfect for framing. Printed on a beautiful buff woven stock, this would look wonderful framed for a display or wall decoration. (M). $15.95 each.

720m,n. BEACONS ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST. Harper’s Weekly. January 16, 1892 . 1p. Beautiful, sharp, full page b/w multiple engravings of 10 lighthouse and light-ship scenes from North and South Carolina . Light Stations include Cape Fear, Cape Romain, Fort Sumter, Savannah River, Danfuskie, Castle Pickney buoy depot, Frying-Pan Light-Vessel, Georgetown , Fort Ripley and Morris Island . Superb for framing, one of the nicer for display. 11” x 14”. Quite clean, bright. (VG+). $44.

6112m. SKETCHES OF THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES – THE LIFE-SAVERS OF AMERICA AND ENGLAND . Harper’s Weekly. January 21, 1888 . 4p. Beautiful full page multiple engravings of 10 life-saving scenes including Dragging the Life-Boat, The Gun Cart, Launching, Signaling to a Vessel, Firing a Line and five others. Also includes additional 3 page article with additional engravings on the subject by Gustav Kobbe. Includes difficult rescues across the country by the Life Saving Service, crews, equipment and more. Unusually clean, crisp, fine for framing. (VG+). $66 net.

 5284b. “NEWS FOR THE LIGHT-SHIP” - A PASSING STEAMER DELIVERING PAPERS TO A LIGHT-SHIP. Harper’s Weekly. October 12, 1867. 7” x 9½”. 1 p. Beautiful half-page woodcut engraving showing men on a side-wheeled steamer throwing a bundle of papers to the men on the Five Fathom Bank L.V. in heavy seas. Clean, crisp, quite detailed and fine for framing. 7 ½” x 9 ½”. (VG+).  $28.

V-01. [print] Large 17 ½” x 21 ½” b/w print taken from original lithograph of Minot’s Ledge Light House, Massachusetts Bay near Cohasset c.1860. Taken from the original, this superb rendition is perfect for framing. Detailed views include full elevation and sectional view of entire light tower, with sectional plan views through various elevations. Legend includes numerous statistics on the tower construction and dimensions. Printed on a beautiful buff woven stock, this would look wonderful framed for a display or wall decoration. (M).  $15.95 each.  

21403c. [Massachusetts Humane Society] THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE ON THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST – THE NIGHT ALARM: RUNNING OUT THE LIFEBOAT. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. February 16, 1889. This is certainly one of the best views that I have yet found and one of only a few depicting the men and equipment o f the Massachusetts Humane Society. I will let the image speak for itself, save to note that the engraved sign above the boathouse door reads "Massachusetts Humane Society" as does the bow of their surfboat. Extremely difficult to find and would be superb matted and framed. Clean, crisp, with one light original fold. A perfect companion to the December 8, 1888 issue THE LATE DISASTROUS STORM ON THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST – SCENES AND INCIDENTS . (VG+). $144 net.

21376. [Coast Guardsman cover] Every Week Magazine. December 31, 1917. Full issue. Special full color cover shows an early Coastguardsman at see peering through his telescope, presumably at some distant vessel. Wonderful close view shows great detail of officer in his yellow slicker and his early uniform cap, and of the telescope itself which is rarely pictured. Cover accompanies an article by H. Addington Bruce entitled What Makes Men Brave. Superb image for illustration or for decoration. Full issue, a bit soiled and frayed about the edges but otherwise clean, flat and intact. (VG-). $38.

9331b. DESTRUCTION OF THE IRON LIGHTHOUSE, ON MINOT ’S LEDGE, BOSTON HARBOR . Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion. July 12, 1851 . Superb half-page engraving of the 1850 iron lighthouse tower on Minot ’s Ledge as it topples over in the great gale. Included is a brief account of the great storm and the destruction of the iron lighthouse. In this interesting article, the author tells of Keeper Bennett who survived the gale by being off the light at the time, and who the next morning discovered, strewn about on the beach, fragments of the light tower. Killed in the storm were Keepers Joseph Wilson and Joseph Antonio, who maintained their post to the end. Most interesting is the authors description of the remains left after the storm. A most interesting early view of this tower and one of the very few done at the time. (VG).  $68.

6272d. SAVED FROM THE WRECK. Harper’s Weekly [Supplement] December 23, 1871. 2p. Beautiful, large double page engravings of surfman removing victims from breeches buoy. Large engraving details the life-saver aiding the unconscious victim with child after just arriving on the beach in the buoy. Includes short article on reverse. Slight wear to fold but does not affect illustration. (VG-). $34.

23179. THE ELECTRIC-LIGHT, ST. CATHERINE’S POINT, ISLE OF WIGHT. Harper’s Bazar. February 9, 1889. Superb full 2 page 15" x 21" engraving details seven views of the lighthouse apparatus in use at the lighthouse. Large detailed views include: Automatic Rotating Dioptric Lantern consisting of sixteen panels of vertical lenses, including rotating apparatus; the light viewed from below showing divergent rays; Electric lamp fitted with fluted carbons; Engine room containing three 36-horsepower compound engines; Appearance of light ten miles out at sea; Light-house and officer’s residences seen from the cliff; Fog-horn apparatus consisting of four cylinders containing air at high pressure; and more. With original fold, fine for framing. (VG). $48.

6235. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF ELECTRICITY AS AN INDUSTRIAL ART by Schuyler S. Wheeler. Harper’s Weekly Supplement. c.1900. Two page detailed article discusses the new science of electricity and its various applications in lighthouses as well as domestic uses. Includes large engraving showing its light shining out, labeled "The Largest Light in the World". Clean, crisp, disbound. (VG). $9.

2355. HUMANE AND NOBLE WORK OF THE LIFE-SAVING CREWS. Leslie’s Weekly. August 10, 1905. 1p. Beautiful full page multiple photo views of life-saving crews demonstrating their equipment. Rare views scarcely seen before include surfmen faking the shot line and then a second view ready for shooting. Also includes rare side view of a beach apparatus cart while unreeling the hawser, working at the drill pole, and more. Quite nice for framing. Clean, bright. (VG). $48.

22576a,b. THE TRINITY SHOALS LIGHTHOUSE. Scientific American. December 18, 1875. Full issue. Beautiful large 7" illustration shows the tall iron screw pile lighthouse in fine detail. Includes article describing briefly the details of placing the screw piles and construction of the tower. An interesting illustration and account, with a good detail. (VG+). $48.

720k. BEACONS ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST. Harper’s Weekly. January 16, 1892. 2p. Beautiful, sharp, full page b/w multiple engravings of 10 lighthouse and light-ship scenes from North and South Carolina. Light Stations include Cape Fear, Cape Romain, Fort Sumter, Savannah River, Danfuskie, Castle Pickney buoy depot, Frying-Pan Light-Vessel, Georgetown, Fort Ripley and Morris Island. Superb for framing, one of the nicer for display. Quite clean, bright. Full issue. (VG+). $58 net.

23281. COAST AND LIGHTHOUSE ILLUMINATION IN FRANCE. Scientific American Supplement. Part I June 16, 1896, Part II June 20, 1896. Two full issues. Over three full pages describes illumination apparatus and fuels used on lightships and buoys, characteristics of rotation and flashing and the means to accomplish these, light orders, fuels and more. Article goes into some detail regarding operation of such lights, use of gas for fuel, lens types and sizes, etc. With six large illustrations of various types of lightships and buoys, their lanterns or lamps and focal planes. good detail. (VG). $78 net.

23280a,b. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN MARINE LIGHTING – PARTS I, II, III. Scientific American Supplement. June 7, 1919, June 21, 1919, July 19, 1919. Three full issues. Lengthy continuing article discusses the present state of equipment used for unattended lighthouses and lightships, buoys, etc. Includes discussions of optics, illuminants, revolving apparatus, sound signaling and more. Well illustrated with photos and diagrams. (VG). $128 net.

23231a,b. A NINETY MILLION CANDLE POWER ELECTRIC BEACON. Scientific American. January 29, 1898. Excellent full page article details the new bivalve lens being tested at the Staten Island Lighthouse Depot for adoption by the Lighthouse Service. Included detailed descriptions of the construction and use, as well as the new nine thousand candle power electric arc lamp for use within the lens. Also includes three large detailed photo views of the lamp and lens. Good piece. Full issue. (VG). $49.

2299a,b. [Fort Morgan Lighthouse, Alabama] FARRAGUT OFF MOBILE. Harper’s Weekly. September 24, 1864. Vintage Civil War article describes the recent battle and surrender of Fort Morgan and pictures its effects on the lighthouse and fort there. Two large detailed engravings picture the embattled masonry lighthouse battered by the bombardment. Two separate views show the tower, its sides penetrated by shells but still standing wit lantern intact. A third cover vire shows the rebel torpedo boat with the lighthouse standing in the background. Nice large 4" x 10" and 4" x 5" views, clean and crisp. Full issue, complete, light wear. (VG). $58.

6111f. LIFE-BOAT MAN. Every Saturday: An Illustrated Journal of Choice Reading. February 26, 1870. Beautiful hand-colored, full page 10" x 12" woodcut engraving of British surfman on the beach with heaving line, preparing to throw. Wonderful close detailed view of surfman, exceptional for display. Clean, bright. (VG+). $38.

2287a,b. MISS. IDA LEWIS OF LIME ROCK LIGHTHOUSE. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated. February 2, 1867. Beautiful large quarter page (5"w x 7"h), portrait view of Ida Lewis posing with one oar from her boat used for so many rescues. Within is an additional part page article about the "Newport ‘Grace Darling’ detailing her many rescues as Keeper of the Lime Rock Lighthouse. Full issue, complete, moderate wear and light soiling. (VG-). $58.

9243d. THE UNITED STATES LIGHT HOUSE SERVICE – Its History, Growth and Methods. Part I. Scientific American Supplement. November 25, 1916. Superb four page article describes in some detail the history and particularly the operations of the Service. Part I includes history, organization and duties, jurisdiction, lighthouses, lighting apparatus and illumination, characteristics of lights, and more. Illustrated with fourteen detailed photos and illustrations including a full front page photo of the ice-incrusted light at Racine Harbor, Michigan, Cape Hatteras light, Ambrose Channel LV No. 87, Cape Henry fog signal, Minot’s Ledge Light, and more. First time I have had this important article. Full issue, clean, crisp. (VG+). $58.

9257d. THE UNITED STATES LIGHT HOUSE SERVICE – Its History, Growth and Methods. Part II. Scientific American Supplement. December 2, 1916. Two page conclusion of superb article describes in some detail the history and particularly the operations of the Service. Part II includes fog signal apparatus, submarine signals, buoys, light vessels, and more. First time I have had this important article. Full issue, clean, crisp. (VG+). $46.

21216. A LIGHTHOUSE OF REINFORCED CONCRETE AT NIKOLAJEFF. Scientific American Supplement. September 2, 1905. Full issue. Large article describes new construction methods using reinforced concrete. Includes small sectional and elevation views and brief description of the new Russian lighthouse constructed to mark the canal that connects the port of Nicolaief with the Black Sea. The lighthouse, of a modern concrete design, rises to 132 feet above the base. (VG). $18.

21217. A LIGHTHOUSE OF REINFORCED CONCRETE. Scientific American Supplement. October 14, 1905. Full issue. Half-page article described in some detail the new Russian lighthouse constructed to mark the canal that connects the port of Nicolaief with the Black Sea. The lighthouse, of a modern concrete design, rises to 132 feet above the base. Includes illustrated views of the tower and base with views of the interior framework. (VG). $18.

20280. SCENES IN BRIDGEPORT, STRATFORD, AND MILFORD. Appleton’s Picturesque America. c.1873. Beautiful, large full-page 8" x 10" multiple engravings show scenes from the area in fine detail. Included is a wonderful early view of the first Stratford Point Light with its octagonal wooden tower, skeleton bell tower and 1 ½ story keeper’s dwelling [See page 9 of Claflin, James W., Lighthouses And Life Saving Along The Connecticut And Rhode Island Coast.]. Additional scenes include Bridgeport Harbor, Black Rock, Mill River and more. Clean, b/w, bright and crisp, near fine save uniform light browning to margins from age. Would be wonderful matted and framed. (VG+). $46 net.

21134b. LAUNCHING OF THE LIFE-BOAT. Harper’s Weekly. April 19, 1902. Wonderful full page b/w artist’s rendition shows surfmen of the Life-Saving Service working to push their surfboat carriage across the soft sand of Cape Cod’s outer beach toward a wreck in the background. Illustration was published to commemorate the Life-Saving Service Monomoy disaster off Cape Cod, Massachusetts just a few weeks prior, where all but one of the boat’s crew was lost in an attempt to save others in distress. The caption notes that "…over forty thousand dollars had already been raised for the families of the brave men, which shows the appreciation the people have for the brave men…." (VG+). $58 net.

6111e. LIFE-BOAT MAN. Every Saturday: An Illustrated Journal of Choice Reading. February 26, 1870. Beautiful full page 10" x 12" woodcut engraving of British surfman on the beach with heaving line, preparing to throw. Wonderful close detailed view of surfman, exceptional for display. (VG). $46.

[engravings]. c.1840-1880. Clear, detailed, early engravings depicting various lighthouses around the world. These early renditions show quite nicely the details of the light, many of earlier lights before the advent of photography. Engravings are clear, clean and are quite attractive matted and framed.

7258b. THE UNITED STATES LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Scientific American Supplement. February 6, 1892. Beautiful full front page woodcut engraving depicts six scenes including the breeches buoy rescue, hauling the surfboat, firing a Coston light to warn a ship off, hauling the Francis metallic life-car to a wreck and two others. Wonderful detail. Includes large 2-page article. Full issue, clean, crisp. (VG). $38.

8317. Stewart, Charles. A LIFE-SAVING STATION. The Youth’s Companion. November 22, 1888. Earlier in the year the author had the opportunity to spend a few days at the Pamet River Life-Saving Station on Cape Cod. In this half-page article the author tells of the quarters and the routine there, and of some of the equipment used by the Service. Quite interesting with a nice illustration of breeches buoy and life-car rescue. Full issue. (VG). $32.

8481. [4 woodcut engravings] HIGHLAND LIGHT, TRURO, MASS., RACE POINT LIGHT, WINDMILL NEAR HIGHLAND LIGHT, TRURO BEACH. Approx. 4" x 5" each. From Ballou’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion. c.1970’s. Beautiful, clear hand colored, detailed engraving with wonderful early details of Highland (Cape Cod) Light Station and Race Point Light Station, along with two additional Cape Cod Truro views. In addition to the tower and dwelling, engraving includes surrounding buildings with cattle grazing, tourists and more. Beautiful views of the early towers on these sites, a colorful item for framing. Scarce early engraving, one of the cleanest I’ve had. (VG). $42.

720e. BEACONS ALONG THE SOUTHERN COAST. Harper’s Weekly. January 16, 1892. 2p. Beautiful, sharp, full page hand colored multiple engravings of 10 lighthouse and light-ship scenes from North and South Carolina. Light Stations include Cape Fear, Cape Romain, Fort Sumter, Savannah River, Danfuskie, Castle Pickney buoy depot, Frying-Pan Light-Vessel, Georgetown, Fort Ripley and Morris Island. Superb for framing, one of the nicer for display. Quite clean, bright. (VG). $44.

9311. Claudy, C. H., HOW THE LIGHT WAS TURNED. The Youth’s Companion. February 27, 1908. Full page tale of the assistant keeper Cob’s Point Light, a fictitious East Coast screw-pile lighthouse who must tend the light alone while the keeper goes ashore for supplies. Unusually warm weather of late had brought ice floes down the river, soon packing against the tower legs and shaking the lantern violently. Soon as lamps went out and their chimneys began to break, the rotating mechanism failed as well. Read how Keeper Alec performed his duty, and kept the lens turning day and night until the ice finally abated. Full issue with nice illustration, and with numerous articles of the day. (VG). $32.

9314. SUMMER LIFE AT NANTUCKET. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. September 13, 1879. Full two pages, with six large detailed engravings detail the life and work on the island of Nantucket. Wonderful engravings include Sancota [Sankaty] Head Lighthouse… off Siasconset, View of Nantucket [Brant Point Lighthouse] from the Bell Beacon, Oldest House, Soldier’s Monument, Cleaning Up, and a large full-page illustration of Driving the Blackfish Ashore. A wonderful set of engravings, particularly nice for framing. Full issue with nice illustration, and with numerous articles of the day. (VG-). $48.

9310. Tolman, Albert W., WITH ONE OAR. The Youth’s Companion. June 24, 1909. Full page tale of the second assistant keeper at a fictitious East Coast lighthouse who attempts to make his way back in a dory during a severe storm. Barak Peterson, Second Assistant keeper at the "sparkplug-style" light, rowed the ill First Assistant ashore to medical attention and was returning as a storm blew up. Then, as the rollers increased and the wind picked up one oar snapped! Read how Keeper Peterson made his way to the light and finally landed, earning the respect of the other keepers. Full issue with nice illustration, and with numerous articles of the day. (VG). $26.

9282b,c. FLOATING BEACONS [LIGHTSHIPS] AND LUMINOUS BUOYS. Scientific American Supplement. October 22, 1893. Superb 3 page article details the current state of lightship development, particularly in Great Britain and discusses the equipment, operation and life on board these important vessels. Also includes information on new gas operated lit buoys that have replaced some lightship stations. Includes 7 large detailed engravings of lantern and lookout apparatus, changing crews and the new buoys. Quite an interesting article. (VG). $36.

 

 

 

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