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EC-01. (book collection) Lighthouses, Life-Saving Service, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter Service.

After collecting for more than 35 years, a long time client and friend has made the decision to move into a smaller home and must downsize his collection. For him, we are offering his collection of more than 300 books on the subject of lighthouses, Life-Saving Service, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter Service and span the 19th through 21st Centuries. Books are all non fiction and in very good or better condition. A few titles include All Among the Lighthouses (1886); Sentinel of the Coast by Commissioner George Putnam (1937); Harbor of Refuge; Men, Wind and Sea (1939); Coast Guard Harbor Patrol Fleet; Lighthouses & Lightships (1878); Sinking of the Titanic by Thayer (1940 #225 of 500 copies); Keepers of the Lights (1955); U.S.C.G. Aircraft; Surfboats, Rockets, Carronades; Annual report of the Life Saving Service (21 volumes, 11 originals, 10 reprints); Annual Reports of the Coast Guard (2 originals, 5 reprints); Annual Report of the Light House Board (10 reprints); Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1918; The Keeper’s Log (complete set); Guiding Lights of the Delaware River; Sand Pounders; Coast Guard Record of Movements; various Lighthouse Service publications; Coast Guard manuals, and much, much more. Collection is being offered as a lot and is a wonderful way to start or supplement your library. Lot over 300 items $2,495 or best offer. Shipping additional or can by picked up in Maryland. Email name and address for 12-page list to be mailed. (photo above not from actual collection).

EC-01. (book collection) Lighthouses, Life-Saving Service, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter Service.

After collecting for more than 35 years, a long time client and friend has made the...


98390 1994 Inventory of Historic Light Stations

8390g. Clifford, Candace. 1994. INVENTORY OF HISTORIC LIGHT STATIONS. National Park Service. 1994. 386p. Soft Wraps. This comprehensive inventory of United States Light Stations was conducted by the National Maritime Initiative and lists vital information relating to hundreds of existing lights. Also included are extensive bibliography, owners and addresses of station managers. This is probably the most comprehensive listing of stations available today, and is illustrated with hundreds of photographs. Clean, moderate cover wear. (VG+). $54 net.


8118 Christmas Seal Lighthouse Stamps

8118. Christmas Seal lighthouse stamps. 1941. These were the Christmas Seals which decorated the holiday mail in December of 1941, as the implications of the attack on Pearl Harbor were being discussed throughout the country. The prospect of another World War, combined with the absence of family members serving in the armed forces, gave a new significance to the peaceful, reassuring glow of the lighthouse shown in this winter lighthouse scene. Mint Block 12 stamps $2.25. Mint strip of 4 stamps $1. Individual stamps $.30.


4171 na The Shipwrecks of December 1839

4171. na. AWFUL CALAMITIES or THE SHIPWRECKS OF DECEMBER, 1839 Being a Full Account of the DREADFUL HURRICANES OF DEC. 15, 21 & 27 ON THE COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS in Which More Than 150 Lives Destroyed, of Which Full Statistics are Given… and also THE DREADFUL DISASTERS AT GLOUCESTER. Boston 1840. Seventh Edition. 25pp. Soft wraps. Excellent detailed accounts of the three dreadful hurricanes of December 15, 21 and 27 and includes complete details of the loss of the steamer Lexington , the barque Lloyd, brigs Pocahontas, Rideout and J. Palmer, and the schooners Deposite, Catharine Nichols and Miller. Also includes the “dreadful disaster” at Gloucester , and damage on Cape Cod and vicinity, Boston Bay , Lynn and Marblehead , Newburyport , Salem and all along the coast. Detailed early information, extremely rare. In original pale yellow front wrap, no back wrap. Expected edge wear, contents light foxing, a few spots, good for its age. (G+). $124.


23327c. na. Lighthouses And Other Aids To The Mariner

23327c. na. LIGHTHOUSES AND OTHER AIDS TO THE MARINER. Museum Publication No. 15. The Mariner’s Museum. Newport News . 1946. 54p. The Mariner’s Museum was founded in the 1930’s and has always been well respected for its superb maritime collections and for its exhibits. This interesting publication describes in good detail the museum’s many lighthouse and life saving collections and artifacts in the museum’s inventory and serves as good reference to collectors on the subject. Well illustrated with photographs, the publication details the superb lighthouse and life-saving equipment in their collections, including the first-order Fresnel lens from Virginia’s Hog Island lighthouse, surfboats, lifeboats, Francis Life Cars, beach carts, wonderful vintage USLHE lightship models, fog horns, Lyle and Hunt beach apparatus carts, guns, post lanterns, lens lanterns, lamps, and more. A good general reference. Clean, nice. (VG+). $64.


11433 Herreshoff, L Francis The Common Sense Of Yacht Design

11433. Herreshoff, L. Francis. The Common Sense Of Yacht Design. The Rudder Publishing Co., New York, 1948. Blue Cloth. First Edition. 9 ½” by 12”. 176 pages. Volume II only of 2. Contains chapters 11-20: Drafting; Figuring displacement; Measurement rules; Power boat models; Choosing a cruiser; Marine hardware and fittings; Ground tackle; The sailing machine; Small craft; and Looks in relation to design. Lewis Francis Herreshoff (1890-1972), the son of Nathanael G. Herreshoff, was a naval architect, editor and author of numerous books and articles. As a young man, Mr. Herreshoff had the opportunity to work in each area of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. During World War I, he designed for the U. S. Navy, and he later worked for naval architect W. Starling Burgess. By 1926, he was self-employed, designing racing and cruising yachts, canoes, kayaks and other small craft. His racing yachts include a 1930 Americas Cup contender, the J class yacht WHIRLWIND; the almost unbeatable double-ended M class sloop ISTALENA; and the revolutionary R class sloops YANKEE and LIVE YANKEE. Herreshoff is known to most as a designer of superb racing and cruising craft, and they are all well represented in this scarce volume. It is difficult to be too effusive in praise of this title. There is a wealth of information here, not only for the yacht designer, the budding yacht designer, and the would-be yacht designer, but also for the great number of the rest of us who just enjoy reading about great boats and gear. The standards and concepts of yacht design espoused by Herreshoff have not substantially changed since the original publication of this book, though rigs and shapes might appear very different, many of the same principles obtain. A fascinating read! Thoroughly Illustrated. Clean, tight, moderate wear to wraps, tape-repaired spine. (VG-). $48.


4681g. Munroe, Kirk. FROM LIGHT TO LIGHT - The Cruise of the Armeria, (lighthouse) Supply Ship.

From Scribners Magazine, October 1896. 16pp. Describes the work of tenders re-supplying light stations with their needed provisions. Nicely illustrated. Describes a duty rarely touched on in most narrations. Disbound, clean, crisp. $11.


8248 Claflin, James W , LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFESAVING ALONG THE MASSACHUSETTS COAST

1998. 228p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the first volume in a series 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. (M) $21.99.


6677c (stereoview) Wood End Lighthouse, Provincetown, Cape Cod c 1870

Rare, early view by G.H. Nickerson provides an extremely rare view of the lonely lighthouse on Provincetown’s Wood End. This is a rare early view and shows good detail of the square brown (later painted white) light tower, identical to nearby Long Point Lighthouse, and the keeper’s dwelling as the keeper and his family look on. Moderate foxing, light wear, still an extremely rare, close view. (VG-). $46.


6105. Small, Isaac M., JUST A LITTLE ABOUT THE LOWER CAPE – PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE

[North Truro, MA .] 1922. 48pp. Soft wraps. Scarce early edition. Isaac Small was for sixty years the marine reporting agent stationed at Highland Light, whose duty it was to report incoming shipping. His experience and knowledge of this area of Cape Cod provide a solid background for this history and tales of the area. Born in Highland Village , North Truro in 1845, Mr. Small’s father was the Keeper at Highland Light, where he grew up. After graduating from school in 1863 he took charge of the Telegraph office at the light. Full of information on the lighthouses, the life-saving and the wrecks of the day, the Highlands of Cape Cod, Small’s own history, cottages in the area, and more. Illustrated with photos. 4TO. Contents clean, tight, only light wear to wraps. Extremely scarce. (VG+) $165.


5416b. Small, Isaac M., JUST A LITTLE ABOUT THE LOWER CAPE FROM PROVINCETOWN TO BREWSTER and the Journey of the Mayflower Pilgrims

North Truro , MA . May 1st, 1926 . 71pp. Soft wraps. Isaac Small was for sixty years the marine reporting agent stationed at Highland Light, whose duty it was to report incoming shipping. His experience and knowledge of this area of Cape Cod provide a solid background for this history and tales of the area. Born in Highland Village , North Truro in 1845, Mr. Small’s father was the Keeper at Highland Light, where he grew up. After graduating from school in 1863 he took charge of the Telegraph office at the light. Full of information on the lighthouses, the life-saving and the wrecks of the day. Illustrated with photos. 4TO. Contents clean, tight, only light wear to wraps, but becoming detached at spine. (G+) $58.


7119g. Small, Isaac M., SHIPWRECKS ON CAPE COD

North Truro , MA . May 1st, 1928 . 1st. 86pp. Soft wraps. Isaac Small was for sixty years the marine reporting agent stationed at Highland Light, whose duty it was to report incoming shipping. His experience and knowledge of this area of Cape Cod provides a solid background for this history of these prominent wrecks of the area. Born in Highland Village , North Truro in 1845, Mr. Small’s father was the Keeper at Highland Light, where he grew up. After graduating from school in 1863 he took charge of the Telegraph office at the light. Includes full information on the light, the life-saving and the wrecks of the day. Illustrated with photos. 4TO. Contents clean, tight, overall light browning from age, wraps nicely intact but with moderate sunning to portion. (VG-) $78.


1215. Sicchio, Mary. The Forgotten Cape: 1940-1960

Arcadia. 2007. 128p. Soft wraps. 180 vintage photographs. In the 1940s through the 1960s, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce promoted Cape Cod as an alluring vacationland where the blue begins, and the frets of life cease. At the same time, a young, exuberant man with a camera, Richard Cooper Kelsey, arrived in Chatham. Kelsey began compiling a photographic record of small town life, of Cape Cod tourist landmarks, and the real people of Cape Cod with precision and clarity. He portrayed a Cape Cod of much beauty and charm, an earlier, more youthful time, and a time just within reach of memory. The photographs in The Forgotten Cape: 1940-1960 were culled from the over 7,000 item Kelsey Collection of the Nickerson Room at Wilkens Library, Cape Cod Community College. Superb photographs, well worth it for the photos alone. (M). $21.99.


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