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London: Macmillan, 1980.
Blue boards. Small corner crease to one leaf (pp 95-96); page edges faintly yellowed; else a fine copy, no previous owner names, in a fine, price-clipped dust jacket. A World War I nautical novel and an uncommon book in first edition. Based on the tragedy of the battle-cruiser Invincible, Admiral Hood's flagship and the pride of the RN, blown up 31 May, 1916, during the battle of Jutland. 1026 men were lost, only 6 survived. The novel takes four fictional sailors and traces their lives from before the war to the day of calamity.
$30.00                          Book Number: 13396                          Order / Enquire

CLOSE, Robert S.
THE DUPE: A Story of the Sea
New York: Vanguard Press, 1947.
Octavo, yellow boards. Yellowing to pagree edges; tan spot to fore margin of verso of rear free endpaper; VG otherwise, no owner names. Dust jacket has chips, tears, bit of soiling to rear panel; good. Australian author. Precedes the 1948 Australian edition.
$22.00                          Book Number: 36503                          Order / Enquire

CULLUM, Ridgwell (pseudonym of Sidney Groves Burghard)
Toronto: Ryerson, 1932.
Octavo, red cloth lettered in black. pp 471. Blue top page edges faded, with small spots; soft ripples at centre of title leaf; 1 cm tear to fore edge of pp (7-8), else fine and bright, no owner names. The dust jacket nicks and slight rubbing at spine ends; yellowing to blank rear panel; spine shows some yellowing, with blue panel at top sunned to grey; otherwise VG+, flap price intact, quite nice. A tale of sailing around the Horn in a windjammer in order to expose a drug smuggling operation. His girl friend is captured by the chief smuggler and held in a vast cave on the Scottish coast. Hubin II p. 205. Made from sheets of the US edition.
$60.00                          Book Number: 35752                          Order / Enquire

London: Michael Joseph, 1952.
Blue cloth. Light yellowing to endpapers & page edges; minor rubbing to spine tips & lower edges of covers; else fine, no previous owner marks. Price-clipped black dust jacket has slightly tanning, sunning to spine; slight rubbing to folds; nicks and rubbing to spine tips; one inch tear to front panel; VG otherwise, still quite attractive.
$25.00                          Book Number: 11693                          Order / Enquire

Boston: Little, Brown, 1970.
Two tone blue boards. Soft vertical crease to front free endpaper and first five leaves; slight sunning to dark blue top page edges; VG otherwise. VG jacket is price-clipped; tiny rubbed chips to spint tips; very slight spine darkening. WWII naval adventure stories. UK edition was in 1971.
$19.00                          Book Number: 2286                          Order / Enquire

London: Michael Joseph, 1962.
Blue boards. Page edges tanned, else a VG+ copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has nicks, slight rubbing, to spine ends, VG+ otherwise, flap price intact
$19.00                          Book Number: 40979                          Order / Enquire

GOLDING, William
London: Faber, 1989.
Black boards. Canadian publisher's complimentary copy for review, with sheet laid in. Fine in fine jacket. The third volume of his sea trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth.
$19.50                          Book Number: 43210                          Order / Enquire

SEA WHISPERS. Illustrated by Bert Thomas
London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date (1926), 1926.
Blue cloth stamped in black. pp 312, (8, ads) + 12 plates. Erasure on front pastedown has caused some paper thinning; private lending library rubber stamp on rear pastedown; a bright, near fine jacketless copy otherwise. 12 short stories, including "The Interruption", which was the basis for the 1955 British crime film noir "Footsteps in the Fog," starring Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons. Lamerton A18a.
$19.00                          Book Number: 44723                          Order / Enquire

London: Methuen, 1909.
Orange pictorial cloth stamped in black, spine gilt lettered. pp (viii), (304) + 45 pp Sept. 1909 catalogue + 12 plates by Will Owen. Light tanning to endpaper & tissue guard at frontispiece (with offset tanning to title leaf); tanning and slight foxing to page edges; spine very lightly darkened; inner hinges cracked but firm: VG+ otherwise, no owner names. Lamerton A13a.
$30.00                          Book Number: 44725                          Order / Enquire

JORDAN, Humfrey
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1938.
Octavo, light blue cloth. Very light damp spotting to covers, yellowing and a bit of foxing to page edges, else fine, bright & tight, no owner names. Dust jacket has a once inch creased and rubbed tear to upper inner corner of front cover internally mended; light yellowing to spine and rear panel, with light dust soiling to rear panel; VG otherwise. "This is the story of a few days in the life of an English mailship alone in the Pacific." Cyclone, a distinguised passenger is found dead.
$30.00                          Book Number: 40120                          Order / Enquire

KENT, Alexander
New York: Putnam's, 1970.
Dark maroon cloth, gilt. Small two line private owner rubber stamp on front free enpaper, half-title leaf, and last (blank) page, else fine. Dust jacket has light rubbing at inner and outer corners of front panel, two short tears to rear panel, corner crease to rear flap, VG otherwise, colours bright, flap price intact, attractive. The third Bolitho novel.
$30.00                          Book Number: 38004                          Order / Enquire

KENT, Alexander (pseud. of Douglas Reeman)
New York: Putnam's, 1976.
Blue-green cloth. Minute foxing to page edges, else a fine copy. Dust jacket has tiny nicks to spine tips, faint scarcely noticable rubbing, else fine, flap price intact. The 10th Bolitho nautical adventure novel.
$25.00                          Book Number: 12253                          Order / Enquire

KENT, Alexander (pseud. of Douglas Reeman)
New York: Putnam's, 1974.
Blue cloth. Gilt spine lettering dulled, with author hard to read; light rubbing to spine tips; small light pencil erasure to front free endpaper; spine a bit concave; VG otherwise. Price-clipped dust jacket has minute nicks to spine tips; minor rubbing; near fine otherwise, colours bright, no chips or tears.
$18.95                          Book Number: 12267                          Order / Enquire

KENT, Alexander (pseud. of Douglas Reeman)
New York: Putnam's, 1977.
Light blue cloth, endpaper maps. Small foxing spots to top page edges; minor rubbing to spine tips; tiny white spots to upper spine; else a fine, clean, unworn copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has nicks and small creases to spine tips; minor rubbing; nearly fine, colours bright, flap price intact, no chips or clips.
$20.00                          Book Number: 12268                          Order / Enquire

KENT, Alexander (pseud. of Douglas Reeman)
New York: Putnam's, 1979.
Blue cloth. Light sunning to extreme edges of covers, else fine in fine jacket. The 12th Richard Bolitho novel. Battle of Copenhagen, 1801.
$19.00                          Book Number: 4441                          Order / Enquire

KENT, Alexander (pseud. of Douglas Reeman])
Toronto: Stoddart, 1990.
Octavo. Blue boards. ADVANCE COPY FOR REVIEW, with "Review Copy - Not for Sale" rubber stamped to front free endpaper. Text paper lightly yellowed as usual; else fine in fine jacket. The 19th Richard Bolitho sea novel.
$19.00                          Book Number: 15525                          Order / Enquire

KIPLING, Rudyard
"CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS": a story of the Grand Banks
New York: Century, 1904.
Early printing (first was in 1897). Green pictorial cloth stamped in red, black, and gilt, top edges gilt, 21 full page illustrations. Spine just a little darkened, page edges lightly yellowed, ink owner name at front, else a VG+ copy, attractive, clean, unworn. One of the great sea novels, basis of the 1937 film classic starring Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy (Best Actor Academy Award), and Lionel Barrymore.
$29.95                          Book Number: 47675                          Order / Enquire

MARMUR, Jacland
SEA DUTY and other stories of naval action
New York: Holt, 1944.
Grey cloth. Spine faintly yellowed, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has small chips to ends of lightly tanned spine, VG otherwise. Thirteen short narratives originally published in the Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Liberty & other magazines. Jacket art and lettering is by Edgard Cirlin (1913-73), Montreal-born commercial artist who studied at Cooper Union under noted jacket artist George Salter. Cirlin was said to be just about the best calligrapher around.
$35.00                          Book Number: 44724                          Order / Enquire

(MARRYAT, Frederick)
PETER SIMPLE, or adventures of a midshipman... (VOLUME I ONLY, of 3)
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1833.
Octavo, pp [2], 216, (18, ads). Original buff boards and tan cloth spine, paper spine label, untrimmed. Spine a bit sunned, rubbed, shallow chips at ends, three inch tear to front joint neatly repaired, label worn and mostly not legible; front inner hinge neatly repaired with modern rice paper replacement to upper inner corner; foxing early and late, occasionally in text; short tear and small chip to rear free endpaper; page edges yellowed; else a VG copy. The correct first edition, preceding the 1834 British edition which was published in a three volume format (one of his scarcest British firsts per Sadleir). This American edition is scarcer.
$30.00                          Book Number: 47267                          Order / Enquire

VICTORIOUS TROY or the Hurrying Angel.
Toronto: Macmillan, 1935.
Red cloth, black top page edges. Light rubbing to foot of spine; fore edges yellowed; tanning to pastedowns from binding materials; else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has rubbing, shallow chips, & short tears to spine tips; red author name on spine slightly sunned; edge tears to panels; two inch corner tear to rear panel internally repaired; good. A sea novel set in the South Pacific in 1922. A full-rigged sailing ship caught in a violent storm is saved by an 18 year old apprentice, based on a true story. Made from the US edition.
$19.95                          Book Number: 14520                          Order / Enquire

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