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1 (Beach, Joseph Perkins). Delgado, James P., editor THE LOG OF APOLLO: Joseph Perkins Beach's Journal of the Voyage of the Ship APOLLO from New York to San Francisco 1849
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1986. First edition: one of 550 copies printed. Publication number 183. With eight plates (two fold-out) including two maps and a facsimile journal page. Hardcover. Fine in vivid, blue cloth with printed labels to front cover and spine; original clear dust jacket that has yellowed somewhat with age. Tipped-in frontis-illustration of San Francisco from Telegraph Hill showing the Apollo at the wharves. Large octavo. 
Comprehensive journal of the 8-month voyage, kept by the owner's son, and published here for the first time; accompanied by descriptions of Beach's career before and after the trip. The first definitive biography of a member of the "Gold Rush Fleet." 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 Clark, Arthur H. THE CLIPPER SHIP ERA: An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews 1843-1869
New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1910. First edition: Superb association copy: the front endpaper has been SIGNED, dated (1910) and inscribed by the author to Admiral Samuel W. Very. Hardcover. Front and rear hinges cracked, nicks and tears to a few leaves, mild foxing to the endsheets, gilt spine titles worn, and covers show some rubbing and wear, else an about very good copy; no dust jacket. 404 pages; appendices, index. 32 illustrations. 
"Far and away the best account of the clipper, by a man who was an officer of one in his youth."--Ralph Paine. Very (inventor of Very's night signal system) has annotated and corrected the passages which pertain to him. Unique copy of a key work. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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3 de la Croix, Robert SHIPS OF DOOM: True Tales of the Sea
New York: The John Day Company, (1962). First U.S. edition. Translated from the French by Edward Fitzgerald. 192pp. Hardcover. Light wear to the edges, else a fine copy in black cloth stamped in yellow; in pictorial dust jacket with a trace of edgewear and one very short closed edge tear and attendant mild creasing. A lovely copy. Splendid jacket art by Charles Walker. 
Fifth in de la Croix's series of books on mysteries and adventures of navigation history focuses on sea-going disasters, both famous and little-known. First published in France as NAVIRES SAN RETOUR and in England as SHIPS THAT DID NOT RETURN. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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4 du Petit-Thouars, Abel VOYAGE OF THE VENUS: Sojourn in California. Excerpt from Voyage autour du monde sur la fregate Venus pendant les annees 1836-1839
Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1956. First edition thus. Translated by Charles N. Rudkin. Hardcover. Near fine in cloth-backed decorated boards and paper spine label; untrimmed fore-edge. 12mo. With 10 plates (eight hand-colored) delicately illustrating the flora, fauna and native populace of the region explored. 
This quaint little volume draws from the captain's official report of the French frigate Venus' voyage of scientific exploration, and offers a valuable mid-century European portrait of Monterey and Lower California. Early California Travels Series #35. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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5 Gaby, James, Capt. MATE IN SAIL
(Artarmon): (Antipodean Publishers), (1974). First edition. Hardcover. Boards slightly splayed, minor damp rifling to a few pages, else a near fine copy in colorfully illlustrated dust jacket with a few short closed edgetears. 
Quarto. 287 pages, glossary. Profusely illustrated with text and photographic plates, reproductions from paintings, some in color. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 Robbins, Capt. Charles Henry THE GAM: Being a Group of Whaling Stories
New Bedford: H.S. Hutchinson & Company, 1899. First edition. Sea-green cloth with an embossed ship illustration and titles to the front cover, spine titles gilt. Hardcover. A good copy: attractive nautical bookplate to the front pastedown that has offset to the front endpaper, hairline crack to the front hinge, foxing to the first few endsheets, soiling to some pages, covers display wear, soiling, fading, and staining. 
Whaling adventures of Capt. Charles Henry Robbins recalled in this lively account of earlier experiences. Introduction by Edward E. Hale. 203 pages. Illustrated with drawings and photographic plates. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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