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  • BLACK JACKS: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail. by Bolster, W. Jeffrey
    Bolster, W. Jeffrey
    BLACK JACKS: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, (1998). SIGNED - A comprehensive look at black seafaring in the age of sail - "Seafaring was one of the most significant occupations among both enslaved and free black men between 1740 and 1865. Tens of thousands of black seamen sailed on lofty clippers and modest coasters. They sailed in whalers, warships, and privateers. Some were slaves, forced to work at sea, but by 1800 most were free men, seeking liberty and economic opportunity aboard ship.. . Black Jacks examines not only how common experiences drew black and white sailors together - even as deeply internalized prejudices drove them apart - but also how the meaning of race aboard ship changed with time. He…

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    Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, (1998). SIGNED - A comprehensive look at black seafaring in the age of sail - "Seafaring was one of the most significant occupations among both enslaved and free black men between 1740 and 1865. Tens of thousands of black seamen sailed on lofty clippers and modest coasters. They sailed in whalers, warships, and privateers. Some were slaves, forced to work at sea, but by 1800 most were free men, seeking liberty and economic opportunity aboard ship.. . Black Jacks examines not only how common experiences drew black and white sailors together - even as deeply internalized prejudices drove them apart - but also how the meaning of race aboard ship changed with time. He traces the story to the end of the Civil War, when emancipated blacks began to be systematically excluded from maritime work." INSCRIBED on the title page. Maps, illustrations. Notes, index. vii, 310 pp. ISBN: 0-674076273.

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    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (inscription on dedication page, minor wear).

    Book ID: 75161
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  • Fisher, Leonard Everett
    THE DEATH OF EVENING STAR: The Diary of a Young New England Whaler.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, 1972. dj. Hardcover first edition - A story set back in the days of whaling in New England in 1840. Illustrated with woodcuts by the author.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good+ dustjacket (some rubbing and light wear to the edges.)

    Book ID: 12968
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  • THE DILIGENT: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade. by Harms, Robert.
    Harms, Robert.
    THE DILIGENT: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Basic Books (Perseus Group), 2002. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dustjacket flap: ' Drawing upon the recently discovered private journal of First Lt. Robert Durand, recreates the macabre journey of a French slave ship and interweaves it with the dramas of its slave route. The result is a detailed look at the voyage of a single slave ship that also sheds new light on the collaborative nature of the slave trade and how it shaped morality, politics and economics on three continents.' 'The Diligent' began her journey in Brittany in 1831, traveled along the African coast, and then to Martinque where the slaves were delivered for working on the sugar plantations. Recipient of an award…

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    New York: Basic Books (Perseus Group), 2002. dj. Hardcover first edition - From the dustjacket flap: ' Drawing upon the recently discovered private journal of First Lt. Robert Durand, recreates the macabre journey of a French slave ship and interweaves it with the dramas of its slave route. The result is a detailed look at the voyage of a single slave ship that also sheds new light on the collaborative nature of the slave trade and how it shaped morality, politics and economics on three continents.' 'The Diligent' began her journey in Brittany in 1831, traveled along the African coast, and then to Martinque where the slaves were delivered for working on the sugar plantations. Recipient of an award from the J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project for nonfiction writing. Illustrations, Appendices, Notes, Index. 466pp. . ISBN: 0-465-028713.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (as new, remainder line.)

    Book ID: 25310
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  • YANKEE SAILS TO CHINA: An American Adventure. by Maloy, Lois.
    Maloy, Lois.
    YANKEE SAILS TO CHINA: An American Adventure.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1943. dj. Hardcover first edition - "Daniel and Deborah were the children of a sea captain, and by accident they went on a Clipper ship to China." An enjoyable and rather hard to find book which explains the China trade and sailing to older children. Published during World War II, this also served to introduce China, our ally then, in a friendly way. Illustrated by the author. Bibliography. 210 pp. Map endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in blue cloth in a good dust jacket (a few small chips, overall edgewear to the dj, original price of $2.00 still present) .

    Book ID: 60426
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  • MOTOO EETEE: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. by Rogers, Irv. C.
    Rogers, Irv. C.
    MOTOO EETEE: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World.

    Edition: First edition.

    Ithaca, New York: McBooks Press, (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first novel, a grim story of survival set in 1820 on a tiny island in the South Pacific. The Dove, loaded with sealskins and oil, is en route to China from the rocky islands far south of New Zealand, but when a fierce gale wrecks the Dove, only four men make it ashore. Glossary. 386 pp. ISBN: 1590130189.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43964
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  • ROGUE WAVE and Other Red-Blooded Sea Stories. by Taylor, Theodore.
    Taylor, Theodore.
    ROGUE WAVE and Other Red-Blooded Sea Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of short stories for young adults by this award-winning author. 184 pp. ISBN: 0-15-201408x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 50189
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  • MUTINY'S CURSE. by Thrapp, Dan L.
    Thrapp, Dan L.
    MUTINY'S CURSE.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback.

    Tulsa, OK: River Oak, (2002). First edition - From the back cover: "History records that Fletcher Christian led a mutiny of the crew on the HMS Bounty. Captain Wm Bligh and eighteen other men were put aboard a launch in the South Pacific. And Christian? It is equally well known to historians that he and his crew settled on Pitcairn Island, where descendents of the Bounty still live more than two centuries later. What isn't as well known is that historical records indicate Fletcher Christian escaped Pitcairn and also returned to England. Thrapp weaves together historical fact with brilliant imagination to create a modern classic that depicts a man who does not believe he can ever escape the curse…

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    Tulsa, OK: River Oak, (2002). First edition - From the back cover: "History records that Fletcher Christian led a mutiny of the crew on the HMS Bounty. Captain Wm Bligh and eighteen other men were put aboard a launch in the South Pacific. And Christian? It is equally well known to historians that he and his crew settled on Pitcairn Island, where descendents of the Bounty still live more than two centuries later. What isn't as well known is that historical records indicate Fletcher Christian escaped Pitcairn and also returned to England. Thrapp weaves together historical fact with brilliant imagination to create a modern classic that depicts a man who does not believe he can ever escape the curse of the Captain he betrayed - nor his own sin against God." The author's final novel, published posthumously. 509 pp. ISBN: 1589199499.

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    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated wrappers (light crease on back cover.)

    Book ID: 56786
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  • GALLIONS REACH. by Tomlinson, H. M.
    Tomlinson, H. M.
    GALLIONS REACH.

    Edition: First American edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1927. Hardcover first edition - The first novel by the writer best known for the classic "The Sea and the Jungle" and in itself considered a minor classic of sea-going fiction. Illustrated with a frontispiece and three inserted plates. Red and black illustrated endpapers. 237 pp.

    Condition: Very good in black cloth (some shelfwear, a bit of rubbing to the spine and a faint ring on the front cover, but overall quite sturdy and clean) no dust jacket .

    Book ID: 48727
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