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by Jules Michelet
A gorgeously illustrated romance of the sea by the famous French philosopher, Jules Michelet. 397 pages
$25.95
by John Harper
An essential volume for the rock-pool investigator and collector. 397 pages
$25.95
by R.M. Ballantyne
A beautiful volume of the life in the sea. 246 pages
$19.95
by Rev. J.G. Wood M.A. F.L.S
Including Hints for an Aquarium. 230 pages
$19.95
by Edward Howland
A graphic description of maritime adventures, achievements, explorations & discoveries. 712 pages
$64.95
by Arthur Mangin
.. from the French of Arthur Mangin, Translated, Edited and Enlarged. 463 pages
$34.95
SEA, THE (Pub. No. 86)
Jules Michelet /A gorgeously illustrated romance of the sea by the famous French philosopher, Jules Michelet. 397 pages

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THE SEA
by Jules Michelet

What better title to start off this section than The Sea by Michelet. A notable French historian and anthropologist at the turn of the century, (a volume of his was carried by Stevenson on his Inland Voyage), here Michelet turns his attention to the mysterious, dominating, seducing, bewitching sea. That medium upon which we cruise and without which we could not survive. This lovely volume has a little bit of everything; scholarly studies of the smallest of the sea's inhabitants, romantic stories of storms, careful and loving views of the shore and the foreshore. The illustrations are nothing short of extraordinary; eight full-page paintings of the sea in every aspect; from the tropic storm to the glittering, arctic silence. First published in 1875 . 8 beautiful full-page, sepia-tone illustrations.

Jules Michelet , 397 pages

$25.95
GLIMPSES OF OCEAN LIFE-ROCK POOLS AND THE LESSONS THEY TEACH (Pub. No. 87)
John Harper/An essential volume for the rock-pool investigator and collector. 397 pages

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GLIMPSES OF OCEAN LIFE
Rock Pools & the Lessons They Teach
by John Harper

Harper has the unique ability to combine scholarly research and reporting with truly lyrical writing. Here's an example; "The classical reader will not fail to remember Pliny's statement of a small crab, Pinnotheres veterum, which is always found to inhabit the Pinna,--a large species of mussel. This latter animal being blind, but muscularly strong, and its juvenile companion quick-sighted but weak of limb, the crab, it is said, always keeps a sharp look-out, and when any danger approaches, he gladly creeps into the gaping shell for protection. Some writers assert, that when the bivalve has occasion to eat, he sends forth his faithful henchman to procure food. If any foe approaches, Pinnotheres flies for protection with his utmost speed to the anxious bosom of his friend, who, being thus warned of danger, closes his valves, and escapes the threatened attack. When, on the contrary, the crab loads himself with booty, he makes a gentle noise at the opening of the shell, which is closed during his absence, and on admission, this curious pair fraternize, and feast on the fruits of the little one's foray." This book is full  of these little jewels! For those cruisers who enjoy gunkholing and exploring the tidal pools of distant shores, this volume is a must! also contains an excellent Glossary of Scientific Terms. First published in 1890. Illustrated with line drawings and 12 colour mono-tone plates.  Another title of interest would be The Common Objects of the Sea Shore, by Reverend Wood.

John Harper, 397 pages

$25.95
OCEAN AND ALL ITS WONDERS, THE (Pub. No. 78)
R.M. Ballantyne/A beautiful volume of the life in the sea. 246 pages

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THE OCEAN AND ITS WONDERS
by R.M. Ballantyne

A gem of a book! Let us just quote a favourite passage. ADVENTURES OF A PARTICLE OF WATER.. . ."It is curious and interesting to note the apparently insignificant instruments which God has seen fit to use in the carrying out of his plans.  The smallest coral insect that builds its little cell in the southern seas exercises an influence in the production of the Gulf Stream. It has been said, with some degree of truth, that one such insect is capable of setting in motion the entire ocean. The coral insect has, in common with many other marine creatures, been gifted with the power of extracting from sea water the lime which it contains, in order to build its cell. The lime thus extracted leaves a minute particle of water necessarily destitute of that substance.  Before that particle can be restored to its original condition of equality, every other particle of water in the ocean must part with a share of its superabundant lime! The thing must be done.  That bereaved particle cannot rest without its lime.  It forthwith commences to travel for the purpose of laying its brother-particles under contribution; and it travels far and wide-round and round the world. Myriads upon myriads of coral insects are perpetually engaged in thus robbing the sea water of its Lime; shells are formed in a similar manner: so that our particle soon finds itself in company with innumerable other particles of water in a like destitute condition.  It rises to the surface.  Here the sun, as if to compensate it for the loss of its lime, bestows upon it an unusual amount of heat; and the surrounding particles, not to be outdone, make it almost unlimited presents of salt.  Full to overflow with the gifts of its new companions, it hastens to bestow of its superabundance on less favoured particles; joins the great army of the ocean's currents; enters, perchance, the Gulf of Mexico, where it is turned back, and hastens along with the Gulf Stream, with all its natural warmth of character, to ameliorate the climate of Great Britain and the western shores of Europe.  Having accomplished this benevolent work, it passes on, with some of its heat and vigour still remaining, to the arctic seas where it is finally robbed of all its heat and nearly all its salt, and frozen into an icicle--there for many a long day to exert a chilling influence on the waters and the atmosphere around it. Being melted at last by the hot sun of the short arctic summer, it hurries back with the cold currents of the north to the genial regions of the equator, in search of its lost caloric and salt, taking in a full cargo of lime, &c., as it passes the mouths of rivers. Arrived at its old starting-point, our wanderer receives once more heat and salt to the full, parts with its lime, and at once hastens off on a new voyage of usefulness--to give out of its superabundance in exchange for the superabundance of others: thus quietly teaching man the lesson that the true principles of commerce were carried out in the depths of the sea ages before he discovered them and carried them into practice on its surface." First published in 1879.

R.M. Ballantyne, 246 pages

$19.95
COMMON OBJECTS OF THE SEA-SHORE, THE (Pub. No. 139)
Rev. J.G. Wood M.A. F.L.S/Including Hints for an Aquarium. 230 pages

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THE COMMON OBJECTS OF THE SEASHORE
Including Hints for an Aquarium
by Rev. J.G. Wood M.A. F.L.S
with Twelve Colour Plates by J.E. Sowerby

While concentrating mostly on the seashores of the British Isles, this work is applicable to almost any temperate Northern Hemisphere coastal environment. The colour plates by Sowerby are particularly impressive; clear and impeccably drawn. The Reverend Wood is at considerable pains to recommend suitable plants and animals for salt-water aquaria and his categorization of those plants and animals which will thrive in close proximity to each other are particularly useful. This book was recommended by Vanderdecken in his master-work,Yachts and Yachting. Another title of the Sea Shore is Glimpses of Ocean Life: Rock Pools and the Lessons They Teach.

Rev. J.G. Wood M.A. F.L.S, 230 pages

$19.95
OCEAN'S STORY--OR, TRIUMPHS OF THIRTY CENTURIES (Pub. No. 173)
Edward Howland/A graphic description of maritime adventures, achievements, explorations & discoveries. 712 pages

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OCEAN'S STORY--OR, TRIUMPHS OF THIRTY CENTURIES
A Graphic Description of Maritime Adventures,
Achievements, Explorations, Discoveries and Inventions;
and of the Rise and Progress of Ship-Building and Ocean Navigation
from The Ark to the Iron Steamships.
by Edward Howland

A truly encyclopedic work! Divided into six sections, these are: Section I.--From the Earliest Times to the commencement of the Christian Era; Section II.--From the Commencement of the Christian Era to the Application of the Magnetic Needle to European Navigation, A.D. 1300; Section III.--From the Application of the Magnetic Needle to European Navigation to the First Voyage Round the World under Magellan: 1300-1519; Section IV.--From the First Voyage Round the World to the Discovery of Cape Horn: 1519-1616; Section V.--From the Discovery of Cape Horn to the Application of Steam to Navigation: 1616-1807; and Section VI.--From the Application of Steam to Navigation to the Laying of the Atlantic Cable: 1807-1858. Just about everything you ever need to know about the history of seafaring and men upon the ocean can be found here. The list of illustrations is far too long to include here but there are over 200 of them!

Edward Howland, 712 pages

$64.95
MYSTERIES OF THE OCEAN, THE (Pub. No. 174)
Arthur Mangin/.. from the French of Arthur Mangin, Translated, Edited and Enlarged. 463 pages

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THE MYSTERIES OF THE OCEAN
from the French of ARTHUR MANGIN
Translated, Edited, and Enlarged
by W.H. Davenport Adams

An extraordinary work on the world's oceans! From the contents; Book I.--History of the Ocean: Birth of the Ocean; Water; The Universal Ocean; Pluto and Neptune; The Deluges; The Division of the Globe;  Book II.--The Phenomena of Ocean: The Tides, The Circulation of Ocean, The Gulf-Stream, Rivers, Prairies, and Glaciers, The convulsions of Ocean, The Atmosphere and the Winds, The Tempests; Book III.--The Marine World: The Phosphorescence of the Sea, The Workmen of the Sea, Ocean-Gardens--The Aquarium, The Fossils, Plant-Animals, The Medusadæ and Asteriadæ;, The Crustacea, The Mollluscoida, Cuttle-Fish and Calamaries, The Sea Serpant, Fishes of Ocean, The Cetacea--Whales, The Cheonidæ, the Sea-Birds; Book IV.--Man and the Ocean: Navigation, The Fisheries, Whale-Hunting, Seal-Hunting, The Divers, Man's Tributes to the Sea. Another superb work on the oceans; as our readers have come to expect, this is another tour-de-force in every aspect of what happens in that briny deep upon which we sail so blithely. It is incumbent on every true sailor to try to understand, to the best of his or her ability, the medium upon which we sail! Profusely illustrated.

Arthur Mangin, 463 pages

$34.95
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