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by George Forbes
A Tale of the Sixteenth Century. 287 pages
$17.95
by Roy Norton
Being the Story of a Sailor's Life. 287 pages
$17.95
by William H.G. Kingston
Undoubtedly a source for Hornblower. 298 pages
$22.95
by W. Clark Russell
According to Kipling: One of the greatest of the sea writers! 818 pages
$29.95
by Erskine Childers
The classic (and very first) espionage novel. 298 pages
$24.95
by Charles Kingsley
One of the 100 best books on the American Sailor! (Eldridge). The beginnings! 415 pages
$24.95
by W. Clark Russell
. . . or, The Ship's Adventure. 454 pages
$22.95
by William Hope Hodgson
Hodgson's beautifully written fantasy of the wreck of the Glen Carrig and the weed people that attempt to devour survivors. 246 pages
$19.95
by Captain Marryatt
Another great Marryat story. 400 pages
$29.95
by Commander V. Lovett Cameron
One of the great American privateers. 323 pages
$24.95
by Sir Samuel W. Baker
A romance of the sea. 419 pages
$29.95
by Edward Howard
Humurous and authentic fiction of the days of sail. 377 pages
$24.95
by Jerome K. Jerome
We have two editions of this hilarious and well-known book. This is the first. 313 pages
$22.95
by William H.G. Kingston
... or, Here and There in the Pacific. 300 pages
$24.95
by William H.G. Kingston
A Book for Boys. 460 pages
$29.95
by Jack London
One of London's best known sea-works and not to be missed. 164 pages
$24.95
by William H.G. Kingston
Kingston's story of two young lads at sea for the first time. Not to be missed for lovers of Kingston. 412 pages
$29.95
by William Hope Hodgson
Another great piece of nautical fantasy from Hodgson. 268 pages
$19.95
by Jerome K. Jerome
The second of our two edditions. Hilarious and well-known. 271 pages
$22.95
by James Fenimore Cooper
A thrilling and entralling novel of adventure, romance, buccaneering and the Napoleonic wars by the great Cooper. 400 pages
$22.95
ADVENTURES IN SOUTHERN SEAS (Pub. No. 32)
George Forbes/ A Tale of the Sixteenth Century. 287 pages

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ADVENTURES IN SOUTHERN SEAS
or A Tale of the Sixteenth Century
by George Forbes

A fictionalized and illustrated account of the voyages of Dirk Hartog, Dutch navigator of the Sixteenth Century. "In the year 1801 was found by the chief coxswain of the Naturalist (a ship commanded by Captain Hamelin on a voyage of discovery performed by order of the Emperor Napoleon I) at Shark's Bay, on the coast of West Australia, a pewter plate of about six inches in diameter, bearing a roughly-engraved Dutch inscription which commemorated the landing in 1616 of Hartog on this coast." This fictionalized account has everything; giant sea spiders (squid), hopping creatures (kangaroos), etc., and it is interesting to read the melodramatic accounts of these sixteenth century sailors of what we now know to be quite ordinary creatures, well known to every schoolboy. It is even more interesting to compare these accounts with the accounts of the sailors in The Boats of the Glen Carrig. Those creatures have not been explained. . . but someday, . . . who knows? First published in 1920. Illustrated with four black and white paintings.

George Forbes, 287 pages

$17.95
DROWNED GOLD (Pub. No. 33)
Roy Norton/Being the Story of a Sailor's Life. 287 pages

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DROWNED GOLD
Being the Story of a Sailor's Life
by Roy Norton

 It's not really the story of a sailor's life--it's the story of 3 million dollars in gold sunk on a ship; it's about piracy and young love, and all of the things which go to make up a good sea yarn. Not to mention the very early diving coverage. It's all here in this book. First published in 1917. Illustrated with four paintings in black and white.

Roy Norton, 287 pages

$17.95
MIDSHIPMAN--MARMADUKE MERRY MY EARLY YEARS, THE (Pub. No. 34)
William H.G. Kingston/Undoubtedly a source for Hornblower. 298 pages

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THE MIDSHIPMAN--MARMADUKE MERRY MY EARLY YEARS
by William H.G. Kingston

For all you fans of Hornblower and Aubrey, here's another midshipman who is just as daring, just as brave, but has unfortunately suffered the neglect of time. When you read this, (regrettably the only work by Kingston dealing with Merry), you will soon come to see the strong influence that Kingston obviously had on C.S. Forester when he was crafting the Hornblower character. There can be no doubt that Merry was the progenitor of Hornblower. Even many of the incidents that occurred in the Hornblower series are present here; the frigate finding herself in the middle of the French fleet in the fog, the duel on the foreshore, the capture of the schooner by the boats' crew, etc. The difference between Kingston and Forester, is that this book was written contemporaneously with the Napoleonic wars and carries a particular verisimilitude because of it. The Midshipman also has one big benefit that the Hornblower and Aubrey series never had; the Bunyonesque character of Jonathan Johnson, the boatswain of the frigate Doris upon which Merry serves. The tales that he spins of his experiences in the service throughout the book are unique to say the least. The next time you are involved in a discussion of the relative merits of Hornblower and Aubrey, just whip out your copy of The Midshipman and cry out; "But what about Merry?" First published in 1864.

William H.G. Kingston, 298 pages

$22.95
OCEAN TRAGEDY, AN (2 VOLUMES) (Pub. No. 35)
W. Clark Russell/According to Kipling: One of the greatest of the sea writers! 818 pages

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AN OCEAN TRAGEDY
by W. Clark Russell

This is an extraordinary work. Reading it, one can feel stylistic echoes of Hawthorne, Doyle and even Poe. The pursuit of the schooner yacht Shark by the Bride, the yacht of the mad Sir Wilfred, is seagoing writing at its best. Russell's evocation of both calms and storms at sea, and the management of the yacht are educated and expert. Sir Wilfred's wife has run off with the dashing Colonel Hope-Kennedy, and Sir Wilfred means to get her back. This isn't going to be just a confrontation between cuckold and cuckolder, Sir Wilfred has armed the Bride with a long, brass, 18-pounder. The events are many, including the unfortunate death of a Portuguese seaman at the hands of the 18-pounder, the haunting of the Bride, the fortuitous capture of the two "lovers" in mid-ocean, the duel on the quarterdeck, the wreck of the Bride on the volcanic island that wasn't supposed to be there, and, best of all, the fossilized galleon on the crest of the island that can only be inhabited by the castaways after the water is drained out of her. There's a reason that Russell was considered among the finest writers of sea stories at the time, and a reason why Melville dedicated one of his books to Russell, and Russell dedicated this one to him. Melvill'es copy is in the Houghton Library at Harvard. First published in 1899.

W. Clark Russell, 818 pages

$29.95
RIDDLE OF THE SANDS, THE (Pub. No. 36)
Erskine Childers/The classic (and very first) espionage novel. 298 pages

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THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS
by Erskine Childers

Generally considered to be one of the first espionage novels and still one of the best, the emphasis on navigation and small yacht sailing makes it a superb sailing story as well. It is too bad that Childers was taken from us before he could perhaps have followed this up with another similar yarn. Four pocketed maps/charts.

Erskine Childers, 298 pages

$24.95
WESTWARD HO! (Pub. No. 39)
Charles Kingsley/One of the 100 best books on the American Sailor! (Eldridge). The beginnings! 415 pages

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WESTWARD HO!
by Charles Kingsley

Here's a tale of swashbuckling, young love, villainy, etc., etc., or, as the title page states. ". . the voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight of Burrough, in the county of Devon, in the reign of her Most Glorious Majesty Queen Elizabeth." Kinglsey was the author of The Water Babies, one of the most extraordinary children's books every produced. This edition of Westward Ho! is illustrated with 10 full-colour paintings by  N.C. Wyeth which are themselves most excellent! First published in 1920. Wyeth was recently honoured on a U.S. Postage Stamp of American Illustrators and the painting chosen for the stamp was from this book.
One of the 100 Best Books on the American Sailor (Elbridge S. Brooks)

Charles Kingsley, 415 pages

$24.95
MATE OF THE GOOD SHIP YORK, THE (Pub. No. 100)
W. Clark Russell/. . . or, The Ship's Adventure. 454 pages

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THE MATE OF THE GOOD SHIP YORK;
or, the Ship's Adventure
by W. Clark Russell

In the last days of sail, Russell spins a yarn with the ship as the central character; romance, true love, derring-do, evil-doers, etc. Before the "New Navy" comes fully to bloom, the good ship York will still give a good accounting for square rig. In his time, Russell was considered the best teller of sea stories that lived and his talents are clear in this volume.  Another Russell title is An Ocean Tragedy.

W. Clark Russell, 454 pages

$22.95
BOATS OF THE GLEN CARRIG, THE (Pub. No. 110)
William Hope Hodgson/Hodgson's beautifully written fantasy of the wreck of the Glen Carrig and the weed people that attempt to devour survivors. 246 pages

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THE BOATS OF THE GLEN CARRIG
by William Hope Hodgson

(From the fly-leaf). "Being an account of their Adventures in the Strange places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the Southward. As told by John Winterstraw, Gent., to his Son James Winterstraw, in the year 1757, and by him committed very properly and legibly to manuscript." (Contents): The Land of Lonesomeness, The Ship in the Creek, The Thing that Made Search, The Two Faces, The Great Storm, The Weed-Choked Sea, The Island in the Weed, the Noises in the Valley, What Happened in the Dusk, The Light in the Weed, The Signals from the Ship, The Making of the Great Bow, The Weed Men, In Communication, Aboard the Hulk, Freed, How We Came to our Own Country. William Hope Hodgson was one of the very earliest fantasy writers and one of the best and most literate. He was an artillery office during the Great War and was killed serving in this conflict. This volume can be enjoyed on three levels; lovers of the nautical will find the descriptions and events impeccably correct; lovers of horror and suspense will enjoy the monstrous creatures he invents, and lovers of fine writing will revel in the absolutely "Wedgewoodian" perfection of the language.  You wil find another Hodgson nautical volume here in The Ghost Pirates; an equally good read!

William Hope Hodgson, 246 pages

$19.95
PHANTOM SHIP, THE (Pub. No. 118)
Captain Marryatt/Another great Marryat story. 400 pages

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THE PHANTOM SHIP
by Captain Marryatt

Everyone should have at least one Marryatt in their nautical fiction collection. This is a good place to start! Phantom ships, curses, beautiful young damsels, miserly fathers, and everything comes out well in the end of course!

Captain Marryatt, 400 pages

$29.95
CRUISE OF THE BLACK PRINCE; PRIVATEER, THE (Pub. No. 120)
Commander V. Lovett Cameron/One of the great American privateers. 323 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE BLACK PRINCE; PRIVATEER
by Commander V. Lovett Cameron

Here's a jolly good sea yarn! It's got it all; true love, the rescuing of fair ladies in distress, sea battles galore, sturdy sailors and midshipmen, adventures in exotic foreign lands, treasure, letters of marque, boarding parties, cutlasses, muskets, pistols and cannon. The sea battles and seamanship are especially well described. Lovett-Cameron was a retired naval officer and his knowledge and expertise are very evident in this well-written and absorbing novel.

Commander V. Lovett Cameron, 323 pages

$24.95
CAST UP BY THE SEA (Pub. No. 121)
Sir Samuel W. Baker/A romance of the sea. 419 pages

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CAST UP BY THE SEA
by Sir Samuel W. Baker
with 10 illustrations by Huard

This is a real page-turner. We couldn't put it down once we had started it! If you are interested/amused/uplifted by tales of moral rectitude triumphing over selfish evil, good sea battles, life in England before Victoria, and stories that all turn out well in the end after many vicissitudes, this title is for you. Young Ned is cast up by the sea on the coast of Cornwall as an infant and adopted by his rescuer, the lovely Polly and her new husband. Paul, is a smuggler (not a notorious occupation in Cornwall at this time) and her rejected suiter a Coastgardsman. Ned, after achieving puberty is press-ganged aboard a British frigate, along with his faithful companion Tim, the former slave who he had saved from a wreck on the coast. Tim, Ned and Nero, the faithful Newfoundland dog endure many adventures and hardships aboard ship and in Africa after a prize is wrecked upon which they were serving as a prize crew. A treasure of a book! Ten illustrations.

Sir Samuel W. Baker, 419 pages

$29.95
RATTLIN THE REEFER (Pub. No. 142)
Edward Howard/Humurous and authentic fiction of the days of sail. 377 pages

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RATTLIN THE REEFER
by Edward Howard
edited by Captain Marryat

As far as can be gathered, this breezy and adventurous history is the true life-story of Edward Howard, the author, up to the time when he left the navy by reason of deafness. Not only is it extremely probable that the accounts of his early upbringing, his schooldays, his life as a midshipman on board the Eos are strictly true, but there is nothing here, however outrageous, that did not happen to many a young fellow whose boyhood was passed at the beginning of the last century. But Ralph Rattlin, or Edward Howard, was a manly, happy-go-lucky sort of fellow, and he tells his story with a nautical breeziness, a sailor-like humour, and an accuracy in detail that give it a place among the finest sea-yarns. In his vivid description of discomfort at sea he may justly be compared with Tobias Smollett, while in his reverie at the mast-head, as described in Chapter XXXIX, he even recalls the great sea-pictures in Melville's immortal story of Moby Dick. First published in 1836.

Edward Howard, 377 pages

$24.95
THREE MEN IN A BOAT--Collins Edition (Pub. No. 148)
Jerome K. Jerome/We have two editions of this hilarious and well-known book. This is the first. 313 pages

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THREE MEN IN A BOAT--Collins Edition
(To say nothing of the dog)
by Jerome K. Jerome
The Collins Edition, illustrated by Elizabeth Odling

Jerome Klapka Jerome was a very prolific novelist and playwright at the end of the nineteenth century, and the beginning of the twentieth. Although he wrote many books, this is his most famous work, and in the more than 100 years since it was first published has never been out of print.  Three Men In A Boat is the hilarious account of Jerome and two of his friends (together with a fox terrier named Montmorency) who hire a Thames River Skiff for a week's restorative journey on England's most famous waterway.  It is a book well known indeed for its humour but it is probably much less known that Jerome manages to inject quite a lot of the history of early England into the tale as he and his friends pass by some of the most important and ancient sites in the kingdom. Read it for the laughs or read it for the history, but it is a book that should be read!  We have republished this title in two editions because of the very good illustrations in each. The first is the Collins edition and the second is the Arrowsmith edition.

Jerome K. Jerome, 313 pages

$22.95
CRUISE OF THE MARY ROSE, THE (Pub. No. 154)
William H.G. Kingston/... or, Here and There in the Pacific. 300 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE MARY ROSE
or: Here and There in the Pacific
by William H.G. Kingston

Another great yarn by Kingston. We are slowly accumulating all of his works and will present them here one by one. Here, his locale is once again the Pacific and its terrors of coral reefs, cannibals, pirates, slavers and its numerous other impolite and immoderate residents. Always a good read.

William H.G. Kingston, 300 pages

$24.95
VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD, A (Pub. No. 160)
William H.G. Kingston/A Book for Boys. 460 pages

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A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
A Book for Boys
by William H.G. Kingston

Here's another of those remarkable nineteenth century (1884 in this case) books that were written for boys but make capital reading for adults of any age. Harry has the opportunity to ship out on the Triton under Captain Frankland for a merchant cruise around the world. On board, he and the captain's son Gerard experience many adventures of the sea and equally many exciting and dangerous experiences on land; stampeding bison, rampaging pumas, bandits and just about every other form of danger imaginable, not to mention the pirates who capture them and hold them prisoner. In addition to a rollicking good yard for young and old alike, Kingston's intent is to provide a lesson in the modes of living and values of foreign peoples; a task which he undertakes with great skill. This book is fascinating, not only for the adventurous writing, but for the glimpses of the early history of a large number of cultures and the way in which these cultures were viewed in the nineteenth century. From old Europe, to the Amazon the Falklands, Early California, Hawaii the South Seas and Japan to back home again, these cultures are described. Illustrated with 38 engravings.

William H.G. Kingston, 460 pages

$29.95
SEA WOLF, THE (Pub. No. 164)
Jack London/One of London's best known sea-works and not to be missed. 164 pages

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THE SEA WOLF
by Jack London

What a stunning read! If you have never read Jack London, this may be the one to start with. Not only are the scenes aboard the Ghost maritimely impeccable, but the conflct between Humphrey Van Leyden and Wolf Larsen are as basic and as fundamental as water against fire. Was there ever a nautical character as massively complex as Wolf Larsen? Was there ever a fundamental metamorphosis as thorough and complete as that of Van Leyden's? We doubt it on both counts!

Jack London, 164 pages

$24.95
MY FIRST VOYAGE TO SOUTHERN SEAS (Pub. No. 190)
William H.G. Kingston/Kingston's story of two young lads at sea for the first time. Not to be missed for lovers of Kingston. 412 pages

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MY FIRST VOYAGE TO SOUTHERN SEAS
by William H.G. Kingston

Another great tale by Kingston. Those who know his works can fully expect in this book to receive the full measure of natural and cultural history together with nautical adventure that is his wont to provide. It is not possible to read a Kingston adventure and not come away with a better understanding of the peoples and customs of the nineteenth century; especially those of the less developed nations of the world. His coverage of natural history is equally as entertaining. His usual procedure is to follow the adventures of his young heroes as they voyage around the world and this title is no different. Young Ralph Marsden ships out as a Midshipman on the Orion; an armed merchantman to find his lost brother Alfred; lost and none no where. In spite of drunken captains; brutal mates, pirates, marooning, he perseveres, and since this is a nineteenth century novel, he of course succeeds; but how we'll leave it up to you to find out. A thoroughly entertaining read! Illustrated with five colour plates.

William H.G. Kingston, 412 pages

$29.95
GHOST PIRATES, THE (Pub. No. 220)
William Hope Hodgson/Another great piece of nautical fantasy from Hodgson. 268 pages

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THE GHOST PIRATES
by William Hope Hodgson

Another masterwork by Hodgson. One of the unique things about this author was his uncanny ear for language. Contrast this nineteenth century, ghostly, maritime tale with the Elizabethen language of  The Boats of the Glen Carrig. Here the slang is accurate, the accents flawless and the language fascinating. Not to mention the extraordinary story of the Mortzestus , the doomed ship attacked by the ghost pirates that repeatedly sail up from the bottom of the ocean to wreak bloody havoc on the crew.

William Hope Hodgson, 268 pages

$19.95
THREE MEN IN A BOAT --Arrowsmith Edition (Pub. No. 261)
Jerome K. Jerome/The second of our two edditions. Hilarious and well-known. 271 pages

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THREE MEN IN A BOAT --Arrowsmith Edition
(To say nothing of the dog)
by Jerome K. Jerome
The Arrowsmith Edition, illustrated by A. Frederics

Jerome Klapka Jerome was a very prolific novelist and playwright at the end of the nineteenth century, and the beginning of the twentieth. Although he wrote many books, this is his most famous work, and in the more than 100 years since it was first published has never been out of print.  Three Men In A Boat is the hilarious account of Jerome and two of his friends (together with a fox terrier named Montmorency) who hire a Thames River Skiff for a week's restorative journey on England's most famous waterway.  It is a book well known indeed for its humour but it is probably much less known that Jerome manages to inject quite a lot of the history of early England into the tale as he and his friends pass by some of the most important and ancient sites in the kingdom. Read it for the laughs or read it for the history, but it is a book that should be read!  We have republished this title in two editions because of the very good illustrations in each. The first is the Collins edition and the second is the Arrosmith edition.

Jerome K. Jerome, 271 pages

$22.95
WING-AND-WING, THE (Pub. No. 265)
James Fenimore Cooper/A thrilling and entralling novel of adventure, romance, buccaneering and the Napoleonic wars by the great Cooper. 400 pages

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THE WING-AND-WING, or Le Feu-Follet
by James Fenimore Cooper

Another of Cooper's fine sea stories; this time set in the Meditteranean. A French privateer battles what seems to be the entire British Navy. A very good read and a really good introduction to that fastest of all sailing ships of the time, the French lugger. Fastest that is until they had to tack!

James Fenimore Cooper, 400 pages

$22.95
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