New York: United States Naval Institute, (1957). Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue cloth covered boards yellow title to front board and to spine. Light edgewear to exterior. Decorative endpages. Black and white photo frontis. Black and white photographic illustrations throughout. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front and spine panels. Wear to dust jacket includes minor chipping and rubbing, as well as one closed tear to the front panel and one closed tear along the front hinge. Dust jacket in protective cover. With index, 364 pages. Maryland History. MD/071719. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
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High Falls, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2010. Hardcover. Artist's Proof. The edition included 30 copies. Signed by the artist and writer. A powerful work on the famed Salem witch trials that is the result of a decade’s long collaboration between the book artist, Maureen Cummins, and poet Nicole Cooley, based on their research at the American Antiquarian Society while resident artists. The book pairs Cooley’s cycle of poems, written specifically for this book, with images from a penmanship book of stern biblical commandments kept by a Salem boy, Josiah Peele, in 1808-09. The book seeks “to trace the psychic reverberations of the witch trials on subsequent generations” (artist’s statement). Each of Cooley’s thirteen poems is written from the voice and perspective of one of the participants in the trials. They represent the accusers and accused, survivors and condemned, focusing primarily, as the trials did, on the women. They are presented chronologically, beginning with the slave Tituba, the first accused, and ending with the girl Susannah Martin, who refused to confess to being a witch. Printed on Johannot paper with the endpapers done on a handmade Belgique sheet. The poems are printed offset with the titles in letterpress. The images are silkscreen printed. She states that the covers are like vintage writing slates such as Josiah Peele might have used. The book’s binding allows for multiple structures - that of a codex or concertina, or as a “theater in the round” that presents the chorus of voices within. Housed in a black linen box decorated with the marks of the accused, who were unable to sign their names. Maureen’s work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Size: 7 x 8 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated (45 pages). ARTB/092319. Fine.
Charlottesville: For the Mariners Museum by the University Press of Virginia, (1976). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Beige cloth covered boards with brown title to spine. Minor fading to spine panel, minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor foxing to boards. Inside flap of dust jacket is pasted to front free end paper. Previous owner's address sticker to top corner of front paste down. Else is clean and bright. Index, 306 pages. MAR/081319. Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1936. Hardcover. First Edition. Black cloth boards with heavily faded gilt title to spine and emblem of a ship in gilt to front cover. Wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Minor discoloration to boards. Pencil notations and underlining (mostly lines and checkmarks) to margins of many interior pages. Occasional spots of soiling. A good reading copy. 435 pages. AMER/071819. Very Good.
Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. COMMEMORATIVE NUMBERED AND SIGNED FIRST EDITION PRESENTED TO GEOFFREY M. FOOTNER. NUMBER 18. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends and corners. Presentation plate with author's signature pasted to front free end paper. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Slight wear to dust jacket includes light rubbing and a small black stain to bottom edge of front panel. Index, 227 pages. MAR/081619. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Baltimore: The Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America, (1997). Hardcover. 8vo. Near Fine in very good+ illustrated dust jacket with gilt title to front panel and gilt and green title to spine panel. Fading to spine and minor rubbing and scuffing to dust jacket. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations and maps throughout. Index, 262 pages. BALT/090519. Near Fine / Very Good.