HARBOUR

[ Commander Augustus Jacob, RN. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Augustus Jacob') to his brother 'Gay', one written from Balaclava Harbour during the Crimean War, the second describing an action he was involved in with cossacks and field guns.

Author: 
Commander Augustus Jacob (1839-1893), RN [ The Crimean War; FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan ]
Publication details: 
First letter [from Balaclava Harbour in the Crimea ] on board HMS Leopard, 12 December 1854. Second letter on board HMS Excellent, 7 December 1859.
£280.00

Jacob was one of the ten children (seven sons) of Archdeacon Philip Jacob (1803-1884). Both items are in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. ONE: 'HMS Leopard | Dec 12th. 1854'. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. To 'My dearest Brother'. The fifteen-year-old Jacob has a shaky grasp of spelling and punctuation.

Engraved map, dated 5 April 1786, captioned 'A Map of the Channels and Lands from Appledore Dowls [Kent] and Black Wall to Rye Harbour [Sussex].' [Illustrating proposed embanking and a new cut to the River Rother.]

Author: 
[Charles John Downes, cartographer?] [Anonymous 1786 map of 'the Channels and Lands from Appledore Dowls [Kent] and Black Wall to Rye Harbour [Sussex].]
Publication details: 
'5th. April, 1786.'
£225.00

Nicely printed on thick watermarked laid paper, roughly 56 x 78 cm. Plate dimensions roughly 40.5 x 64 cm. Even creases from folding of map four times. Fair, with a little discoloration along folds and very slight wear and loss fold junctions. At foot of plate: 'The Scale is 96 Rods to One Inch.' Only two copies of this item located: the first, in the British Library Department of Maps describes it as showing 'existing and intended drainage systems. Engraving style and date suggests hand of Charles John Downes, engraver for maps accompanying Hasted's History of Kent'.

The Siting and Design of Harbours.

Author: 
Ernest James Buckton (1883-1973) [dock and harbour engineering]
Publication details: 
Vernon Harcourt Lecture Session 1954-55. London: Published by the Institution of Civil Engineers, 1956.
£75.00

Pamphlet, 8vo: 50 pp + 8 pp of plates. Stitched. In original blue printed wraps. Minor staining. 56 diagrams in text (figs 1-56), which is followed by 17 photographs (figs. 57 to 73) as plates on art paper. Good, on lightly aged paper, with bottom corner at rear dogeared and slight wear and small stain to wraps. Presentation copy: 'No charge' in pencil on front wrap, which also carries the light ownership stamp of 'P. P. GRIFFITHS' at the head. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC.

[Leith Docks.] Printed circular headed 'At a Meeting of Persons interested in the affairs of the City, held in the Waterloo Hotel on 13th February 1836, to consider the measures proper to be adopted in reference to the Proposal of Mr LABOUCHERE'.

Author: 
[Alexander Wright; William Macdonald, Convener [Henry Labouchere (1798-1869), 1st Baron Taunton; Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish; Leith Harbour and Docks]
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 13 February 1836.
£130.00

3pp., folio. On two loose leaves, each with one torn edge. The blank reverse of the second leaf is addressed in manuscript to 'The Bank of Scotland, | Edinbr', with two postmarks and pencil docketting. The heading is followed by a long list of those present, beginning with 'Mr THOMAS MILLAR, for the Incorporation of Skinners and Furriers' and ending with 'ALEXANDER WRIGHT, Esq. chose Preses'. There follows a minute of the meeting by 'ALEX.

Two glass slides of Edwardian photographs of New Quay, North Cornwall, the first showing the harbour and the second a crowd around a horsedrawn lifeboat.

Author: 
[Edwardian photographs of harbour and lifeboat at New Quay, North Cornwall]
Publication details: 
[Edwardian.]
£28.00

The slides, apparently from a newspaper library, are both bound in 8 cm glass squares, with the black and white images themselves in good condition and unfaded. Each carries a manuscript caption in white ink on the black mount. The first slide - 'Harbour, New Quay' - shows a view down into the Harbour, with stone pier and fishing boats. The second - 'Lifeboat. New Quay, N. Cornwall' - shows a procession a distant view of a crowd of men and women in Edwardian dress on a beach before a large rock around a lifeboat being drawn away from the water by four horses.

Viking with a Loose Shelailleigh. Tales from Irish America. [playscript]

Author: 
Peter Dee [Peter Rogers Dee] (1939-1999), New York playwright and poet
Publication details: 
[Unpublished typescript.] [Circa 1992.]
£100.00

Photocopy of word processor typed print-out. 8vo, [ii] + 53 pp. Good. In plastic binder. Title carries Dee's address. Second page lists the twelve sections of the play. Loosely inserted is a photocopy of a long review, with photograph, from the East Hampton Star, 26 March 1992, of 'a dramatic reading' of the play at Canio's Books, Sag Harbor. The play was not published, and there are no copies of this item on WorldCat or COPAC.

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