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Omoo by Herman Melville
First Edition in Hard Slip Cover Case

Original First Edition by this classic American novelist.
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Two Maritme Engravings of Naval Actions
The Taking of Gibralter and The Sea Fight of Malaga

Two period engravings of naval actions are mounted in an antique burl frame.

On the left, "The Taking of Gibraltar" shows a fleet of English ships in the Bay of Gibraltar, facing the Rock of Gibraltar." This engraving bears the name Hulett Sculp in the lower right.

On the right, "The Sea Fight of Malaga, August 13, 1703" depicts nearly 50 ships at battle off Malaga. This engraving is signed C.Du.B of c. Fecit, and at the bottom reads, "Publish'd According to Act of Parliament"

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Attack On Forts Hatters and Clark
American Civil War Lithograph

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Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California
Sepia-Lithograph printed by Kurtz & Allison, Chicago

An exceedingly rare and desirable image of Avalon from the turn of the century. Nestled safely at Catalina Islandís southeast channel, the town is the emotional and economic heart of the island. Shown here are important early buildings, such as 1890's Holly Hill House on the foreground ridge and Hotel Metropole at the shore in front of steamer pier. More than half the town shown would be lost in a 1915 fire. Combined with the natural topography and the diverse marine activity shown in the bay, it is a complete scene.

An absolute Southern California destination for tourists and locals, Catalina Island has hosted and served as home to humans for centuries. Europeans first made landings in the late 16th Century. It evolved through a series of ownerships and visions to be popular resort destination by the 1890s. Shown in the bay are an arriving passenger steamship, most likely one of the Wilmington Transportation ships out of Long Beach. Among the other various craft and numerous glass bottomed boats for underwater viewing is the most prominent of these ships, the Sidewheeler CLEOPATRA. In all, the islandís population was estimated to be about 500 in the winter, and 8,000 during the summer, and they all traveled by ship.

The lithograph presents the town from a birdís-eye-view. The sharply colored image is in a complete matte border to present the title fully, while another edition of this print was later done in color accents with a border. This image is pictured in the book California on Stone by Peters on page 41 and as number 56 in Views & Viewmakers of Urban America by reps. This original print is one of only five we have seen to date of either version.

Image measures 17" x 23", with Title block 19" x 25" - Framed size is: 31" x 37"

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Captain Cook's Voyages to the Pacific
Three-Volume First Editions with Folio Atlas

Captain James Cook, explorer of the Pacific Ocean, and the three, first-edition volumes of his fateful third and final voyage over the Pacific Ocean, in the firsthand accounts published in 1784. With the large folio image book of the first edition works from the travels. Beautifully rebound, this is an superior three-volume first edition set with the engraving that make the entire set so special.

One of the best titles in all of the history of exploratory literature, the page reads: " Captain Cook. Voyage to the North Pacific Ocean for Making Discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere and to Determine the Position and Extent of the West Side of North America, its Distance from Asia and the Practicality of a Northern Passage to Europe."

This superior three-volume set is beautifully rebound some time ago, and it comes with the large folio atlas and images that make it a fascinating read and visual account of the voyages. A must have for any lover of Hawaii, the Age of Exploration and/or Captain Cook.

Captain Cook. Large Folio Atlas to the Third Voyage, Published by Order of the Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty W. Strachan and T. Cadell, London, 1773, 1777 and 1784.

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The Battle at La Hague
Plate Engraving from the Original in King George III's Collection

An epic conflict at sea off the coast of France in May of 1693, the action was painted by period artists, including George Chambers and Philadelphia-born Benjamin West, who sailed to London in 1763 and became a painter to the Court fo King George III. His original work for the monarch has been in the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, U.S.A., since 1959.

The full title of the engraved work completes the dedication and attribution of the artists involved: "This Plate Engraving from a picture of The Battle of La Hogue In His Lordship's Collection is Dedicated by His Lordship's Much Obliged adn Most Obedient Humble Servants - Benjamin West & William Woollett."

The British and Dutch powers responded to an attempt by Louis XIV of France to return James II, a fellow Catholic, to the throne of England. The resounding 5-day defeat off the shore of La Hogue ended this plot decisively. Still, it is recorded that West employed a healthy dose of artistic license in his patriotic image.

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