Naval History from Eveleigh Books
Naval History from Eveleigh Books.
By Michael Stillman
We have received our first catalogue from Eveleigh Books and Stamps of Dover, Massachusetts. The title is Naval History, and each of the 150 books offered fits neatly under this heading. These books cover the development of navies over the past 200 years, and naturally, many of these works deal specifically with wars and battles. Again as might be expected, the greatest concentration of works concerns the Second World War, the last in which naval battles played such a prominent role. Since that time, while navies have provided major patrolling and support services, pitched naval battles have been far more limited. For those who collect in the field of sea power and war, Eveleigh will have titles of undoubted interest. Here are a few.
For those interested in early American naval forces, item 001543 is John M. Niles' Life of Oliver Hazard Perry... Commodore Perry was one of America's earliest naval heroes. He had commanded a ship during the First Barbary War, a successful attack on the pirates and pirate states of North Africa just after the turn of the 19th century. However, he is best known for his success in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. There were not a lot of successes on either side in this stalemate of a war, but Perry's was one of the more notable ones. Perry is remembered, when his ship went down, for rowing under heavy fire to another to resume his command. However, this edition goes beyond the Perry biography to include Future Prospects of the Navy of the United States... and a Biography of General Pike, and a View of the Leading Events in the Life of General Harrison... Pike would be Southwest explorer Zebulon Pike, of Pike's Peak fame, while Harrison would be Old Tippecanoe, William Henry Harrison, United States President for all of one month two decades later. The book includes engravings of the aforementioned military leaders and others such as Commodores William Bainbridge and Stephen Decatur, heroes of the War of 1812 and Barbary Wars, and Captain James Lawrence, War of 1812 hero famous for his dying command, "Don't give up the ship." Priced at $115.
Here is an account of the War of 1812 with an aside to the Second Barbary War: The Naval Monument Containing...Accounts of All the Battles Fought Between the Navies of the United States and Great Britain During the Late War; and an Account of the War with Algiers...by Abel Bowen, published in 1830. Bowen celebrates the courage of the American commanders of the time, noting, "The war found us with captains and has given us admirals." Item 003354. $182.50.
Today we don't worry too much about having enough trees to produce boats, but in the days before iron ships, it was a major issue. The need for timber influenced British colonial, trade, forest and other policies in that era. The situation is described in Forests and Sea Power. The Timber Problem of the Royal Navy 1652-1862, by Robert Albion, published in 1926. Item 001088. $50.
Naval History from Eveleigh Books
American War of 1812 hero Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.
The timber problem began to fade, as described in this book by James Phinney Baxter, with the Introduction of the Ironclad Warship. This 1933 book takes us to the early days of ironclad ships, including photographs and sketches, through information found in British, French and American archives. Item 004091. $74.50. While most of the ironclads still used wooden hulls, this would come to an end within a few decades of the introduction of those ships. Item 004123 provides a look at the early American steel-hulled ships: The American Steel Navy: A Photographic History of the U.S. Navy from the Introduction of the Steel Hull in 1883 to the Cruise of the Great White Fleet. 1907-1909. This extensive survey was written by John Doughty Alden and published in 1972. $105.
The high mark of naval warfare would come in World War II. Item 004108 is the first American edition of a very comprehensive work on this period: Naval Weapons of World War Two, by John Campbell, published in 1985. It includes over 500 illustrations and 350 tables of data for those interested in the details of naval weaponry during this worldwide conflict. $325.
Item 004069 is an enormous collection of the magazine of the U.S. Naval Institute, United States Naval Institute Proceedings. Included are over 950 issues, many from 1903-1926, and almost all issues from 1929 through August 2006. There is a wealth of information about the U.S. Navy during the 20th century in these pages. $3,750.
You may reach Eveleigh Books and Stamps at 508-785-0931 or email@example.com.