Very Good. Item #5687
Salem: The Essex Institute, 1924. Reprinted from the Essex Institute Historical Collections Volumes LVII and LVIII. Four volumes. Octavos; 173pp, 168pp, 164pp, 175pp.. Black and white photographs throughout. Blue paper-covered boards and navy cloth spine with mounted black and white ship illustration to fronts and gilt lettering to spines.
The volumes are chock full of tales of surviving tsunamis, encounters with pirates, and unforeseen travails of dealing in the spice trade (the pepper itself might eat away at your timbers).
All volumes show light wear to spine ends and edges, with Series III fading along bottom edge. Series II and III have "Marine Arts / Salem, Mass," written on front free endpaper. Gilt lettering on spine of Series IV a shade darker than the other three. Bindings are sound and interiors otherwise unmarked.
Subtitles for each volumes are as follows: Series 1: A History of the Pepper Trade with the Island of Sumatra; Series 2: A History of the 'George,' 'Glide,' 'Taria Topan' and 'St. Paul,' in trade with Calcultta, East Coast of Africa, Madagascar, and the Philippine Islands; Series 3: A History of the 'Astrea,' 'Mindoro,' 'Sooloo,' 'Panay,' 'Dragon,' 'Highlander,' 'Shirley,' and 'Formosa,' with some account of their Masters, and other Reminiscences of Salem Shipmasters; Series 4: A History of the European, African, Australian, and South Pacific Islands Trade as carried on by Salem Merchants, particularly the firm of N.L. Rogers and Brothers.