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New Bedford:: Augustus Taber. Press of Benjamn Lindsey.. [1848].. 8vo. 7-3/4" x 4-7/8". 1st edition thus, i.e., for this year. 91, [1 (blank)] pp. Lacks leaf with p. 41, the divisional t.p. for "Red & White".. Period brown cloth boards with modern respining with maroon leather. 'Signal Book' stamped in gilt to front board.. General binding wear. Browning & spotting to paper. Tipped-in. period advert to front paste-down, for ÒJohn Kehew, Navigation. Store.Ó PO pencil annotation to almost every page, showing updates,. deletions, additions. Some leaves with edgerash, and "Fairhaven. Signals' divisional title leaf lacks thumbsize piece to fore-edge. [not affecting text]. Withal, an About VG copy of a rare book.. New Bedford founded c. 1760, and from the War of 1812 through ~ 1860 was the nation's leading whaling port. This volume contains drawings of signal flags used by shipping agents of these towns, with lists of the vessels operated by each agent. Flags and lists are grouped by flag colors: red, white and blue; blue and white; red and white; red and blue; followed by a section of Fairhaven Signals, presented in the same schema; the book concluding with 11 pages of indexes to agents and vessel names. This particular copy further enriched with 21 additional hand-drawn / colored signals, on 7 pages in the Fairhaven portion, [presumably] added by the previous owner, "E. H. Woodbridge". Per a search of OCLC, Taber issued these Signal Books during New Bedford's heyday, i.e., fl. 1837 - 1855, however, OCLC does not record any copies of this particular year [they record 6 different publication years in the referenced 2 decades]. . Flags, usually 3 per leaf, printed recto only, hand colored [primarily red & blue].
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