Stebbins, Nathaniel L.

Stebbins' Illustrated Coast Pilot First Edition SECOND STATE

Stebbins' Illustrated Coast Pilot- Part 1- The Coast of New England from New York to Eastport Maine including Bays and Harbors.

DESCRIPTION: Very rare SECOND STATE of the FIRST EDITION of this antique, late 19th century landmark in coastal navigation from the notable Boston-based marine photographer Nathaniel Stebbins. An interesting late 19th century artifact that combined the (then) new technology of photography with the oldest known form of recorded navigational instructions- written sailing directions. (See second state differences at bottom).

Stebbin's fascinating antique coast pilot first demonstrated the practical application of photography to navigation, a field long dominated by man-made representations of coastal features. Contains numerous photographs of key landmarks and navigational aids accompanied by textual sailing directions. Among the hundreds of photographs are Stepping Stones lighthouse, Execution Rocks lighthouse, Stamford Harbor lighthouse, Bartlett Reef light vessel, Newport Harbor lighthouse, Hen and Chickens light vessel, Vineyard Sound light vessel, Hyannis wharf and range lights, Great Round Shoal light vessel (appears to be a decrepit wreck of a sailing vessel), Nantucket lighthouses at Brant Point and Great Point, and the Boston and Marblehead lighthouses.

We are not aware of an earlier coast pilot containing photographic coastal images.

This second state of the first edition differs from the first state as follows (see photographs):
  • Cover title contains additional "Part I".
  • For photographs some are annotated with a purple ink overstamp: "For changes see end of book."
  • Supplement (4 pages) added near end of volume: "Corrections, additions, and changes to March 1st, 1892."
  • Single page added as the final page: "Corrections to January 1st, 1893."

CREATOR: Stebbins, Nathaniel L.



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Original canvas covers slightly stained from usage. Binding tight. Pages generally good though slightly thumbed. Uniform age toning.

COLORING: Black and White


SIZE: 11 " x 8 "


PRICE: $400


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