NEW BEDFORD, FAIRHAVEN AND DARTMOUTH SIGNAL BOOK. 1855.

[New Bedford]: Compiled and published by William C. Taber, Jr., [1855]. 81pp., printed on rectos only. Black half calf and blue cloth boards. Spine rubbed and lightly worn; head of spine chipped. Cloth lightly soiled and dampstained. Contemporary advertisement pasted on front pastedown. Titlepage lightly soiled. Minor foxing and soiling to text. Slightly later (1874) manuscript annotations throughout. About very good. Item #WRCAM41715

A signal book for New Bedford and the surrounding area, with handcolored flags and annotations throughout. Each flag is headed by the name of the agents, with a list of the ships which may be flying that flag off to the right. The work is divided into three sections, "Red, White and Blue," "Red and White," and "Blue and White," denoting the different color schemes of the flags. A contemporary advertisement for John Kehew's Navigation Store in New Bedford is pasted inside the front cover. A nice specimen, annotated by a native of the area. A rare American color plate book with navigational and maritime interest.

Price: $1,750.00