1. book-aesthete:

    Le roman de Tristan et Iseut
    Joseph Bédier, ed. Paris: L’Édition d’art, 1926.

    Gorgeously bound version of the beloved Celtic Arthurian legend, here in Bédier’s French rendition — an attempt to reconstruct the ideal original version of this oft-retold romance. The text is attractively printed, each chapter opening with a large foliate capital.

    Binding: 20th-century hand-painted vellum, front cover with sailing ship between decorative bands accomplished in a style reminiscent of the Bayeux Tapestry, spine with title and decorations, back cover with castle tower and distant ship motif. Publisher’s original tan paper wrappers with Celtic motifs bound in.

    (via yama-bato)

  2. yajifun:

    saikaku safuranko : oranda denpo / Unknown

    阿蘭陀傳方 犀角蕃紅花香(さいかくさふらんかう) 絵師不明 1842年

    “天保十三壬寅歳 小 三ふらん香 五かんや六しを八わらけて 十分に成? 極上薬”

    (via yama-bato)

  4. mondonoir:

    IJszeilboot/Ice sailboat, A. Terrier, January 17, 1600

    In the 17th century, it was so cold that meteorologists spoke of a Little Ice Age. The ice sailboat addressed the challenge of transporting goods over frozen lakes and rivers.

    (via yama-bato)

  5. yama-bato:

    Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
    Wakasa Province, a Fishing Boat Catching Flat Fish in a Net
    Series; Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces

    Wakasa Province, a Fishing Boat Catching Flat Fish in a Net by Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)

  6. yama-bato:

    An example from
    Courtesy of www.natureoforder.com

  7. "No Pluckier Set of Men Anywhere"
    The Story of Ships and Men in Damariscotta and Newcastle, Maine

    Newcastle, ME: Lincoln County Publishing Co, 1994. 148 pp; well-written history of the shipbuilders and communities of Darmariscotta and Newcastle, ME; profusely illustrated with b & w photos, line drawings, reproductions of advertising, etc.

    (Source: muffyaldrich, via moewie)

  9. The Tudor Pattern Book

    on BibliOdyssey

  13. Josiah Taylor. “Fifth Annual Sailing Barge Match" London: 1868. Lithograph by J. Taylor

    16 1/4” x 28 1/4” - Lithographed print of a Thames sailing barge race. The Thames sailing barges were a commercial boat used on the Thames River during the nineteenth century. They were flat-bottomed and so could float in very shallow water; it was said that they could sail wherever a duck could swim.

    Their maneuverability and shallow draft made them perfect to work the Thomas and its estuary, though they were used elsewhere around England. Beginning in 1863, a barge owner, Henry Dodd, began an annual race for the barges, for fun, pride, to hone the sailing skills of the sailors, and to encourage improvements in design.

    Dodd was a plough boy who made a fortune disposing London’s waste using the barges; upon his death in 1881 he left £5000 for future match prizes, ensuring the continuation of the races.

    The matches have been run intermittently since, and they are now considered the world’s second oldest sailing race, after the America’s Cup. This lovely print shows the fifth annual race, in July 1867. It was drawn, lithographed and published by Josiah Taylor, a well-known marine artist of the period.

    The Philadelphia Print Shop; Marine Department

  14. Rowing to the sailing ship (1940s)
    Photographer: Heinz von Perckhammer, Berlin