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The George Henry Preble Collection

at the Navy Department Library


Compiled By
Vice Admiral George W. Emery, USN (Retired)


Foreword

In 2004 the Booz Allen Hamilton Corporation bequeathed a grant to the Naval Historical Foundation to be applied in part to the identification, documentation and preservation of the Rear Admiral George Henry Preble collection at the Navy Department Library.

A noted naval officer, author and scholar, Admiral Preble served in the Navy from 1835 until his retirement in 1878. He assembled an extensive personal library of books and documents related to the sea that included perhaps the finest and only complete collection of United States Navy Registers, 1814-1881. He gathered and bound hundreds of documents and publications of the Navy Department into twenty-four volumes of Naval Tracts. In addition he authored dozens of articles for magazines and periodicals, and several full-length books.

Most of the many titles that comprise this catalog were donated by Admiral Preble to the Navy Department and were recorded in the Navy Department Library’s Accession Ledger on 7 June and 30 July 1883. Over the past century these volumes became scattered among the library’s holdings and lost their association with the collection. It is with pleasure and satisfaction that the library’s volumes of the Admiral Preble Collection are reunited in this publication.

I wish to thank Jean Hort, former Director of the Navy Department Library, who inspired this project, Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.), Executive Director of the Naval Historical Foundation and Glenn Helm, the current Director of the Navy Department Library, for their support and encouragement in its completion, and the Library’s Technical Information Specialist, Davis Elliott, for his unrelenting assistance in searching for and locating many of the volumes listed in this catalog, and for formatting this electronic publication.


George W. Emery
Vice Admiral, United States Navy (Retired)

25 October 2006



Rear Admiral George Henry Preble
A Biographical Sketch



The Eastern Cemetery near Munjoy Hill on the eastern promenade of the city of Portland, Maine is the final resting place for a number of Naval personalities. Among them are the commanders of opposing sailing ships who fought an action off the Maine coast during the War of 1812. Captain William Burrows, United States Navy, and Captain Samuel Blyth, Royal Navy, were killed while commanding, respectively, the American sloop Enterprise and the British sloop Boxer during a heated action off Monhegan Island in September 1813. Both men are buried at Eastern Cemetery. Mere yards from their burial stones lie the remains of two of Portland’s, and America’s, more prominent early Naval Officers: Commodore Edward Preble of Barbary War fame and his nephew Rear Admiral George Henry Preble, a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars, a noted naval historian and author, and donator of the collection of books and pamphlets in the Navy Department Library described in the accompanying catalog.

George Henry Preble was born in Portland on 25 February 1816 to Enoch and Sally (Cross) Preble. Enoch was the older brother of Commodore Edward Preble. Both were sons of provincial Brigadier General Jedidiah and Mehitable Preble, early settlers of Portland. At nineteen, after working for several years as a bookstore clerk, George sought and received a midshipman’s warrant in October 1835. From 1836 to 1840 he cruised in the Mediterranean and West Indies on the United States, Warren, Macedonian, Levant and Erie. In 1841 after a six-month course of instruction at the Naval School in Philadelphia he was warranted Passed Midshipman and assigned to the Florida Expedition in pursuit of the Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War. From 1843 to 1845 Preble was acting lieutenant on the St. Louis during her round-the-world cruise during which he commanded an armed landing party in Canton in support of the American consulate. Returning home on leave in 1845 he married Susan Zabiah Cox, together producing four children, three of which, Henry Oxnard, Susie Zabiah and George Henry Rittenhouse, survived infancy.

In 1846 and 1847 Preble deployed to the Mexican coast as master and executive officer of the schooner Petrel participating in the surrender of Alvarado, Laguna, Tampico and Panuco, and in the siege of Vera Cruz and the fortress of San Juan de Ulloa. After promotion to Lieutenant and two years with the Coast Survey during which he joined the frigate St. Lawrence as escort for the Coast Survey’s exhibit at the World’s Fair in London, Preble was detailed to the frigate Macedonian assigned to Matthew Calbraith Perry’s Japan Expedition. During that mission, at Perry’s direction, he commanded the chartered steamer Queen on survey missions of Japanese islands and bays, and the American steamer Confucius with which he destroyed several pirate junks and prepared sailing directions for Shanghai. (A copy of these sailing directions is bound in Volume 3 of Naval Tracts recorded in this catalog.) In 1856, after an absence of three years, he returned home for a year’s duty as Lighthouse inspector along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts.

In his final pre-Civil War assignment Preble was once again in the Pacific on a two-year assignment as executive officer of the steam-sloop Narragansett. Back on the East coast in January 1862, Preble assumed command of the steam-gunboat Katahdin joining Farragut’s squadron and participating in the battles for New Orleans and Vicksburg.

In July 1862 Preble was promoted to Commander and given command of the steam-sloop Oneida, then blockading Mobile Bay. Here, while Oreto’s speed was limited, reportedly to facilitate repairs to her boilers, the fast Rebel cruiser Oreto (later the Florida) flying a British ensign ran the blockade despite Preble’s warning shots and subsequent broadside. Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles summarily dismissed Preble for failing to halt and capture Oreto. Within six months, however, the injustice of this action admitted, President Lincoln nominated him for restoration to the rank of Commander and an immediate return to active duty. The Navy reluctantly complied, but assigned Preble command of the old sailing-sloop St. Louis and sent him cruising the eastern Atlantic for Confederate cruisers. Ironically while on this duty Preble once again fell in with the Florida, then attempting to recoal and replenish at Madeira. Once again Florida, with her superior speed, fled the scene, this time while Preble and St. Louis were becalmed.

Late 1864 found Preble assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and in command of a naval brigade composed of some 500 sailors and marines. Joining an Army force in support of General Sherman’s march to the coast, the brigade engaged in severe actions at Honey Hill, South Carolina and near Tuliffiny Crossroads, Georgia where Preble and his men were commended by Admirals Porter and Dahlgren for conspicuous gallantry. In 1865, Preble’s wish for another steam-powered ship was granted when he was detailed to command the State of Georgia in which he sailed to Panama to support American national interests. While on that station he rescued more than 600 passengers from the American steamship Golden Rule wrecked near Aspinwall, an act for which he was again publicly commended.

Post-war assignments included inspector general at the Boston Navy Yard, chief of staff of the North Pacific Fleet and commander of the Fleet’s Flagship Pensacola in the rank of Captain, and command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Preble was promoted to Rear Admiral on 30 September 1876 and assigned to command the South Pacific Station, a position he occupied until his retirement from the Navy in 1878 after 43 years of dedicated service to the Navy and the Nation. He died while living near Boston on 1 March 1885.



Bookplate from "Synopsis of George Henry Preble's Services." "We heareth gules, on a pale or, between four lion's heads errassed argent, three diamonds sable, by the name of Prebble and was confirmed by Wm. Flower Norry, on the 20th October, 1585, and the 27th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, to George Prebble, of the city of York, Esquire, one of the Queen's Justices of the Peace within the East Riding of York. A man well born, and descendant of worthy progenitors. The property of [signed] George Henry Preble, Captain U.S.N." George Henry Preble did not relax in retirement. Pursuing an avocation that had followed him for many years, Preble continued to add to his personal library of books associated with the sea, and to write and publish his reflections of Navy people and ships. He was an active member of the New England Historical Society, the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Historical Societies, and a frequent contributor to the New England Register and The United Service magazine among others.

By the time he retired Preble was already a well-published authority on naval matters. In 1862 soon after his fleeting engagement with Oreto off Mobile Bay he published The Chase of the Rebel Steamer of War, Oreto. In 1868 he published a Genealogical Sketch of the first Three Generations of Preble’s in America. The Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts published his 108-page essay The First Cruise of the United States Frigate Essex in 1870. His exhaustive history of the origin and use of the American flag, perhaps the work for which he is best remembered, was first published in 1872 as Origin and Progress of the Flag of the United States of America, with several subsequent editions including an 1880 edition, a copy of which, one that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor, is described in the following catalog. This catalog also includes Preble’s manuscript description of the Oreto affair and subsequent correspondence entitled Synopsis of Geo: Henry Preble’s Services in the Western Blockading Squadron from Jan. 14 to Oct. 12 1862…(c1870). In 1875 he teamed with Walter C. Green in Boston to publish the Diary of Ezra Green M.D., Surgeon on board the Continental Ship-of-War “Ranger,” under John Paul Jones, from November 1, 1777, to September 27, 1778. Born in 1746; Died in 1847. With Biographical Notes and a Biography. It was likely that the Navy Register. 1805-6. Annotated by Geo. Henry Preble, was published in the same year.

In retirement Preble’s pen continued to flow. Henry Knox Thatcher, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy, was published in 1882, and his second masterpiece, a work he had been developing for over two decades, A Chronological History of the Origin and Development of Steam Navigation. 1543-1882, was published in 1883.

Even posthumously Preble’s writings continued to be published. In 1892 the Navy Department published Preble’s 219-page History of the United States Navy-Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., and in 1962 the University of Oklahoma published The Opening of Japan. A Diary of Discovery in the Far East, 1853-1856. From the Original Manuscript in the Massachusetts Historical Society by Rear Admiral George Henry Preble. A copy of this diary, with many drawings executed by Preble that are not illustrated in the book, is available on microfilm at the Navy Department Library.

Preble’s personal papers may be found in several repositories including the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the New Hampshire Historical Society.

The compiler acknowledges the following sources for the above biographical sketch:

American National Biography. vol. 17. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999): 823-824.

Hamersly, L. R. A Naval Encyclopedia. (Philadelphia, PA: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881): 662-663.

Paine, Nathaniel. Biographical Notice of Rear-Admiral George H. Preble. Worcester, MA: Priv. Print [Press of Charles Hamilton], 1885. [Reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, April 1885.].



The Collection


(Anonymous) British Naval Biography. Comprising The Lives Of The Most Distinguished Admirals, From Howard To Codrington: With An Outline Of The Naval History Of England. Second Edition. London: Printed for Scott, Webster, and Geary, 1840.

18mo; x & 665pp. Bound in modern blue buckram with Preble’s signature on the title page.

(Anon.) Euryalus; Tales Of The Sea, A Few Leaves From The Diary Of A Midshipman. London: J. D. Potter, 1860.

8vo; (6), iv & 332pp. Bound in faded purple cloth with Preble’s signature inked on the title page.

(Anon.) Naval Anecdotes: Illustrating The Character Of British Seamen, And Recording The Most Impressive Examples Of Their Skill, Valour, Fortitude, And Magnanimity, Which Have Occurred At Various Periods In Every Quarter Of The Globe. London: Albion Press Printed. Published by James Cundee, 1806.

8vo; xv & 544pp. Bound in half red morocco and red cloth boards. With Preble’s name and rank of Rear Admiral dated 1879 on the title.

(Anon.) Nouveau Dictionnaire Historique Des Sieges Et Batailles Memorables, Et Des Combats Maritimes. Par F. M. M. (In Six Volumes). Paris: Chez Gilbert,1808.

8vo; six volumes. Vol. I: (4) &474pp; Vol. II: 475pp; Vol. III: 467pp; Vol. IV: 467pp; Vol. V: 475pp; Vol. VI: 353 & xcv pages. Uniformly bound in green cloth. As the title implies this is a work in alphabetical encyclopedia format describing famous maritime battles.

(Anon.) Sailings Over The Globe: Or, The Progress Of Maritime Discovery. The East And The West. London: John Cassell, 1850.

12mo; two volumes in one. Vol. I: 144pp; Vol. II: 144pp. Bound in blue cloth over marbled boards.

(Anon.) Shipwrecks And Disasters At Sea; Or Historical Narratives Of The Most Noted Calamities And Providential Deliverances, Which Have Resulted From Marine Enterprise: With A Sketch Of Various Expedients For Preserving The Lives Of Mariners. In Three Volumes. Edinburgh: Printed for George Ramsay and Company,1812.

8vo; three volumes. Vol. I: xvi, 448pp and two folding maps of the eastern and western hemispheres respectively; Vol. II: 516pp; Vol. III: 515pp. Bound in early 20th century red library buckram. With Preble’s signature and rank of Rear Admiral on the title to the first volume.

Title page of "Venezia" with Preble's signature, ownership date, May 2nd, 1838.(Anon.) Venezia. Dalla Premiata Litogr. Di G. Deye Editore e Proprietario. In Venezia. Campo S. Paterniano N. 3096. (Venice, 1838.)

Small oblong quarto; an album of 38 colored lithographic views of Venice with Preble’s signature, ownership date, May 2nd, 1838. With several pages of manuscript notes in Preble’s hand describing some early history of Venice and his observations during his visit to that city. Preble visited Venice while a Midshipman attached to the frigate United States on a Mediterranean cruise. It is likely Preble toured the Naval Arsenal in Venice as the guest of a youngOn a front endpaper Lorenzo Graziano son of the Director of the Arsenal and himself a Venetian Midshipman has autographed this book in English: "My father of the Director of the Monuments of the Arsenal, your friend of Lawrence Graziano, Midshipman, Venice, May 2nd 1838." Venetian Midshipman. The last third of the book contains fourteen colored lithographs of the Venetian Arsenal and shipyard. On a front endpaper Lorenzo Graziano son of the Director of the Arsenal and himself a Venetian Midshipman has autographed this book in English to his “friend,” Preble. In a custom protective box.

Adams, W. H. Davenport. Famous Ships Of The British Navy. Stories Of Enterprise And Daring…With An Appendix On Iron-Clad Ships, A Chronological Table Of British Engagements At Sea, A Glossary, Etc. London: Strahan & Co., 1870.

12mo; xiv & (15)-316pp followed by a 32-page catalog of Strahan and Company’s December 1870 Book List. With several woodcut plates of famous English sea actions each adorned with a portrait of the responsible British naval leader. Bound in modern green cloth. The half-title is inscribed “G. H. Rittenhouse Preble from dear Mother. Dec. 25th 1873.” The recipient was Rear Admiral George Henry Preble’s youngest child.

Balmford, William. The Seaman’s Spiritual Companion: Or Navigation Spiritualized. Being A New Compass For Seamen. Consisting Of Thirty-Two Points; Directing Every Christian How To Steer The Course Of His Life, Through All Storms And Tempests; Fit To Be Read And Seriously Perused By All Such As Desire Their Eternal Welfare. London: Printed for Benjamin Harris, 1678.

16mo; (16) & 143pp. The title and final page having been provided in penned facsimile by Preble, having copied them out by hand. Preble has signed above the dedication noting that he “bought at New York. Oct. 1857.” Bound in 19th century half calf and marbled boards and protected in a custom box.

Barrow, Sir John. The Life Of George Lord Anson, Admiral Of The Fleet; Vice-Admiral Of Great Britain; And First Lord Commissioner Of The Admiralty, Previous To, And During, The Seven-Years’ War. London: John Murray, 1839.

8vo; xxxiv & 484pp. Bound in gilt decorated black calf and marbled boards. With Preble’s signature on the title page.

____. The Life And Correspondence Of Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith, G.C.B. In Two Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1848.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: (xvi) & 447pp; Vol. II: viii & 499pp. Bound in modern red library buckram; each volume with an engraved frontispiece and two folding maps in volume I. Preble has signed the title page of each volume.

Barry, P(atrick). Dockyard Economy And Naval Power. London: Sampson, Low & Son, 1863.

8vo; xxiii, (iv) & 312pp. Bound in modern green library buckram. With 31 actual photographs of various dockyard scenes pasted to individual sheets and bound into the text. The author writes to expose fraud and abuse within the shipyards of England. He also reflects on the dockyards of other European countries and America.

Belcher, Joshua. A Complete List Of The American Navy; Showing The Name, Number Of Guns, Commanders’ Names, And Station Of Each Vessel, With The Names Of All The Officers In Service; And Steel’s List Of The Navy Of Great Britain, For July, 1813. Boston: Published by Russell, Cutler, and Co. and Joshua Belcher, 1813.

16mo; 106pp. With Preble’s signature on the title page. A scarce list of ships of the War of 1812 navies of the United States and her opponent, Great Britain. In a notation dated July 1883 Preble states that he believes this copy of Belcher’s Complete List of the American Navy to be unique, “I have never seen or even heard of another copy.” While a century later we can confirm that this title is not unique, it certainly is scarce. Bound in a modern conservation quality brown cloth and black leather label and protective custom box with a Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Navy of the United States, including Officers of the Marine Corps for the Year 1837, Washington: 1837. See later entry.

(British Navy.) The New Navy List For The Year(S) 1839, (Through 1855), Containing The Names Of All The Commissioned Officers In Her Majesty’s Fleet; Also The Masters, Medical Officers, Pursers, Chaplains, Schoolmasters, And The Officers On Full Pay Of The Royal Marines, &C., &C. London: Published by Smith, Elder and Co., 1839 (through 1855).

8vo; 21 volumes of various pagination. All bound in modern black library buckram, many in protective boxes. The 1839 and 1840 editions are compiled by “An Old Commander;” later editions by Commander Charles Haultain, Royal Navy. The years 1842, 1843 and 1844 are present in two separate volumes; February and August printings for each of those three years. In 1841 the publisher becomes Simpkin, Marshall & Company. In 1846 both the compiler and the publisher change, the compiler becoming Joseph Allen, R.N., Greenwich Hospital, and the publisher Parker, Furnivall, and Parker. In the same year the title is greatly simplified to The New Navy List and General Record of the Services of Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Burchett, Josiah, Secretary to the Admiralty. Memoirs Of Transactions At Sea During The War With France; Beginning In 1688, And Ending In 1697. London: Sold by John Nutt near Stationers-hall, 1703.

8vo; (44), & 408pp. Bound in modern tan simulated calf.

____. A Complete History Of The Most Remarkable Transactions At Sea From The Earliest Accounts Of Time To The Conclusion Of The Last War With France, Wherein Is Given An Account Of The Most Considerable Naval-Expeditions, Sea-Fights, Stragems, Discoveries And Other Naval Occurences… London: Printed by W.B. for J. Walthoe in the Temple Cloysters, etc., 1720.

Small folio; (54) & 800 & a 31-page index followed by two terminal Errata pages. A handsome work with two engraved frontispieces, one a portrait of the author, and many folding maps. Bound in modern green cloth with Preble’s signature on the verso of the title page dated 1876 in the rank of Rear Admiral. Below Preble’s signature is the engraved armorial bookplate of the Earl of Inchiquin, this volume’s previous owner. The author was still Secretary to the Admiralty, seventeen years after he wrote the first edition in 1703.

Burges, Tristam. Battle Of Lake Erie With Notices Of Commodore Elliot’s Conduct In That Engagement. Boston: B. B. Mussey, 1839.

12mo; xv & (16) -132pp. Signed by Preble on the title page on 29 December 1840. Bound in red buckram with Jarvis’ A Biographical Notice Of Com. Jesse D. Elliott; Containing A Review Of The Controversy Between Him And The Late Commodore Perry; And A History Of The Figure-Head Of The U. S. Frigate Constitution. Philadelphia:1835. See later entry.

Burney, William. The British Neptune; Or, A History Of The Achievements Of The Royal Navy, From The Earliest Periods To The Present Time. London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1807.

12mo; vi, 490 & (4)pp. All but two of the nine plates called for missing. Bound in black library buckram. With Preble’s signature on the title page.

(Byng, Admiral.) A bound volume of pamphlets related to Admiral Byng of the Navy of Great Britain.

- Some Further Particulars In Relation To The Case Of Admiral Byng. From Original Papers, &C. Fiat Justitia! By a Gentleman of Oxford. London: Printed for J. Lacy, 1756. 8vo; 70pp.
- A Letter To A Member Of Parliament In The Country, From His Friend In London, Relative To The Case Of Admiral Byng. With Some Original Papers And Letters Which Passed During The Expedition. London: Printed for J. Cooke, 1756. 8vo; 31pp.
- An Appeal To The People: Containing The Genuine And Entire Letter Of Admiral Byng To The Secr. Of The Ad---Y: Observations On Those Parts Of It Which Were Omitted By The Writers Of The Gazette: And What Might Be The Reasons For Such Omissions. Part The First. London: Printed for J. Morgan, 1756. 8vo; 76pp.
- The Polish Partition, Illustrated; Seven Dramatick Dialogues, Or, Conversation Pieces, Between Remarkable Personages, Published From The Mouths And Actions Of The Interlocutors. By Gotlieb Pansmouzer. London: Printed fro P. Elmsly. (N.d.) A penciled note identifies the author as Reverend Theophilus Lindsey. 8vo; 89pp.
- Le Partage De La Pologne. (The previous title in French.) 8vo; 68pp.
- The Sentence Pronounc’d By The Court-Martial, Sitting Aboard His Majesty’s Ship, The Price Of Orange, At Deptford, On Tuesday, The 3rd Of June, 1746, On Vice-Admiral Lestock.
London: Printed for M. Cooper, 1746. 8vo; 23pp.

The group bound in 20th century red buckram. With George Henry Preble’s signature on the title of the first pamphlet and a table of contents in his hand penned on the front flyleaf.

____. The Trial Of The Hon’ble Admiral Byng, At A Court-Martial Held On Board His Majesty’s Ship St. George, In Portsmouth Harbour, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1756, For An Enquiry Into His Conduct, While He Commanded In The Mediterranean. Together With His Defence. (Parts I & Ii.) London: Printed for and Sold By J. Lacy, 1757.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I (Part I): (vi) & 320pp; Vol. II (Part II): 321-479, 45 & 71pp. Bound in half red morocco and marbled boards and endpapers. The front hinge to volume I broken. Preble has signed the title pages of both volumes.

Chatterton, Lady Georgiana. Memorials, Personal And Historical Of Admiral Lord Gambier, G.C.B. With Original Letters. In Two Volumes. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1861.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: 394pp; Vol. II: vii, 387 & (4)pp. Bound in blue library buckram with Preble’s signature in both volumes.

Churchill, T. O., The Life Of Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke Of Bronte, &C. Illustrated By Engravings Of It’s Most Striking And Memorable Incidents. Second Edition. London: Printed by Harrison and Rutter, 1810.

Folio; vii, 94pp & (1, directions to the binder). Frontispiece portrait of Nelson by R. Bowyer, eleven engraved plates, two folding plates (funeral car and coffin) and a facsimile letter from Lord Nelson to Thomas Lloyd. Bound in green simulated leather. Signed by Preble on the dedication page in the rank of Rear Admiral.

Clarke, Rev. James Stanier & M’Arthur, John. The Life And Services Of Horatio Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke Of Bronte; Vice-Admiral Of The White, Etc. From His Lordship’s Manuscripts. In three volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., Paris. (N.d.)

8vo; three volumes. Vol. I, (12) & (9)-526pp. Vol. II, 500pp. Vol. III, (4) & 394pp. Each volume bound in slate colored library buckram. Each volume is signed by Preble and dated April 1851 in London.

Colliber, Samuel. Columna Rostrata: Or, A Critical History Of The English Sea-Affairs: Wherein All The Remarkable Actions Of The English Nation At Sea Are Described, And The Most Considerable Events (Especially In Account Of The Three Dutch Wars) Are Proved, Either From Original Pieces, Or From The Testimonies Of The Best Foreign Historians. London: Printed for R. Robinson, 1727.

Small 8vo; 312 & (8)pp. Bound in modern simulated green leather and marbled boards. With Preble’s signature on the third page. A typed note pasted to a front flyleaf defines the “Columna Rostrata” as a column erected in the Forum to commemorate the naval victory of Duillius, a column adorned with the beaks of the conquered vessels.

(Cook, Thomas.) The Trial Of The Hon’ble. Admiral Byng, A Court-Martial Held On Board His Majesty’s Ship The St. George, In Portsmouth Harbour, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1756, For An Enquiry Into His Conduct, While He Commanded In The Mediterranean. Together With His Defence; Likewise An Appendix, Containing All The Papers Read In Court, And Several Others. Parts I & Ii. London: Printed for and sold by J. Lacy, 1757.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I, (vi) & 320pp. Vol. II, 479, 45, &71pp. Bound in half red morocco and marbled boards and end papers. With Preble’s signature on the title page of each volume. A wood cut entitled “The Death of Admiral Byng” has been tipped into the front of volume I.

Cotsell, George. A Treatise On Ships’ Anchors. With Numerous Illustrations. London: John Weale, 1856.

16mo; xxii, 125 & 28 terminal advertisement pages. Bound in dark gray buckram; the contents loose. Protected in a custom box.

(Court-Martial Cases.) A bound volume of eight documents recording the defenses of naval officers the subject of courts-martial.

8vo; various pagination. The officers involved in these cases were: Lieutenant. J. N. Maffitt, Commander. Andrew Long, Captain Samuel F. Dupont, Commander Samuel Lockwood, Commander Thompson Darrah Shaw, Lieutenant Robert Riell, Lieutenant Charles Fleming, and Captain William Latimer. Bound in dark blue cloth with Preble’s signature on a front flyleaf.

Dennis, John. An Essay On The Navy, Or Englands Advantage And Safety, Prov’d Dependant On A Formidable And Well-Disciplined Navy; And The Encrease And Encouragement Of Seamen. By The Author Of The Seaman’s Case. London: Printed for the Author, 1702.

Small quarto; (4) & 54pp. With a large folding plate with tables showing the ships of the British fleet and the officer manning and wages. Bound in modern green simulated leather.

Derrick, Charles. Memoirs Of The Rise And Progress Of The Royal Navy. London: Printed by H. Teape, 1806.

Quarto; half-title, (6), ii & 309pp followed by an unpaginated Index and a six page List of subscribers. Lacking the frontis engraving of the 1000 ton ship-of-war Henry Grace de Dieu. Bound in half black morocco and blue boards.

Dircks, Henry. The Life, Times And Scientific Labours Of The Second Marquis Of Worcester. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1865.

8vo; xxiv, 624pp and an errata sheet. Bound in modern green library buckram. The Second Marquis of Worcester was Edward Somerset.

Duncan, Archibald. The British Trident; Or Register Of Naval Actions: Including Authentic Accounts Of All The Most Remarkable Engagements At Sea, In Which The British Flag Has Been Eminently Distinguished; From The Period Of The Memorable Defeat Of The Spanish Armada, To The Present Time. In Four Volumes. London: Printed and Published by James Cundee, 1804 & 1805.

12mo; four volumes. Vol. I: xxvi & 314pp; Vol. II: 384pp; Vol. III, 380pp; Vol. IV, 324 & (6)pp. Forty-five engraved scenes and portraits. Bound in modern simulated brown leather with two labels on each spine. Signed by Preble on the title page of the first volume.

Entick, John. A New Naval History: Or, Compleat View Of The British Marine. In Which The Royal Navy And The Merchant’s Service Are Traced Through All Their Periods And Different Branches: With The Lives Of The Admirals And Navigators…Including The Most Considerable Naval Expeditions And Sea-Fights…Illustrated With Copper Plates. London: Printed for R. Manby, 1757.

Folio; lxii & (63)-887pp. With a superb engraved frontis and folding chart of European Seas. Signed by Preble on the title and dedication page and with his ink arms stamp on the Introduction. Protected in a custom box.

Esqnemeling, Joseph. The History Of The Bucaniers Of America. Containing, I. The Exploits And Adventures Of Le Grand, Lolonois, Roche Brasiliano, Bat The Portuguese, Sir H. Morgan, &C. Ii. The Dangerous Voyage And Bold Attempts Of Capt. Sharp, Watlin, Sawkins. Coxon. And Others, In The South Sea. Iii. A Journal Of A Voyage Into The South Sea By The Free-Booters Of America, From 1684 To 1689. Iv. A Relation Of A Voyage Of The Sieur De Montauban, Captain Of The Free-Booters, In Guinea, In The Year 1695. Exhibiting A Particular Account And Description Of Porto Bello, Chagre, Panama, Cuba, Havanna, And Most Of The Spanish Possessions On The Coasts Of The West Indies, And Also Along The Coasts Of The South Sea; With The Manner In Which They Have Been Invaded, Attempted, Or Taken By The Adventurers. In Two Volumes. The Fifth Edition. London: Printed for T. Evans, in King Street, Covent Garden; and Richardson and Urouhart, under the Royal Exchange, 1771.

12mo; two volumes. Vol. I: 318pp; vol. II: 360 & a twelve page Index. Uniformly bound in contemporary full calf with Preble’s signature on each title page. Each volume protected in a custom box. Although generally attributed to Alexandre Oliveir Exquemelin, a note at the bottom of the first page of Chapter I attributes the authorship to Joseph Esqnemeling.

(Farragut, David, RADM USN.) In The Matter Of Farragut Prize Cases. Argument Of Counsel Before Arbitrators. (Washington: 1872.)

8vo; 284pp in two volumes. Both volumes in original printed wrappers. Because of brittle paper some pages have been damaged. The printed arbitration hearings regarding Admiral Farragut’s claim for prize money for Rebel ships destroyed in the battle of New Orleans. Preble signs the first volume on the title page in the rank of Captain.

Fearne, Charles, Judge-Advocate of his Majesty’s Fleet. The Trial Of The Honourable Admiral John Byng, At A Court Martial, …Published By Order Of The Right Honourable The Lords Commissioners Of The Admiralty, At The Desire Of The Court-Martial. To Which Is Added, A Copy Of Their Lordships Memorial To The King, In Relation To The Sentence Passed Upon Admiral Byng;…And A Copy Of The Warrant From Their Lordships For Carrying The Said Sentence Into Execution. London: Printed for R. Manby near Ludgate-Hill, etc., 1757.

Folio; 130pp & a 19 page “Appendix,” entitled “The Defects of His Majesty’s Ships undermentioned, under Command of the Hon. Admiral Byng, May 24, 1756…” Bound in modern brown cloth. With Preble’s signature on the title page and again on the first page of the trial, this time with his rank, Rear Admiral U.S.N.

Fincham, John. A History Of Naval Architecture: To Which Is Prefixed, An Introductory Dissertation On The Application Of Mathmetical Science To The Art Of Naval Construction. With Fifty-Eight Illustrative Plates. London: Whittaker and Co., 1851.

Tall 8vo; lxxxiv & 415pp. Bound in light blue cloth with Preble’s signature on the title page.

Flag Book. Containing Three Hundred And Six Flags Of All Nations. London: Printed by Wooley and Cook. N.d.

Quarto; twelve pages, eleven of which are adorned with brilliantly hand painted national flag, and the twelfth a terminal Index sheet. Bound in half brown morocco and marbled boards and endpapers. With Preble’s signature in the rank of Rear admiral dated October 1875.

Flavel, John. Navigation Spiritualized; Or A New Compass For Seamen, Consisting Of Xxxii Points, Of Pleasant Observations, Profitable Applications, And Serious Reflections, All Concluded With So Many Spiritual Poems. Newburyport. Edmund M. Blunt, 1796.

12mo; 159 & (1)pp, the last page being an advertisement for Blunt’s Newburyport Book-Store, “Five Doors Below Mr. Davenport’s Tavern.” Bound in 19th century half calf and marbled boards. Signed by Preble on the front flyleaf with the rank of Rear Admiral.

Title page of Personal Reminiscences by Robert B. Forbes, privately printed Boston, 1876 with Preble's signature.  Forbes, Robert B. Personal Reminiscences. Boston: Privately Printed. (Press of John Wilson and Son, Cambridge), 1876.

12mo; 382 pages followed by a four-page “List of Vessels Built under my Supervision, or in which I have had an Interest.” Forbes’ scarce autobiography, inscribed by him to Preble on the title page. Bound in red cloth.

Frost, John. The Book Of The Navy; Containing The General History Of The American Marine; And Particular Accounts Of All The Most Celebrated Naval Battles, From The Declaration Of Independence To The Present Time. Compiled From The Best Authorities. With An Appendix. Splendidly Embellished With Numerous Engravings From Original Drawings By William Croome. And Portraits On Steel Of Distinguished Naval Commanders. New York: D. Appleton & Co., Philadelphia: George S. Appleton, 1843.

8vo; 344, plus 22 terminal advertisement pages. With several full-page woodcuts of naval actions and many smaller woodcuts in the text. Bound in later half red morocco and cloth. First published in 1842.

Gilly, William O. S. Narratives Of Shipwrecks Of The Royal Navy: Between 1793 And 1857. London: John W. Parker and Son, 1857.

12mo; xxxii & 391pp. Bound in quarter red cloth and marbled boards. With Preble’s signature on the title page dated 30 January 1858.

(Glascock, William Nugent, Captain R.N.) Naval Sketch-Book; Or, The Service Afloat And Ashore; With Characteristic Reminiscences, Fragments, And Opinions On Professional, Colonial, And Political Subjects; Interspersed With Copious Notes, Biographical, Historical, Critical, And Illustrative. By An Officer Of Rank. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for the Author, 1826.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: xx, 251pp & errata sheet; Vol. II: 286pp. Bound in half brown morocco and brown cloth with marbled endpapers and all edges marbled to match. Preble’s undated signature appears on both titles.

One of 50 Copies

Goldsborough, Charles W. An Original And Correct List Of The United States Navy, Containing A List Of The Ships In Commission, And Their Respective Force, A List Of The Officers And Their Rank, As Well Those Belonging To The Navy As The Marine Corps. And A Digest Of The Principal Laws Relating To The Navy, &C., &C., &C. City of Washington: November, 1800. (But actually, Washington: c1875, this being one of 50 copies of a reprint of the first edition of 1800.)

8vo; 12pp. Bound in full black calf with Preble’s Navy Register. 1805-6, (GPO, Washington, 1875). See later entry under George Henry Preble.

This is the scarce reprint of Goldsborough’s even scarcer original edition of 1800. The National Union Catalog (NUC) cites a twelve-page octavo reprint of the 1800 edition produced by the Government Printing Office in 1875 and locates only a single copy, that in the Library of Congress. NUC also notes that Preble copied the reprint in November 1873 from a book (presumably the 1800 edition) belonging to Mrs. John A. Bates of Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Further, in L. R. Hamersly’s A Naval Encyclopedia... (Philadelphia, 1881), there is an article entitled "Registers, United States Navy," (pages 682-684), written by Rear Admiral Preble. In it he describes the 1800 Goldsborough List in some detail and goes on to say, "In 1875 fifty copies were reprinted at my request by the Bureau of Construction in an octavo pamphlet of 12 pages."

Title page of " The Sailing And Fighting Instructions Or Signals As They Are Observed In The Royal Navy Of Great Britain."(Greenwood, Jonathan.) The Sailing And Fighting Instructions Or Signals As They Are Observed In The Royal Navy Of Great Britain. (London: c1715-22?)

16mo; unpaginated. 53 pages containing 106 hand-colored copper engravings of ship-of-war day signals, followed by four pages of “Signals in a Fogg” containing eight unpainted copper engravings of fog signals from a ship’s cannon, and ending with ten pages of 19 copper engravings, 16 of those hand-painted ships and the remaining three unpainted illustrations of “Signals by Night.” Beautifully bound in early gilt-decorated red morocco with marbled end papers; t.e.g.

With several manuscript notes in Preble’s hand on the endpapers, one noting that this is the first known printed and illustrated code of signals of the Navy of Great Britain, and another quoting an advertisement announcing that this book has just been published, an advertisement he goes on to say he has quoted on page 659 of the second and third editions of his History of the Flag of the United States, (Boston: 1880, 1882). The advertisement, quoted in his hand on the rear endpapers reads:

Advertisement. Just published the Sailing an fighting Instructions or Signals as they are observed in the Royal Navy of Great-Britain; being a neat pocket volume, Engraved on copper plates, and printed on a superfine Elephant paper, with a Ship to each Signal, and the various Signal Flags, painted in their own proper colours. Very useful and necessary for all Officers and others in His Majesty’s Navy, Commanders of Merchant Ships that may happen to go under Convoy. Its likewise very ornamental in Sheets, for Rooms, Stair-cases or Cabins. To be sold at 5s. the set, in Sheets, and 6s. Bound by R. Mount on Tower-Hill; and at John Greenwoods, at the Anchor and Crown in Mansel-Street, Goodman’s Fields. Where any person may be supplied with them, coloured or uncoloured, with reasonable allowance to those that sell again.”

Harding, Edward. Naval Biography; Or, The History And Lives Of Distinguished Characters In The British Navy, From The Earliest Time Of History To The Present Time. Illustrated With Elegant Portraits. Engraved By Eminent Artists. Under The Direction Of E. Harding. London: Printed for E. Harding, 1800.

8vo; 478pp. None of the engravings are present. Bound in green library buckram. With Preble’s undated signature on the title.

Harding, Edward. Naval Biography; Or, The History And Lives Of Distinguished Characters In The British Navy, From The Earliest Period Of History To The Present Time. Illustrated With Elegant Portraits, Engraved By Eminent Artists. London: Printed for John Scott, 1805.

Small 8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: 478pp; Vol. II: 529pp. Thirteen engraved portraits. With Preble’s signature dated 1879 on the title to volume II. Bound in 19th century full calf; front boards detached but present. Each volume in a protective box.

(Harris, Joseph.) The Naval Atalantis; Or A Display Of The Characters Of Such Flag Officers As Were Distinguished During The Last War. By Nauticus Junior. London: Printed for J. Ridgeway, 1788.

Small 8vo; iv & 195pp. Bound with:

____. The Naval Atalantis; Or A Display Of The Characters Of Post-Captains, Who Served During The Late War. Part Ii. By Nauticus Junior. London: Printed for J. Ridgeway, 1789.

Small 8vo; viii, 125 & (2)pp. Bound together in green library buckram. With Preble’s signature on the title page and, again, on the table of contents of the first volume, this time in the rank of Rear Admiral dated Jan. 1882.

Head, Sir Francis. The Defenceless State Of Great Britain. London: John Murray, 1850.

8vo; xiv, (2) & 410pp followed by a 16-page announcement of new books published by Murray. In four parts: Military Warfare, The Naval Service, On the Invasion of Great Britain, and the Capture of London by a French Army. Bound in modern black cloth. With Preble’s distinctive ink stamp exhorting “Liberty and Truth” on the title page.

Hervey, Frederic. The Naval History Of Great Britain; From The Earliest Times To The Rising Of The Parliament In 1779. Describing The Origin And Progress Of The British Power At Sea; The Extension Of Its Commerce; Its Foreign Conquests; And The Establishment And Growth Of Its Colonies….With A Great Number Of Beautiful Copper-Plates And Accurate Maps. In Five Volumes. London: Printed for William Adlard, 1779.

8vo; five volumes. Vol. I: 489pp; Vol. II: 468pp; Vol. III: 487pp; Vol. IV: 480pp; Vol. V: 586 & (1)pp. With many superb engraved scenes, battles, portraits and maps. Regrettably lacking an index or lists of maps and engravings that, according to an advertisement on the very last sheet of the last volume, could have been purchased separately for an additional Six-Pence. Uniformly bound in modern red simulated leather. Signed by Preble in the rank of Rear Admiral on the first Preface page of each volume.

Hough, Franklin B. History Of Duryèè’s Brigade, During The Campaign In Virginia Under Gen. Pope, And In Maryland Under Gen. McClellan, In The Summer And Autumn Of 1862. Albany: J. Munsell, 1864.

8vo; 200pp. With a frontis portrait of Duryee. Bound in green library buckram. On a front flyleaf Preble has signed his name dated 30 September 1873, noting that the book was a gift of the author.

Howard, Alexander. Cruise Of The U.S. Frigate Sabine. Portsmouth: Published by T. H. Godwin, 1861.

Small 8vo; 107pp. Bound in modern black simulated morocco. Preble’s undated signature adorns the title page.

Hunt, Robert M. The Life Of Sir Hugh Palliser, Bart. Admiral Of The White, And Governor Of Greenwich Hospital. London: Chapman and Hall, 1844.

8vo; xvi, (2) & 463pp. Signed on the title page by Preble at Boston on 25 January 1856. Bound in tan library buckram.

James, William. A Full And Correct Account Of The Chief Naval Occurrences Of The Late War Between Great Britain And The United States Of America; Preceded By A Cursory Examination Of The American Accounts Of Their Naval Actions Fought Previous To That Period: To Which Is Added An Appendix; With Plates. London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1817.

8vo; xv, errata, 528, a 216 page Appendix, a sixteen page Index & eight terminal advertisement pages. Bound in modern blue library buckram. A classic emotional British evaluation of the naval actions of the War of 1812. A much-expanded edition of the author’s previous effort published in Halifax the previous year. Preble has signed and dated both the title and dedication pages as a Rear Admiral.

(Jarvis, Russell.) A Biographical Notice Of Com. Jesse D. Elliott; Containing A Review Of The Controversy Between Him And The Late Commodore Perry; And A History Of The Figure-Head Of The U. S. Frigate Constitution. By A Citizen Of New York. Philadelphia: Printed for the author, 1835.

12mo; 480pp. Signed and dated on the title page by Preble. Loosely enclosed is a small sheet on which Preble has penned a brief biography of Russell Jarvis. Bound with Burges’ Battle Of Lake Erie With Notices Of Commodore Elliot’s Conduct In That Engagement, Boston: 1839. (See earlier entry.) And further bound with:

____. (Defense of Elliot’s conduct.) N.p.; n.d.

12mo; 66 & (1)pp. An undated defense of Elliot’s conduct during the battle of Lake Erie. Missing the first sheet, and hence the title page. This document is likely Additional Documents, in Relation to the Difference between the late Commodore O. H. Perry and captain J. D. Elliott: made necessary for the public eye by the recent publication of a pamphlet by the friends of the Former. (Norfolk: Printed at the Herald Office, 1821.) The three works bound together in red buckram.

(Johnson, A. B.) The United States Lighthouse Establishment. Reprinted From Appleton’s Annual Cyclopedia, 1880. (New York): Appleton & Co., 1881.

Tall 8vo; title page and pages (430)-458 extracted as described in the title. With Preble’s ownership signature in the rank of Rear Admiral and dated January 1882 on the title page. Bound in half black calf and marbled boards and endpapers.

Justice, Alexander. A General Treatise Of The Dominion And Laws Of The Sea. Containing, What Is Most Valuable Upon That Subject, In Ancient And Modern Authors. London; Printed for S. and J. Sprint, &c., 1705.

Small quarto; (12), vi, 660, 40 & (8)pp. With a folding plate of flags “which most nations bear at sea.” Bound in full contemporary calf; hinges broken. Signed by Preble on the Preface. Protected in a custom box.

Keppel, Rev. Thomas. The Life Of Augustus Viscount Keppel, Admiral Of The White, And First Lord Of The Admiralty In 1782-3…In Two Volumes. London: Henry Colburn, 1842.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: xvi, 446 & (2)pp; Vol. II: vi, 438 & (2)pp. Uniformly bound in green pebbled cloth. Preble’s inked signature on both title pages.

Lediard, Thomas. The Naval History Of England, In All Its Branches; From The Norman Conquest In The Year 1066. To The Conclusion In 1734. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for John Wilcox, 1735.

Folio; two volumes. Vol. I: (28), xii & 394pp; Vol. II: (2), 395-933 & (1)pp. With an engraved frontis portrait of the author and with Preble’s signature on both title pages and his ink stamp on the title of volume I. Bound in modern dark blue simulated leather.

Lull, Edward P. History Of The United States Navy-Yard At Gosport, Virginia, (Near Norfolk), For The Bureau Of Yards And Docks, Navy Department. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874.

8vo; 64pp. Disbound; lacking the three charts referenced in the text. Preble’s undated signature on the title page.

(Mackenzie, Alexander Slidell, Captain USN) Popular Essays On Naval Subjects. By The Author Of A “Year In Spain.” New-York: George Dearborn, Publisher, 1833.

12mo; xiv & 166pp. Bound in green library buckram. Dedicated “To Younger Midshipmen of the United States’ Navy.” Essays on ships, navigation, and naval war. Signed on the title page by Preble, dated 30 December 1840.

____. The Life Of Paul Jones. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, and Company, 1841.

12mo; two volumes in one. Vol. I: xiii & 260pp; Vol. II: ix & 308pp. Bound together in red library buckram. Signed by Preble on the half-title of each volume on board the Ohio, 26 October 1842.

____. Life Of Stephen Decatur, A Commodore In The Navy Of The United States. Boston: Little and Brown, 1846.

12mo; xi & 443pp. Bound in faded red library buckram.

____. The Life Of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Fifth Edition. New York: Harper & Bothers, Publisher. Franklin Square. (N.d.; c1854.)

12mo; two volumes: frontis, xii & (13)-322; (2), viii & (9)-328pp. Bound in green library buckram with gilt Navy Department shield on each spine. Signed by Preble on the Preface to volume I and the title of volume II. Although volume I appears to be a reprint of the first edition, volume II is much modified. After the title page in volume II there is the following “Advertisement” which explains the additional 58 pages in the second volume of this edition:

“Attempts have been made by Mr. J. Fennimore (sic) Cooper, in a pamphlet and in various other publications, to invalidate the historical accuracy of that part of the Life of Perry which relates to the Battle of Lake Erie, the reader is referred to the concluding article of the appendix, in the second volume, for a full reply to all Mr. Cooper’s allegations. This reply has been for some months in the hands of the publishers, but a pressure of occupations has hitherto prevented them from putting it forth.” The Perry-Elliott controversy continues to smolder!

McNally, William, Formerly of the U. S. Navy. Evils And Abuses In The Naval And Merchant Service, Exposed; With Proposals For Their Remedy And Redress. Boston: Published by Cassady and March, For the Author, at No. 8 Wilson’s Lane, 1839.

12mo; viii & 201pp with errata on the verso of page 201. Preble has signed the title page and dated his signature 30 December1840. Bound in light blue cloth with Rivers’ Maritime Scraps, or Scenes in the Frigate United States During a Cruise in the Mediterranean, Boston: 1838. See later entry.

(Malcolm, Sir John.) Memoirs Of Rear-Admiral Paul Jones, Chevalier Of The Military Order Of Merit, And The Russian Order Of St. Anne, &C., &C, Now First Compiled From His Original Journals And Correspondence: Including An Account Of His Services Under Prince Potemkin, Prepared For Publication By Himself. In Two Volumes. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd. London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1830.

12mo; two volumes: 331pp; 341pp. Half titles. First edition. Bound in half dark blue leather calf and blue boards. Don Seitz, in Paul Jones, New York: 1917, page xiv, describes this compilation as “well edited and intelligently prepared,” and attributes the work to Sir John Malcolm.

Manby, George William. Journal Of A Voyage To Greenland, In The Year 1821. With Graphic Illustrations. The Second Edition. London: Printed for G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823.

8vo; xi & 225pp. With a folding colored map and several folding illustrated plates. Bound in modern dark red simulated leather.

Marshall, John, Lieutenant Royal Navy. Royal Naval Biography; Or, Memoirs Of The Services Of All The Flag-Officers, Superannuated Rear-Admirals, Retired Captains, Post-Captains, And Commanders, Whose Names Appear On The Admiralty List Of Sea Officers At The Commencement Of The Present Year, Or Who Have Since Been Promoted; Illustrated By A Series Of Historical And Explanatory Notes, Which Will Be Found To Contain An Account Of All The Naval Actions, And Other Important Events From The Commencement Of The Late Reign, In 1760, To The Present Period. With Copious Addenda. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst Rees, Orme and Brown by W. Pople, 1823-1835.

8vo; twelve volumes four of which are supplements. Vol. I: xiv, (4) & 432pp; Vol. II: (Con’t.), 433-883; Vol. III (1824): (6) & 500pp; Vol. IV (1825): (Con’t.), (4) & 501-1019pp; Vol. V (1831): (6), 326, 120 & xxi pp; Vol. VI (1832): (6) & 456pp; Vol. VII (1833): (6) & 434pp; Vol. VIII (misnumbered IV), (1835): (viii) & 538pp; Supplemental Vol. I (1827): (4) & 482pp; Supplemental Vol. II (1828): (4) & 484pp; Supplemental Vol. III (1829): (4) & 414pp plus an errata sheet; Supplemental Vol. IV: (1830) (4) & 458pp plus an errata sheet. The first nine volumes are bound in deteriorating half calf and marbled or plain boards; the final three in modern green library buckram.

Preble pens the real story behind this set in the front flyleaves of volume VIII. He received the twelve volumes from New York City bookseller D. G. Francis in trade for a single copy of his limited edition Genealogical Sketch of the First Three Generations of Prebles in America. Boston: 1868. The set had once belonged to Captain Wm. Henry Smith, Royal Navy, and Preble devotes a full page of manuscript to Smith’s family background. Against the gutter of the title page the author has penned a presentation inscription to Captain Smith. Preble’s printed armorial bookplate with his signature in the rank of Captain is pasted to the front flyleaf.

Maydman, Henry. Naval Speculations, And Maritime Politicks: Being A Modest And Brief Discourse Of The Royal Navy Of England: Of Its Oeconomy And Government, And A Projection For An Everlasting Seminary Of Seamen, By A Royal Maritime Hospital. With A Project For A Royal Fishery. Also Necessary Measures In The Present War With France, &C. London: Printed by William Bonny, 1691.

12mo; 348 & an errata sheet. Bound in early three-quarter calf and brown paper. With a engraved frontis portrait of “Henry Maydman of Portsmouth.” Front cover detached. Protected in a custom box. Preble has signed the tile page in the rank of Rear Admiral dated Oct. 1878.

Monson, Sir William. Naval Tracts: In Six Books. Containing, 1. A Yearly Account Of The English And Spanish Fleets, During The War In Queen Elizabeth’s Time; With Remarks On The Actions On Both Sides. 2. Actions Of The English Under King James The First, And Discourses Upon That Subject. 3. The Office Of The Lord High Admiral Of England, And Of All The Ministers And Officers Under Him; With Other Particulars To That Purpose. 4. Discoveries And Enterprizes Of The Spaniards And Portugueses; And Several Other Remarkable Passages And Observations. 5. Divers Projects And Stratagems, Tender’d For The Good Of The Kingdom. 6. Treats Of Fishing To Be Set Up On The Coast Of England, Scotland, And Ireland, With The Benefit That Will Accrue By It To All His Majesty’s Three Kingdoms: With Many Other Things Concerning Fish, Fishing, And Matters Of That Nature. The Whole From The Original Manuscript; Never Before Published. London: Printed for A. and J. Churchill, 1703.

Folio; (6) & 163-560pp. The volume is complete as published, the paging probably a result of it having been published as part of volume 3 of Churchill’s Voyages. Signed and dated on the title page by Preble in the rank of Commodore on 28 October 1875. Bound in modern blue simulated leather.

Moore, Frank. The Diary Of The Revolution. A Centennial Volume Embracing The Current Events In Our Country’s History From 1775 To 1781, As Described By American, British, And Tory Contemporaries. Compiled From The Journals, Documents, Private Records, Correspondence, Etc., Of That Period. Illustrated With Steel Engravings. Hartford: J. B. Burr Publishing Company, 1876.

Thick 8vo; 1084pp. Bound in the publisher’s burgundy cloth. Signed by Preble on the title.

Morrison, John. The Perillous And Most Unhappy Voyages Of John Struys, Through Italy, Greece, Lifeland, Moscovia, Tartary, Media, Persia, East-India, Japan, And Other Places In Europe, Africa And Asia. London: Printed for Samuel Smith (Abel Swalle), 1583, (1684.)

Quarto; (32) & 378 & (10)pp. The engraved title page reflects the title as recorded above; however, Morrison used this title page with an artist’s license. Twenty-six pages into the text block one finds Morrison’s printed title page reflecting the date of 1684, the year his translation of Struys’ 1583 volume. With numerous superb folding plates and Preble’s signature in the rank of Rear Admiral dated 1878 on a front flyleaf. Bound in full 19th century calf; hinges broken. Protected in a custom box.

Napier, Charles. Sir. The Navy: Its Past And Present State. In A Series Of Letters By Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Napier, K.C.B. To Lord Melville, The Duke Of Clarence (Lord High Admiral), Lord Althorp, Duke Of Wellington, Sir James Graham, Earl Minto, Lord Melbourne, Lord John Russell, Lord Ellensborough, Lord Palmerston, Sir Robert Peel, The Editor Of The Times, &C, &C., &C. London: John & Daniel A. Darling, 126, Bishopsgate Street, 1851.

8vo; viii & 259pp. Bound in green cloth. Inscribed “To Lieut. George Henry Preble, United States Frigate St. Lawrence from the Author. 1851.” With an additional note in Preble’s hand on a front flyleaf noting that the author had presented this volume to him at the Napier family home, Merchiston Hall, by Sir Charles Napier in May 1851. Preble has also signed the title page.

Naval Tracts. Twenty-four bound volumes. The contents of each volume are catalogued in a separate volume entitled “Naval Tracts (Table of Contents)” shelved with the tracts. The tracts cover the period 1843 to 1882. Preble assembled these documents as a means of ensuring copies of the many orders, reports, addresses and technical papers of the period would be preserved for future reference. Several of the tracts are authored by Preble. His signature and manuscript anecdotes and comments appear frequently on others. Duplicate copies of pamphlets have been bound in occasionally.

Naval Tracts. Volume 1: A table of contents in Preble’s hand as well as a drawing of “The great gun of Beejapore” with a penned description of the history of the gun also in Preble’s hand precede the bound pamphlets. Preble’s ownership signature appears on two of the thirteen pamphlets.

1. Scoffern, John. Projectile Weapons of War and Explosive Compounds. London: 1845.
2. Remarks on the State of the Naval Forces of France, with an Appendix and Notes. New Edition. Boston: 1844.
3. Forbes, R. B. A New Rig for Ships and other Vessels, combining Economy, Safety and Convenience. Boston: 1849.
4. The Navy, Hints on the Reorganization of the Navy, including an Examination of the Claims of its Civil Officers to an Equality of Rights. New York: 1845.
5. An essay on Flogging in the Navy; containing strictures upon existing Naval Laws, and suggesting Substitutes for the Discipline of the Lash. New York: 1849.
6. (Ruschenberger, W. S. W.) An Examination of the Legality of the General Orders which confer Assimilated Rank on Officers of the Civil Branch of the United States Navy. Philadelphia: 1848.
7. -----. A Brief History of an Existing Controversy on the Subject of Assimilated Rank in the Navy of the United States. Philadelphia: 1850.
8. To the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States… (reports on admitting the officers of the late Texas navy into the navy of the United States) (N.p.): 1850.
9. Defence of Lieut. Junius J. Boyle, U.S. Navy, delivered before the Court of Inquiry, assembled at the Navy Yard, New-York, January 25, 1851. New York: 1851.
10. Defence of Passed-Midshipman G. H. Bier, U.S. Navy, delivered before the Court of Inquiry, assembled on board the U.S. Ship North Carolina, at the Navy Yard, New-York. Feb.4, 1851. New York: 1851.
11. Notices of the Western Coast of the United States, United States Coast Survey. Washington: 1851.
12. Naval scenes in the Last War, or three Years on board the frigate Constitution, and the Adams; including the capture of the Guerriere. Being the true narrative of Moses Smith, A Survivor of the “Old Ironsides” Crew. Boston: 1846.
13. (Blunt, G. W.) Memoir of the Dangers and Ice of the North Atlantic Ocean. New York: 1845.

Naval Tracts. Volume 2: Preble’s signature appears on nine of the following 25 catalogued pamphlets.

1. Regulations for the Government of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Washington: 1851.
2. The Complaint and Petition of Thomas Jefferson Boyce, for Twenty years a Sail-maker, in the United States Navy. Newark: 1852.
3. United States Coast Survey. Directions for Observations of Tides. (N.p.; n.d.)
4. Refutation of Charges made by W. F. Davidson against Thomas Patterson, U.S. Navy. (N.p.); c1851.
5. Forbes, R. B. Protection of Ships from Lightning, according to principles established by Sir W. S. Harris, F.R.S. and Approved after Eighteen Years in the British Navy. Boston: 1848.
6. Chamber of Commerce, New York. (Report of a committee convened to consider the condition of U. S. lighthouses.) (N.p.), c1851.
7. Speech of Mr. Jefferson Davis, of Miss. On the Subject of the Coast Survey of the United States: Delivered in the Senate of the U.S., Monday, Feb. 19, 1849.
8. Plan for Shortening the Time of Passage between New York and London. Portland: 1850.
9. Speech of Mr. Stockton, of New Jersey, on Flogging in the Navy. Delivered in the Senate, January 7, 1852.
10. Hare, Dr. Robert. The Whirlwind Theory of Storms. (N.p.; n.d.)
11. Report of the Naval Committee to the House of Representatives, August, 1850, in favor of the Establishment of a line of Mail Steamships…to promote the Emigration of Free persons of Color from the United States to Liberia; also to Increase the Steam Navy... Washington: 1850.
12. An Address to the Government of the United States,…Pirsson’s Patent Condenser, for Supplying the Boilers of Marine Engines with Fresh Water…(and) for the Use of the Ship’s Crew, for Washing Clothes, &c. (N.p.); c1850.
13. Du Pont, S. F, Commander U.S.N. Report on the National Defences. Washington: 1852.
14. U. S. Navy Yard, New York, October 18th 1851. (Representation of First Lieut. R. C. Caldwell, U.S.M.C. regarding the accusations made against him by Commander J. R. Sands.) (N.p.); 1851.
15. Corporal Punishment in the Navy. Speech of Mr. Mallory of Florida, in the Senate of the United States, Jan. 14 and 15, 1852.
16. Dry Dock at California. Washington: 1851.
17. Patriotic Speculations; How to get your foot out of it. (N.p.; n.d.)
18. Defence of Major James W. Ripley, read before the Court of Inquiry at Springfield, March 16, 1846.
19. Memorial of John P. McLaughlin, Lieutenant U.S. Navy. To the House of Representatives, U. States, Washington, February 13, 1844.
20. American Steam Navigation. Speech of William H. Seward, for the Collins Steamer, in Senate of the United States, April 27, 1852.
21. Speech of Honorable R. F. Stockton, of New Jersey, on Harbor Defenses, delivered in the Senate of the United States, May 11, 1852.
22. Speech of Honorable E. C. Cabell of Florida, on the subject of Fortifying Key West and Tortugas, Tuesday, December 21, 1852. Washington. 1853.
23. Light-Houses, &c., of the United States, on the first of July, 1851.
24. List of Light-Houses, Lighted-Beacons & Floating Lights of the United States. Washington: 1852.
25. Letter to the Honorable Secretary of the Navy. (Regarding the “neglected condition” of the Navy.) Signed in print, “W. X.” (N.p.; n.d.)

Naval Tracts. Volume 3: Following a hand written table of contents, Preble’s signature appears on nine of 25 pamphlets and trailing material, and his inked Preble arms stamp on a lone pamphlet.

1. Forbes, R.B. Shipwreck by Lightning. Papers Relative to Harris’s Lightning Conductors. Boston: 1853.
2. Addresses on the Presentation of the Sword of Gen. Andrew Jackson to the Congress of the United States, delivered in Senate and House of Representatives, February 26, 1855. Washington: 1855.
3. Dodd, George. The Curiosities of Industry. A Ship in the 19th Century. London: 1853.
4. Colt, Samuel, Colonel. On the Application of Machinery to the Manufacture of Rotating Chambered Breech Fire-arms, and their Peculiarities. London: 1853.
5. Experiments to ascertain the Strengths and Endurance of Navy Guns. Washington: 1854.
6. Institution of Civil Engineers, 25 Great George Street, Westminster. (London): 1853.
7. Awful calamities; or the Shipwrecks of December 1839. Second Edition. Boston: 1840.
8. Forbes, R.B. An Appeal to Merchants and Ship Owners on the Subject of Seamen. A lecture delivered at the request of the Boston Marine Society, March 7, 1854. Boston: 1854.
9. Bache, A.D. Approximate Cotidal Lines of Diurnal and Semi-Diurnal Tides of the Coasts of the United States on the Gulf of Mexico. (N.p.); 1857.
10. Bache, A.D. Report Upon the Sailing Directions for the Port of New York and its Approaches. Cambridge: 1856.
11. Preble, Geo. Henry. Sailing Directions for the Navigation of the Yang-Tze-Kiang to Wusung and Shanghai. Prepared by Lieut. Preble, U.S.N., by order of Commodore Joel Abbot, Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Naval Forces, in India & China Seas, &c. Shanghai. 1856. (There is another copy in an enlarged “Notice to Mariners” format published by order of Thornton Jenkins, Superintendent of the Light-House Board, April 18, 1856, at the end of this volume.)
12. Report of the Naval Committee to the House of Representatives, August 1850, in favor of the Establishments of a Line of Mail Steamships to Western Coast of Africa. Washington: 1850.
13. Our Light-House Establishment. (N.p.); c1857.
14. Light-House Construction and Illumination. (N.p.; n.d.)
15. List of Light-Houses, Lighted Beacons, and Floating Lights of the United States. Washington: 1856.
16. List of Beacons, Buoys, and Day Marks leading to and in Portsmouth Harbor, N.H.; Portland Harbor, Maine; Kennebec River and Tributaries; Penobscot Bay and Tributaries. Corrected to September, 1855. Washington: 1855.
17. Speech of Hon. John M. Clayton, of Delaware, in regard to Captain S. F. Dupont, U.S.N. Washington: 1856.
18. List of the Members of the Light-House Board of the United States, (and) Laws (of the) United States Relating to Light-Houses, Buoys, Beacons, &c. (N.p.); c1852.
19. Instructions for Light-Keepers of the United States; Stations with two or more Keepers. (Washington): 1852.
20. Instructions for Light-Keepers of the United States; Light stations with one Keeper. (Washington): 1852.
21. Directions to Light-Keepers of the United States. (Washington): 1852.
22. Instructions and Directions for the Management of Lens Lights, Disposition of the Lamps, And Illumination Apparatus. (Washington): 1852.
23. Instructions and Directions for the Management of Beacon Lights, with one Keeper. (Washington): 1852.
24. Instructions to Keepers of the Light-Vessels of the United States. (Washington): 1852.
25. Light-House Establishment, General Instructions. (N.p.), 1853.
26. Biographical Notices of Isaac Hull and Stephen Decatur removed from the Analectic Magazine, Vol. I, 1813.

Naval Tracts. Volume 4: Preble’s signature appears on four of the eleven pamphlets, his arms stamp on three.

1. Defence of Captain Uriah P. Levy, before the Court of Inquiry, held at Washington, 1857. (New York: 1858.)
2. The Case of Lieut. J. N. Maffitt, U.S.N. Before the Naval Court of Inquiry, No.1. Baltimore: 1857.
3. Parker, Foxhall A. An Appeal from the Decision of Court of Inquiry, No. 1, Addressed to the President of the United States. (N.p.); c1856.
4. Defence of Richard W. Meade, before the Court of Inquiry, Convened at Washington City. March 30, 1857. Washington: 1857.
5. Defence of Capt. William K. Latimer, by Hon. Reverdy Johnson, before the Court of Inquiry, No.3…Convened at Washington City. June 23, 1857. Washington: 1857.
6. Defence of Van Rensselear Morgan, Lieut. U.S. Navy before the Court of Inquiry No. 2…Nov. 2, 1857. Washington: 1857.
7. Defence of Peter Wagner, Jr., before the Naval Court of Inquiry…Convened at Washington…April 6th, 1857. Washington: 1857.
8. The Case of John Posey Hall, late a Master in the Navy of the United States. N.p.; c1855.
9. The Memorial of Washington Allon Bartlett, late a Lieutenant in the Navy…asking to be restored to his Original Position on the Navy List. Washington: 1856.
10. Reply of Washington A. Bartlett, to the Testimony taken before the Naval Committee of the Senate. May, 1856. Washington: 1856.
11. The “Navy Board” of 1855 in review before the Naval Court of Inquiry, Sitting at Washington, 1857. (Regarding the defense of Washington A. Bartlett.) New York: c1856.

Naval Tracts. Volume 5: Following a penned and penciled table of contents, Preble’s signature appears on two of seventeen titles, coat of arms on one, and he has penned a title page for another entry that has been excerpted from the1858 Report to the Secretary of War.

1. Sketch of the Plans, Present Condition and Proposed Results of the United States Dry Docks at the Navy Yards of Philadelphia, Kittery, and Pensacola; upon the new System of Floating Docks, Basin & Railways. August 3rd 1848. New York: 1849.
2. Experiments to ascertain the Strength and Endurance of Navy Guns. Washington: 1854.
3. Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Convened at Navy Yard, Boston, Mass., June 16, 1857. (Regarding the charges against Thomas M. Crossan, Lieut. U.S. Navy.) Charlestown: 1857.
4. Arrest of William Walker, Minority report of the House favoring the action taken by Commodore Paulding. (Washington: 1857)
5. Max. Woodhull, Lieutenant U.S.N. Our Navy: What it was, now is, and what it should be. (Washington: n.d.)
6. Herndon Monument Fund: Report of the committee to collect funds, and procure and erect a monument to memory of the late Commander Wm. Lewis Herndon, U.S. Navy. Washington: 1858.
7. Annual Report of the Boston Port Society. Boston: 1858.
8. Morton, James, First Lieut. Of Engineers. A Practical Treatise on the Treatment of the Camel and Dromedary by Hekekyan Bey an Egyptian 1857. New York: 1858. (Title in script in Preble’s hand; excerpt from the Report of the Secretary of War, 1858.)
9. Davis, Charles Henry, Commander U.S. Navy. Address to the Graduating Class of the United States Naval Academy. Cambridge: 1855.
10. Bache, A.D. Tide Tables, for the use of Navigators. (N.p.; n.d.)
11. (Book reviews from the Quarterly Review for Sept., 1812.) Richard Pering on Wood Decay and William Money on Shipbuilding.
12. Forbes, R.B. Remarks on Magnetism and Local Attraction. Boston: 1857.
13. Speeches of Hon. John M. Clayton, of Delaware, in the United States Senate, March 31 and April 1, 1856 in reply to Senator Houston, of Texas, and others. Washington: 1856.
14. Captain S.F. Du Pont, U.S.N. Speech of Hon. John M. Clayton, of Delaware, in the United States Senate, March 11, 1856. Washington: 1856.
15. Effect of Naval Reform. Speech of Hon. S. R. Mallory, of Florida, on the Law of 1855, for Promoting the Efficiency of the Navy, and the Proceedings under It. Washington: 1856.
16. In the Senate of the United States, February 26, 1856…Mr. Mallory made the following Report (To Accompany Bill S.113); the committee on Naval Affairs to which was referred the memorials of Captain Charles Stewart consideration, and thereupon report. (Washington: 1856.)
17. Naval Reform Board. Speech of Hon. John Slidell of Louisiana, delivered in the Senate of the United States, March 31, 1856. (N.p.): 1856.

Naval Tracts. Volume 6: Following a printed index, Preble’s signature appears on three of eighteen entries.

1. Schuyler, George L. Letter to the Hon. W. Gwin, member of Congress from Mississippi concerning the Steam Ship Kamschatka. New York: 1843.
2. Iron Ships. Specifications of Olcott’s Newly Invented Self-Ballasting Iron Safety Ships. Washington. 1835.
3. Speech of Hon. J. Morton, of Florida, on the Bill to Promote the Efficiency of the Navy. Washington. 1855.
4. Report of the Board of Naval Engineers, Ordered by the Secretary of the Navy, to experiment with the Martin Vertical Water Tube Boiler and the English Horizontal Fire Tube Boiler on board the U.S. Steam Frigate “San Jacinto,” Navy Yard, New-York, June 24th, 1859.
5. Douglas, Sir Howard. A Postscript to the section on Iron Defences, contained in the 5th edition of ‘Naval Gunnery’ in answer to the Erroneous Principles set forth by the reviewer in ‘The Quarterly Review’ for October, 1860. London: 1861.
6. Senate…no. 177, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Regarding the petition of B. N. Bullock’s invention for iron armor for vessels.) 24 April 1862.
7. Alger, Francis. A Petition to the National Government, embodying facts and statements in furtherance of the claim of the late Cyrus Alger for remuneration for the adoption and use, by the United States Army and Navy, of certain Inventions of his relating to Fuzes and Shells. Washington. 1862.
8. Rifled Field Pieces. A Short Compilation of what is known of the New Field Artillery of Europe: with some account of our own. Washington. 1862.
9. Report to the Navy Department, by Captain Dahlgren, Chief of the Ordnance Bureau, being one of the Documents from the Navy Department accompanying the annual message of the President to Congress. December 1, 1862. Washington. 1862.
10. Engineer Stimer’s Report of the Last Trial Trip of the “Passaic.” Unparalleled Attempt to Throw Discredit upon Superiors. New York. 1862.
11. Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department, October 20, 1863.
12. Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department, November 1865.
13. Statistical History of John Ridgeway’s Vertical Revolving Battery, with Drawings. Boston. 1865.
14. The “Monitor” Iron-Clads, Opinion of the Russian Admiral, Navy Department, May 24, 1864.
15. The Navy in Congress: being Speeches of the Hon. Messrs. Grimes, Doolittle, and Nye; of the Senate and Hon. Messrs. Rice, Pike, Griswold and Blow; of the House of Representatives. Washington. 1865.
16. Simpson, E., Commander U.S.N. Paper on Armored Vessels, addressed to the Secretary of the Navy. (N.p.); 1864.
17. The U.S.S. Armored Frigate New Ironsides. (Offprint from the Journal of the Franklin Institute.) (N.p.; n.d.)
18. Appendix; containing Hints and Remarks on General Nautical Practice; with other Supplementary papers, tables, etc. (N.p.; n.d.)
19. The Naval Magazine. (Vol. II, No.5, September 1837) and (Vol. II, No.4, July 1837). New York: 1837.

Naval Tracts. Volume 7: A printed index is followed by nineteen pamphlets, two of which are signed on the title by Preble.

1. Report of the board of Officers Appointed to decide between League Island and New London for a Naval Station. (N.p.); 1863.
2. Statement of facts, with accompanying documents, presented before the committee appointed by the Secretary of the Navy under a late vote of Congress, to examine New-London harbor and report upon its fitness for a Naval Station. New London. 1862.
3. Report of the Minority of the naval Committee in favor of accepting League Island, in the city of Philadelphia, for a station for the construction, cleansing and repair of iron and armed vessels. (N.p.; c1863.)
4. A reply to the minority report of Messrs. Kelley and Morehead, of Pennsylvania, on Sites for Navy Yard, with a brief comment on the testimony before the Naval Committee relative to this question. New London. 1864.
5. A New England Man (Gustavus Fox). Advantages of League Island for a Naval Station, Dockyard and fresh-water basin for iron ships, and other vessels of war as recommended by public authorities, with all the objections…answered. Philadelphia. 1866.
6. A Reply to pamphlet entitled “Advantages of League Island for a Naval Station,” &c. (N.p; c1866.)
7. In the Senate of the United States. Report (Re the surrender and/or destruction of Navy Yards at Pensacola and Norfolk, and the armory at Harper’s Ferry.) (Washington: 1862.)
8. Letter of the Secretary of the Navy. Report of the Commission appointed under the joint resolution of Congress, approved Jun 30, 1864, “to select the most approved site for a navy yard or naval station on the Mississippi River, or upon one of it’s tributaries…” (Washington: 1865.)
9. Gould, Benjamin A., Boston Harbor: A Series of Communications to the Boston Daily Advertiser. Boston. 1863.
10. City of Boston. Ninth Report of the U.S. Commissioners on Boston Harbor on the subject of Compensation. (Boston, 1865.)
11. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. Directions of Meteorological Observations. Washington. 1865.
12. Forbes, R. B., The Forbes Rig. Boston: 1862.
13. The Prize Steamer “Cherokee,” formerly the “Thistle.” Boston: 1864.
14. Forbes, R. B., Remarks on the Steam-Power, Rig, &c. of the United States’ Steam Sloops Building 1864-5. Boston. 1865.
15. Forbes, R. B., Construction of Ships for the Merchant Service. Boston. 1866.
16. Forbes, R. B., Means for Making the Highways of the Ocean More Safe. Boston: 1867.
17. The Sailors’ Snug Harbor of Boston: Its Origin and Condition. Boston: 1860.
18. Report on the Sailors’ Snug Harbor, with list of officers, act of incorporation, by-laws, &c. Boston. 1866.
19. Services at the Dedication of the National Sailors’ Home, at Quincy, August 1st, 1866, with the act of incorporation. Boston. 1866.

Naval Tracts. Volume 8: Following a printed index and a table of contents penned in Preble’s hand are seventeen pamphlets, two of which display his signature. Preble authored the last two pamphlets both of which are related the Boston Naval Library and its membership.

1. Report of the Secretary of the Navy, in answer to a resolution of the Senate calling for a statement showing the names and appropriate description of all Vessels of the United States which have been Captured, Lost or Destroyed, &c. (Washington, 1859.)
2. Report of the Secretary of the Navy, made in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of June 23, 1860, calling for information upon various subjects pertaining to the Naval Establishment. (Washington, 1861.)
3. May, George T., A Suggestion Towards a Navy. (N.p.); 1862.
4. Naval Staff Rank. By a Naval Staff Officer. (N.p.; n.d.)
5. Boynton, Rev. C. B., The Navies of England, France, America, and Russia. 1865. New York: 1865.
6. An Historical Sketch of the Several Means Adopted for the Education of Naval Officers from the year 1729 to the Present Period. London: 1863.
7. Lecture Delivered by Ninian Pinkney, M.S., Surgeon U.S. Navy. Annapolis. 1858.
8. Bartow, Rev. Theo. B., U.S.N. Self-Respect, Essential to Professional Success. A Farewell Sermon, Preached at the Chapel of the Naval Academy, October 18th, 1857. Annapolis. 1857.
9. Regulations of the U.S. Naval Academy, as approved by the Secretary of the Navy. June 1867. Washington. 1867.
10. The Memorial of the Officers of the U. S. Navy, for an Increase of their Pay, with documents setting forth and sustaining the same. New York. 1866.
11. Official Report of Alban C. Stimers, late Chief Engineer United States Navy, on the Apparatus for Burning Hydrocarbon Oils in Marine and Locomotive Boilers. Boston. 1867.
12. Patent Compound Anchor. (N.p.; n.d.)
13. Greene, B. Franklin. Chronosemic Signals, A System of Fog Signals, for the Signal Code of the United States Navy, and adapted to General Signal Communication. Washington: 1864.
14. Statutes of the Naval Library and Institute. Boston: 1842.
15. By-laws of the Naval Library and Institute, with a list of members. Charlestown: 1860.
16. Statutes of the Naval Library and Institute, Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass. Boston: 1867.
17. Annual Report of the Naval Library & Institute, Boston Navy Yard, for the year 1868. Boston: 1868.

Naval Tracts. Volume 9: Following a printed table of contents and another penned in Preble’s hand are twelve pamphlets, one of which, The Chase of the Rebel Steamer of War Oreto… was written by Preble, and privately published in Cambridge in 1862. Preble’s annotated and illustrated copy of this pamphlet within a manuscript letter book is recorded later in this catalog. Preble’s commentary and/or signature appear on several of the pamphlets of this volume.

1. Correspondence respecting the “Alabama;” also respecting the Bark “Maury,” at New York, during the Crimean War, and the temporary act of Congress passed by the United States at the instance of Great Britain, in 1838, to meet the case of the rebellion of Canada. (Liverpool: 1863.)
2. Edge, Frederick Milnes. The Alabama and the Kearsarge. An Account of the Naval Engagement in the British Channel, on Sunday, June 19th, 1864, from information furnished to the writer by the Wounded and Paroled Prisoners of the Confederate Privateer Alabama, and the Officers of the United States’ Sloop-of-War, Kearsarge, and Citizens of Cherbourg. London: 1864.
3. Report of the Special Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, on testimonials to the captain, officers and crew of the United States sloop of war “Kearsarge.” New York. 1865.
4. Proceedings of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, on the Burning of the ship Brilliant, by the Rebel pirate Alabama, Tuesday, October 21, 1862. New York. 1862.
5. Southern Privateers and their Captures; Breech-Loading Arms-Their Invention and History. Two articles removed from The Merchants Magazine, December1865 and November 1866. (With a title sheet penned by Preble.)
6. The Cruise of the Confederate ship “Sumter.” (From the Private Journal of an Officer.) Extracted from an unidentified periodical. (N.p.; n.d.)
7. The Seizure of the “Peterhoff;” being a statement of the facts, the reason, the law and the consequences, with the Correspondence. London. 1863.
8. Preble, Geo. Henry. The Chase of the Rebel Steamer Oreto, Commander J. N. Maffitt, C.S.N. into the Bay of Mobile by the United States Steam Sloop Oneida, Commander Geo. Henry Preble, U.S.N. September 4, 1862. Cambridge. 1862.
9. Loring, Charles. England’s Liability for Indemnity: Remarks on the letter of “Historicus” Dated November 4th, 1863. Boston. 1864.
10. Loring, Charles. Neutral Relations of England and the United States. Boston. 1863.
11. English Neutrality. Is the Alabama a British Pirate? New York. 1863.
12. Bemis, George. Precedents of American Neutrality, in reply to the speech of Sir Roundell Palmer, Attorney-General of England, in the British House of Commons, May 13, 1864. Boston. 1864.

Naval Tracts. Volume 10: Printed tables of contents followed by Preble’s penned table of contents followed by seven items, three of which display his signature. One includes an extended analysis of annual expenses of dredging accomplished for navy yards.
1. Navy Yards - Board of Navy Officers - Evidence taken before them. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting in compliance with a resolution of the House, a copy of the evidence taken by the board of navy officers for investigating the condition of the navy yards. (Washington. 1860.)
2. Dock-yards and Iron Works of Great Britain and France. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy…transmitting report of Chief Engineer King, in relation to iron-clad vessels and dock-yards of Europe. (Washington. 1865.)
3. Cost of Sites and Improvements of the Several Navy Yards. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington. 1859.)
4. The Prosecution of Franklin W. Smith by the United States Navy Department. Boston. 1865.
5. The United States against Franklin W. Smith. Argument of the Judges-Advocate. Boston. 1865.
6. Letter of the Secretary of the Navy, transmitting, in answer to a resolution of the Senate of the 11th instant, the last report of the board of examiners of the Naval School at Newport, Rhode Island. (Washington. 1862.)
7. Destruction of the United States Vessels and other Property at Norfolk, Virginia, letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington. 1862.)

Naval Tracts. Volume 11: A printed index and Preble’s penned table of contents are followed by nineteen items two of which display Preble’s signature.

1. In The Senate Of The United States. Mr. Mallory Made The Following Report. The Committee On Naval Affairs To Whom Was Referred The Memorial Of Captain Charles Stewart… (Washington. 1856.)
2. Record of the testimony taken in the trial of Commodore T. T. Craven, United States Navy, before a Court-Martial held in Washington, D.C., in November, 1865. New York. 1866.
3. Phillips, P. Defense of Com. Jas. Armstrong before Naval Court Martial convened at Washington 12th March, 1861. Washington. 1861.
4. Charges and Specifications of Charges preferred by the Secretary of the Navy, against Henry Walke, a Commander in the Navy of the United States. Washington. 1861.
5. (Walke, Henry, Rear Admiral U.S.N.) Naval Scenes on the Western Waters. The Gunboats Taylor, Carondelet and Lafayette. (N.d.; n.p.)
6. Officers of the Navy Retained in Active Service after Fifty-five years’ service: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. Washington. 1867.
7. Paper Read By Commodore Thornton A. Jenkins, U.S. Navy, Before The Naval Committee Of The House Of Representatives, January 21, 1868, In Reply To Rear Admiral Goldsborough’s Claim To Be Continued On The Active List Of The Navy. (N.p.); c1868.
8. Naval Retiring Laws and Rear Admiral Goldsborough. (Washington, 1868.)
9. Rear Admiral Goldsborough and the Retiring Laws of the Navy. No. 2. Washington. 1868.
10. Court-Martial of Second Assistant Engineer Sawyer. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1868.)
11. The Memorial of the Officers of the U.S. Navy for an Increase of their Pay. New York. 1866.
12. Canvas for the Sails of Ships. (Extracted from the Dundee Advertiser, 23rd Dec. 1865.)
13. Improved Methods of Making and Working the “Courses” of Square-rigged Vessels. Patented May 11th, 1858.
14. The Straits of Magellan. Passage from Rio del la Plata, through the Straits of Magellan, in January, 1867. Hydrographic Notice, No. 1. Washington. 1867.
15. A Brief Sketch of Some of the Blunders in the Engineering Practice of the Bureau of Steam Engineering, in the U.S. Navy. By An Engineer. New York. 1868.
16. The Wampanoag Reports: a Few Remarks on the Reports of the Captain and Engineers of the U.S.S. Wampanoag, upon her Late Run Along the Coast, with “A Fresh Breeze Aft of the Beam.” New York. 1868.
17. U.S. steam sloop Narragansett’s Circulating Library. Rules and Regulations. Catalog of Circulating Library. Norfolk; (n.d.)
18. Annual Report of the Naval Library and Institute, Boston Navy Yard, with a list of officers and members, for the year 1868.
19. Ye Ancient Wreck. Loss of the Sparrow-Hawk in 1626. Remarkable Preservation and Recent Discovery of the Wreck. Boston. 1865.

Naval Tracts. Volume 12: Printed and penned tables of contents are followed by fifteen items, six of which display Preble’s signature.

1. In the Senate of the United States. Report by the Select Committee on Naval Supplies. (Washington, 1864.)
2. Life-saving Inventions. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury. Report of the Commission on Life-saving Inventions, convened in New York City, April 8, 1867. (Washington, 1868.)
3. Captain Thomas H. Stevens. Report. On the resolution to nominate for advancement not exceeding twenty-one numbers. (Washington, 1868.)
4. Rear-Admiral Goldsborough: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy, in answer to a resolution of the House of the 17th July, calling for information relative to the case of… (Washington, 1867.)
5. Naval Retiring Laws and Rear Admiral Goldsborough. (Washington, 1868.)
6. Paper read by Commodore Thornton A. Jenkins, U.S. Navy, before the Naval Committee of the House of Representatives, January 21, 1868, in reply to Rear Admiral Goldsborough’s claim to be continued on the active list of the Navy. (N.p.); c1868.
7. Letter of the Secretary of the Navy, communicating in compliance with a resolution of the Senate in relation to the construction of the iron-clad Monitor. (Washington, 1868.)
8. Expense of Miantonomoh to Europe. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1868.)
9. United States Steamer Wampanoag. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1868.)
10. Some Facts of History, Showing the Official Career of the Engineers-in-Chief of the Navy, and their Deleterious Influence upon the Navy itself and the Mechanical Interests of the Country. New York. 1868.
11. Prize Vessels: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1868.)
12. Sale of Public Vessels. Message of the President of the United States. (Washington, 1868.)
13. Naval Vessels: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington. 1868.)
14. The Flags of all Nations. Extracted from Ballou’s Dollar Monthly Magazine. Boston. October, 1861.
15. Laws of the United States relating to the Navy, passed at the Second session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress. (N.p.; c1862.)
16. Laws of the United States relating to the Navy, passed at the First session of the Thirty-Ninth Congress. 1865-’66. (N.p.; c1865.)
17. Laws of the United States relating to the Navy, passed at the First and Second sessions of the Fortieth Congress. 1867-’68. (N.p.; c1867.)

Naval Tracts. Volume 13: Printed and penned tables of contents followed by 23 items, two of which bear Preble’s signature.

1. Clymer, George, Surgeon U.S.N. The Principles of Naval Staff Rank; and its History, in the United States Navy for over half a century. (N.p.); 1869.
2. Naval Rank. Extracted from the Washington Chronicle, 16 November 1869.
3. Remarks on “Staff” Rank, from a “Line” point of View. (N.p.; n.d.)
4. Relative Rank in the Navy. (N.p.; n.d.)
5. Davis, C. H. Commodore U.S.N. Ocean Steam Navigation. Extracted from an unidentified periodical. October 1864.
6. General Instructions for Hydrographic Surveyors of the United States Navy, and for writing and editing Sailing Directions and for Keeping Remark Books. Washington. 1868.
7. Jenkins, Thornton, Commodore U.S.N. The Barometer, Thermometer, Hygrometer, and Atmosphere Appearances at Sea and on Land as Aids in Foretelling Weather…Washington. 1869.
8. Hydrographic Notice. No. 11 – 1869. An extract from a journal kept by Commander William T. Truxtun, Com’dg U. S. Sloop of War “Jamestown.” (Washington, 1869.)
9. Notice to Mariners. Remarks upon the Currents of the Atlantic Ocean near the Equator. (Washington, 1866.)
10. Very, Samuel, Jr. A Simple Method of Marine Telegraphing by Symbols, forming a Code of Signals for the use of all Nations. Chelsea, Mass. 1867.
11. Old Iron Forts and Shields. Extracted from the Cornhill Magazine, Feb. 1868.
12. Petition of Lieutenant Egbert Thompson, United States Navy, Protesting Against the Action of the Late Advisory Board, and Praying for Relief. Philadelphia: 1862.
13. Record of the Examination held in the case of Commander John C. Carter. (N.p.); 1864.
14. The Pacific Pearl Company, incorporated under the laws of the state of New York. Jersey City. 1866.
15. Forbes, R. B. New Rig for Square-rigged Vessels. Boston. 1869.
16. Forbes, R. B. New Rig for Schooners. Boston. 1869.
17. Preble, Geo. Henry. Vessels of War Built at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1690-1868. (N.p.; n.d.)
18. Preble, Geo. Henry. Early Ship-Building in Massachusetts. Extracted form the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for January, 1869.
19. Message from the President of the United States transmitting a report of the Secretary of the Navy in obedience to the resolution of the 16th Instant…In relation to presentation of a Gold Medal to Com. Preble. Dec 23, 1812. Washington. 1812.
20. Navy Yard for Iron Clad Vessels. A Concise Statement of the Action of Congress in relation to a Navy Yard for Iron Clad Vessels. New London. 1865.
21. To the Honorable United States Senate and House of Representatives, in Congress Assembled (in which Preble petitions for Back Pay). (Charlestown, 1869.) (N.p.; n.d.)
22. (Letter and other statements collected by Preble concerning his dismissal from the U. S. Navy and forming a defense of his conduct in allowing the escape of the Oreto.)
23. Royal National Life-Boat Institution. (N.p.); 1869.

Naval Tracts. Volume 14: Printed and penned tables of contents followed by 26 items, four of which display Preble’s signature.

1. Foreign Commerce of the United States and the Practical Workings of our relations of Maritime Reciprocity. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury. (Washington, 1871.)
2. Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department for the Year 1870. Washington. 1870.
3. Effect of Naval Reform. Speech of Hon. S. R. Mallory, of Florida, on the Law of 1855, for Promoting the Efficiency of the Navy and the Proceedings under it. Washington. 1856.
4. Acts and Resolutions relating to the Navy of the United States, passed at the Second session of the Forty-first Congress. 1869-1870. Washington. 1870.
5. Message of the President of the United States, communicating in answer to a resolution of the Senate of the 21st Instant, a report of the Secretary of the Navy, accompanied by copies of instructions given to the officers of the United States Naval Forces on the coast of Mexico… (Washington, 1860.)
6. Alphonse Barbot, Mr. Curry from the Committee on Naval Affairs, to whom was referred the Memorial of Alphonse Barbot, lieutenant U. S. Navy, praying for Reimbursement of Money. (Washington, 1860.)
7. Letter of the Secretary of the navy, communicating in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 1st instant, information in regard to officers residing in Washington City… (Washington. 1870.)
8. Samuel B. Elliott. Mr. Winslow from the Committee on Naval Affairs, made the following Report regarding reimbursement of expenses. (Washington, 1860.)
9. Pay and Allowances of Officers of Navy and Marine Corps. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1861.)
10. Assimilated Rank on the Navy. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1870.)
11. Remarks on “Staff” rank, from a “Line” Point of View. (N.p.; n.d.)
12. Naval Rank. (N.p.; n.d.)
13. Assimilated Rank in the Navy. Its injurious operation upon the Discipline, Harmony and General Good of the Navy. (Philadelphia, 1860.)
14. Rank in the Navy. Speech of Hon. Aaron F. Stevens, of New Hampshire. January 23, 1871. Washington. 1871.
15. Line and Staff. A Part of the Navy Register for 1870 arranged to show Line and Staff Rank. (N.p.; n.d.)
16. Reports of the Trial Trip of the United States steamer Wampanoag. At Sea February 7 to February 17, 1868. (N.p.); 1868.
17. Report of the committee on Harbor. Portland, Maine. 1870.
18. Remarks of a Citizen upon the Condition of our Navy and Mercantile Marine. Philadelphia. 1870.
19. Manton’s Improved Method of Handling Anchors and Chains. (N.p.); c1860.
20. Stowing hammocks and Washing. (At the Naval Academy.) (N.d.; n.p.)
21. Sea Signals Assimilated, Containing observation on the Mode and Utility of Signalizing at Sea… London: c1857.
22. Preble, Geo. Henry, Captain U.S.N. The First Cruise of the United States frigate Essex. Offprint of the Essex Institute Historical Collections, Vol. X. Salem. 1870.
23. Annual Report of the President of the Board of Supervising Inspectors of Steam Vessels to the Secretary of the Treasury. 1871. Washington. 1871.
24. Defense. The following Defence of Lieut. Charles Wilkes to the Charges on Which he has been tried is respectfully submitted to the Court…following return of the Exploring Expedition. (Washington, 1842.)
25. The Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich. London: n.d.
26. Catalogue of the Portraits of Distinguished Naval Commanders and Representations and Representations of their Warlike Achievements, exhibited in the Naval Gallery of Greenwich Hospital. London: 1862.

Naval Tracts. Volume 15: Inked table of contents followed by seventeen items, none of which bear Preble’s signature.

1. Prod’homme. Prof. L. F., U.S.N. Manual of Nautical Phrases. United States Naval Academy. (N.p.); 1869.
2. Navy Department Regulations. Mess and state-room furniture. Washington. 1870.
3. Forbes, R. B. Life-Boats, Projectiles and other means for Saving Life. Boston. 1872.
4. Forbes, R. B. The Hammock as a Life Preserver. Boston. 1873.
5. Forbes, R. B. New Rig for Schooners. Boston. 1872.
6. Report of the Judges of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, on “Ridgeway’s Revolving Battery.” Boston. 1871.
7. State of New York. Communication from the Governor Transmitting the Report of the Commissioners Appointed under the Act, Chapter 239, Laws of 1863: Relative to Protecting the Harbors and Frontiers Against Invasion, and to Provide for Their Defence. New York. 1864.
8. Destruction of Wood. Decay. Action of Marine Worms. The Causes. The Preventions. (N.p.); c1870.
9. Letter from Admiral David D. Porter, on the Subject of Senate Bill No. 848, entitled “A Bill for the Reduction of the Number and Grades of Officers of the Navy, and for other purposes.” (Washington, 1872.)
10. The Humane Society of Massachusetts. Boston. 1871.
11. In the Senate of the United States. May 2, 1872. Mr. Anthony Submitted the Following Reports – The Advance of Homer C. Blake one grade in the Navy. (Washington, 1872.)
12. Statement. Volunteer Officers’ Claim to their “rightful position on the active list” deprived them by the act of July 25, 1866. (N.p.; c1872.)
13. Navy Department, Office of the Solicitor and Naval Judge Adv. Gen., Washington City, March 22d, 1872, Hon. Geo. M. Robeson responds to Volunteer Officers claims to rank. (Washington, 1872.)
14. Smart, William. Notes Towards the History of the Medical Staff of the English Army Prior to the Accession of the Tudors. (London): 1873.
15. A Reply to “Hints on the Re-Organization of the Navy.” (Charlestown): 1845.
16. Manning the Navy. (Annapolis), 1873.
17. Suggestions upon Naval Reform by a Few Sea Officers of both Line and Staff. (N.p.); 1850.

Naval Tracts. Volume 16: Printed and penned tables of contents followed by three lengthy items, none of which are signed by Preble.

1. Report of the Joint Committee of 1860 upon the Proposed Canal to Unite Barnstable and Buzzard’s Bays. Boston. 1864.
2. Burton, Amos. Journal of the Cruise of the U.S.S. Susquehanna, 1860-1863. New York. 1863.
3. The Voyage of the Jamestown on her Errand of Mercy. Boston. 1847.

Naval Tracts. Volume 17: Printed and penned tables of contents followed by thirteen items, none of which are signed by Preble.

1. Thurston, R. H., Eng. U.S.N. H.B.M. Iron-Clad “Monarch.” Extracted from the Journal of the Franklin Institute. Philadelphia. 1870.
2. A Letter to the Rt. Hon. G. J. Goschen, M.P., First Lord of the Admiralty, Etc., on our Iron-Clad Fleet. London. 1872.
3. Order of Procedure in Naval General Courts Martial, …Compiled from various Orders, Regulations, and Instructions, which have been issued from time to time from the Navy Department. Washington. 1874.
4. Reports, Recommendations, Official Documents &c., Relating to the Establishment of a Navy Yard on the Thames River, near New London, Conn. (N.p.); 1872.
5. Report of the Board of Civil Engineers, Appointed to Prepare a Plan for the Improvement of the Navy Yard at League Island, Penn. (N.p.); 1873.
6. Report of the Board of Civil Engineers: A Plan for the Improvement of the Navy Yard at Mare Island, California. (N.p.); 1873.
7. Proctor, George. The Fisherman’s Memorial and Record Book. Gloucester. 1873.
8. Dorr, Eben P., A Brief Sketch of the first Monitor and its Inventor. Buffalo. 1874.
9. Letters form Naval Officers in Reference to the United States Marine Corps. Washington. 1864.
10. Boynton, Rev. C. B., U.S.N., The Navies of England, France, America, and Russia. New York. 1865.
11. Bent, Silas. An Address Delivered before the St. Louis Historical Society, December 10, 1868, and Repeated by Request before the Mercantile Library Association…upon the Thermometric Gateways to the Poles. Saint Louis. 1869.
12. Inglefield, E. A. Captain R.N. Naval tactics; with some remarks on the Recent Experimental Cruising of the Mediterranean and Channel squadrons. Offprint of the Journal of the Royal United Service Institution. Washington: 1869.
13. Martin’s Patent Self-Canting Anchor… London: c1870.

Naval Tracts. Volume 18: Printed table of contents followed by 25 items, none of which bear Preble’s signature.

1. Instruction upon the Art of Pointing Cannon, for the use of Young Sea Officers. Translated from the French, By an Officer of the U.S. Navy. Washington. 1848.
2. Experiments to Ascertain the Strength and Endurance of Navy Guns. Washington. 1854.
3. Rifled Field Pieces. A Short Compilation of what is Known of the New Field Artillery of Europe. Washington. 1862.
4. Rules for the Management and Cleaning of the Rifle Musket, Model 1863. For the Use of Soldiers. Washington. 1863.
5. Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Dept. October 20, 1863.
6. Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Dept. November, 1864. New York. 1865.
7. Report of the Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Dept. November, 1865. New York. 1865.
8. Description and Rules for the Management of the Remington Navy Rifle, Model 1870. Springfield. 1870.
9. Gunnery Notes. (N.p.), 1871.
10. Laboratory Notes. (N.p.), 1871.
11. A Description of the Telemeter. Washington. 1872.
12. Gunpowder as an Element in the Problem of Modern Ordnance; the Influence of Density on its Explosive Action; and the Densimeter, its uses and adjustments. Washington. 1872.
13. Captain Manfroni, Austrian Navy. Prismatic Powder: A Lecture delivered before the Scientific Society of Pola. Translated by Lieutenant Commander William M. Folger, U.S.N. Washington. 1872.
14. Pressure and Impact of Guns. Naval Ordnance Paper No. 2. (N.p.; n.d.)
15. Mode of Fabrication of XV-inch Guns. Naval Ordnance Paper No. 3. Washington. 1872.
16. The Determination of the Time of Flight of Projectiles, &c., &c., by means of the Electric Clepsydra from Researches in Experimental Ballistics. Naval Ord. Paper No. 4. Washington. 1873.
17. Notes on Movable Torpedoes. Translated from Revue Maritime, January 1873.
18. The French Mitrailleuse: A Full and Complete Description of its construction, Service, &c. Translated by Lieutenant Commander W. M. Folger, U.S.N. Washington. 1873.
19. Ordnance Notes. The Reffye Gun. (N.p.), 1873.
20. Torpedo Experiments at Key West, Fla. March. (N.p.), 1874.
21. Landing Drill of Naval Brigade at Key West. March 23, 1874.
22. Extracts from the Report on Breech-Loading Systems, made by a Board of Naval Officers to the Bureau of Ordnance, in the Year 1869. Washington. 1869.
23. Regulations for Powder Magazines and Shell Houses. (N.p.), 1874.
24. Instructions for Care and Preparation of Ammunition. (N.p.), 1874.
25. Jeffers, W. N., Captain U.S.N. The Armament of Our Ships-of-War. Offprint of the Record of the United States Naval Institute (Vol. I, No. VI, 1874).

Naval Tracts. Volume 19: Printed table of contents followed by fifteen pamphlets, four of which bear Preble’s signature.

1. Fabrication of XV-inch Guns. Naval Ordnance Paper No. 3. Washington, GPO. 1872.
2. Dimensions and Weights of Gun Implements. (N.p.), 1874.
3. Gunnery Notes. (N.p.), 1871.
4. Jeffers, W. N.. Captain U.S.N. The Armament of our Ships-of-War. (Offprint from the Record of the United States Naval Institute (Vol. 1, no. VI. 1874).)
5. Experiments upon Several Objects Relating to Naval Gunnery, made on board the frigate Dryade in 1835. Translated from the French by an Officer in the U. S. Navy. Washington. 1847.
6. Regulations for Powder Magazines and Shell Houses. (N.p.), 1874.
7. Laboratory Notes. (N.p.), 1871.
8. Marvin, J. D., Commander, U.S.N. Instructions for the use and care of Naval Gatling Guns. (N.p.), 1875.
9. Hill, Walter. Notes on Explosives, and their Application in Torpedo Warfare. Newport. 1875.
10. Barber, F. M., Lieut. U.S.N. Lecture on the Whitehead Torpedo. Newport. 1875.
11. Converse, G. A., Lieut. U.S.N. Notes on Torpedo Fuzes. Newport. 1875.
12. Barber, F. M., Lieut. U.S.N. Lecture on Drifting and Automatic Movable Torpedoes, Submarine Guns, and Rockets. Newport. 1874.
13. Barber, F. M. Lieut. U.S.N. Lecture on Submarine Boats and their Application to Torpedo Operations. Newport: 1875.
14. Very, Edward W. Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Organization of the Naval Brigade. Washington: 1875.
15. Kirkland, W. A., Commander U.S.N. Report on the Vienna Exhibition (of) Ordnance and Marine Material. Washington: 1874.

Naval Tracts. Volume 20: Typed table of contents followed by 22 pamphlets, six of which have been signed or annotated by Preble.

1. Petition of Susan Decatur. December 19, 1833. (Washington, 1833.)
2. Naval Schools. January 3rd, 1834. (Washington, 1834.)
3. Letter of the Secretary of the Navy, to the Hon. J. W. Grimes,…in relation to the appointment of enlisted persons to the Naval Academy. (Washington, 1866.)
4. Naval Forces of the United States - Where Ships are now Stationed, Etc. (Washington, 1861.)
5. Message of the President of the United States… relative to the capture of the steamer Virginius. (Washington, 1874.)
6. Defences of the Northeastern Frontier. (Washington, 1864.)
7. Ship Timber: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. (Washington, 1868.)
8. In the Senate of the United States. Mr. Cragin submitted the following report. Related to the restoration of Capt. John C. Beaumont to his original position on the Naval register. (Washington, 1875.)
9. Report of the Board of Civil Engineers…the Improvement of the Navy-Yard at League Island. N.p.; 1873.
10. In the Senate of the United States. Mr. Sargent, from the Committee on Naval Affairs… reports… on the expediency of reducing the number of navy-yards and naval hospitals. (Washington, 1875.)
11. Report of the board of Civil Engineers, appointed to prepare a plan for Mare Island, California. (N.p.); 1873.
12. Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department passed at the second session of the Forty-Third Congress. 1874-1875. Washington. 1875.
13. Chauvenet, Professor William. Astronomy: Comprising Suggestions to U.S. Naval Officers, bearing upon Points connected with Nautical Astronomy, Astronomical Geography, and General Astronomy. Washington. 1868.
14. Mitchell, Henry. Tides and Tidal Phenomena. Navy Scientific Papers, No. 2. Washington. 1868.
15. Aulick, R., Commander U.S.N. Lightning Conductors of Ships. Navy Scientific Papers, No. 3. Washington. 1868.
16. Report of the Circumnavigation Committee of the Royal Society. Navy Scientific Papers, No. 4. Washington. 1872.
17. Greene, B. F. The Marine Compass: a paper read before the United Sates Naval Institute. Navy Scientific Papers, No. 5. Washington. 1874.
18. Marvin, J. D., Commander, U. S. Navy. The Zapata Chronograph. Translated from the Madrid edition. Washington. 1875.
19. Testimonials and Memorials of the Services of Lieutenant Charles Hare of the Royal Navy. New Brunswick. 1848.
20. To find the Latitude by the Polar Star, to one mile at every hour of the Night. (Philadelphia, c1839.)
21. (Irving, Washington and Story, Joseph.) An Account of the Funeral Honours bestowed on the remains of Capt. Lawrence and Lieut. Ludlow. (Boston: 1813.)
22. Rea, John. A Letter to William Bainbridge Esqr. Formerly Commander of the United States’ Ship George Washington; Relative to Some Transactions, on board said Ship, During a Voyage to Algiers, Constantinople, &c. Philadelphia: 1802.

Naval Tracts. Volume 21: Typed table of contents followed by 23 pamphlets, five of which bear Preble’s signature.

1. Captain Louis M. Goldsborough: Message from the President of the United States, recommending that Capt. Louis M. Goldsborough receive a vote of thanks of Congress. Washington City. 1862.
2. Revolving Batteries and River and Harbor Defence. Letter from the Secretary of War. Washington. 1862.
3. Steven’s Battery: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy in relation to the Expenditure of the Appropriation for the Completion of Steven’s Steam Battery. Washington. 1862.
4. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy…In relation to the Construction of the iron-clad Monitor. Washington. 1868.
5. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy…In relation to proposals for establishing iron-ship building yards and docks. Washington. 1872.
6. Washington National Monument. H. R. Report No.485, regarding the “practicability of completing the Washington Monument by the approaching centennial.” Washington. 1874.
7. Life-Saving Stations. Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury. Washington. 1874
8. China Mail-Service. Testimony taken from the Committee on the Post-Office. Washington. 1874.
9. In the Senate of the United States, Mr. Sargent from the Committee on Naval Affairs…reports on… the expediency of reducing the number of navy-yards and naval hospitals. Washington. 1875.
10. Sale of Navy-Yards. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. Washington. 1876.
11. Alleged Sale of a Naval Cadetship. H.R. Report No. 124. Washington. 1875.
12. New Haven Harbor: Letter from the Secretary of War, relative to the Widening and Deepening of the Main Channel of New Haven Harbor. Washington. 1875.
13. Benjamin P. Loyall. H.R. Report No. 757. Washington. 1876.
14. Sale of Navy-Yards… Washington: 1876. (Same as tract number 10 above.)
15. Views of the Minority. Regarding investigations into the condition of the Navy. N.p.: (c1876).
16. “Jack Ashore.” An article from Harper’s Weekly Magazine of July 1873.
17. In the Court of Common Pleas, No. 1, for the city and county of Philadelphia. Nathaniel McKay vs. The Times Publishing Company. Regarding assignment of building work to Nathaniel McKay of Boston as a result of the “removal of the old Navy Yard to League Island. (N.p.), 1876.
18. Board of Assistants for the Navy: Mr. Benjamin W. Harris from the committee on Naval affairs submits a report on the status of the Naval Establishment. Washington. 1878.
19. List of Vessels Belonging to the Revenue Marine Service. (N.p.): 1874.
20. Vessels Belonging to the United States Navy. (N.p.): 1874.
21. Preble, George H. Appendix to Merchant Vessels of the United States Containing a Complete List of the Vessels of the United States Navy, From 1797 to 1874, Together with Lists of the number of line, staff, and other officers, both active and retired. Washington. GPO. 1874.
22. Naval Expenditures: Speech of Hon. Benjamin Q. Willis, of New York in the House of Representatives. Washington. 1878.
23. Naval Appropriation Bill: Speech of Hon. Stevenson Archer of Maryland in the House of Representatives. Washington: GPO. 1874.

Naval Tracts. Volume 22: Printed table of contents followed by 25 pamphlets, five of which are signed by Preble, and two of which display presentation inscriptions to Preble.

1. Griffin, S. P. A System of Marine Signals. New York. D. Van Nostrand. 1876.
2. Smith, M. An Improvement in the Mariner’s and Surveyor’s Compass Needle. New-York, R. Tyrell. 1834.
3. (Anon.) Some Particulars Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude. London: 1765.
4. Mudge, Thomas. Thoughts on the Means of Improving Watches, And more particularly those For the Use of the Sea. London: 1765.
5. The Description and Use of the Astronomical Rotula, Shewing the change and Age of the Moon, the Motions and Places of the Sun. (N.p.): 1760.
6. Copy of the Correspondence between Commander Thos. R. Gedney and Surgeon Ruschenberger of the Navy. Philadelphia: C. Sherman. 1853.
7. Latrobe, J. H. B. The First Steamboat Voyage on the Western Waters. Baltimore. October, 1871. (Presentation copy to Preble signed by the author.)
8. American Steam Navigation: Speech of William H. Seward for the Collins Steamers. In the Senate of the United States, April 27, 1862. Washington, D.C., 1852.
9. The “Keely Motor.” Offprint of the Scientific America, July 17,1875.
10. The Velocimeter: an Ocean Register of Speed and Leeway of Vessels. New York, 1858.
11. Information in Regard to the United States Marine Corps. Washington. 1875.
12. The Coast Survey: Its Cost, Abuses and Power. Extracted from the New York Times, 17 November 1858.
13. Bolton, William. A Narrative of the Last Cruise of the U.S. Steam Frigate Missouri. Philadelphia: 1844. (Presentation inscription to Preble from Charles Henry Hall.)
14. Losses of Life at Sea and the Means for Saving of Life. (N.p.; n.d.)
15. Results of Experiments on Sound in Relation to Fog-Signals by the United States Light-House Board. 1877. Washington. GPO. 1878.
16. Tyndall, Professor John. Recent Experiments of Fog-Signals. (N.p.; n.d.)
17. Burnettizing: Or the Process for Preventing the Rapid decay of Timber by the use of Chloride of Zinc. Second edition. Lowell: Printed for the Proprietors of the Locks and Canals on Merrimack River. 1859.
18. Murphy, Hon. John McLeod. American Ships and Ship-Builders. New York. 1860.
19. Bates, William W., American Ships: Their Past and Future, and the Question of Wood or Iron for their Construction, Reviewed. Part I (of two parts). Chicago, 1870.
20. Currier, John J., Historical Sketch of Ship Building on the Merrimac River. Newburyport, 1877.
21. Preble, George Henry. A Complete List of the Vessels of the United States Navy, from 1797 to 1874. (Same as item 21 in the previous volume of tracts.) Washington. GPO. 1874.
22. Gardner, Arthur H. A List of the Wrecks around Nantucket since the Settlement of the Island. Nantucket. 1877.
23. The Menhaden Fishery of Maine: with Statistical and Historical Details. Portland. 1878.
24. John A. Linton Vs. Lieutenant Samuel Chase Barney. (Washington), 1855.
25. Chart Exhibiting the Value of the Commerce of the United States with Each Foreign Country and Dependency During the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 1879.

Naval Tracts. Volume 23: Printed table of contents followed by fourteen pamphlets, three of which are signed by Preble and one accompanied by a letter from the author to Preble.

1. Partial list of Cases Involving Gross Carelessness in Details of Ordnance Administration, Afloat and Ashore. (Washington), 1875.
2. Report of the Board of Civil Engineers, Appointed to prepare a Plan for the Improvement of the Navy-Yard at Mare Island, California. (N.p.), 1873.
3. Constitution and By-Laws of the United States Naval Institute. Annapolis. 1874.
4. Mason, Lieut. T. B. M. Two Lessons from the Future. (Offprint of the Record of the USNI.) 1875.
5. ____. Preservation of life at Sea. Extracted from the Bulletin of the American Geographical Society. New York. 1879.
6. ____. Life Saving at Sea. (Offprint of the Record of the USNI.) 1878.
7. Lambert, William H., The American Navy. (Accompanied by a letter from Lambert to Preble.) Philadelphia, 1880.
8. Reports of the Secretary of the Navy, and the Commission by him appointed, on the proposed New Iron Navy Yard at League Island. Philadelphia. 1863.
9. Memorandum in the Case of Captain James E. Jouett. Navy Department. Washington. 1880.
10. Memoranda by the Captains of the United States Navy Showing Why Captain J. E. Jouett should not be Promoted over their Heads. Washington. 1880.
11. Lindsay, W. S., Report of a Special Committee of the Philadelphia Board of Trade; upon the Law of Collisions at Sea. Philadelphia. 1861.
12. Chadwick, Lieut. Commander F. E. Aids to Navigation. (Offprint of the Proceedings of the USNI, 1881.) Baltimore, 1881.
13. Forbes, R. B. Seamen, Past and Present. A General Compilation of Opinions on Their Condition and the Means for Their Improvement. Boston: 1878.
14. Lindsay, W. S. Manning the Royal Navy & Mercantile Marine: also Belligerent Neutral Rights in the Event of War. London: 1877.

Naval Tracts. Volume 24: Printed table of contents followed by 13 pamphlets, three of which are signed by Preble.

1. Proceedings and Report of the Advisory Board: Number and Classes of Vessels Needed for the United States Navy. Washington. GPO. 1882.
2. A Permanent Construction Fund for the Navy. A Report of the House Committee on Naval Affairs. Washington, 1880.
3. Statistics in Relation to Navies of the World. Washington. GPO. 1882.
4. Construction of Vessels of War for the Navy. A Report of the House Committee on Naval Affairs on the Reconstruction of the Navy. Washington. 1882.
5. Condition of the Navy. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. Washington. 1882.
6. Double-turreted Monitors: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. Washington. 1880.
7. Double-Turreted Monitors…Supplemental Report: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. Washington. 1880.
8. Maps Accompanying Letter from the Secretary of the Navy (in relation to) Double-Turreted Monitors. Washington. GPO. 1880.
9. Report of the Board of United States Naval Engineers on the Mallory Steering and Propelling Screw as Applied to the United States Torpedo Boat Alarm. Washington. GPO. 1882.
10. Some Needs of the Navy. Extracted from The United Service. July 1882.
11. The Present Condition of the United States Navy. Extracted from the International Review for March & April, 1879.
12. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy to Hon. E. H. Rollins transmitting a Statement showing the Names of all Officers on the Retired list of the United States Navy, their present rank, rank when retired, pay, &c. Washington: 1882.
13. Naval Appropriations. Speech by Hon. George M. Robeson of New Jersey in the House of Representatives. (N.p.): 1882.

(Navy Department.) Annual Reports Of The Secretary Of The Navy. 1830 Through 1881. Washington: 1830-1881.

8vo; twenty-three volumes, several with multiple years bound together. Bound in black cloth. While all of the specific volumes of the Secretary’s Annual Report that Preble donated were not identified because later rebinding has resulted in loss of the original accession stamp and date, there are multiple copies of these annual reports in the library’s holdings, several with Preble’s signature.

Neale, W. Johson. History Of The Mutiny At Spithead And The Nore; With An Enquiry Into Its Origin And Treatment; And Suggestions For The Prevention Of Future Discontent In The Royal Navy. London: Printed for Thomas Tegg, 1842.

16mo; xii & 415pp. Bound in light red cloth. Protected in a custom box.

Nicolas, Nicholas Harris. A History Of The Royal Navy, From The Earliest Times To The Wars Of The French Revolution. Volume II. London: Richard Bentley, 1847.

8vo; viii & 534pp. With an engraved frontispiece “Embarkation of King Henry VIII at Dover, 31 May, 1520.” The title page is signed and dated by Preble at New York, February 12, 1851. Bound in red cloth. According to the Library’s Book Catalog in an entry dated 7 June 1883, volume I of this history was assessed simultaneously, however, it could not be found among the library’s holdings.

Nicolas, Paul Harris, Lieut. Royal Marines. Historical Record Of Royal Marine Forces. London: Thomas and William Boone, 29, New Bond Street, 1845.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: xxxix & 384pp. Vol. II: (2) &390pp. Bound in matching three-quarter crimson morocco and cloth, marbled endpapers and matching edges. Preble has signed the title page in volume II.

Niles, John M. The Life Of Oliver Hazard Perry. With An Appendix, Comprising A Biographical Memoir Of Captain James Lawrence; With Brief Sketches Of The Most Prominent Events In The Lives Of Commodores Bainbridge, Decatur, Porter And Macdonough…To Which Is Added, A Biography Of General Pike, And A View Of The Leading Events In The Life Of General Harrison. “He Met The Enemy And They Are Ours.” Second Edition, Enlarged And Improved. Hartford: Published by Oliver D. Cooke, 1821.

12mo; 384pp. Bound in 19th century half blue morocco and blue cloth boards. On a front flyleaf Preble has inked:

“This book from the library of Commodore Wm Downes sold in 1879 & is out of print. The biography of Perry by Niles is but little known & this is the only copy I have seen of it. The appendix was a Life of Capt. Jas. Lawrence for the Analectic Mag., biographical sketches of other naval officers & Navy Register for 1821…G. H. Preble, Jan. 1879”

While it may be the first copy Preble had seen, this biography of Perry is often seen today.

Penn, Granville. Memorials Of The Professional Life And Times Of Sir William Penn, Knt. Admiral And General Of The Fleet, During The Interregnum; Admiral, And Commissioner Of The Admiralty And Navy, After The Restoration. From 1644 To 1670. In Two Volumes. London: James Duncan, 1833.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: xv, (2) & 580pp; Vol. II: (4) & 619pp. Uniformly bound in modern black cloth. With Preble’s signature in both volumes.

Penrose, The Rev. John. Lives Of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Vinicombe Penrose, K.C.B., And Captain James Trevenen, Knight Of The Russian Orders Of St. George And St. Vladimir. By Their Nephew…Formerly Of Corpus Christi College In Oxford. London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1850.

8vo; ix & 301pp plus 16 terminal pages advertising Mr. Murray’s publications. Inscribed “From the Author,” and signed by Preble on the title page. Bound in half black calf and blue boards.

Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph. Memoirs Of The Life Of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke Of Bronte, Etc. Etc. Etc. In Two Volumes. London: T. and W. Boone, 1849.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: xxxiv, (2) & 501 pp., several letters in facsimile; Vol. 2: frontis & 668 pp., engrave frontispiece portrait. Bound in half blue morocco and marbled boards; covers partially detached. With Preble’s distinctive bookplate adorned with Preble’s inked signature dated 1883 in the rank of Rear Admiral, pasted to the front flyleaf of volume I.

Preble, George Henry, Rear Admiral U.S.N. Sailing Directions For The Navigation Of The Yang-Tze-Kiang To Wusung And Shanghai. Prepared By Lieut. Preble U.S.N., By Order Of Commodore Joel Abbot, Commander-In-Chief Of U.S. Naval Forces, In India & China Seas, &C. Shanghai, 1856.

8vo; nine pages. Bound in Naval Tracts, Volume 3, number 11. A second copy in an enlarged Notice to Mariners format is bound in at the end of this volume.

____. The Chase Of The Rebel Steamer Of War Oreto, Commander J. N. Maffitt, C.S.N. Into The Bay Of Mobile, By The United States Steam Sloop Oneida, Commander Geo. Henry Preble, U.S.N. September 4, 1862. Cambridge: Printed for Private Circulation, 1862.

Tall 8vo; 60pp bound in blue cloth with numerous additional blue sheets on which Preble and others have penned approximately one hundred pages of correspondence received and sent regarding the government action taken against Preble for failing to capture the Oreto. Many of these letters are also penned in Preble’s hand in the volume below entitled Synopsis of Geo: Henry Preble’s Services in the Western Blockading Squadron from Jan. 14 to Oct. 12, 1862…, (Charlestown, c1870).

Preble’s personal copy of this work with his signature on the title page, much marginalia, the penned letter-book, the original invoice for printing 600 copies of the pamphlet, original photographs of Preble and Maffitt in their contemporary uniforms, and Preble’s armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. A second copy is bound in Naval Tracts, Volume 8. Number 8.

____. Geo. Henry Preble’s Orders Showing His Continuous Sea Service For Six Years Viz Sept. 12, 1859 To Sept. 11, 1865.

8vo; 22 & two blank pages. A manuscript record in Preble’s hand of his Civil War orders bound in stiff dark cloth wrappers with a manuscript paper label on the from cover. The manuscript includes orders to Executive Officer on the sloop Narragansett, and to command of the steam gunboat Katahdin, steam sloop Oneida, sailing sloop St. Louis, and steamer State of Georgia. With the Preble coat-of-arms bookplate signed by Preble at Charlestown Massachusetts on the front pastedown.

____. Genealogical Sketch Of The First Three Generations Of Prebles In America: With An Account Of Abraham Preble The Emigrant, Their Common Ancestor, And Of His Grandson Brigadier General Jedediah Preble, And His Descendants. Boston: Printed for Family Circulation. Davis Clapp & Son, 1868.

Tall 8vo; iv, (2)& 336pp. Bound in modern simulated brown leather with black labels; a.e.g. No. 35 of 125 copies printed, the number “35” in manuscript over Preble’s inked initials. In the preface Preble explains that as the galley was about to go to press he received hurried orders to proceed to the Pacific and assume command of the Pensacola, hence his printed signature following the preface is dated July 15, 1870 on board that ship at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, California. A front flyleaf is signed by later family members Mary A. Preble Tucker and Sallie M. Tucker of New York City, and Dundas Preble Tucker, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret) in La Jolla, California.

____. Early Ship-Building In Massachusetts. (N.p.); 1869.

8vo; various pagination. Offprint of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for January 1869, with subsequent Notes on Early Ship-building extracted from the January 1871, April 1871, October 1871, and July 1872 issues of the same magazine. Lined sheets are bound between printed sheets on which Preble has penned notes and comments. These formed preliminary pages to be rewritten and incorporated into Preble’s A Chronological History of the Origin and Development of the Steam Navigation, 1543-1882 published a decade later. Bound in half black morocco and marbled paper. A second copy is bound in Naval Tracts, Volume 13, number 18.

____. Synopsis Of Geo: Henry Preble’s Services In The Western Blockading Squadron From Jan. 14 To 0ct. 12, 1862 In Command Of The U.S. Steam Gunboat Katahdin & U.S. Steam Sloop Oneida With Commendatory Letters From Admiral Farragut, Vice Adm’l Porter, Rear Admirals Bailey, Bell, Palmer, Commodore Alden & Others. &C, &C, &C. (Charlestown, Massachusetts: 1870.)

Image of original cover written in Admiral Preble's hand of "Synopsis Of Geo: Henry Preble's Services In The Western Blockading Squadron From Jan. 14 To 0ct. 12, 1862 In Command Of The U.S. Steam Gunboat Katahdin & U.S. Steam Sloop Oneida With Commendatory Letters From Admiral Farragut, Vice Adm'l Porter, Rear Admirals Bailey, Bell, Palmer, Commodore Alden & Others. &C, &C, &C."8vo; unpaginated: 8 (titles, bookplate and table of contents), 12 (blank), and 62 (text: a mixture of manuscript and clipped, printed articles and letters primarily from government documents) pages. The manuscript entries are primarily in George Henry Preble’s hand. The original stiff gray wrappers with a manuscript title label on the front cover have been bound in modern black cloth. The classic “Prebble” bookplate signed in ink by George Henry Preble is attached to the pastedown of the front stiff wrapper. The contents reflect a gathering of material supportive of Preble’s petition for reinstatement to the Navy List, an endeavor he pursued successfully:

- G. H. Preble’s report of the part taken by the USS Katahdin under his command at the passage of the Forts & Capture of New Orleans. 30 April 1862.
- Extracts from the Katahdin’s Log Book relative to the same. 24 April 1862.
- Capt T. Bailey’s report of his Division of the Red at the same. 7 May 1862.
- Letter from Rear Adm’l T. Bailey to Geo H. Preble. 28 December 1866.
- Capt. T. T. Craven report of the Attack upon Vicksburg. 30 June 1862.
- Lt. Com’d’g G. H. Preble’s report of the Attack on Vicksburg. 29 June 1862.
- Letter of Fleet Capt. H. H. Bell to G. H. Preble. 21 October 1862.
- Report of Jas. S. Palmer in Command of the Advance Division Below Vicksburg. 10 June 1862.
- Rear Adm’l Jas S. Palmer’s Letter to the Hon. Gideon Welles. 7 June 1867.
- Destruction of the Wharf Boats opposite Vicksburg. 29 May 1862.
- Engagement with Batteries at Grand Gulf. 23 July 1862.
- Letter from Commodore Jas. Alden to G. H. Preble. 15 October 1862.
- Hon. (Senator) Wm Pitt Fessenden to G. H. Preble. (Editor’s note: Actually to Preble’s wife.) 24 September 1862.
- Letter from Fessengen to G. H. Preble. 27 October 1862.
- Letter from Capt. H. A. Wise to G. H. Preble. 18 July 1867.
- Letter from Vice Adm’l D. D. Porter to G. H. Preble. 18 July1867.
- Letter from Vice Adm’l D. D. Porter. 21 July 1867.
- Extract from report of Senate Naval committee on Preble’s petition for pay
- Letters from J. N. Maffitt. 11 June 1867. (Maffitt was skipper of the Confederate Blockade Runner Florida.)
- Letters from R. W. Shufeldt. 11 January 1870.
- Letter from Rear Admiral Farragut. 14 October 1862.
- Adm’l Farragut’s answers to Interrogatives. 11 February 1867.
- Letter from Adm’l Farragut. 18 June 1867.
- Letter from Adm’l Farragut. 10 January 1870.
- Letter from Adm’l Farragut’s Secretary. 2 August 1870.

On the last page Preble has penned and signed a declaration dated 1 March 1871 that the foregoing are correct copies of the original correspondence in his possession or on file with the Navy Department.

____. Vessels Of War Built At Portsmouth, N.H. 1690-1868. (N.p.; n.d.)

8vo; ten pages. Bound in Naval Tracts, Volume 13, number 17.

____. The First Cruise Of The United States Frigate Essex, With A Short Account Of Her Origin, And Subsequent Career Until Captured By The British In 1814, And Her Ultimate Fate. Salem: Published by the Essex Institute, 1870.

8vo; 108pp. Extracted from Volume X of the Essex Institute Historical Collections. Bound in Naval Tracts, Volume 14, number 22.

Perhaps Preble’s Greatest Achievement

Plate 1 showing US Flags, 1872.____. Our Flag. Origin And Progress Of The Flag Of The United States Of America, With An Introductory Account Of The Symbols, Standards, Banners And Flags Of Ancient And Modern Nations. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1872.

8vo; x, (2) & (11)-535pp. Bound in repaired three-quarter red morocco and tan boards. The first edition with twelve colored plates of flags and pennants, a portrait of Commodore Hopkins and a plate displaying the standard of the Revolutionary War Philadelphia Light Horse. 64 wood engravings are sprinkled throughout the text. The most thorough and scholarly work on the American Flag published to that date and an extremely popular volume. Demand resulted in the publication of several additional editions over nearly half a century, several of which are recorded below.

A Survivor of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor

____. History Of The Flag Of The United States Of America, And Of The Naval And Yacht-Club Signals, Seals, And Arms, And Principal National Songs Of The United States, With A Chronicle Of The Symbols, Standards, Banners, And Flags Of Ancient And Modern Nations. Second Edition Revised. Illustrated With Ten Colored Plates, Two Hundred Engravings On Wood, And Maps And Autographics. Boston: A. Williams and Company, 1880.

Tall 8vo; xxi, 815, (pages 809-815 represent an initial list of subscribers), eight additional pages listing additional subscribers, on the last page of which Preble has penned the names of additional subscribers, and a printed prospectus and subscriber sheet bound in at the end. Signed by Preble following the preface to the second edition. Bound in gilt decorated blue cloth.

Accompaning letter from the Executive Director of the Naval Historical Foundation dated 7 October 1986 thanking Mrs. Furlong for donating the book to the Foundation and including the following paragraph: "We appreciate the particular significance of this volume which Admiral Furlong had on board his flagship Oglala when it was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and which he later retrieved and had conserved and rebound." A unique and remarkable copy from the library of Admiral William R. Furlong with his occasional penciled marginalia. Extra-illustrated with a signed frontis photograph of Preble in his Rear Admiral’s uniform dated 1879, a portrait of Count de Grasse opposite page 30. Accompanied by a letter from the Executive Director of the Naval Historical Foundation dated 7 October 1986 thanking Mrs. Furlong for donating the book to the Foundation and including the following paragraph:

“We appreciate the particular significance of this volume which Admiral Furlong had on board his flagship Oglala when it was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and which he later retrieved and had conserved and rebound.”

____. (Same Title.) Third Edition. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1882.

Tall 8vo; xxi & 808pp. The text is the same with the addition of a single paragraph on page ix entitled “Preface to the Third Edition,” dated 15 November 1881, recording that this edition corrects a few typographical and verbal errors. Bound in later green cloth.

____. Origin And History Of The American Flag And Of The Naval And Yacht-Club Signals, Seals, And Arms, And Principal National Songs Of The United States, With A Chronicle Of The Symbols, Standards, Banners, And Flags Of Ancient And Modern Nations. New Edition In Two Volumes. Supplemented By Charles Edward Asnis. Philadelphia. Nicholas L. Brown, 1917.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: (22) & 391pp; Vol. II: con’t. through page 796. Bound in publisher’s green cloth and printed paper labels. First published by Preble in 1872 and again in 1880, this new edition supplemented by Mr. Asnis was published over thirty years after Preble’s death.

____. Three Historic Flags And Three September Victories. A Paper Read Before The New-England Historic, Genealogical Society, July 9, 1873 By Geo. Henry Preble. Illustrated With Heliotypes From The Three Flags. Boston: Printed for Private Distribution, 1874.

Tall 8vo; 31pp. An offprint of the Historical and Genealogical Register for January 1874. Bound in burgundy cloth and protected in a crimson box.

____. A Complete List Of The Vessels Of The United States Navy, From 1797 To 1874, Together With Lists Of The Number Of Line, Staff, And Other Officers, Both Active And Retired. Washington. GPO, 1874.

8vo; (4) & 30pp. Bound in Naval Tracts, Vol. 21, number 21. A privately printed edition of this title was also published in Philadelphia in 1874. Copies of the privately printed edition, with additional tables, are bound with Naval Tracts, Vol. 22, and with United States Naval Academy Registers, Vol. 2., 1870-76.

____. Naval Register. 1805-1806. Annotated by Geo. Henry Preble. (N.p.; n.d.) (GPO, Washington, 1875.)

8vo; 18pp. Reproduced from the Gentlemen’s Annual Pocket Remembrancer for the Year 1806, and annotated by Preble. A valuable record of the early Navy; this register precedes the first official Navy register by eight years. With the ownership signature of H. A. Goldsborough on the title page. Loosely bound in full black calf with the c1875 reprint of Charles Goldsborough’s An Original and Correct List of the United States Navy, Containing A List of the Ships in Commission…, A List of Officers…and a Digest of the Principal Laws Relating to the Navy. Washington: 1800. The publication of this reprint is thought to be a result of the efforts of George Henry Preble. See earlier entry.

One of 200 Copies

____. & Green, Walter C. Diary Of Ezra Green, M.D., Surgeon On Board The Continental Ship-Of-War “Ranger,” Under John Paul Jones, From November 1, 1777, To September 27, 1778. Born In 1746; Died In 1847. With Historical Notes And A Biography, Reprinted, With Additions, From The Historical And Genealogical Register For January And April, 1875. Boston: For Private Distribution, 1875.

8vo; 28pp & a frontis portrait of Ezra Green. Original printed wrappers bound in green flexible calf. One of a limited edition of 200 copies printed by David Clapp & Son. A presentation copy to “Henry C. Carey, Esq. With the respect of Geo. Henry Preble.”

____. The Chesapeake And Shannon, June 1, 1813. The United Service, October 1879.

8vo; pages 489-516. Removed.

____. The Mariner’s Compass. (N.p., 1880.)

8vo; pages 667-681. Bound in three-quarter dark green morocco and marbled boards. Extracted from Volume III of The United Service. A Monthly Review of Military and Naval Affairs. (Philadelphia: Hamersly, 1880). With a “Prebble” bookplate on the front pastedown, signed by Preble with the rank of Rear Admiral.

____. The Navy And The Charlestown Navy Yard. (1881.)

Quarto; pages 331-368 of Vol. III of The Memorial History of Boston including Suffolk County, Massachusetts. 1630-1880, Edited by Justin Winsor. (Boston: 1881). In 1937 this was reprinted, word-for-word, as Enclosure (A) to the History of the Boston Navy Yard (Boston, 23 September 1837) prepared by Lieutenant (j.g.) P. W. Hanlin and submitted to the Captain of the Navy Yard. A bound copy of Hanlin’s work that was reproduced at the Boston Navy Yard in October 1948 is retained in the Navy Department Library. It is likely that the source of this document was Preble’s previously unpublished 1875 manuscript History of the Boston Navy Yard, 1797-1874, which was recorded on microfilm (Microcopy No. 118) by the National Archives in Washington in 1955.

One of 25 Copies

____. Notes For A History Of Steam Navigation. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1881.

Tall 8vo; 271pp and a distribution slip tipped in. Original blue printed wrapper. This volume was preliminary to Preble’s A Chronological History of the Origin and Development of Steam Navigation, (Philadelphia: 1883) recorded later in this catalog. It was printed in only 25 copies. This copy, No. 17, was intended for the Massachusetts Historical Society according to the distribution slip that has been completed in ink and signed by Preble, and tipped in behind the title page. The work is rendered somewhat curious by the printed wrappers in which it is bound in that the wrapper records the publisher as L. R. Hamersly and the date as 1882. The title page records the publisher as Lippincott and is dated 1881. Regardless, the text is a compilation of Notes reprinted from the United Service magazine, and was absorbed along with additional material in Preble’s 1883 Chronological History. This is one of the rarest of Preble’s works.

One of 75 Copies

Verso of title page: "75 copies, No. 31, With the compliments of [signature] George Henry Preble], ____. Henry Knox Thatcher, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy. Boston: Printed for Private Distribution, 1882.

Tall 8vo; 20pp. No. 31 of 75 copies distributed with the author’s compliments to his friends. With a frontis engraved portrait of Admiral Thatcher. Signed by Preble on the verso of the title page. Reprinted from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register of January 1882. Bound in tan buckram with leather label.

____. A Chronological History Of The Origin And Development Of Steam Navigation. 1543-1882. Philadelphia: L. R. Hamersly & Co., 1883.

Tall 8vo; xix & 483pp, an errata and (2) terminal advertisement pages. Bound in later green buckram. This work and Preble’s The Flag. Origin and Progress of the Flag of the United States of America, Albany: 1872, stand out as his two most significant productions. In the Preface, Preble writes that the History is a culmination of a project that started 26 years earlier with an article on steam navigation he wrote for a Boston newspaper. Along the way many of his Notes on Steam Navigation were printed in The United Service magazine. A second edition was published in 1895.

____. Ancient And Modern Ships. Within the burgundy buckram covers are bound nine extracts from issues of The United Service magazine, 1883-1884.

____. Some Old And Famous Ships. The United Service, February 1883. Pages 113-125.

____. Some Notes Concerning The Origin Of Ships. The United Service, September 1883. Pages 239-251.

____. Some Ships Of The Ancients. The United Service, October 1883. Pages 353-364.

____. The Ships Of The Sixteenth Century. The United Service, November 1883. Pages 491-509.

____. The Ships Of The Seventeenth Century. The United Service, December 1883. Pages 622-644.

____. Ships Of The Eighteenth Century. The United Service, January 1884. Pages 95-107.

____. Ships Of The Eighteenth Century (Con’t.) The United Service, February 1884. Pages 117-144.

____. Ships Of The Nineteenth Century. Part I. The United Service, April 1884. Pages 431-454.

____. Ships Of The Nineteenth Century. Part I. (Con’t.) The United Service, May 1884. Pages 508-531.

____. History Of The United States Navy-Yard, Portsmouth, N. H. Prepared By Order Of The Hon. Secretary Of The Navy, Under The Direction Of The Bureau Of Yards And Docks. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1892.

8vo; 219pp. Bound in light brown cloth with title in gilt on the spine. With folding plans of the Navy Yard as it appeared in 1800 and again in 1828. Published posthumously by the Navy Department seven years after Preble’s death.

Raikes, Rev. Henry. Memoir Of The Life And Services Of Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton, Baronet, K.C.B. London: Hatchard and Son, 1846.

8vo; viii & 652pp. Bound in half burgundy morocco and dark green boards. Signed by Preble on the title page.

Rainey, Thomas. Ocean Steam Navigation And The Ocean Post. New-York: D. Appleton & Co., 1858.

8vo; xiv & (15)-224pp. Bound in modern green library buckram. The author writes in support of mail steamers and the ocean steam mail system then under attack by members of Congress and others. Preble has signed the front flyleaf and penciled a “Memorandum” regarding the efficiency of screw propeller designs.

Raleigh, Philip. An Abridgement Of Sir Walter Raleigh’s History Of The World: In Five Books. The Third Edition. London: Printed by W. Onley, 1702.

8vo; (2), (32, Premonition to Princes), xxii, 363 (The History of the World), 91 (A Discourse of the first Invention of Ships, Etc.), xxx (The Life, Tryal and Death of Sir Walter Raleigh) & (2)pp. Raleigh describes himself as “the only Grand-Son to Sir Walter.” Bound in period full calf. Protected in a custom box.

Register Of The Commissioned And Warrant Officers Of The Navy Of The United States, Including Officers Of The Marine Corps, For The Year 1837. City of Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives, 1837.

16mo; 95pp plus errata. Extra-illustrated with contemporary illustrations pasted to printed pages and elsewhere onto separate sheets subsequently bound in, including clipped autographs of Captains Jacob Jones, Charles Ridgeley, Edmund Kennedy, Alexander Dallas and William Bainbridge. With numerous examples of G. H. Preble’s signature, several annotations in his hand, and a printed bookplate with a representation of the Preble coat of arms in which the family name is spelled “Prebble.” Included is a paragraph in Preble’s hand describing the Statue of Liberty atop the Capital dome. Bound in a modern conservation quality brown cloth and black leather label with Belcher’s A Complete List Of The American Navy; Showing The Name, Number Of Guns, Commanders’ Names, And Station Of Each Vessel, With The Names Of All The Officers In Service; And Steel’s List Of The Navy Of Great Britain, For July, 1813. Boston: 1813. See earlier entry.

(Rivers, Harry.) Maritime Scraps, Or Scenes In The Frigate United States During A Cruise In The Mediterranean. "Thing Of Shreds And Patches.” By A Man-Of-War’s-Man. Boston: Printed and Published for the Author, 1838.

12mo; vi, (2), and (9)-108pp. Preble has signed both the front flyleaf and the title page. On the former he has recorded that John Vila Hixon presented the book to him in February 1841. On the latter he has penned a note that the author is “Harry Rivers. Mizzen Top Man.” Bound in light blue cloth with William McNally’s Evils and Abuses in the Naval and Merchant Services, Exposed, Boston, 1839. See earlier entry.

Ross, Sir John, Captain, RN. Memoirs And Correspondence Of Admiral Lord De Saumarez From Original Papers In Possession Of The Family. In Two Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1838.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: ix, (3), & (7)-440pp; Vol. II: xi, (1) & 438pp. Bound in slate library buckram. With Preble’s signature dated April 1848 aboard the Saratoga in both volumes.

Schomberg, Isaac, Captain Royal Navy. Naval Chronology; Or, An Historical Summary Of Naval & Maritime Events, From The Time Of The Romans, To The Treaty Of Peace 1802. With An Appendix. In Five Volumes. London: Printed for T. Egerton, &c., By C. Roworth, 1802.

8vo; five volumes. Vol. I; ix, a nine page List of Subscribers & (482)pp plus an unpaginated index; Vol. II: 454pp & an unpaginated index; Vol. III: 640pp plus an unpaginated index; Vol. IV (Appendices): 759pp; Vol. V (Appendices): 394pp & an index to both volumes 4 & 5. Bound in modern green cloth.

Schroeder, Francis. Shores Of The Mediterranean; With Sketches Of Travel. With Engravings. In Two Volumes. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846.

Small 8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: x, (2) & 269pp; Vol. II: iv, (2) & 303pp. Schroeder describes himself as “Secretary to the Commodore commanding the United States Squadron in that sea. 1843-1845.” Preble has signed the opening text page in volume II. Volume I is bound in red buckram; volume II in blue.

Sharp, James A. (Editor.) Memoirs Of The Life And Services Of Rear-Admiral Sir William Symonds, Kt, C.B., F.R.S., Surveyor Of The Navy From 1832 To 1847: With Correspondence And Other Papers Relative To The Ships And Vessels Constructed Upon His Lines, As Directed To Be Published Under His Will. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1858.

8vo; viii & 716pp, followed by a 24-page catalog of new publications by Longman, Brown & Company. Bound in modern blue library buckram. With three folding plates of Symond’s ship construction designs, and Preble’s signature on the title page.

Simmons, Robert, Master Gunner, R.N. The Sea-Gunners Vade-Mecum; Being A New Introduction To Practical Gunnery, Expressly Accommodated To The Use Of The Royal Navy, &C. And Including The Rules Of Decimal Arithmetic; So Much Of Practical Geometry As May Be Required In The Art; An Explanation Of The Duty Of A Master-Gunner; With The Forms Of Accounts, Papers, &C.; The Composition Of Useful Artificial Fire-Works; And A Variety Of Information With Instructions Useful To Gunners Of The Navy, Assisted By Several Experienced Officers Of The Fleet. London: Printed for Steel and Co. Chart-Sellers to the Honorable Board of the Admiralty, at their Navigation Warehouse, 70, Cornhill, Near the Royal Exchange, 1812.

8vo; viii & 231pp. Lacking the engraved frontis, but with two other engraved plates and numerous illustrations and tables in the text. With Preble’s signature on the front flyleaf. Bound in dark blue cloth with Ward’s An Elementary Course Of Instruction On Ordnance And Gunnery, Prepared For The Use Of The Midshipman At The Naval School Philadelphia: Together With A Concise Treatise On Steam, Adapted Especially To The Use Of Those Engaged In Steam Navigation. Philadelphia: 1845. See later entry.

(Society of Naval Gentlemen.) Britannia Triumphant: Or, An Account Of The Sea-Fights And Victories Of The English Nation, From The Earliest Times, Down To The Conclusion Of The Late War…, To Which Is Prefixed A Large Introduction, Containing The History Of Navigation, From The Earliest Accounts To The Present Time; With The Lives Of The Most Celebrated Admirals. A New Edition. London: 1777.

8vo; 276pp. Six portraits. Bound in modern simulated red leather and marbled boards. With Preble’s signature on the title page dated January 1880 in the rank of Rear Admiral. An interesting copy being signed several times by a previous owner, John Thorne, who on the last page states he was present for the taking of “Havannah, Quebec and Louisbourg.”

Southey, Robert. Lives Of The British Admirals With An Introductory View Of The Naval History Of England. (In Five Volumes.) London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown Green & Longman, 1833-1840.

12mo; five volumes. Vol. I: xvi, (4) & 428pp; Vol. II: x & 380pp; Vol. III: x & 368pp; Vol. IV: x & 447pp; Vol. V: xi & 345pp. Uniformly bound in dark blue buckram with Preble’s signature only on the Preface of volume I.

Sprague, John T. The Origin, Progress, And Conclusion Of The Florida War; To Which Is Appended A Record Of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, Musicians, And Privates Of The U.S. Army, Navy, And Marine Corps, Who Were Killed In Battle Or Died Of Disease. As Also The Names Of Officers Who Were Distinguished By Brevets, And The Names Of Others Recommended. New York: D. Appleton & Company. Philadelphia: Geor. S. Appleton, 1848.

8vo; 557 & a 32 page Catalogue of New Works Published by Appleton. With a map of the “Southern Part of Florida” and woodcuts in the text. Bound in modern black simulated leather. With Preble’s signature dated 1849 on the title.

Steinitz, Francis. The Ship, Its Origin And Progress; Being A General History From Its First Invention To The Latest Improvements…Including The State Of The Navies Of All The Nations. Illustrated With Twenty-Four Plates Representing Ships Of All Kinds And Times. London: Wm. H. Allen, 1849.

Quarto; xi, 640 & xxxvi pages. All but two of the plates are bound in at the end of the text. Disbound; protected in a custom box. With Preble’s signature in several places and his signed coat-of-arms bookplate.

(Teonge, Henry.) The Diary Of Henry Teonge, Chaplain On Board His Majesty’s Ships Assistance, Bristol, And Royal Oak, Anno 1675 To1679. Now First Published From The Original Ms. With Biographical And Historical Notes. London: Printed for Charles Knight, 1825.

Small 8vo; xviii & 327pp. Bound in modern red cloth. With Preble’s signature in the rank of Commodore on the engraved title and a marginal note in his hand on page v.

Tucker, Jedediah Stephens. Memoirs Of Admiral The Right Hone. The Earl Of St. Vincent, G.C.B., &C. In Two Volumes. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1844.

8vo; Vol. I: xi, (2) & 484pp plus errata sheet, Vol. II: x & 427pp. Bound in modern green library buckram. Both volumes signed by Preble in New York on 3 June 1850.

Tuckerman, Henry T. The Life Of Silas Talbot. A Commodore In The Navy Of The United States. New-York: J. C. Riker, 129 Fulton Street, 1850.

16mo; xii & (9)-137 & 2pp. Bound in original gilt decorated cloth; rebacked. Signed by Preble on the half-title, dated 1 November 1850.

(United States Naval Academy.) Unites States Naval Academy Registers. Vol. 1. 1859-1870. An octavo volume bound in half black morocco and marbled boards with Preble’s armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. Bound together in this volume are the following documents, several with Preble’s signature:

- Official Register of the Officers and Acting Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy. Annapolis, Maryland. November, 1859. Washington: 1859. 20pp.
- Regulations which Govern the Admission of Candidates into the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. A single folded blue sheet signed in print by Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey, 7 January 1879.
- Regulations of the U. S. Naval Academy. Washington, 1860. 64pp. With Toucey’s inked signature directing compliance dated 16 August 1860, following the Table of Contents.
- Official Register of the Officers and Acting Midshipmen of the United States Naval academy. Newport, Rhode Island, 31 December 1861. Newport: 1862. 23pp.
- Same title. 1862-63. Newport: 1863. 32pp.
- Same title. 31 December 1863. Newport: 1864. 38pp.
- Same title. Nov. 1st, 1864. Newport: 1864. 36pp.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, 1865-66. Washington: 1866. 37pp.
- Same title. 1866-67. Washington: 1866. 38pp.
- Same title. 1876-68. Washington: 1867. 43pp.
- Same title. 1868-69. Washington: 1868. 44pp.
- Same title. 1869-70. Washington: 1869. 43pp.
- Message of the President of the United States. Report of the Board of Visitors for 1866. Senate ex. Doc. No. 53. 11 June 1866. 14pp.
- Report of the Board of Visitors, 1869. (N.p.; n.d.), 8pp.

____. United States Naval Academy Registers. Vol. 2. 1870-76. An octavo volume bound as volume 1. Front cover detached. Protected in a custom box. Included are the following documents, many of which display Preble’s signature:

- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy. 1870-71. Washington: 1871. (39pp.)
- Same title. 1871-72. Washington: 1872. 44pp. With an autograph note from RADM John Worden, Academy Superintendent, dated 13 January 1872, forwarding the register to Preble.
- Same title. 1872-73. Washington: 1873. 48pp.
- Same title. October 1, 1873. Washington: 1873. 87pp. The register for the year 1873-74.
- Same title. 1874-75. Washington: 1874. 118pp and a Photostat map of the Naval academy grounds.
- Same title. 1875-76. Washington: 1875. 98pp. With a breezy note tipped in from Preble’s son, George, then a plebe, forwarding a list of Turn-Backs,
- Preble, George Henry. A complete List of the Vessels of the United States Navy from 1797 to 1874, Together with Tables showing the Personnel of the U. S. Navy and the Naval Expenditures, &c. &c. For Private Distribution. (Philadelphia): 1874. 33pp.
- Articles for the government of the U. S. Navy. Reprinted from the revised Statutes of the United States. (N.p; 1875), 16pp.

____. U. S. Naval Academy Registers. (Vol. 3), 1876-1882. An octavo volume apparently rebound later in half red calf and cloth. Several documents are adorned with Preble’s signature.

- Regulations of the United States Naval Academy as approved by the Secretary of the Navy. January 1, 1876. Washington: 1876. 85pp.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. 1876-77. Washington: 1876. 102pp.
- Same title. 1877-78. Washington: 1877. 57pp.
- Same title. 1878-79. Washington: 1878. 108pp.
- Same title. 1879-80. Washington: 1879. 112pp.
- Same title. 1880-81. Washington: 1880. 126pp.
- Same title. 1881-82. Washington: 1881. 134pp.

____. Annual Register Of The United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Twenty-Seventh Academic Year. 1876-77. Washington: GPO. 1876.

8vo; 102pp. Original printed wrappers. With Preble’s signature on the front cover. Additional Naval Academy registers for the years 1874-75, 1878-79, 1879-80, 1880-81 and 1881-82 are bound in Naval Tracts, volumes 21, 25, 26, 27, and 28 respectively.

United States Naval Registers. Twenty-seven of twenty-eight octavo volumes of registers of officers of the Navy and Marine Corps from 1814 to 1880. Volume 22 (1875) remains unlocated despite an extensive search of the Library’s holdings.

(Compiler’s Note: In eight of the first ten volumes of registers a three-page printed document entitled “United States Navy Registers” has been tipped in ahead of the registers. The document, which includes a history of the register and a list of every government-printed register from 1814 to 1891, was printed several years after Preble’s death. Its author and publisher are not identified. Regarding the bindings of these volumes, many have been bound or rebound on more than one occasion over the last century and, as a result, the binding styles and materials vary greatly.)

United States Naval Registers. Volume 1. 1814-1826

- Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. A List of all the Commissioned Officers in the Navy of the United States, Showing Their Respective Rank, And Dates of the Commissions; Also, A List of all the Midshipmen, With the Dates of Their Warrants. February 21, 1814. Printed by Order of the United States Senate. Washington City: Printed by Roger C. Weightman. 1814. 12mo; 26pp.
- Naval Register. Printed by Order of the Secretary of the Navy. August 1st, 1815. 16mo; 45pp.
- Register of The Commission and Warrant Officers of The Navy of The United States; Including Officers of The Marine Corps, &c. &c. Printed by Order of the Secretary of the Navy, conformably to a resolution of the Hon. Senate of the U. States. Jan. 1. 1817. (Washington), 16mo; (40)pp.
- (Same title.) Washington: Printed by Wade and Company. 1818. 12mo; 36pp.
- (Same title.) (Same place and printer.) 1819. 12mo; 34pp.
- Register of the Commission and Warrant Officers of the Navy of the United States; &c. &c. Washington-City: Printed By Davis & Force, Pennsylvania Avenue. 1820. 12mo; 32pp.
- Register of the Commission and Warrant Officers of the Navy of the United States; Including Officers of the Marine Corps, &c. &c. (N.p.), Done at the Metropolitan Press. 1821. 12mo; (32)pp.
- Navy Register. (1821). Four sheets extracted perhaps from a list of Government employees.
- Register of the Commission and Warrant Officers of the Navy of the United States; Including Officers of the Marine Corps, &c. &c. (N.p.), Printed by Jacob Gideon, Junior. 1822. 12mo; (31)pp.
- (Same title.) Washington City: Printed by Davis and Force, (Franklin’s Head,) Pennsylvania Avenue. 1822 (but 1823.) 12mo; 30pp.
- (Same title.) Washington City: Printed by Jonathan Elliot. 1824. 12mo; 28pp.
- Register of the Commission and Warrant Officers of the Navy of the United States; Including Officers of the Marine Corps, &c. for the Year 1825. Washington City: Printed by Way & Gideon. 1825. 12mo; (25)pp.
- (Same title, but for the year 1826.) Washington City: Printed by Way & Gideon. 1826. 12mo; 28pp.

Preble’s name is penned on all title pages. Further, in addition to many manuscript annotations he has extra-illustrated this volume with numerous engravings and clipped signatures of early naval officers including Stephen Decatur, Hugh Campbell, David Porter, Isaac Chauncey, John Rodgers, Charles Morris, Jacob Jones and William Bainbridge. The 1823 register bears John Percival’s distinctive signature. Bound in 20th century black buckram.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 2. 1827-1833.

Photograph of Midshipman E. L. Greenwood. - Register for the Year 1827. City of Washington. S. A. Elliot, printer, Eleventh Street. 1827. 16mo; 63pp.
- Register for the Year 1828. City of Washington. S. A. Elliot, printer, Eleventh Street West. 1827. 16mo; 67pp.
- Register for the Year 1829. City of Washington. S. A. Elliot, Printer, Eleventh Street, West. 1828. 16mo; 71pp.
- Register for the Year 1830. City of Washington. Printed by W. A. Davis, Penn’a Avenue 1830. 16mo; 79pp.
- Register for the Year 1831. City of Washington. Printed by Wm. A. Davis, Penn’a Avenue. 1831. 16mo; 73pp.
- Register for the Year 1832. City of Washington: Printed at the Globe Office, by F. P. Blair. 1821. 16mo; 79pp.
- Register for the Year 1833. City of Washington: Printed at the Globe Office, by F. P. Blair. 1833. 16mo; 80pp.

With numerous illustrations, magazine and newspaper clippings, and clipped autographs pasted or tipped in. Autographs include: Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard, Navy Chief Clerk Charles Hay, William Bainbridge, Charles Morris, Lewis Warrington, John Rodgers, and Sailing Master Charles Waldo. Additionally, on a rear end sheet is a photograph of Midshipman E. L. Greenwood, 1826-1833. Below the photograph, Preble has noted that Greenwood resigned in 1833 to study medicine. Bound in 20th century red and black cloth with gilt spine lettering and marbled endpapers.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 3. 1834-1839.

- Register for the Year 1834. City of Washington: Printed at the Globe Office, by F. P. Blair. 1834. 16mo; 95pp.
- Register for the Year 1835. City of Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives. 1835. 16mo; 95pp.
- Register for the Year 1836. City of Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives. 1836. 16mo; 96pp.
- Register for the Year 1837. City of Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives. 1837. 16mo; 95pp and errata.
- Register for the Year 1838. Washington. Printed by Langtree & O’Sullivan. 1838. 12mo; 79pp.
- Register for the Year 1839. Washington. Printed by Langtree & O’Sullivan. 1839. 12mo; 83pp.

This, the third volume of Naval Registers assembled by Preble, is disbound, although the text block appears to be complete. With occasional extra-illustrations and annotations in Preble’s hand and his signature prominent throughout the volume. On a front flyleaf Preble has penned, “This complete set of the Navy Registers is rare and believed to be unique, and therefore vary valuable. The Navy Department has not a set to compare with it.”

United States Naval Registers. Volume 4. 1840-45.

Bound with Regulations for the Uniform and Dress of the Navy of the United States, 1841.

- Register for the Year 1840. Washington: Printed by Jacob Gideon, Jr. 1840. 8vo; iii, (2) & 71pp.
- Register for the Year 1841. Washington: Printed for Jacob Gideon, Jr. 1841. 8vo; iii, (2) & 72pp.
- Register for the Year 1842. Washington: Alexander and Barnard, printers, 1842. 8vo; iv & 68pp.
- Regulations for the Uniform and Dress of the Navy of the United States. (Washington), J. & G. S. Gideon, Printers. 1841. 8vo; 14pp and three folding black and white plates illustrating full dress uniform elements for a captain, lieutenant, surgeon, purser, midshipman and passed midshipman. The largest of these, illustrating a captain’s full dress uniform has several early tape repairs.
- Register for the Year 1843. Washington: Alexander and Barnard, printers. 1843. 8vo; v & 72pp.
- Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Navy… (and) Marine Corps. Corrected from Authentic Sources to the First of April, 1843: to which are added, The Laws Relating to the Navy, Passed During the 3d Session of the 27th Congress By Benjamin Homans, of the Navy Department. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy, 146 Market Street. 1843. 8vo; iv & 65pp.
- Quarterly Register of the Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Navy… (and) Marine Corps. To the First of October, 1843. By Benjamin Homans, of the Navy Department. Washington: Printed by J. and G. S. Gideon. 1843. 8vo; 68pp.
- Register for the Year 1844. Washington: Alexander and Barnard, Printers. 1844. 8vo; v & 74pp.
- Register for the Year 1845. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1845. 8vo; v & 72pp.

An interesting compilation of two distinctly different printings of the 1843 Register bound with the 1841 Navy uniform regulations. Preble has extra-illustrated this volume with black and white portraits, newspaper clippings and manuscript entries of his own. The front flyleaf of the 1840 register is signed by Enoch Preble, George Henry Preble’s father and brother of Commodore Edward Preble. Following the 1842 register, he has penned a list of the ships launched in that year as well as the location of those launches. Following the uniform regulations are newspaper clippings reflecting on the loss of the schooner Grampus and the steam frigate Missouri, and announcing the departure of the frigate Brandywine from Norfolk, George H. Preble, Master. The 1843 register is followed by a long newspaper clipping reporting the court martial of Alexander MacKenzie, commander of the brig Somers, and a manuscript list of the officers of the St. Louis where Preble is now 4th Lieutenant. Bound in early 20th century half-black calf and black cloth boards with gilt spine lettering.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 5. 1846-47.

- Register for the Year 1846. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1846. 8vo; xi, errata & 124pp.
- Register for the Year 1847. (Washington), C. Alexander, Printer. 1847. 8vo; 167pp.
- 170 pages of clippings and manuscript notes.
- Regulations for the Uniform and Dress of the Navy of the United States. 1841, (but extended to 1845), including five folding black and white plates of uniform details four of which appear to be from the 1841 regulations and one illustrating epaulets for Captains, Commanders and Lieutenants entitled, “Epaulets Prescribed By Regulation Of 4th Of June 1845.”

Among the portraits, clippings and manuscript notes added by Preble is a record of the officers attached to the schooner Petrel in June 1846 where he is listed as Acting Master, an engraved portrait of George Bancroft, an “Abstract of the Cruize of the U. S. Frigate Constitution round the World, from April 1844, to Sept. 1846, being Two Years and Five Months,” numerous newspaper clippings reporting actions during the War with Mexico, and the obituaries of several naval officers. Bound in 20th century red and black cloth with spine lettering in gilt.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 6. 1847-1850.
February 1848 photograph of Lieutenant Geroge Henry Preble on page 31 of the 1849 register

- Register for the Year 1847. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1847. 8vo; 167pp.
- Register for the Year 1848. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1848. 8vo; 173pp.
- Register for the Year 1849. Washington: J. and G. S. Gideon, Printers. 1849. 8vo; 144pp.
- Register for the Year 1850. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1850. 8vo; 136pp.

Although there are no newspaper clippings in this volume, Preble has tipped or pasted-in black and white portraits of James Biddle and Robert Stockton, a clipped autograph of Foxhall Parker and a 1848 photograph of himself on page 31 of the 1849 register. On the title page of that same register is his signature dated 19 June 1849 at Baltimore aboard the U. S. Steamer Legara. Bound in early 20th century half morocco and marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers. Front hinge split.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 7. 1851-1853.

- Register for the Year 1851. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1851. 8vo; 136pp.
- Register for the Year 1852. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1852. 8vo; 139pp.
- Register for the Year 1853. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1853. 8vo; 140pp.
- Regulations, Circulars, Orders & Decisions, for the Guide of the Officers of the Navy of the United States. Continued in part and issued since the Publication Authorized by the Navy Department in March, 1832. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer, F St., Near Navy Department. 1851. 8vo; viii & 68pp.

The last work, Regulations, Circulars, Etc., is followed by a dozen individual general orders, regulations or circulars, one in manuscript, the remainder printed. One of these, dated 20 October 1852, is a list of 60 books to be furnished for the use of “Vessels of War in commission, for Receiving Vessels and for Navy Yards.” Included are such well-known titles as Falconer’s Marine Dictionary, Brady’s Kedge Anchor, Clerk’s Naval Tactics, and James Fenimore Cooper’s History of the Navy of the United States. Tipped in are occasional portraits including Secretary of the Navy William Graham, Lewis Warrington, Walter Colton, Franklin Pierce, Charles Morgan (with his clipped autograph signature) and several illustrations of the arctic expedition under Dr. Kane.

United States Naval Registers Volume 8. 1848.

- A General Register Of The Navy And Marine Corps Of The United States, Alphabetically Arranged, Containing The Names Of All Officers Of The Navy And Marine Corps, Military And Civil, Commissioned And Warrant, Who Have Entered The Service Since The Establishment Of The Navy Department In 1798…Compiled From The Official Records Of The Navy Department, By Authority Of The Hon. John Y. Mason, Secretary Of The Navy, By Mechlin & Winder, Attorneys And Agents. Washington: C. Alexander, Printer. 1848.

8vo; x & 539pp. Title page signed by Preble and dated 10 June 1849. Tipped in ahead of the title page is a segment of correspondence signed by Edward Preble and a wood cut engraving of Vice-President Adams. Woodcuts of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison are also tipped-in within the text.

Image of rubber or wood stamp to ink his ownership. The first appears on the title- page of the 1854 register. It's two-inch vertical oval displays a snake wound around a sword within a wreath quoting "Liberty and Truth."United States Naval Registers. Volume 9. 1854-1857.

- Register for the Year 1854. Washington: Robert Armstrong, Printer. 1854. 8vo; 131pp.
- Register for the Year 1855. Washington: (A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer.) 1855. 8vo; 135pp.
- Register for the Year 1856. Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer. 1856. 8vo; 136pp.
- Register for the Year 1857. Washington: A.O.P. Nicholson, Printer. 1857. 8vo; 134pp.

For the first time Preble uses a rubber or wood stamp to ink his ownership. The first appears on the titleImage of a different, smaller stamp appears on the title page of the 1855 register in which the sword and snake are visible above the initials "G H P." page of the 1854 register. It’s two-inch vertical oval displays a snake wound around a sword within a wreath quoting “Liberty and Truth.” A different, smaller stamp appears on the title page of the 1855 register in which the sword and snake are visible above the initials “G H P.” This volume is heavily endowed with newspaper clippings pasted on both some of the later pages of registers and on bound-in or tipped-in sheets. Illustrations include the steamer Powhattan, Secretary Dobbins, Matthew C. Perry and Duncan Ingraham. Newspaper clippings include contemporary reports dealing with the Navy, such as promotions, decisions affecting officer personnel, the fate of the sloop-of-war Albany, the loss of the steamer Central America with her captain William Herndon, naval activities in China and Appropriation Bills. Bound in early twentieth century quarter green calf and marbled boards with matching endpapers; the binding detached.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 10. 1858-1859.

- Result of the Action of the Board of Officers Appointed Under the Act of Congress of February 28, 1855, “To Promote The Efficiency Of The Navy;” And Also Subsequent Legislation In Regard to the Officers Retired and Dropped under that Act. (In manuscript in Preble’s hand there follows: “Prepared By Wm. P. Moran. Jan.1859.”) (N.p.; n.d.), 8vo; 9pp.
- Register for the Year 1858. Washington: William A. Harris, Printer. 1858. 8vo; 135pp.
- Opinion of the Attorney General Regarding the Act to Amend an Act Entitled “An Act to Promote the Efficiency of the Navy,” Approved January 16, 1857. Printed by order of the Navy Department. Washington: A. OP Nicholson, Public Printers. 1857. 8vo; 22pp.
- Register for the Year 1859. Washington: William A. Harris, Printer. 1859. 8vo; 139pp.
- Circular. In Reference to the Phrase “While in the Line of Duty.” Attorney General’s Office, May 17, 1855. (N.p; n.d.), 8vo; 18pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy, in answer to a Resolution of the Senate calling for information as to the time at which each of the vessels of the navy were built, the original cost thereof, the cost of repairs, and their present condition, &c. Navy Department. June 11, 1858. Senate Ex. Doc. No. 70. 8vo; 11pp.
- Vessels on Foreign Stations without Regular Pursers. Navy Department, January 11, 1858. House ex. Doc. No. 40. 8vo; 2pp.
- Number of Officers of Each grade of the Navy and Marine Corps, &c., &c. Navy Department, 11 June 1859. House Ex. Doc. No. 41. 8vo; 4pp.
- In the Senate of the United States. January 31, 1859. Mr. Mallory submitted the following report…regarding construction of naval vessels. Senate Ex. Doc. No. 363. 8vo; 18pp.
- A Popular account of the United States Coast Survey. (From Appleton’s New American Cyclopedia.) 1858. 8vo; 23pp.
- Dietrichsen and Hannay’s Royal Almanac: and Nautical and Astronomical Ephemeris, for the Year 1859. London: Printed by Harrison and Sons. (1858). 8vo; 160pp.

An eclectic array of documents and registers reflecting Preble’s increased interest in the activities of the Navy as the Civil war approached. Occasional portraits and newspaper clippings including an account of the launching of the Hartford and a report on the English Screw Steam Navy. Bound in 20th century red and black cloth with marbled endpapers and gilt spine lettering.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 11. 1859-1861.

- Register for the Year 1859. Washington: William A. Harris, Printer. 1859. 8vo; 139pp.
- Register for the Year 1860. Washington: (no printer). 1860. 8vo; 163pp.
- Register for the Year 1861. Washington: George W. Bowman, Printer. 1861. 8vo; 185pp.
- Register…to August 31, 1861. Washington: GPO. 1861. 8vo; 46pp.

Preble has signed the 1859 and 1861 registers and his double starred ink stamp adorns the title page of the 1860 register. With occasional black and white portraits, clipped signatures, annotations and magazine clippings. One such clipping is entitled A Growl from the Sea. The Complaint of an old Navy Lieutenant. Preble has noted in manuscript that he wrote this article in 1869. Lengthy newspaper clippings include the proceedings on a bill to increase pay for navy. On the page preceding the 1861 Register is a newspaper clipping that Preble notes he wrote for a Norfolk newspaper. The article concerns the excessive time in grade served by contemporary officers based on his analysis of the Naval Register of 1860. Bound in late 20th century half-simulated morocco and marbled boards and endpapers.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 12. 1862-1863.

- Register…to September 1, 1862. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1862. 8vo; 110pp.
- Register…to January 1, 1863. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1863. 8vo; 248pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy. July 4, 1861. 8vo; 14pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy. December 2, 1861. 8vo; 157pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy. December 1, 1862. 8vo; 44pp.
- Preble, George Henry, Commander U.S.N. The Chase of the Rebel Steamer of War Oreto, Commander J. N. Maffitt, C.S.N. into the Bay of Mobile, by the United States Steam Sloop Oneida, September 4, 1862. Cambridge: Printed for Private Circulation.1862. 8vo; 60pp.
- Laws of the United States Relating to the Navy. Approved 17 July 1862. 8vo; 38pp.

Preble’s signature appears on the title page of each of these documents. His manuscript annotations appear on others. With occasional portraits and magazine articles tipped in. Bound in 20th century black buckram.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 13. 1864-1866.

- Register of the Commissioned, Warrant, and Volunteer Officers of the Navy of the United States, Including Officers of the Marine Corps and Others, to January, 1864. Washington: GPO. 1864. 8vo; 289pp.
- (Same title. To January 1, 1865.) Same place and printer. 1865. 8vo; 335pp.
- (Same title. To January 1, 1866.) Same place and printer. 1866. 8vo; 238pp.
- The Practice of Naval Summary Courts-Martial. Prepared by A. A. Harwood, U.S.N. Washington: Franck Taylor. 1863. 8vo; 29 & (2)pp. A presentation copy to Preble from S. B. Luce.
- Letter from the Secretary of the Navy…relative to the employment of George D. Morgan to purchase vessels for the government. January 15, 1862. Senate Document No.15. 8vo; 25pp.
President Andrew Johnson. - Laws of the United States Relating to The Navy, Passed at The First Session of The Thirty-Eighth Congress. Approved February 24, 1864. 8vo; 48pp.
- Letter of The Secretary of The Navy, In Answer To A Resolution of The Senate of The 13th Instant, In Relation To The Removal of The Naval Academy In Annapolis, Maryland, To Newport, Rhode Island. March 20 & 24, 1862. Senate Document No. 35. 8vo; four pages.
- Letter of The Secretary of The Navy, Transmitting In Answer To A Resolution of The Senate of The 4th Instant, Information In Relation To The Testing of An Improvement In Building Ship-of-War, By Martin Bishop of Indiana. June 11, 1862. Senate Document No. 59. 8vo; two pages.
- Letter of The Secretary of The Navy, In Answer To A Resolution of The Senate of The 18th Instant, In Relation to the Contracts Made with Robert L. Stevens for the Construction of A Steam Floating Battery. March 24, 1862. Senate Document No.34. 8vo; 11pp.

Preble has signed each document. With several extra-illustrations including photographs of Ensign Edwin B. Cox, Assistant Paymaster Charles A. Downes and President Andrew Johnson.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 14. 1866-1867.

- (Apparently the Register for 1866, but lacking the title page). 8vo; 68pp.
- Uniform Circulars Nos.1, 2, and 3. Including Uniform for a Vice-Admiral, Change in Sleeve Ornaments Or Rear Admirals, and Cap for Naval Officers. Navy Department (Washington.) 14 January 1865. 8vo; 3pp and a folding view the cap. On the folding view Preble has penned a year-by-year report entitled “The Pilgrim’s Progress of Midshipman Geo. Henry Preble through the Navy, 1835 to February 1867.” On the verso he has listed each midshipman in the “class of 1835” and their current status.
- Circular No.4. Bureau Of Navigation, January 1, 1866. (Regarding regulations for keeping a logbook.) 8vo; 14pp.
- Organization Of The Navy Department. January 1, 1867. 8vo; 190pp.
- Naval Code. March 4, 1864. House Document 47. 8vo; 67pp. Preble has penned “Not adopted” next to the title.
- Laws of the United States Relating to the Navy, Passed by the First Session of the Thirty-Ninth Congress. 1865-’66. Approved April 7, 1866. 8vo; 26pp
- (Same title. 1866-’67). Approved February 18, 1867. 8vo; 17pp.
- Uniform For The United States Navy. Approved by Gideon Welles on December 1, 1866. 8vo; 16pp, and 29 brilliant chromolithograph plates by J. Bien, 24 Vesey Street, N.Y. Lacks original stiff wrappers and title page.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy, With An Appendix Containing Bureau Reports. December, 1866. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1866. 8vo; 226pp.

Preble has penned his name on several of these documents. There are few annotations and only one portrait in this volume. Bound in modern red simulated leather.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 15. 1867-’68.

- Register…to July 1, 1867. Washington: Government Printing Office. 1867. 8vo; 84pp.
- Treatment of the Apparently Drowned. Royal National Life-Boat Institution. Dated in London in May 1867. 12mo; 4pp.
- Register…to January 1, 1868. Washington: GPO. 1868. 8vo; 176pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy, With An Appendix, Containing Bureau Reports, Etc. December, 1867. Washington: GPO. 1867. 8vo; 311pp.

Two of these documents display Preble’s signature. No extra-illustrations or inserted articles. Bound in modern red simulated leather.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 16. 1868-’69.
Photograph of George Henry Preble, the flagship Commander.

- Register…to July 1, 1868. Washington: GPO. 1868. 8vo; 79pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy, With An Appendix, Containing Bureau Reports, Etc. December, 1868. Washington” GPO. 1868. 8vo; 156pp.
- Register…to January 1, 1869. Washington: GPO. 1869. 8vo; 159pp.
- Register…to July 1, 1869. Washington: GPO. 1869. 8vo; (76)pp and an errata slip.
- Uniform for the United States Navy, Prepared Under the Direction of the United States Navy. Washington: GPO. 1869. 8vo; 17pp. All text; no plates.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy. Dated December 1, 1869. (N.p.; no printer.) 246pp plus an index sheet.

Preble has signed each document and returned to his habit of extra-illustrating, this time with photographs of fellow officers aboard the Pensacola, which he commanded with the North Pacific Squadron. These 1869 photographs include Rear Admiral Thomas Craven, Commanding the North Pacific Squadron, the flagship Pensacola, George Henry Preble, the flagship Commander, a terrific view of his Flagship Pensacola from the quarterdeck break looking forward, Preble’s clerk, a Mr. Perrin, and J. Winthrop Layton, the Fleet Surgeon North Pacific Squadron. An additional photograph of Commander George Ransom is also included. Also tipped in are clipped signatures of secretaries Welles and Robeson. Bound in modern red simulated leather.

Photograph of Admiral D. D. Porter.United States Naval Registers. Volume 17. 1870-1871.

- Register…to January 1, 1870. Washington: GPO. 1870. 8vo; 161pp.
- Line and Staff. A Part of the Navy Register For 1870, Arranged to Show Line and Staff Rank. As it was by the Regulation of Mr. Welles, Rescinded By General Order No.120 and Proposed To Be Re-Established By The Stevens Bill. (N.p., n.d.) 8vo; 80pp.
- List of Rear-Admirals, Commodores, Captains, and Commanders, Showing The Dates on Which They Retire and The Promotions Consequent. (N.p.; n.d.) 8vo; 15pp.
- Regulations. Navy Department, May 13, 1870. (N.p.; n.d.) 8vo; 7pp.
- Report of the Board on Yards and Docks of the United States Navy. October 6, 1869. Washington: GPO. 1870. 8vo; 58pp.
- Loss of the United States Steamer Oneida. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. April 4, 1870. House Document 236. 8vo; 86pp.
Photograph of Ensign J. M. Wainwright killed in an encounter with Mexican pirates on 17 June 1870. [USS Mohican battle with Mexican pirate steamer Forward in Teacapan River, Mexico.] - Acts and Resolutions Relating to the Navy of the United States Passed at the Second Session of the Forty-First Congress. 1869-’70. Washington: GPO. 1870. 8vo; 51pp.
- An Act Making Appropriations for the Naval Service…June 30th, 1871. (N.p.; n.d.) 8vo; 16pp.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department for the Year 1870. Washington: GPO. 1870. 8vo; 177pp.
- Register…to January 1, 1871. Washington: GPO. 1871. 8vo; 171pp.

Preble has signed most of these documents and made an occasional annotations. He has pasted in photographs of Admiral D. D. Porter, Admiral Farragut with an inscription to Preble from the Admiral, and Ensign J. M. Wainwright killed in an encounter with Mexican pirates on 17 June 1870. Bound in modern red simulated leather.


United States Naval Registers. Volume 18. 1871.

- Register…to January 1, 1871. Washington: GPO. 1871. 8vo; 171pp.
- A List Showing the Sequence and Date of Rank as Captains, Commanders, and Lt. Commanders under the Bill H. R. 1832 of Officers of the Various Corps in the Navy, Together With Their Length of Service. Washington, D.C. Chronicle Press. (N.d.) 8vo; 12pp.
- Register…to July 1, 1871. Washington: GPO. 1871. 8vo; (67)pp.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating to the Navy of the United States Passed at the Second Session of the Forty-First Congress. 1869-’70. Washington: GPO. 1870. 8vo; 51pp.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating to the Navy of the United States, Passed at the Third Session of the Forty-First Congress and the First Session of the Forty-Second Congress. 1870-’71.
Washington: GPO. 1871. 8vo; 29pp.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department for the Year 1871. Washington: GPO. 1871. 8vo; 318pp.

Preble has again signed most of the documents and made occasional annotations. Bound in modern red simulated morocco.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 19. 1872.

- Register…to January 1, 1872. Washington: GPO. 1872. 8vo; 171pp.
- Register…to July 1, 1872. Washington: GPO. 1872. 8vo; 71pp.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department Passed at the Second Session of the Forty-Second Congress. 1871-’72. Washington: GPO. 1872. 8vo; 43pp.
- [Uniform Circular.] Navy Department, Washington, June 12, 1872. Regarding Uniforms for Professors of Mathematics. Single sheet.
- [Uniform Circular.] Navy Department, Washington, March 21, 1872. Regarding Uniforms for Naval Constructors. Single sheet.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department for the Year 1872. Washington: GPO. 1872. 8vo; 181pp.

Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 20. 1873.

- Register…to January1, 1873. Washington: GPO. 1873. 8vo; 175pp.
- Register…to July 1, 1873. Washington: GPO. 1873. 8vo; (71)pp & erratum.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department, Passed at the Third Session of the Forty-Second Congress. 1872-’73. Washington: GPO. 1873. 8vo; 46pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy, Being Part of the Message and Documents Communicated to the Two Houses Of Congress at the Beginning of the First Session of the Forty-Third Congress. Washington: GPO. 1873. 8vo; 482pp.
- [Uniform Circular.] Navy Department. Washington, February 7, 1873. Regarding officers wearing white hats in the tropics.
- [Uniform Circular.] Navy Department, Washington, July31, 1873. Regarding Rear Admiral uniforms.

Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers. With Preble’s signature on several documents, occasional newspaper clippings, portraits and a marvelous photograph of an officer sailing a skiff below which Preble has penned “Commander A. F. Crosman. Drowned 12 April 1872 at Greytown, Nicaragua.”

United States Naval Registers. Volume 21. 1874.

- Register…to January 1, 1874. Washington: GPO. 1874. 8vo; 176pp. Tipped in after the title page is a Navy Department circular, dated at Washington, on July 1, 1874 in which Secretary of the Navy George Robeson authorizes payment for travel expenses matching those of an act appropriating similar funds for the Army.
- Register…to July 15, 1874. Washington: GPO. 1874. 8vo; (71)pp.
- General Order. Navy Department, Washington, May 27, 1874. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Wm. Branford Shubrick, senior officer on the retired list, at his home at the age of 84. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy department, Washington, October 4, 1874. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Commodore Melancton B. Woolsey of yellow fever while commanding the Navy Yard at Pensacola. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, December 18, 1874. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Commander William B. Cushing, “who was distinguished for many acts of daring and courage during the late war.” Single sheet.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Twenty-Fifth Academic Year, 1874-75. Washington: GPO. 1874. 8vo; 118pp.
- Preble, Geo. Henry, U.S.N. A Complete List of the Vessels of the United States Navy from 1797 to 1874, Together with the Tables Showing the Personnel of the U. S. Navy and the Naval Expenditures, &c. &c. Each Year from 1816 To 1874. For Private distribution. (N.p.) 1874. 8vo; 33pp.
- Navy Department. (General Orders, number 186-192. January through October 1874.) Seven single sheets.
- Navy Department. (U. S. Navy Regulation Circulars, number 6 through 17. October 1873-November 1874.) 12 single sheets.
- Navy Department. Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting Circular. Washington, September 1874. Regarding use of palm and needle. Single sheet.
- [Uniform Circular.] Navy Department. Washington, November 7, 1874. Regarding wearing a gold stripe on the “trowser” seam. Single sheet.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department Passed at the First Session of the Forty-Third Congress. 1873-’74. Washington” GPO. 1874. 8vo; 32pp.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department with Accompanying Documents for the Year 1874. Washington: GPO. 1874. 8vo; 225pp.

Bound in half black calf and black cloth boards. Preble’s signature appears on several documents; otherwise this volume is free of extra-illustrations and newspaper articles.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 22. 1875.

This volume could not be located despite and extensive search of the library’s holdings. There are, however, several other copies of the 1875 register in the library’s collection.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 23. 1876.

- Register…to January 1, 1876. Washington: GPO. 1876. 8vo; 178pp.
- Special Order. Navy Department, Washington, February 8, 1876. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Silas H. Stringham at his home in Brooklyn. L.I. Single sheet.
- Special Order. Navy Department. Washington, September 21, 1876. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Alexander Pennock at Portsmouth, N. H. Single sheet.
- General Order No. 220. Navy Department. Washington, December 25, 1876. Requiring daily meteorological observations. Single sheet.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department Passed at the First Session of the Forty-Fourth Congress. 1875-’76. Washington: GPO. 1876. 8vo; 38pp.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department for the Year 1876. Washington: GPO. 1876. 8vo; 336pp.
- (Circular.) Navy Department. Bureau of Steam Engineering, Washington, D.C., January 1. 1875. Providing general guidelines for operating steam engines to improve their “durability and efficiency.” 8vo; 6pp.
- General Order No. 216. Navy Department. Washington, August 12, 1876. 8vo; 2pp. A “disagreeable” order by which the Secretary of the Navy (Robeson) executes the direction of Congress to furlough officers necessary to ensure the reduced manpower appropriation is not exceeded.

Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers. With Preble’s signature on a pair of documents.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 24. 1877.

- Register…to January 1, 1877. Washington: GPO. 1877. 8vo; 180pp.
- Register…to July 20, 1877. Washington: GPO. 1877. 8vo; (81)pp. On the verso of the final page, Preble has penned a list of the names, home states and dates of office of the Secretaries of the Navy from Stoddert to William Chandler.
- Special Order. Navy Department. Washington, January 18, 1877. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Joseph Smith at his D.C. home at the age of 87. Single sheet.
- Navy Department. (U. S. Navy Regulation Circulars 6 Through 9.) July through August 1877. Four single sheets.
- Navy Department. (General Orders 221, 228 through 232, and 234.) January through December 1877. Seven single sheets.
- Navy Department. Circular No. 7. Washington, November 27, 1877. Directions to disbursing officers. Single sheet.
- Revised Instructions for Keeping the Ship’s Log-Book, And for Compiling The New Meteorological Returns. Issued by the Hydrographic Office: Commodore R. H. Wyman, United States Navy, Hydrographer. Washington: GPO. 1877. 8vo; 24pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy; Being Part of the Message and Documents Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress at the Beginning of the Second Session of the Forty-Fourth Congress. Washington: GPO. 1877. 8vo; 336pp. HR Document No.1.Part 3.
- Report of Chief Engineer J. W. King, United States Navy, on European Ships of War and Their Armament, Naval Administration and Economy, Marine Constructions And Appliances, Dock-Yards, Etc., Etc. Senate Document No. 27. Washington: GPO. 1877. 8vo; 273pp.
- Waiting-Orders Pay of Naval Officers. January 8, 1877. H.R. Report No. 74. 8vo; 6pp. A report on furloughed naval officers.

Preble has signed a few of these documents, made a few annotations and inserted an engraved portrait of Charles Wilkes. Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 25. 1878.

- Register…to July 1, 1878. Washington: GPO. 1878. 8vo; 178pp.
- [Uniform Circular.] Navy Department. Washington, January 16, 1877. Regarding officer’s coats. Single sheet.
- Navy Department. Circulars 8, 9, And 10. March Through May, 1878. 8vo; three single sheets.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department, Passed at the First and Second Sessions of The Forty-Fifth Congress. 1877-’78. Washington: GPO. 1878. 8vo; 45pp.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and Navy Department, Passed at the Third Session of the Forty-Fifth Congress. 1878-’79. Washington: GPO. 1879. 8vo; 34pp.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Twenty-Ninth Academic Year, 1878-79. Washington: GPO. 1878. 8vo; 108pp.
- Navy Department. (General Orders 235 through 245. February 1878-July 1879.) Eleven single sheets.
- Navy Department. (Circulars 8 through 11. March 1878 – April 1879.) Four single sheets.
- Navy Department. (U. S. Navy Regulation Circulars 10 through 19. January 1878 – June 1879.) Ten single sheets.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department for the Year 1878, With Accompanying Papers. Washington: GPO. 1878. 8vo; 307pp.

Bound in half black calf and black boards. Preble’s signature occasionally present as well as the occasional newspaper clipping and an engraved portrait.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 26. 1879.

- Preble has penned a description of the contents on a front flyleaf.
- Register…to January 1, 1879. Washington: GPO: 1879. 8vo; 174pp. Preble has penned a note on the title page that this register was not published until June 1879.
- New York Herald. 1 May 1879. Quadruple sheet; pages 13 and 14. Folio. Occupying both sides of this sheet is an article entitled The Navy. The Herald Register For April, 1879. Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Detailed Statement of Their Rank And Duties. List of National Vessels. The publisher explains that the long expected January Register would not be published for some time this printed register has been specially compiled for the Herald. Folded and tipped-in.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, December 27, 1878. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Henry Hoff in Washington at the age of 73. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, June 4, 1879. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Enoch Parrott at New York. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, June 5, 1879. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Sylvanus Godon at Blois, France. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, September 16, 1879. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Charles Boarman at his home in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, October 21, 1878. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding, the senior retired officer at his home at Huntington, L.I. The announcement observes that Paulding was “the last surviving officer of the victory on Lake Champlain under Commodore McDonough, September 11, 1814.” Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, November 6, 1879. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral William Reynolds in Washington at the age of 64.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, November 11, 1879. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Augustus Kilty in Baltimore at the age of 72. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington. January 19, 1880. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Cornelius Stribling at Martinsburg, West Virginia at the age of 83. Two pages.
- Navy Department. (General Orders 241-247. February - October 1879. Seven single sheets.
- Navy Department. (U. S. Navy Regulation Circulars 17-21. January 1879- January 1880.) Five single sheets.
- Navy Department. (Circulars 11 and 12. April & August 1879.) Two single sheets.
- Navy Department. (General Court-Martial Orders 1- 25. February 1879 – January 1880.) Most single sheets, but several are multiple pages.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Thirtieth Academic Year. 1879-80. Washington: GPO. 1879. 8vo; 112pp.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Operations of the Department For The Year 1879. Washington: GPO. 1880. 8vo; 379pp.

With Preble’s occasional signature and pasted–in newspaper or magazine articles. Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers.

United States Navy Registers. Volume 27. 1880.

Preble has penned a basic description of the contents of this volume on a front flyleaf.

- Register …to January 1, 1880. Washington: GPO. 1880. 8vo; 180pp.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, January 19, 1880. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Rear Admiral Cornelius Stribling at home in Martinsburg West Virginia at the age of 83. Two pages
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, February 6, 1880. A black-bordered announcement of the death of the Honorable Adolph Borie, Secretary of the Navy from March to June 1869. Single sheet.
- General Order. Navy Department. Washington, November 19, 1880. A black-bordered announcement of the death of Brigadier-General Jacob Zeilin in Washington in his 75th year.
- Register…to July 1, 1880. Washington: GPO. 1880. 8vo; 79pp.
- Navy Department. (General Orders 248 – 257. February to December 1880.) All but one are single sheets. General Order No. 253, Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, dated July 16, 1880, and forwards revisions that go into effect internationally on 1 September 1880, is seven pages in length.
- Navy Department. (Circulars 15 & 16. Both dated May 12, 1880.) Single sheets.
- Navy Department. (U. S. Navy Regulation Circular No. 23 dated June 30, 1880.) Three pages.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Thirty-First Academic Year. 1880-81. Washington: GO. 1880. 8vo; 126pp.
- Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1880. Washington: GPO. 1880. 8vo; 537pp.

Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers. Preble’s signature adorns a few of these items.

United States Naval Registers. Volume 28. 1881.

Preble has penned opening remarks on the front flyleaves, including an addition to his “Pilgrim’s Progress” first penned in Volume 14 of this series.

- Register…to January 1, 1881. Washington: GPO. 1881. 8vo; 180pp. Tipped into the Register at page 142 are four black-bordered announcements of the death of Admirals Stribling, Marine Corps Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin, and Secretary of the Navy Adolphe Borie. The only announcement not previously recorded is: General Order. Navy Department. Washington, April 6, 1880. A black-bordered report of the death of Rear Admiral Henry Knox Thatcher in Boston in his 74th year. Two sheets.
- Military Order of The Loyal Legion Of The United States. In Memoriam. Companion Henry C. Nields, Lieutenant-Commander U. S. Navy, December 13, 1880. Black-bordered; two pages.
- Register…to July 1, 1881. Washington: GPO. 1881. 8vo; 78pp.
- Annual Register of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. Thirty-Second Academic Year. 1881-82. Washington: GPO. 1881. 8vo; 134pp.
- Acts and Resolutions Relating Chiefly to the Navy and the Navy Department Passed at the Second Session of the Forty-Sixth Congress. 1879-’80. Washington: GPO. 1880. 8vo; 28pp.
- Programme of Ceremonies Which Will Attend the Unveiling of the Statue of the Late Admiral David G. Farragut, U.S.N., To Take Place at Washington, D.C. April 25, 1881. Navy Department. 1881. 8vo; 8pp.
- Report of the Secretary of the Navy; Being Part of the Message and Documents Communicated to the Two Houses of Congress at the Beginning of the First Session of the Forty-Seventh Congress. Washington: GPO. 1881. 8vo; 833pp, but missing a huge section between pages 276 and 719. Preble has penned a note saying the Surgeon General’s report has been cut from the report as well as another subject, which, regrettably I can’t decipher! HR Doc. 1, Part3.
- Condition of the Navy. Letter from the Secretary of the Navy. May 4, 1882. 8vo; 17pp. HR Doc 30, Part 4.
- Navy Department. (General Orders 258 – 281. January – December 1881.) Primarily single sheet documents.
- Navy Department. (Four unnumbered Uniform Circulars. June – August 1881.) Single sheets.
- Navy Department. (Circulars 18, 19, and 20. June 1881 – April 1882.) Three single sheets.
- Navy Department. (U. S. Navy Regulation Circulars 26 – 30. April – October 1881.) Five single sheets.

Bound in half green morocco with marbled boards and matching endpapers. With occasional Preble signatures and clippings pasted-in.

United States Navy Registers. Index To Preble Collection. Volumes 1-28. 1814-1881.

Quarto; 27pages, unpaginated. An alphabetical listing of signatures, ship associations, clippings, letters, engravings, etc. found within the personnel registers garnered and preserved by Rear Admiral George Henry Preble. Two copies.

United States Navy. Bureau of Ordnance. Ordnance Instructions For The United States Navy. Part I. Relating To The Preparation Of Vessels Of War For Battle, And To The Duties Of Officers And Others When At Quarters. Part Ii. The Equipment And Manœuvre Of Boats And Exercise Of Boat Howitzers. Part Iii. Ordnance And Ordnance Stores. Third Edition. Published By Order Of The Navy Department. Washington: Gov’t. Printing Office, 1864.

8vo; xii, 109,29, 74, & cviii pages. Many full-page plates. Bound in burgundy library buckram. With RADM Preble’s signature on the title page.

(U. S. Navy Yards.) U. S. Navy Yards; Sundry Reports And Other Papers.

8vo; eleven reports and papers totaling 508pp. Originally bound and indexed by Preble, the eleven pamphlets, several of which are signed or annotated by Preble, have since been removed and shelved separately in Rare Book Room or Special Collections files. These papers are supplemented and occasionally duplicated by papers and reports bound in the 24 volumes of Naval Tracts cataloged earlier. At the close of Preble’s hand-written table of Contents he pens:

“ The arguments in favor of League Island as a Naval Station are special pleadings. It never ought to have been included as a site but it can be made a great Naval Station but only at a great and I think unnecessary expense. Perhaps in the future when the money has been expended and the yard has been developed this opinion will seem extraordinary- but an examination of facts and locations will I think show that the Old Yard could have been increased in size – or other preferable sites purchased on the Phila. side - and improved at a tithe of the expense – and in the end have been better adapted for Government purposes than the League Island ever will be. Geo. Henry Preble”

The reports included are:

- Report of the Board on Yards & Docks of the U. S. Navy. Oct. 6 1869. 58pp with maps.
- Reports of the Secretary of the Navy, and the Commission appointed by him, on the Proposed New Iron Navy Yard at League Island. 1863. 56pp and an errata slip.
- Report of the Minority of the Naval Committee in favor of accepting League Island, in the City of Philadelphia, for a Station for the Construction, Cleansing and Repair of Iron and Armed vessels. 1864. 40pp.
- Advantages of League Island, for a Naval Station, Dockyard, and Fresh-Water Basin for Iron Ships, &c., With All the Objections &c., Answered by a New England Man. 1866. 74pp with a map.
- Report of a Board of Civil Engineers for the Improvement of League Island. 1873. 16pp.
- Abstract of Title to the Old Philadelphia Navy Yard with Map. 1875. 73pp.
- Advertisement of the Sale of the Old Phila Navy Yard with Plans of the Property. Dec 2, 1875. 8pp.
- Report of the board of Civil Engineers, for the Improvement of the Naval Station at New London, Connecticut. June 17, 1875. Original printed wrappers. 13pp.
- Report of the Board of Civil Engineers for the Improvements of Mare Island Navy Yard – California. 1873. 22pp.
- Lull, Edward P., Comd’r U.S.N. History of the Unite States Navy-Yard at Gosport, Virginia, (Near Norfolk). 1874. 64pp.
- Fentress, Walter E. H. Centennial History of the United States Navy Yard, at Portsmouth N.H. 1775-1875. 1876. 84pp with the original printed front wrapper and many corrections and marginal notes penned in Preble’s hand.

Ward, James W., Lieutenant U.S.N. An Elementary Course Of Instruction On Ordnance And Gunnery, Prepared For The Use Of The Midshipman At The Naval School Philadelphia: Together With A Concise Treatise On Steam, Adapted Especially To The Use Of Those Engaged In Steam Navigation. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 126 Chestnut Street, 1845.

8vo; viii, 109 & 59pp. First edition. Signed on the title page by Preble. Two folding plates, one of which is an engraved illustration of Baldwin & Whitney’s Locomotive Engine for Passengers, and several illustrations and tables within the text. Bound in dark blue cloth with Simmons’ The Sea-Gunners Vade-Mecum; Being A New Introduction To Practical Gunnery, Expressly Accommodated To The Use Of The Royal Navy. London: 1812.

Welwod, William. An Abridgement Of All Sea-Laws. Gathered Forth Of All Writings And Monuments Which Are To Be Found Among Any People Or Nation, Upon The Coasts Of The Great Ocean And Mediterranean Sea. London, 1636.

12mo; (12) & 253pp, the last page incorrectly numbered “25.” Welwod describes himself as a “professor of the Civill (sic) Law.” Bound in tan simulated leather and protected in a custom box. With Preble’s signature on dedication page in the rank of Rear Admiral and dated 1879.

Westcott, Thompson. The Life Of John Fitch, The Inventor Of The Steamboat. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1857.

Small 8vo; xxiv, (25)-415 & (4)pp. Bound in green cloth.

Wise, Henry, Lieutenant, U.S.N. Scampavias From Gibel Tarek To Stamboul. By Harry Gringo. New York: Charles Scribner, 1857.

Small 8vo; xii & (13)-362pp. Bound in salmon-colored buckram. Harry Gringo was the pen name for Henry Wise. The adventures of “Harry Gringo” in Greece. A “scampavia” was a small sailing craft used principally in the Mediterranean.

Wyatt, Thomas. Memoirs Of The Generals, Commodores, And Other Commanders, Who Distinguished Themselves In The American Army And Navy During The Wars Of Revolution And 1812. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1848.

Tall 8vo; xiii & 10-315pp. With eighty-two steel engravings of original medals awarded to the commanders described in the text. Bound in red library buckram with Preble’s signature on the title page.

Yonge, Charles Duke. The History Of The British Navy, From The Earliest Period To The Present Time, England Expects Every Man To Do His Duty. Second Edition. In Three Volumes. London: Richard Bentley. Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 1866.

8vo; Vol. I: xiii & 502pp; Vol. II: (x) & 522pp; Vol. III: vii & 521pp. Bound in later gilt decorated black cloth with the Navy Department Library seal on each spine. Preble’s signature adorns the title page of volumes I and III.

Yorke, H. R. & Stevenson, W. British Naval Achievements; Being An Accurate Account Of The Lives And Actions Of British Seamen, From 1780 To The Last Expedition Against Algiers In 1816; Forming An Uninterrupted Succession Of Gallant Exploits On That Element, In Our Own Times, In Which The Fleets Of Great Britain May Be Truly Said To Have Had No Rival. With Appendixes, Containing An Alphabetical Explanation Of Sea Terms And Phrases, And Tabular Illustrations Of The State And Progress Of The British Navy. Illustrated By Portraits. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for C. J. Barrington, 1822.

8vo; two volumes. Vol. I: (4) & 552pp; Vol. II: (4), 389 & 144pp. Engraved frontis portraits of Nelson and Howe. Bound in slate colored library buckram. With Preble’s undated signature on each title.


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