Flags of The United States

Discussion in 'Flag Books and Media' started by cntrygrlgray, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. cntrygrlgray

    cntrygrlgray Guest

    Hello, my name is Crystal. I have this book, received it in a box from an auction. It is a blue canvas hard back book cover. Binder style, it has where you can add or remove pages. The cover has the following on it:

    H.O. No. 89
    The United States
    and Other Countries
    United States Navy Department
    Hydrographic Office

    It is in pretty good condition. Some slight, almost unnoticeable musty smell, slightly yellowed pages, no tears or rips, no missing pages. I am interested in selling this book, hopefully to a collector but would like to find out its worth so I can set a decent price. Can you tell me anything about it or direct me to a place that can? Thank you.
  2. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    Hello Crystal.

    You have come to the right place. :)

    You omitted one thing from the title. The date: 1938. This is an excellent pre-WWII flag reference book and every vexillologist should have a copy. You can usually find out what the antiquarian booksellers are listing it for by going to AbeBooks Official Site - New & Used Books, New & Used Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books and entering the title. In this case there are none for sale at the moment.:(

    The book's retail value is anywhere from $35 to $50 or more, depending upon condition and who is looking for one at the time. If you put it up for auction on eBay I would recommend a starting price of $29.99

    The 1938 edition was one in a long line of US Navy flag books. The series began as "Flags of Maritime Nations" in 1866. There were 5 more editions in the 1800's, another in 1914, your 1938 edition, and a volume that only illustrated shipping company "house" flags in 1961. Beginning in 1938 the Navy issued posters of Flags of the World but never published another flag book for public use. (A very rare document named RIG SAFEARM was issued to the service only in the 1970's.)

    Good luck in selling your book.

    Nick A
    Columbia Maryland
  3. cntrygrlgray

    cntrygrlgray Guest

    Thank you so much. That is way more info than I could find and it will really help.
  4. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    You're welcome!:D

    The reason you can't find this info online is because there are very few individuals (and even fewer libraries) that have a full collection of FOMN. The only published listing that I know of is in a 1965 Bibliography of books on flags of the world, and that book itself is rare.

    I know of three complete collections of Flags of Maritime Nations encompassing the 1868 (not 1866 as I said earlier) to 1938: The Flag Research Center library in Winchester, Massachusetts, my personal library, and the library of a noted vexillologist in Australia (I assembled the collection for him - the cost of postage alone was daunting.:eek: )

    Please let us know if you put it up on eBay or otherwise make it available for sale. :cool:

    Nick A
  5. cntrygrlgray

    cntrygrlgray Guest

    I would like to list it on eBay if nobody here is interested. Any ideas on a title or what to put in for the listing?
  6. NAVA1974

    NAVA1974 Active Member

    Hello Crystal,
    I saw that you listed the book already:
    Flags of The United States and Other Countries US Navy | eBay

    I would say your listing does a pretty good job of describing the book. If you can still add photos, I might suggest including pics of pages 28 and 48 as they show the flags of Nazi Germany and Republican Spain - of great interest to military historians, modelers, and vexillolgists.

    Nick A
  7. Gaven32

    Gaven32 New Member

    Its very interesting book good information provided on it. thanks to share this information, amazing....

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