ANITA'S ISLAND: A History of Holbrook Island
Compiled and written by Reta Farnham Hunter
This is a delightful book using documents, photos, diaries and personal recollections to recount the history of Holbrook Island, an island located on the east side of Penobscot Bay just off the coast of Brooksville, from its earlliest beginnings to becoming part of a sanctuary created by long-time owner Anita Harris. She passed Holbrook Island over to the State of Maine on condition that it be maintained "as a wildlife and natural area...devoted wholly to the preservation of nature."
Privately published, 2012.
Paperback; 118 pages; 10.75" (h) x 8.5" (w).
Anita's Island: A History of Holbrook Island - $25.00
ANN ELIZA BIRKBECK WILSON: Letters of Friends and Relatives
Edited by Ellenore W. Doudiet
“Among those noted in the Letters are: George Birkbeck (1794 - 1832) and Sarah Wood Birkbeck (1795-1869), their children Ann Eliza, Emmeline, Georgianna (Sis), Alexander, John, George and William. Ann Eliza Birkbeck and Thomas Wilson had one child, John; Emmeline and Thomas Bunker had ten children including George, Josephine, Sarah, Albert, Grace and Florence; Georgianna and Edward Crabb(e) had five children including Ella, Lulu and Linda; Edward’s brother George W. Crabb married a beautiful mulatto and had several children, they moved from Brooklyn to Louisiana; Alexander and Mary (May) Tracy Birkbeck had three sons, Thomas, Edward and Ernest who died when young; John and Laura Rust Birkbeck had three daughters, Rosita, Emily and Georgianna (Georgie); George and Annie Birkbeck had (?) children including young George.
Also noted are David Cartwright (1799-1891) and Elizabeth Ceely (Ceeley) Cartwright (1803-1869), they had nine children including Emily, Harriet, Ellen, Thomas, Irene, Martha, Cassine and Fanny. Irene married Charles Woodbridge, they had three children, Charley, Lester and Bessie. Cassine married John Birkbeck Wilson, they had three sons Edward, John Howard and Arthur.
In Castine we meet Mrs. Williams, her sister Etta Sellers, the two young Williams boys, Fred and Harry, Fred’s wife Alice Corbett Williams, Alice’s parents, her sisters, brother, aunts and a cousin Georgia Johnson who married John Howard Wilson. The Corbetts background has appeared in other books - in Juliet Bowes Corbett and the Descendents of Robert Corbett.” [excerpt from the Notes.]
Published by the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME, 1996.
Hardcover; 165 pages; 8.5" (h) x 11" (w).
Ann Eliza Birkbeck Wilson - $20.00
The ART of FRANCIS HAMABE
By Carl Little
The Art of Francis Hamabe offers a selection of the artist's work, from dynamic modernist oil paintings and lively Sumi ink abstractions to his well-known screen print posters. Writer Carl Little weaves an engaging narrative of the artist's life and art, illustrated with vintage photographs and examples of Hamabe's witty and stylish graphic work. Paintings from the Colby and Bates College museums and the University of Maine Museum of Art are featured, along with numerous works from private collections, many reproduced for the first time. [from book jacket]
Marshall Wilkes Books, Ellsworth, ME, 2012.
Hardcover with jacket; 108 pages; 9.6" (h) x 10.7" (w).
The Art of Francis Hamabe - $35.00
CANOE INDIANS of DOWN EAST MAINE
by William A. Haviland
"In 1604, when Frenchmen landed on Saint Croix Island, they were far from the first people to walk along its shores. For thousands of years, Etchemins - whose descendants were members of the Wabanaki Confederacy - had lived, loved and labored in Down East Maine... In this book, anthropologist William Haviland relates the history of hardship and survival endured by the natives of the Down East coast and how they have maintained their way of life over the past four hundred years." [excerpt from back cover]
The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2012.
Paperback; 128 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
Canoe Indians of Down East Maine - $19.99
COMPLEAT TALES of the LITTLE DRUMMER BOY of CASTINE
Edited by Justin F. Cooper, illustrated by David C. Bryant
Castine's most famous ghost originated in a small but fiercely contested battle of the Revolution, in the summer of 1779, when British troops held the peninsula of Castine and American forces were attempting to dislodge them. Like the party game of gossip, the stories of the circumstances surrounding the ghost of the drummer boy have changed over the last two and a quarter centuries. This little book is a collection of several of the tales.
Privately published, 2006.
Paperback; 31 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
Compleat Tales of the Little Drummer Boy of Castine - $10.00
A DAY'S WORK: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860--1920, Part II
Compiled and annotated by W.H. Bunting
This collection of historic photographs covers a broad spectrum of economic activity in the State of Maine in the years between 1860 - 1920. Bunting's text places the images in social and economic context, giving familiar surroundings new interest and meaning as we see how the past has shaped the present (or been eclipsed by it) and how Mainers affected economic development beyond their own borders. There is much that can be learned from the details of a photograph, and Bunting leads the eye with extraordinary skill, spotting the unusual, or some minor detail that, in fact, tells a major story about the how and why. His research has uncovered a wealth of fascinating, often quirky detail, and as he explores Maine's rich economic history, he makes frequent forays into the state's storytelling tradition. [from back cover]
Tilbury House Publishers, Thomaston, ME, 2000.
Paperback; 384 pages; 10.4" (h) x 8.5" (w).
A Day's Work - $35.00
HAWKSBILL PROMISE: A Sea Turtle's Journey
By Mary Beth Owens
On a few nights each year, in a deserted bay, hawksbill turtles crawl ashore under the Caribbean moonlight to lay their eggs. Two months later, tiny hatchlings emerge from the sand and scramble across the beach to the waiting sea. Only a lucky few survive.
The jumby is a spirit of Caribbean folklore that is said to live in trees. In this lyrical story, an ancient jumby tree stands sentinel over the bay, weaving spells from his branches to protect a female hawksbill. [from book jacket]
Tilbury House Publishers, Thomaston, ME, 2019.
Hardcover with jacket; 36 pages; 11.4" (h) x 8.9" (w).
Hawksbill Promise - $17.95
HISTORY of CASTINE: The Battle Line of Four Nations
By George A. Wheeler, M.D.
A history of Castine, Penobscot, and Brooksville, Maine, revised in 1923 from the author’s two earlier histories of the area. A limited number of these books were discovered packed away by the family. A few of the books had tiny insect holes along the spine and so all the books were isolated for a period of time. The family is now making them available through the Wilson Museum. This history is one of the two most referenced books on local history and, until now, quite difficult to find.
Privately printed, Cornwall, NY, 1923.
Hardcover; 444 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
A comprehensive index compiled by Wendy Knickerbocker comes free with each purchase. For those who already own Wheeler's History, the index may be purchased separately below.
JULIET BOWES CORBETT: Letters of Friends and Relatives
Edited by Ellenore W. Doudiet
“Throughout [the author] relied on Kate Ellen Johnson’s scrap book of clippings, wedding invitations and notices, on family diaries and memoranda and on the memory of Georgia Johnson Wilson’s rare reminiscences: for Corbett relationships on The Descendants of Robert Corbett of Weymouth, Massachusetts compiled by Melvin C. Corbett, privately printed; for Corbettsville, Binghamton and the Susquehanna River on the Directory of Broome and Tioga Counties 1872-073, compiled and published by Hamilton Child, Syracuse, 1873, and on the History of Broome County edited by H.P. Smith published by D. Mason, Syracuse, New York 1885; for Great Bend, Hallstead and the DuBois family on the Centennial History of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania by Rhamanathus M. Stoker., Philadelphia, 1887; for the Williams family A Tree of Life by Marshall H. Williams, privately printed.” [excerpt from the Notes.]
Published by the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME, 1995.
Hardcover; 139 pages; 8.5" (h) x 11" (w).
Juliet Corbett Bowes - $20.00
LEM: A New England Village Boy, A Castine Boyhood Remembered
Lem is a novel based on the author’s boyhood in Castine, Maine. Noah Brooks was born on October 25, 1830, in Castine, the youngest of eight children. After losing both his parents at the age of seven, Noah was cared for by his sisters. Ten years later he began his travels, generally westward, but eventually returned to his beloved native town where he wrote Lem.
Brooks had a wonderful ability to express the attitudes of the times. In the following example, he must have well-remembered his own feelings at age eight, when, in 1838, Castine lost its position as shire-town to Ellsworth:
“It was a sad day for the boys of the village when, the county-seat having been moved to another town, that dear old bell, to whose music they had so long listened, was taken down and carried away. Lem, from a convenient perch on top of the Parker house, sat and watched the men, with ropes and blocks, taking down the bell from the court-house belfry. Once it was rolled over in its downward course, and it gave forth a muffled note as its iron tongue hit the bronze lips of the bell. It was a sorrowful cry and Lem, choking down a sob which he felt rising in his throat, shook his small fist at the workmen and said, “I’d like to lick you!” Lem, in his battles, which were many, did not always take a person of his size. And that, perhaps, was the reason why he often came out of the skirmish second-best.”
Reprint of the 1903 edition. Foreword by Ellenore W. Doudiet. New illustrations and maps by Ellenore W. Doudiet and Patricia Hutchins.
Published by the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME, 1988.
Paperback; 301 pages; 7.25" (h) x 5" (w).
Lem, A New England Village Boy - $15.00
LETTERS HOME FROM SEA The Life and Letters of Solon J. Hanson, Down East Sailor
By L.J. Webster and M.A. Noah
"By the age of 19, Solon Hanson of Castine, Maine had worked as a cook, crew, and mate on sailing ships, had become a cod fisherman, survived one of New Orleans' worst hurricanes, been called as witness to a murder trial, and was close to his goal of becoming a sea captain.
Unlike most sailors of the time, he diligently wrote home about his adventures. His letters were rediscovered over a century later, and provide a rare glimpse into the daily life of 1850s Maine cod fishermen. These letters offer a brilliant firsthand account of life and death at sea." [excerpt from the back cover]
Hobblebush Books, Brookline, NH, 2006.
Paperback; 160 pages; 8.8" (h) x 6" (w).
Letters Home from Sea - $16.95
LINCOLN'S CONFIDANT: The Life of Noah Brooks
By Wayne C. Temple
"From the legendary Lincoln scholar Wayne C. Temple comes the long awaited full length biography of Noah Brooks, the influential Illinois journalist who championed Abraham Lincoln in Illinois state politics and became his almost daily companion at the White House. Best remembered as one of the president's few true intimates, Brooks was also a nationally recognized man of letters who mingled with the likes of Mark Twain and Bret Harte." [from jacket flap]
Castine native Noah Brooks penned Lem: A New England Village Boy, A Castine Boyhood Remembered which can be purchased on this site.
University of Illinois Press, Chicago, IL, 2019.
Hardcover with jacket; 304 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
Lincoln's Confidant - $34.95
MAJABIGWADUCE Castine, Penobscot, Brooksville
By Ellenore W. Doudiet
“Majabigwaduce: Castine, Penobscot, Brooksville is not a history in the usual sense of the word; it is, rather, an attempt to show the life of the early settlement and of the towns which grew from it; to understand the lives of the inhabitants, if possible through their own words. A large portion relates to the Castine Peninsula; this is, in part, because the Peninsula has been the most active area and, in part, because material available to the author, in general, is that given by residents of the Peninsula to the Castine Scientific Society. Of this material the most extensive collection is that of the Stevens family, originating with Joseph Lowe Stevens, who came to Castine in 1819. The Stevens collection consists of maps, pictures, manuscripts and printed material relating to the three towns and covers the period 1760 to 1910.” [excerpt from the Preface.]
This wonderful book, one of the two most referenced histories of this area, is extensively illustrated with images of old photographs, maps, and documents. Includes a bibliography.
Published by the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME, 1978.
Hardcover with jacket; 116 pages; 8.5" (h) x 11" (w).
A comprehensive index compiled by Wendy Knickerbocker comes free with each purchase. For those who already own Majabigwaduce, the index may be purchased separately below.
MORE BY EYE THAN BY MEASURE The Maritime Life and Art of John Prior Gardner
By Sandra Dinsmore
"Some artists use paint and canvas to create their masterpieces; John P. Gardner uses X-ray film, hypodermic needles and other surprising materials to create exquisitely detailed ship models."
This biography/oral history of Gardner by journalist Sandra Dinsmore captures this extraordinary creative process and gives readers a sense of how challenging it is to produce such art - not just technically, but also psychologically. [from the back cover]
Penobscot Books, Stonington, ME, 2019.
Paperback; 140 pages; 10" (h) x 7" (w).
More by Eye Than by Measure - $22.95
NEW ENGLAND MASTS AND THE KING'S BROAD ARROW
By Samuel F. Manning
During the age of sail, New England pine trees were felled, limbed, and transported across land and sea to become masts for the English Royal Navy. New England Masts and the King's Broad Arrow explores the history and process of the colonial New England mast trade including the "Broad Arrow," a symbol that marked American pines for exclusive use by England. The book is illustrated with Sam's world-renowned, meticulously detailed maritime drawings incuding sixteen log-handling scenes commissioned by the Maine Public Broadcasting Company for its documentary film Home to the Sea.
WoodenBoat Publications, Brooklin, ME, 2016.
Paperback; 52 pages; 8.8" (h) x 5.9" (w).
New England Masts and the King's Broad Arrow - $10.00
PENOBSCOT, MAINE 1761-2011
by Mark E. Honey, B.A., A.A.
Author Mark Honey used his quest to understand his family roots within the community of Penobscot, Maine, and to understand the events, both great and small, which shaped the history and spirit of the people who called this community home to compile an "introductory history" of Penobscot. There is the story of the first settlement in 1761, the disruption of settlement during the American Revolution, and the division of the town into three separate communities. So many subjects are touched upon in this work including occupations, wars, religions, schools and a tentative exploration of Penobscot in the 20th century.
Privately published, 2011.
Paperback; 166 pages; 11" (h) x 8.5" (w).
Penobscot, Maine 1761-2011 - $25.00
SALT WATER TOWN Tales from Castine, Maine
By Donald A. Small
"Dick pulled the flaps of his hat down over his ears, fastened all the buttons on his winter coat, and pulled on the wool mittens that Mom had made just last week."
Donald Small's tales are full of salty, down-to-earth characters, some real, some fictional, circa 1950. Enjoy a journey back to a simpler time to the coastal Maine town of Castine where people go about their daily lives facing challenges and celebrating joys - just as we do today. [from the back cover]
Penobscot Books, Stonington, ME, 2016.
Paperback; 190 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
Salt Water Town - $23.95
STEAMBOAT LORE of the Penobscot
By John M. Richardson
An informal story of steam navigation in Maine’s Penobscot region, pictorially presented by John M. Richardson with a Foreword by Ben Ames Williams. First issued in 1941, this is now the fifth edition, printed in 2000. Richardson acknowledges this as a composite work of many lovers of the steamboat: Elwin M. Eldredge, R. Loring Graham, Edward Rowe Snow, Sidney L. Winslow, W. H. Ballard, Capt. Rosswell Eaton, Capt. John G. Snow, Prof. C. Bradford Mitchell, Maryon Garrison, and others.
A limited number of these have been given by the family to the Wilson Museum; all proceeds from the sales are donated to the Museum.
Privately printed, Kennebec Journal Print Shop, 2000.
Paperback; 205 pages; 10" (h) x 7" (w); profuse illustrations, well indexed.
Steamboat Lore - $15.00
THE SWORDFISH HUNTERS: The History and Ecology of an Ancient American Sea People
By Bruce Bourque
"In the closing years of the nineteenth century, strange objects began to come out of the ground in Hancock County, Maine. They were quickly recognized as prehistoric artifacts of stone, but they were very unlike the spear tips and other small artifacts collectors gathered from coastal sites as they eroded into the sea...
This book tells the story of the Red Paint People and the archaeologists who have tried to understand them for over a century. Interwoven with that story is one of scientific growth and evolution, as archaeologists have adopted new research models in collaboration with a broad range of natural scientists to flesh out the life story of a remarkable prehistoric culture: the swordfish hunters." [excerpt from the jacket flap]
Bunker Hill Publishing, Piermont, NH, 2012.
Hardcover; 191 pages; 9.5" (h) x 6.4" (w).
The Swordfish Hunters - $29.99
An UPRIVER PASSAMAQUODDY
By Allen Sockabasin
When Allen Sockabasin was a child in the 1940s and 1950s, his village was isolated and depended largely on subsistence hunting and fishing, working in the woods, and seasonal harvesting work for its survival. Passamaquoddy was its first language, and the tribal traditions of sharing and helping one another ensured the survival of the group.
To the outside world, they lived in poverty, but Allen remembers a life that was rich and rewarding in many ways. He recalls the storytellers, tribal leaders, craftsmen, basketmakers, hunters, musicians, and elders who are still his heroes, and he explains why preserving the Passamaquoddy traditions and language is so critical to his people's survival in modern times. Many rare photographs illustrate this fascinating memoir.
Tilbury House Publishers, Thomaston, ME, 2007.
Paperback; 160 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
An Upriver Passamaquoddy - $16.99
The VISUAL LANGUAGE of WABANAKI ART
By Jeanne Morningstar Kent
"For centuries, the people of the Wabanaki Nations of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada used signs, symbols and designs to communicate with one another... Their designs have evolved over time and taken on different meanings, and they are now used on objects that are considered art. While their beauty is undeniable, these pieces cannot be fully appriciated without understanding their context. Tribal member Jeanne Morningstar Kent sheds light on this language, from the work of ancient Wabanaki to today's artists... " [excerpt from the back cover]
The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2014.
Paperback; 142 pages; 9" (h) x 6" (w).
The Visual Language of Wabanki Art - $19.99
Maps & Prints
Castine from Hospital Island, 1855.
Black & white print made from Fitz Henry Lane’s 1855 lithograph. Reproduced 1977 by the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME.
21" (h) x 32" (w).
Print: Castine from Hospital Island - $10.00
1889 CASTINE Maine.
Print of a detailed and imaginative 1889 map of Castine, including the proposed-but-never-realized Castine & Bangor Railroad. Reproduced 1977 by the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME.
23" (h) x 35" (w).
Print: Castine, Maine, 1889 - $10.00
Sketch of the Position of Castine in the Bay of Penobscot with references
Drawn by Capt. Bonneycastle, Royal Engineers
Color print of a historically significant map of Castine during the second British occupation of the town, September 1814 - April 1815 showing the positions of civilian structures, as well as military placements. Printed for the Castine Scientific Society, Wilson Museum, Castine, ME.
20" (h) x 24" (w).
Print: 1815 Bonneycastle Map - $25.00