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Block Island
$21.99
Model: 978-0738538693
Images of America: Block Island

Written by: Donald A. D’Amato
This book provides a fascinating collection of vintage photographs. Each picture includes an interesting caption and the date taken. Many of the photographs are from the first years of the last century. Incredible pictorial history of Block Island.
Publication date: 1999

Price: $21.99

Pages: 128 

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ISBN-13: 9781584655763
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: University Press of New England, 6/2008
Summer by the Seaside 

Written by: Bryant F. Tolles, Jr.
What a gorgeous book! It covers all the old, classic seaside hotels of New England. Of course, Block Island is included. Great photographs of Block Island ’s remaining and once great hotels. This book is thoroughly researched. It is amazing how huge and ornate these classic buildings were. Sadly, so many of them were destroyed by fire or hurricane.
Publication date: 2008 

Pages: 239

Block Island Lore and Legends
$12.95
Model: BI1

Block Island Lore and Legends
Written by: Ethel Colt Richie
A short, very readable history packed with information and pictures. Ms. Richie describes it as a short narrative interlaced with bits of history, folklore and legends. Most of her research is based on Reverend Livermore’s History of Block Island. It is must have for any collection, just enough history is given.
Publication date: 1955

Pages: 98


Block Island History of Photography: Volume 1 1870-1910's
$39.95
Model: 9780979630712

Block Island History of Photography: Volume 1 1870-1910's
Written by: Robert M. Downie
Bob Downie has done it again! His new book, is chock full of old Block Island photos and text. Every photograph except one, are new to us. The book is so absorbing, you just can't put it down. Fabulous vistas and views of Block Island. Many have been taken from atop the old Ocean View Hotel.
Signed copies available.
Publication date: 2007

Pages: 271


Block Island History of Photography: Volume 2 1917-1960's
$49.95
Model: 9780979630736

Block Island History of Photography: Volume 2 1917-1960's
Written by: Robert M. Downie
Robert Downie continues his fascinating history of Block Island with text and photographs. Volume #2 includes the index for both books in the series.
Publication date: 2008

Pages: 286


Palatine Ship: Ghost Ship of Block Island
$11.50
Model: BIPAL
Palatine Ship: Ghost Ship of Block Island
Written by: Robert W. Carlson
Mr. Carlson has researched exhaustively the legend of the Palatine Ship. In December 1738 a ship wrecked on the northernmost spit of land on Block Island. Thus begins the story of the Palatine Ship. An interesting sidebar to this story, are the ghoulish Palatine Lights that could be seen glowing for many years off shore where the wreck occurred.
Publication date: 1994

Pages: 60

Bell Tolls: Shipwrecks and Lighthouses (Block Island Volume 1)
$18.96
Model: 1596830050

Bell Tolls: Shipwrecks and Lighthouses (Block Island Volume 1)
Written by: Henry Keatts and George Farr
Lighthouses and shipwrecks go hand and hand, without shipwrecks there would be no need for lighthouses. This is the definitive work about Block Island’s shipwrecks. Keatts and Farr cover many of the historically significant wrecks and they go on to describe their present day condition, under the sea. This book is packed with charts, photographs and drawings. There are great narratives of the last moments before these ships met Block Island’s rocky shores.
Publication date: 2002
Pages: 224


Wetherbee's Block Island: Paintings from the 1940's
$37.00
Model: 9781450780407
Wetherbee's Block Island: Paintings from the 1940's
Written by: Jack Lynch & Meg Lynch Doyle
The Weeberbee Prints can be seen surrounding the cellar walls of Club Soda at the Highview Hotel. Jack and his daughter photographed the walls. Jack then wrote a historical narrative about each picture contrasting that picture to a present day photograph. A colorful history of Holden Wetherbee is included. In 1948, Wetherbee painted the pictures in exchange for room and board and drinks.
Publication date: 2010
Pages: 75

Tristram Dodge and His Descendants in America: with Historical and Descriptive Accounts of Block Island and Cow Neck, L.I., Their Original Settlements
$26.95
Model: 9780548322345

Tristram Dodge and His Descendants in America: with Historical and Descriptive Accounts of Block Island and Cow Neck, L.I., Their Original Settlements
Written by Robert Dodge
In the interest of creationg a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, the printers have chosen to reproduce this title even though it my possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. 
Pages: 233


Livermore's History of Block Island
$16.00
Model: BI-LIVERMORE

Livermore's History of Block Island
Written by: Reverend S.T. Livermore
The definitive history of Block Island from 1514-1876. This book is published by the Block Island Historical Society. No pictures, but chock full of facts and island lore. Eighty-five years after Reverend Livermore wrote his history an afterward was added at the time of Block Island’s Tricentenary in 1961. Nathan Tuft, its author quickly goes through some remarkable changes that occurred between 1877 and 1961.
Publication date: 1877

Pages: 370