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San Juan Islands, Washington State, United States
A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are circa 500, often long entries, on a broad range of maritime topics; there are search aids at the bottom of the log. Please ask for permission to use any photo posted on this site. Thank you.

17 January 2010

❖ The Trilogy of James L. Davis ❖

The Trilogy of James L. Davis
James L. Davis author (1934-2015)
The slip case containing the trilogy.
From the library of the Saltwater People Historical Society.
Some of you may have noticed this title on the log list of fifty favorite maritime books. From the accompanying artwork, one may guess the delightful prose is for all who are young at heart. This is a hand-crafted, exquisitely illustrated set of poetry published in 1986 by Washington State artist, James Davis (1934-2015.)
      Jim has fond memories of following the mouse track to Blind Island in the San Juan Island Archipelago, in the mid-1980s. He was artist-in-residence for a week-long workshop open to all ages on the central hub island of Shaw. 
      The first 100 sets were wrapped beautifully in a wooden slip-case; one of those is archived in the growing collection of the S. P. H. S. library.
      If anyone knows of stray volumes that have become separated from their boxed set, an adoption agency has been set up for the lost mice. We'd be glad to receive any donated stragglers, so the out-of-print volumes can be reunited and circulated as a set.

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