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  • Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner”  – L.V. Briggs

    Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner” – L.V. Briggs

    Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner”

    Originally published in 1926 this classic sailing account is reprinted here by the Macdonald Maritime History Series, London in 1974.

    Octavo, 186 pages, top edge blue, with images from photographs, charts, diagrams and embellishments as per the original. End paper maps. Bound in quarter morocco, gilt line and blue sailing ship motif clothe covered boards. Dust jacket torn to top, and tape mended. A paper wave at the bottom as if it has stood onboard for a time but nothing offensive.

    The author Vernon Briggs was only sixteen at the time he left Boston for Honolulu. His observations and penmanship mature well beyond his years. Part journal part narrative Briggs learns sea skills fast and is also a keen observer of his surroundings and the abundance of natural history along the way … including the Amy Turner cockroaches!

    Prized narrative onboard the Amy Turner.

    $25.00

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  • A Thirst for the Sea (about Erskine Childers) – Hugh and Robin Popham

    A Thirst for the Sea (about Erskine Childers) – Hugh and Robin Popham

    A biographical account of the sailing adventures of Erskine Childers author of The Riddle of the Sands.

    First edition, published by Stanford Maritime, London in 1979. Octavo, 178 pages plus tow pages “A portion of the manuscript draft of The Riddle of the Sands”. Illustrated from original photographs and with two charts. Very good condition although minus its front free endpaper.

    Erskine Childers background requires more room than available here. He was a Clerk to the House of Commons and developed a passion for sailing. His adventures in the Sunbeam (1903) and the Asgard (1906) provided the inspiration for his thriller novel … a book that should be read by all.

    Erskine Childers the basis of The Riddle

    $25.00

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  • The Sea Was Kind – Albert Klestadt

    The Sea Was Kind – Albert Klestadt

    The incredible story of war-time escape from the Philippines to Australia in an open boat, best by the perils of the sea, the Japanese and mutiny.

    Published by Kangaroo Press, a new edition 1988. Having been previously published in 1959.

    Octavo, 208 pages illustrated with period images, charts and diagrams. A very good copy.

    Albert Klestadt sailed with rather dodgy company using a page from a Dutch Atlas as his only chart. Klestadt was a refugee from Germany leaving in the 1930’s for Japan. Just before Japan entered WWII he fled to Manila … but as the Japanese gained ground it was clear that he had to make his escape for Australia … and then the story begins. His inspiration was Captain Bligh.

    War-time escape to Australia – a difficult voyage with a happy ending

    $25.00

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  • Australian Poetry 1942

    Australian Poetry 1942

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1942. Poetry selected by Robert D. Fitzgerald intended to represent the cream of Australian poetry for the year.

    Being a war year, for some a particularly special issue. Numerous poems reflecting on Australian’s overseas … Garry Lyle – To My Brother in the Navy; Shawn O’Leary – The Olive Tree; Maurice Biggs – Battle Dress and The Wounded; John Quinn – Syrian Memory; R.S. Byrnes – Song out of Syria. And others on softer homely themes.. love, the bush …

    Small octavo, 79 pages with 36 pages. Dust Jacket, often missing and in very good condition. Original inscription on end papers.

    Australian Poetry from WWII and at Home

    $25.00

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  • Antarctic Manual – E. E. Hedblom

    Antarctic Manual – E. E. Hedblom

    Prepared and published under the auspices of the U.S. Naval Medical School by Captain Hedblom of the Department of Cold Weather Medicine.

    Published in June 1960, a second edition and a year before Hedblom’s expanded work “Polar Manual”

    The author held a number of distinguished relevant positions including Staff Surgeon, Commander Naval Support Force Antarctica 1955-1959.

    Quarto, 64 pages after preliminaries. Stapled in soft covers, very good condition. From the library of Antarctic Scientist P Arnaud, but without his mark … although there is there is an institutional stamp from which it may have been borrowed, or purchased.

    Sound advice under the following general headings … Living Conditions (Geography, Shelter, Heating); Selection of Personnel; Hygiene; Clothing; Nutrition; Sanitation; Visual Disabilities; Cold Injuries; Carbon Monoxide Poisoning; First Aid; Survival; Polar Do’s and Don’ts; Antarctic Mortality; Basic Medical supplies and a relevant Bibliography.

    Makes for interesting reading and not just for the medically inclined. We learned that for sure if lost one should stay in the same place and wait to be found … but keep moving … and aircraft accident are the biggest cause of death so stay out of the sky. Alcohol at this time still highly recommended but gin was the recommended tipple.

    Get prepared for your next Antarctic trip ..

    $65.00

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  • La Vita Nuova (The New Life) – Dante – Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Special Print & Binding c1916

    La Vita Nuova (The New Life) – Dante – Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Special Print & Binding c1916

    In the early part of the 20thC, George Harrap of London and Brentanos of New York republished Rossetti’s translation of La Vita Nuova. It was produced to several standards circa 1916 and this example we believe is the finest in terms of extravagance of printing and binding.

    La Vita Nuova was written by Dante Alighieri in a ten-year period to 1293 and published in 1295. The general theme is courtly love, embodied in the relationship between Dante and Beatrice. The work is a prosimetrum or collection of liked prose and poetry. It was originally published in the Tuscan vernacular and not Latin, a move that did much to establish the Italian language. The work has been often quoted and is suspected to be “the book of poems” referenced in Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue”.

    It was first translated into English by Garrow in 1848. Two years later Rossetti published his translation and added Dante to his name so much was his admiration for the great man.

    The book is small quarto (25cm by 20cm) 166 pages, bound in deeply tooled full leather with brass protectors to each corner. Top edge gilt Decorated end papers. Richly decorated by Evelyn Paul with gilt highlights. Contains added music by Alfred Mercer. Carries the bookplate of J.N. Vander Ley. Some spotting to the uncut page edges, otherwise a very good copy.

    Dante on Love by Rossetti – Beautiful Book

    $290.00

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