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  • Trimaran Solo – Victress’ Round the World – Nigel Tetley

    Trimaran Solo – Victress’ Round the World – Nigel Tetley

    First edition, Nautical Publishing Company, Lymington 1970.

    The story of Nigel Tetley’s incredible circumnavigation as part of the Sunday Times single-handed non-stop race Round the World. During which Tetley achieved many firsts but won no prizes as the Victress sank near the Azores a thousand miles from the finishing line.

    A much-prized book. Large octavo, 176 pages with twelve plates from photographs and ten charts. Very good if not fine condition.

    Presented as a journal makes for interesting “in the moment” reading. The events leading up to the sinking (very fast) and the rescue particularly gripping. (Always remember to send a May Day).

    The schedules of provisions at the end are surprising … round the world sailing clearly creates quite a hunger, and a thirst … three dozen bottles of Cutty Sark!

    Scarce sought-after account in fine condition

    $80.00

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  • The Young Hornblower ( A Trilogy) – C.S. Forester

    The Young Hornblower ( A Trilogy) – C.S. Forester

    A super trilogy of Hornblower in his energetic years. Includes Mr Midshipman Hornblower; Lieutenant Hornblower and Hornblower and the Hotspur.

    Thick octavo, 633 pages in pretty good condition a couple of marks to page edges a little to what is a good dust jacket.

    First published in this form in 1964 this is the second printing 1969. Michael Joseph, London… one of the finest.

    Hornblower – three in a row and undefeated.

    $50.00

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  • A Voyage to the South Sea – William Bligh

    A Voyage to the South Sea – William Bligh

    A Voyage to the South Sea – William Bligh.

    …Undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for the Purpose of Conveying the Bread-Fruit Tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty’s Ship the Bounty, commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. Including an account of the Mutiny on board the said ship and the subsequent voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship’s Boat, From Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, To Timor, a Dutch Settlement in the East Indies.

    Originally published in 1792. Excellent facsimile published by Hutchinson in 1979. Fine Condition, no marks and crisp.

    Large quarto, 263 pages with eight plates faithful to the original, some folding

    Frontispiece of Bligh; Plan and Profile of the Bounty; Sections of Bread Fruit; Plan of Toahroah Harbour; Copy of the Draft from which the Bounty launch was built; Chart of Islands discovered from the launch; Chart of part of the North-east Coast of New Holland and a Chart of the Track of the launch from Tofoa to Timor.

    Complete and faithful facsimile of the great man’s account … was this the greatest feat of seamanship … likely.

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    $90.00

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  • Family at Sea ( A Pacific Voyage) – John Caldwell

    Family at Sea ( A Pacific Voyage) – John Caldwell

    First UK edition 1958 published by Robert Hale, London.

    Octavo, 208 pages with nice illustrations from photographs and charts. A very good copy in an attractive period dust jacket

    Super scarce book by John Caldwell which followed his “Desperate Voyage”.

    John from Texas had married Mary from Australia and they set off with their kids in the Tropic Sea from San Diego to cross the Pacific taking the most fashionable route. The Marquesas, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, New Caledonia with the excitement of mutiny, doldrums (exciting?), sharks, tidal waves etc along the way. Beautifully written, nicely illustrated

    Impossible to find hard to put down

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    $40.00

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  • Return to the Sea ( and Tahiti) – William Robinson

    Return to the Sea ( and Tahiti) – William Robinson

    A first UK edition published by Peter Davies, London in 1973. Small quarto, 232 pages nicely illustrated with charts and images from the authors photographs. Very good if not better condition

    The rather bland title to the book hides a much deeper subject. Robinson had already published “To the Great Southern Sea” about his previous sailing exploits before WWII, a promotion to this adventure and work.

    After the War he sails the brigantine Varua from his home and shipyard at Gloucester, Massachusetts bound for Tahiti to establish a new home. His voyage via the Galapagos had a few hiccups, a tropical storm off Trinidad and, once through the Panama fighting against the strong south westerly and the Humbolt current to get over to Darwin’s favourite place.

    At Tahiti another Darwin connection arose. Unusually the island of Taiaro, observed by Darwin, in the group about five degrees east of the main island came up for sale. It was a secret bid … and Robinson was the only one to bid. And for a low ball offer he became the owner of Taiaro possibly the most beautiful idyllic island on earth. A perfect circle of land a third of a mile deep with a three km lagoon inside … he moved there and over time established a village. Not complete he became very concerned with the lack of medical effort going into studying the horrible disease elephantiasis and set out on series of voyages as far as the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.

    Robinson had the best of lives and made a contribution. Voyager favourite.

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    $35.00

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  • Shackleton’s Argonauts – The Epic Tale of Shackleton’s Voyage to Antarctica in 1915 – Frank Hurley

    Shackleton’s Argonauts – The Epic Tale of Shackleton’s Voyage to Antarctica in 1915 – Frank Hurley

    The re-issued completely re-styled Shackleton’s Argonauts by photographer supreme Frank Hurley.

    Hurley vies with Ponting in having produced some of the greatest polar photographs ever taken. Colour photography probably means that that will remain so forever.

    Published by McGraw Hill, Sydney and nearly everywhere else. Small quarto, 185 pages first of type 1979. A very good copy. The final page (unpaginated) is “the Story of the Pictures” for this alone it is worth owning the book.

    Hurley with Shackleton and his Camera

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    $45.00

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