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  • The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway – First UK Edition 1952

    The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway – First UK Edition 1952

    Should be everyone’s favourite short read. Nobel citation – “his powerful style-forming mastery of the art of modern narration, as most lately revealed in his novel The Old Man and the Sea”.

    A story with a powerful message about pushing beyond one’s natural boundaries .. and where do we end up?

    A first UK edition, technically behind the US issue the same year. The US edition published 1st September 1952, the UK edition later that month.

    Octavo, 127 pages. In a later issue of the adorable colourful wrap around jacket by Hans Tisdall. The jacket in good condition. The boards have some marks and the front free end paper has been excised (presumably carried a shy person’s name). The pages are pretty clean, some light foxing in the back end papers. Still a good to better copy.

    Nobel Classic – Ernest Hemingway – First UK Edition in relevant but later jacket.


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  • Ocean Passages For The World – 1973

    Ocean Passages For The World – 1973

    A fine copy of the third edition prepared by Commander H.L. Jenkins of the Royal Navy and published by The Hydrographic Department, Taunton, England. A Preface by Rear Admiral Hall.

    This essential reference was first published in 1895, then 1923, 1950 and then this edition 1973. Revised and modernised each time.

    Slipcase with folio volume plus wallet containing the numerous large folding charts. Folio volume bound in blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles 258 pages with 25 charts and diagrams some coloured and folding. The work is divided into two principal sections … Part I – Power Vessel Routes; Part II – Sailing Vessel Routes. Also, the 1977 Supplement of 11 pages, with additions, corrections and other changes. Very good if not fine condition.

    The wallet contains seven large (a metre or so wide) charts and a viz .. World Climatic Charts (January and July); World Main Ocean Routes for Power Vessels; World Sailing Ships Routes; Tracks Followed by Sailing and Auxiliary Powered Vessels and World Surface Currents .. and D6083 Loan Line Rules etc. Also a ready reckoner … Logarithmic speed, time and distance scale.


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  • Floating Peril – E. Phillips Oppenheim – 1936 First edition.

    Floating Peril – E. Phillips Oppenheim – 1936 First edition.

    First edition published by Blue Ribbon Books (Part of Burt) New York, 1926. The novel had been serialised in the New York Post the year before.

    Octavo, 309 pages, dust jacket designed by Bip Pares shows a little edge ware but still shows this deco mystery magnificently. Under the jacket is a similarly embossed design on bright orange cloth covered boards. Super presentation.

    A yachting mystery commencing in the Bay of Antibes. An international thriller with moral conflict

    First edition Exotic thriller


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  • The Realms of Gold [Greek Legends] – George Baker

    The Realms of Gold [Greek Legends] – George Baker

    Originally published in 1954 this is a fine copy of the 1960 reissue. Published by the University of London Press, octavo, 262 pages, illustrated with drawing in the classic style, end paper maps. Very good near find condition with a fine dust jacket.

    Baker a published classicist retells Greek myths and legends in a very readable enjoyable style. Beginning with the quarrel that was to start the Trojan War. Then, the adventures of Perseus and the slaying of the Gorgon. Hercules freeing Athens and the terrible Minotaur. The Quest of the Golden Fleece with a capital “Q”. the wanderings of Odysseus …. To the settlement of the Trojan survivors in Italy and the foundation of Rome.

    The Greek Legends – no Latin required …


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  • Wreck and Relics – Victorian Coastline – Geoff Nayler

    Wreck and Relics – Victorian Coastline – Geoff Nayler

    Self published, no date, by diver wreck enthusiast Geoff Nayler. Octavo, soft cover, 64 pages, heavily illustrated throughout.

    Nayler has put together here, with the assistance of a number of similarly minded friends, a good account of thirty better known wrecks along the central Victorian coast. Wreck finds abound from crockery and cutlery to anchors, wheels, and beautiful bells … the cannon raised by the author our favourite.

    Previous obviously knowledgeable owner has made one or tow pencil “correction’ we have left them their for expert review.

    Postage likely to be reduced in Australia on this item ..we will do that on billing so ignore the default …

    Good Victorian wreck reference by Nayler …


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  • The Gold Trail – Henry Stacpoole – First Edition 1916

    The Gold Trail – Henry Stacpoole – First Edition 1916

    From the author of The Blue Lagoon and The Pearl Fishers.

    A first U.S. edition published by John Lane, New York in 1916. Octavo, 308 pages plus publishers advertisements. Original clay coloured cloth covered boards with striking design in black and gilt to front. Inner hinges re-enforced, bookplate removed from front past down, some age marks, internally pretty bright and clean. A pretty good copy of a now very scarce book

    Irish born Henry Stacpoole (1863-1951) was for some time a ship’s Doctor mostly in the South Pacific. He later became a very successful author. His novels often based in New Guinea or the Pacific Islands reflect his in depth understanding of the environment, people etc.

    This novel, titled “The Reef of Stars” in the UK starts in Sydney .. a venture is formed and off to New Guinea … up a river a heroine is found among the local tribes … the unfortunate Maquart goes made over his inability to move a fortune in gold … etc tense stuff in equatorial New Guinea,

    Scarce early novel based in unknown New Guinea


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