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  • Harpoon at a Venture (In the Scottish Islands) – Gavin Maxwell – 1955 Edition

    Harpoon at a Venture (In the Scottish Islands) – Gavin Maxwell – 1955 Edition

    First published in 1952 this is the 1955 Adventure Library edition of the first work by “Ring of Bright Water” author Gavin Maxwell.

    Octavo, 254 pages with six maps, including in end papers 23 illustrations from photographs and eight illustrations in the text.

    Maxwell had active service with the Special Forces in WWII. After the war he purchased the Isle of Soay off Skye in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. There he attempted to start a Basking Shark fishery … which failed due to lack of finance.

    This book covers his exploits in that regard and provides a perfect picture of the Scottish Islands and the adventurous activities that ensue.

    Gavin Maxwell with the Sharks before the Otter.


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  • Round the World Non-Stop – John Ridgway and Andy Briggs

    Round the World Non-Stop – John Ridgway and Andy Briggs

    Published by Patrick Stephens, Wellingborough, England in 1985 a first edition. Octavo, 236 pages well illustrated from coloured photographs and with charts, diagrams and good technical content.

    John Ridgway and Andy Briggs sailed their 57 foot ketch “English Rose VI” around the world non-stop in 1983/4. The departed from Ardmore in the far north-west of Scotland and made it all the way back in 203 days, then the fastest on record.

    Ridgeway, another Voyager hero, formerly in the Parachute Regiment … rowed the Atlantic with Chay Blyth and sailed it single handed. He led expeditions to the upper Amazon, the Southern Andes of Patagonia, the Sahara and the Himalayas .. he also went round the world in the Whitbread race. Our sort of bloke.

    Top class account of a record breaking voyage


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  • Copepoda Male Monstrilla Anglica – Microscope Slide – James Hornell – 1900

    Copepoda Male Monstrilla Anglica – Microscope Slide – James Hornell – 1900

    A very good prepared slide marked very rare in terms of subject. Nice description label and a superb optical example. Preparer – Hornell Biological Station, Jersey.

    The marine beauty, Monstrilla Anglica was first described by J Lubbock in 1857. It’s larvae live inside the blood vessels of polychaete worms.

    James Hornell was educated in Scotland and Liverpool and set up the Jersey Station in 1893. He received support as the local oyster and lobster industry was in trouble. However, lack of Government funding saw the station close in 1904. He went to Ceylon and was given as Government Marine Scientist and then four years later to Madras.

    As a result of his work on Marine worms he was made a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1904.

    After his work in India he had a complete change in life and travelled around Asia as a ethnologist and became an expert in watercraft design.

    He died back in England in 1949 aged 83. It is claimed that he was the first full time paid Marine Scientist.

    Rare and well prepared slide – James Hornell


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  • The Whole Course of Chirurgerie – Peter Lowe (Originally 1597)

    The Whole Course of Chirurgerie – Peter Lowe (Originally 1597)

    Leather bound and beautifully gilt embossed all edges richly gilt from the Classics of Medicine Library 1981.

    Originally published in 1597 an edition from which this fine facsimile is produced along with engravings taken from the second edition of 1612. Peter Lowe of Scottish decent practiced in Paris at the time of writing this monumental work being appointed to the King of France. His dedication is to James the VI of Scotland.

    The engravings are enlightening – instruments for cutting off fingers and toes, siring or squirt for the care of hollow wounds, instruments to cut and knit the fistula in the fundament, portraiture of a man Rim-burst (ouch!)

    Chirurgerie in the 16th Century advanced by Lowe


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  • Exquisite Fungi Model – Boletus Pinophilus

    Exquisite Fungi Model – Boletus Pinophilus

    French (who else) model of the edible fungi Boletus Pinophilus. Made likely just after WWII and still in near perfect condition. Stands 17 cms tall and is made to a high standard. Commonly known as the Pine Bolete or Pinewood King Bolete this beauty is regarded as a form of porcini.

    Quite common in Europe in pine forests – including Scotland and the South of France where it seems to be more prolific. The flesh is white, soft and does not change colour when bruised. The taste is pleasant and has been likened to pork and pork crackling (yummy).

    Collectable Fungi for those that understand and desire them. Click on me to see my proud fungusness!


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