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Catalogue of books on maritime history: ships and sailors, voyages of exploration

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Barbour, Philip L. (ed.)
The Jamestown Voyages Under The First Charter, 1606-1609 - 2 vols.
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1969.
Two hardcover volumes, octavo, 524pp, b&w illustrations. Slightly toned text block edges. Light blue card dustwrapper worn along edges and corners with chipping and tears on head and tail of spine (2cm & 3cm respectively on Volume 1). Dustwrappers discoloured along spines; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good otherwise. In December 1606, one hundred and twenty emigrants left London in three small vessels. They landed nearly five months later in Virginia and founded a settlement which they called Jamestown. Thus, the first permanent English colony was established in America. During the first few years, the colony was beset by extreme hardship. The local Indians regarded the settlement as an infringement of their territory and were hostile to the settlers. Famine, plague and internal dissension also took their toll. The author collected all known documents pertaining to Jamestown, and annotated them; the collection gives a fascinating and graphic picture of the colony that was destined to become the United States.
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Baty, Scott
Ships that Passed The Glorious Era of Travel to Australia and New Zealand
Reed Books Pty. Ltd., French's Forest NSW, 1984.
Quarto; hardcover, with upper board title and decorated endpapers; 328pp. with many monochrome photographic illustrations. Slightly rolled; mild edgewear to the boards; text block edges spotted. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel and top edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This book is a salute to six decades of international passenger shipping services in Australasian waters. Between 1920 and 1984 some 200 liners and regional cruise ships were to pass regularly through Australia and New Zealand on scheduled service. Each ship has its own special story and is told within this book.
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Boxer, C.R. (ed. & trans.)
Further Selections from the Tragic History of the Sea, 1559-1565 Narratives of the shipwrecks of the Portuguese East Indiamen Aguia and Garca (1559) Sao Paulo (1561) and the misadventures of the Brazil-ship Santo Antonio (1565)
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1968.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 170 pp, b&w illustrations and pull-out maps. Slightly rolled binding. Text block edges lightly foxed. Blue card dustwrapper with edge and corner wear, spine and edges browned; some minor chipping; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Professor Boxer describes the lives of the three chroniclers, and gives bibliographical details of their works. The narratives are translated from the original accounts which Bernardo Gomes de Brito included in his Historia Tragico-Maritima. The present volume is a companion to the earlier work, The Tragic History of the Sea, 1589-1622.
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Bradford, Ernle
Christopher Columbus
Michael Joseph, London, 1973.
Hardcover, small quarto, 288pp., mainly b&w illustrations. Lightly spotted text block edges. Dustwrapper slightly scuffed with wear along edges and corners and small tear on upper edge; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Christopher Columbus, archetypal figure as sailor, adventurer and explorer, was also, interestingly, a mystic who was profoundly religious and yet at the same time ambitious with an eye to the main chance. While dreaming of recapturing Jerusalem from the Moslems, he was also quite capable of driving a hard bargain with his employers as to the rights and privileges and riches that should accrue to himself if he succeeded in his mission of finding a way to the Indies by sailing due west across the Atlantic.
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Brooks M.A., F.W.
The English Naval Forces, 1199-1272
A. Brown & Sons Ltd., London, nd. (but 1932).
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board titling; 228pp., with a monochrome frontispiece (with tissue guard) and 2 plates likewise. Boards rubbed and with some insect damage; text block edges toned; mild offset to endpapers; slight bump to the spine head. Very good.
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Burgess Jr., Douglas R.
Seize the Trident The Race for Superliner Supremacy and How It Altered the Great War
International Marine/McGraw-Hill, Camden ME, 2005.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine titling; 296pp., with 6pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; a few spots to the text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Seize the Trident re-creates the Anglo-German race to build the biggest, fastest, most luxurious passenger ships in the world. Sparked in 1889 by the Kaiser's declaration that he would 'seize the trident' from English shipping firms, this friendly rivalry soon became a clash of fierce national pride, personal ego, and global ambitions, including those of wealthy robber barons such as J. P. Morgan. Douglas Burgess delivers a riveting account of the race's origins, how it both paralleled and influenced the naval rearmament of the same period, and the crowning irony of its outcome. In size and splendor, the Germans won hands-down, but German ships in U.S. ports were seized at the outbreak of World War I. Later, they would carry hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops to fight against Germany.
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Carlton, Mike
Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew: signed copy
William Heinemann, North Sydney, 2010.
Signed hardcover, octavo; red boards with black spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 706pp., b&w and colour plates, appendices, references, bibliography, index. Minor wear; lower board edges and corners slightly worn; toned text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrappers and covered in protective film with white paper backing. Of all the Australians who fought in the Second World War, none saw more action nor endured so much of its hardship and horror as the crew of the cruiser HMAS Perth. Most were young - many were still teenagers - from cities and towns, villages and farms across the nation. In three tumultuous years they did battle with the forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Vichy French and, finally, the Imperial Japanese Navy. They were nearly lost in a hurricane in the Atlantic. In the Mediterranean in 1941 they were bombed by the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force for months on end until, ultimately, during the disastrous evacuation of the Australian army from Crete, their ship took a direct hit and thirteen men were killed. After the fall of Singapore in 1942, HMAS Perth was hurled into the forlorn campaign to stem the Japanese advance towards Australia. Off the coast of Java in March that year she met an overwhelming enemy naval force. Firing until her ammunition literally ran out, she was sunk with the loss of 353 of her crew, including her much-loved captain and the Royal Australian Navy's finest fighting sailor, 'Hardover' Hec Waller. Another 328 men were taken into Japanese captivity, most to become slave labourers in the infinite hell of the Burma-Thai railway. Many died there, victims of unspeakable atrocity. Only 218 men, less than a third of her crew, survived to return home at war's end. 'Cruiser', by journalist and broadcaster Mike Carlton, is their story. And the story of those who loved them and waited for them.
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Carlton, Mike
First Victory - 1914: HMAS Sydney's Hunt for the German Raider Emden: signed copy
William Heinemann, North Sydney, 2013.
Signed hardcover, octavo; red boards with black spine titling, blue endpapers; 467pp., b&w and colour plates, appendices, bibliography, index. Minor wear; toned text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrappers and covered in protective film with white paper backing. When the ships of the new Royal Australian Navy made their grand entry into Sydney Harbour in October 1913, a young nation was at peace. Under a year later Australia had gone to war in what was seen as a noble fight for king, country and Empire. Thousands of young men joined up for the adventure of having 'a crack at the Kaiser'. And indeed the German threat to Australia was real, and very near - in the Pacific islands to our north, and in the Indian Ocean. In the opening months of the war, a German raider, Emden, wreaked havoc on the maritime trade of the British Empire. Its battle against the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney, when it finally came, was short and bloody - an emphatic First Victory at sea for the fledgling Royal Australian Navy. This is the stirring story of the perilous opening months of the Great War and the bloody sea battle that destroyed the Emden in a triumph for Australia that resounded around the world. In the century since, many writers have been there before Mike Carlton. Most were German, some of them survivors of the battle, others later historians, and they have generally told the story well. British accounts vary in quality, from good to nonsense, and there have been some patchwork American attempts as well. Curiously, there has been very little written from an Australian point of view. This book is - in part - an attempt to remedy that, with new facts and perspectives brought into the light of day.
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Cree, Dr. Edward H. (Michael Levien, ed.)
Naval Surgeon The Voyages of Dr. Edward H. Cree, Royal Navy, as Related in His Private Journals, 1837-1856
A Webb & Bower Book/E.P. Dutton Co. Inc., New York, NY, USA, 1982.
Quarto; hardcover, with decorated boards, upper board title and endpaper maps; 276pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and many full-colour illustrations (some folding). Text block top edge spotted; minor edgewear to the boards. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel. Very good. Edward Cree's service took him to many parts of the world, including ten years in the Far East, where he witnessed land and sea actions in the First Opium War of 1839-42. He was engaged also in the pursuit and destruction of piratical Chinese fleets, served in the Baltic in actions against the Russians, and was present at the capture of Sebastopol and Kinburn in the final stages of the Crimean War. He was acquainted with some of the outstanding personalities and most distinguished officers of his day: James Brooke, the white Ragah of Sarawak; Captain William Hall of the steamship Nemesis; the brilliant and eccentric Reverend Charles Gutzlaff; the gracious yet wily Chinese Imperial Commissioner Ch'i-ying; the painter George Chinnery - to name but a few. The spirit and atmosphere of the period are captured wonderfully well by the nearly 200 watercolour paintings and line drawings executed by Dr Cree himself. In his introduction Michael Levien outlines Cree's background and sets the historical scene in which the action unfolds.
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Crisp, Alan
CGT - The French Line: A History in Postcards La Compagnie Generale Transatlantique
Tabella, 2011.
Quarto hardcover; dustwrapper; 198pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Remainder. New. Founded in 1854, the CGT has represented for France what the White Star Line has meant for Britain (only, without the titanic stain to its reputation). In this comprehensive overview, Alan Crisp takes us on a review of the fleet, offering us the physical specifications of each ship accompanied by a postcard displaying its splendid outline, taken from the high point of its sailing career. Along with all the technical detail is a potted history of each vessel giving a fascinating insight into the accomplishments of this European service.
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Druett, Joan
Hen Frigates Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail
Souvenir Press, London, 1998.
Octavo hardcover; dark green papered boards with blue spine and silver gilt spine titling; 274pp., b&w illustrations. Mildly toned and spotted text block edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Many merchant ships plying the Atlantic, and farther afield, carried not only the captain and his crew but the captain's wife and children. The colourful and often dangerous lives of these enterprising and courageous women, are described here; an ocean-going world in which disease was prevalent, accidents were common and gales, hurricanes and typhoons - even collisions and fire at sea were a constant threat. Some wives survived shipwreck and some, like Captain Staples and his wife, succumbed (they drowned, locked in each other's arms). Hen Frigates weaves a lyrical narrative of sea-faring life, is meticulously researched and wonderfully illustrated with archive portraits of the wives and their husbands.
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Druett, Joan
Petticoat Whalers Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920
Collins Publishers (New Zealand)/HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand) Ltd., Auckland NZ, 1991.
Quarto hardcover, 213pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; faint spotting to upper text block edges; slight scuffing to dustwrapper with lightly worn edges and corners. Very good to near fine. This is the colourful account of the whaling ships that plied the Pacific, Atlantic and Antarctic oceans in the nineteenth century, and the men and women who worked and lived on them. The women travelled from a variety of motivations - from keeping their men from the demon grog and sexually generous maidens of the Pacific to spreading the Christian word and morals of the day, or simply because they did not want the separation from their menfolk for the four or five years each voyage typically lasted.
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d'Urville, Jules S-C Dumont (Helen Rosenman, trans. & ed.)
An Account in Two Volumes of Two Voyages to the South Seas by Jules S-C Dumont D'Urville... Volume 1: "Astrolabe" 1826-1829; Volume 2: "Astrolabe" and "Zelee" 1837-1840
Melbourne University Press, Carlton Vic.,1987.
Two volumes: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles on scarlet labels; 634pp. [311pp. + 323pp.] with two monochrome frontispieces, 44 monochrome and colour plates and many other illustrations. Very minor wear; previous owner's name plate to the upper corner of the front pastedowns of both volumes. No dustwrappers as issued. Near fine in lightly rubbed and dusted slipcase. Ex-libris Jonathan Wantrup. Rear-Admiral Dumont d'Urville was a brilliant sailor who made two great scientific and exploratory voyages to the Pacific and the Antarctic. The first, 1826-29 solved the 40 year old mystery of the disappearance of La Perouse. The coup of the second voyage, 1837-40 was d'Urville's discovery, ahead of the American Wilkes and the British Ross expeditions, that Antarctica was a continent. He was twice in New Zealand. In 1840 to his chagrin, when he was in the South Island, Britain proclaimed sovereignty over both islands to thwart French plans to settle the Banks Peninsula. D'Urville possessed enormous vitality, curiosity, perseverance and scepticism. His own and his officers' shrewd observations on the many places visited present a sad and often angry commentary on the devastation being wreaked on the ancient but fragile cultures and environments of Oceania.
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Duyker, Edward
Dumont d'Urville - Explorer & Polymath
Otago University Press, Dunedin, New Zealand (Aotearoa), 2014.
Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling, decorated endpapers and a grey ribbon; 671pp., with a full-colour portrait frontispiece and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Near fine in like dustwrapper, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "Jules Dumont d'Urville, has been described as the Captain James Cook of France. Few explorers in the age of sail could match his record for discovery in the vast reaches of the Pacific and Antarctica and his scholarship in documenting the flora and fauna, as well as the races and languages he encountered. D'Urville made two long scientific voyages to the Pacific. On the first, he solved the mystery of the disappearance of La Perouse in 1788. On his second voyage, he proved that Antarctica was a continent. Dr Edward Duyker, an Australian scholar totally at home in the French maritime archives, is the ideal person to write a definitive biography of a great Frenchman who should be much better known. D'Urville seems to have played a larger than life role in French history. He was decorated for bringing the most famous statue in the world, the Venus de Milo, from Greece to Paris in 1820. A decade later he was on hand to take the French King Charles X into exile in England. He put his beloved wife on the map of Antarctica, naming Terra Adelie, and even a species of penguin, after her. In 1826 d'Urville took his ship the Astrolabe into Jervis Bay, on the way to Sydney. While there d'Urville's crew caught a vast haul of fish and shared it with the local Wandandian people. Words of the local language were carefully written down. Everywhere d'Urville went he was passionate to log such details, and so enrich scholarship. It was a tragic loss that he and his family died in 1842 in the first French railway accident. One of the merits of this magnificent biography is that the author, through painstaking research over many years, has brought to light previously unknown documentary material. However, he admits he sometimes found the handwriting of his subject baffling. Dr Duyker has a marvellous gift of shaping his historical research into a compelling and readable narrative. D'Urville was an explorer with unmatched curiosity, energy and vitality. This beautifully produced biography does him full justice." - Robert Willson.
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Fennell, Philip, & King, Marie (eds.)
John Devoy's Catalpa Expedition
New York University, New York NY, 2006.
Hardcover, octavo, 223pp., b&w illustrated. Minor shelf wear. Near fine. The whaling ship which aided in the audacious rescue of Irish political prisoners from the Australian coast. Drawn from Devoy's own records and the ship's log books.
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Fisher, Raymond H. (ed.)
The Voyage of Semen Dezhnev in 1648 Bering's Precursor with Selected Documents
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1981.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 326pp, b&w illustrations. Lightly toned & dusted upper text block edges. Owner's name on endpaper. Lightly scuffed dustwrapper with edge and corner wear; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In 1736 Gerhard Muller, a member of the new Russian Academy of Sciences, while gathering historical materials in Siberia, uncovered in Yakutsk reports briefly describing a voyage in 1648 from the Arctic river, Kolyma, around a great rocky promontory to a point south of the Pacific river, Anadyr. The reports were those of Semen Dezhnev, leader of the expedition and one of its 26 survivors. They gave very few details about the voyage, but said enough to lead Muller to conclude that it demonstrated the separation of Asia and America, a matter insufficiently determined in 1728 by Vitus Bering.
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Gibson, James R., Alexei A. Istomin & Valery A. Tishkov (eds.) (James R. Gibson, trans.)
Russian California, 1806-1860 - Two volumes A History in Documents
Ashgate/The Hakluyt Society, London, 2014.
Two volumes: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling in compartments and gilt upper board decorations; 1261pp. [lxiipp. + 547pp. + xiipp. + 640pp.], with maps, black & white illustrations and 24pp. of full-colour plates. Laid in: a corrigenda sheet. Near fine. Wrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. While the nascent United States was trying to oust the Spanish from California, the Russians were - openly or otherwise - busy exploring the coastline from Alaska down past Washington State and Oregon, into what would become the state of California. Gathering documentation of major Russian explorations from their northern territories southwards, the editors paint a picture of widespread Russian settlement across areas which nowadays are considered quintessentially American. These volumes throw a stark - because very different - light upon the history of American western settlement and the notion of "Manifest Destiny" which undewrote that initiative.
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Gray, Edwyn
Hitler's Battleships
Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley, 1999.
Revised edition. Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 195pp., b&w plates. Mild wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine otherwise. The battleships of Hitler's navy challenged the enemy in the arctic blizzards of the Barents Sea and gave battle amongst the freezing mists and ice-floes of the Denmark Strait. They prowled the convoy routes of the North Atlantic and even pushed beyond the Equator on raiding parties that took the swastika ensign from the inshore waters of Brazil and Uruguay to the coastline of West Africa. Churchill considered them to be an even greater menace than the lurking U-boat packs. At times they assumed almost legendary reputations as they prowled and threatened trade and convoy routes. They humbled British naval pride by breaking through the Dover Straights in broad daylight. Their potency was vividly demonstrated by the sinking of capital ships. Enormous allied effort was expended on chasing and sinking these fighting machines.
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Harlow, V.T. (ed.)
Ralegh's Last Voyage Being an account drawn out of contemporary letters and relations, both Spanish and English, of which the most part are now for the first time made public, concerning the voyage of Sir Walter Ralegh, knight, to Guiana in the year 1617 and the fatal consequences of the same
N.Israel, Amsterdam & Da Capo Press, New York, 1971.
Quarto hardcover, 379pp., fold-out b&w maps and frontispiece. Plain tan boards with red title plate and gilt lettering with top text block edges dyed pale blue. Minimal wear; fine. Reprint of the 1932 Argonaut Press edition. "The circumstances of Ralegh's final enterprise have been the subject of heated controversy ever since he himself produced his 'Apologie' and James I responded with the 'Declaration'... The justification of the present volume lies in the fact that it brings together for the first time all the important letters and official documents of English origin relating to the episode, a number of which were not known to previous writers, and at the same time presents entirely new evidence drawn from contemporary Spanish sources. English captains, government spies, Spanish eye-witnesses, friends and foes, combine to give their testimony. In consequence, a much fuller and greatly altered story emerges..." (from the preface).
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Hattendorf, John B. (ed.)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History - Four volumes
Oxford University Press Inc., New York NY USA, 2007.
Four volumes: quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt board decorations and spine and upper board titles on black labels; 2386pp. [677pp. + 715pp. + 722pp. + 722pp.], with many black & white photographic illustrations, maps and line drawings. No dustwrappers as issued. Near fine. This is a handsome set for the true maritime history aficionado. Across four volumes, the writers outline every step in maritime development from all four corners of the globe. Potted histories of each innovation in maritime endeavour encapsulate each advancement with recommendations for reading further afield. Each volume has handy indices and cross-references, so that pinning down a sea-worthy subject has never been easier.
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Hawkins Nicholson, Ian
Shipping Arrivals and Departures - Tasmania, Volumes 1 & 2, & Gazeteer of Tasmanian Shipping 1803-1842 (Part IV) - signed copy 1803 -1833, Parts I, II and III & 1834 -1842, Parts I, II and III.
Roebuck Society Publications, Canberra ACT, 1983-1985.
Two volumes: quarto; paperbacks; 777pp. [319pp. + 458pp.], with maps and many monochrome photographic illustrations. Moderate wear; covers rubbed with mild creasing; spotting to the text block edges; signed in ink by the author on the title pages; some minor highlighting. Good. Laid in: a letter from the author.
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Hurst, Alex (intro.)
The Medley of Mast and Sail: Volume II - A Camera Record
Teredo Books, Brighton, 1981.
Volume II only, hardcover, large octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling and gilt ship decoration on front board; b&w ship illustration endpapers; 471pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear only; one or two spots on upper text block edges and minimal wear to dustwrapper edges. Near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This is not volume two of its predecessor but the second in a series of self-sufficient books. The common theme is implicit in the title: the setting of merchant sailing craft within the perspective of each other and of other aspects of sail that exercise people's minds today - Preserving, training, aberrations of yachtsmen and even the revival of merchant sail. The well-known clippers and famous four-masters were no more important to those concerned with them, and to their local economies, than were the dhows of the Indian Ocean, or the prahu craft today within their environments. A wool clipper could no more match a collier brig at her job than the collier brig could vie with the clipper in hers. Each type was fitted for a purpose, individual vessels varying in their performance. Large and small vessels, their triumphs and disasters and some of their ports, are presented without fear or favour. They were all a part of the playing and, if the curtain rang down long ago, while they were onstage, the actors knew no class distinctions, but lay in dock or made sail together on equal terms, each demanding a common seamanship, now all but forgotten, that bred mutual respect. Historians - not the ships or their men - created the distinctions that have taken root in peoples' minds!
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Jellicoe of Scapa, Admiral Viscount, GCB, OM, GCVO
The Grand Fleet, 1914-1916 Its Creation, Development and Work
Ad Hoc Publications. Ringshall, Suffolk UK, 2006
Octavo; hardcover with gilt titling on spine; 320pp. with maps and line illustrations and 16pp. of photographic plates. Slightly bumped at the spine head; otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper. Admiral Viscount Jellicoe of Scapa held the position as leader of the British Fleet during the first two and a half years of the First World War; this book, first published in 1919, is his account of how he went about marshalling the resources and opportunities over which he held sway. Throughout this meticulous re-telling, there is a strong sense of the pressure which he was under to preserve lives and equipment and above all to see Britain win free of the German threat. This account has a particularly detailed section covering the Battle of Jutland - a pivotal naval conflict in the War - and is the primary source for all later accounts of that engagement. An important work of the Great War.
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Jolly, Roslyn
The Cruise of the Janet Nichol Among the South Sea Islands: A Diary by Mrs Robert Louis Stevenson
University of New South Wales Press Ltd., Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2004.
Octavo; hardcover, decorated endpapers, ribbon marker; 205pp., with black & white illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. In April 1890 the steamer Janet Nicoll set off from Sydney for a three-month trading voyage through the central and western Pacific. Aboard were seven white men, a crew of forty islanders, and one woman: a short-haired, barefoot, cigarette-smoking American, Fanny van de Grift Stevenson, wife of the famous novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. The Cruise of the Janet Nichol is her account of her journey with her husband and grown son through the Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands. Fanny Stevenson's spirited personality led her into scenes and situations few Europeans, and even fewer European women, had experienced. Her diary and its accompanying photographs offer unique glimpses of life in some of the last independent Pacific kingdoms and those just coming under colonial rule at the end of the nineteenth century.
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Kahre, Georg (Basil Greenhill, ed.; Introduction by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh)
The Last Tall Ships Gustaf Erikson and the Aland Sailing Fleets, 1872-1947
Conway, London, 1978.
Quarto; hardcover, green cloth boards with gilt spine-titling; 208pp., with many black & white photographic illustrations. Fine in like dustwrapper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In 1872 when Gustaf Erikson was born, the world's sailing fleet was greater than it had ever been, yet when he died in 1947 it had virtually disappeared. Thus in this man's remarkable lifetime was encompassed the zenith, decline and demise of the commercial deep-water sailing ship. Appropriately, Erikson himself was singularly responsible for prolonging its active life - in the 1920s and '30s, against all the odds, he built up and successfully operated the world's last sailing fleet. Many of the great square-riggers had been sunk during the First World War and in the years which followed the few survivors were relentlessly sold off by companies which could see no economic future in sailing vessels. There was one major exception to this trend - the Finnish ship-owners of the Aland Islands, the most important of whom was Gustaf Erikson. So one by one the famous names of the American, British and European sailing fleets came to be registered in the tiny town of Mariehamn, capital of this remote Finnish archipelago. However although Aland is far from the world's great trade routes, this development is not as quixotic as it seems. In this book, Georg Kahre an Alander himself, explains the economic and social background that produced this unexpected Indian summer of commercial sail and chronicles the history - including the much publicised 'Grain Races' between the Wars - of the last tall ships.
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Kludas, Arnold
Great Passenger Ships of the World - five volumes
Patrick Stephens, Cambridge UK, 1975-1977.
Five small quarto hardcover volumes, 216, 240, 240, 232 and 226pp., black and white illustrations throughout. All volumes have lighly spotted upper text block edges, light foxing to preliminaries, very minor overall wear only, being very good to near fine in like dustwrappers. The first volume has a sticker stain to the front pastedown; the fifth volume has some tape stains to panels and flaps. One volume only not price-clipped. All wrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. First volume is a reprint, others are first printings. Volumes cover years 1858 to 1986. A work covering all passenger ships over 10,000 gross registered tons with relevant technical and historical data and including photogaphs of the vessels.
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Lubbock, Basil
The Arctic Whalers
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1968.
Reprint. Quarto hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine titling and upperboard blind-stamped titling; blue map endpapers; 483pp., b&w frontispiece, plates and illustrations. Minor wear; mildly toned text block edges with a few faint spots on upper edges; lightly rubbed white illustrated dustwrapper with a few tiny marks and minimal wear to edges. Near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. 'I had intended when planning this work to make it a complete history of all British whalers, both in the Arctic and in the South Seas, but so great has been the ground to be covered that I have been forced to leave out the South Sea side of British whaling... The day of the Arctic whaleman, known amongst seamen as the Greenlander, and considered the toughest specimen of all the men who followed the sea for a living, has long since passed, but his memory deserves to be preserved, and I feel sure that the reader of this book will find his admiration roused for as gallant a seafarer as ever trod the planks of a stout ship.' - Basil Lubbock
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Lubbock, Basil
The Colonial Clippers
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1948.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titling; 384pp., with a monochrome photolithographic frontispiece, and 29pp. of plates likewise, with 3pp. of diagrams. Slightlyo shaken; softeniong to the spine extremitiesbumping to the lower corners; mild insect damage to the upper board; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; faint offset to the endpapers. Price-clipped dustwrapperis well-rubbed and edgeworn with large chips from the spine panel extremities (with some loss of text); a mark from an old price sticker to the upper panel; now backed by archival-quality whiote paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film. Bound in: two pages of full-colour illustration of ships' ensigns. Very good. "To sail and the sail-trained seaman more than to any other cause do we our nation's greatness. By sail were our homesteads kept safe from the enemy; by sail were our coasts charted; sail took adventurous pioneers to the new land, and sail brought home the products of these new lands to the Old Country and made her the Market of the World. This book is an attempt to preserve in written form what the fading memory is fast forgetting - the Glorious History of the Sailing Ship." - Basil Lubbock.
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Maxtone-Graham, John
Cunard 150 Glorious Years
David & Charles, Newton Abbot UK, 1990.
Oblong quarto hardcover, 128pp., mainly colour illustrations. Minor wear; lightly toned text block edges; slight scuffing to dustwrapper with light creasing to lower front edge of dustwrapper. Very good to near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This is an historical account of the history of the Cunard shipping line - complete with all her big ships during the past 150 years. From Samuel Cunard's first sailing steamer - a paddle ship called RMS Britannia (the RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer), to the QE2. Brief histories of such magnificent ships as the Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and such four-funnelled vessels as the Aquitania and Mauretania are given. John Maxtone-Graham is a noted historian and lecturer on ocean liners.
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Maxtone-Graham, John
Liners to the Sun An evocative re-creation of great cruises past & present, from cruise ship conversion, construction & design to the pleasures and occasional perils of life on board
Macmillan, New York, 1985.
Octavo hardcover; blue papered boards with blue cloth spine and silver gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 495pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; slightly scuffed and worn lower board edges and corners and slightly creased tail of dustwrapper spine. Very good to near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Parker, Mary Ann
A Voyage Round the World
Hordern House, Potts Point, 1991.
Hardcover facsimile of the 1795 edition. Limited edition of 750, hand bound in half maroon Scottish calf with marbled papered sides, octavo, 149pp., and dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales; this the first of the Australian National Maritime Museum's Historical Facsimile Series. Marbled boards with insect damage along front side and top edge with less pronounced wear in small spots on rear board. Text block edges lightly toned and faintly spotted on upper edge. Internally, printed on Ivory Kilmory Text, very good to near fine. No slip case. Three years after the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, Mary Ann Parker became Australia's first tourist. Her journal of the voyage out and back, 'A Voyage Around the World in the Gorgon Man of War', is the first account of the new colony to be published by a woman. Mary Ann Parker made the voyage for her own interest and her husband's company. Her account provides important insight into the life and interests of a woman undertaking what was then the longest and most dangerous voyage on earth.
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Parkin, Ray
H.M. Bark Endeavour
Miegunyah Press / Melbourne Universitry Publishing Ltd., Carlton, Vic., Australia, 2003.
Second edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 467pp., with schematics, diagrams and many black & white illustrations. Mild wear; slightly rolled. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed and edgeworn. Else, near fine. Ray Parkin lived a harrowing life at sea: in 1928 he joined the Royal Australian Navy and served an eighteen-year stint which saw his ship, the HMAS Perth, torpedoed in 1942 by the Japanese, after which he was interned in a POW camp and worked on the Burma-Siam railway, and later as an indentured coalminer in Japan. After his rescue and later retirement, he dedicated his life to writing the definitive overview of HM's Bark The Endeavour, a project in which he was wholeheartedly supported by J.C. Beaglehole, Captain Cook's premier biographer. The result of twenty-five years of painstaking research, is this astonishing book, which outlines everything there is to know about this ship, perhaps the most famous nautical craft in Australia's history. The work contains not only a plethora of maps and schematics, but also a composite log of her journeys, interweaving the records of many of those who traveled onboard, edited by Parkin, as well as a list of myriad facts about the craft right down to what she would have smelt like. Did she have a lightning rod? How many strands of yarn were there in her ship's cable? What was the diameter of her main mast? All of this and an unbelievable amount more is contained herein.
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Quinn, David & Alison (eds.)
The English New England Voyages, 1602-1608
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1983.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 580 pp, b&w illustrations. Lightly scuffed dustwrapper with edge and corner wear; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The publication of the narrative accounts of the voyages of Gosnold (1602) and Waymouth (1605) opened up for English readers what was known as Norumbega, the later New England. They are the first documents of the exploration of that region to have been published since that of Verrazzano's voyage (1524) in 1556. To the accounts of these voyages by John Brereton and James Rosier there was added by Purchas in 1625 the material of Martin Pring's voyage of 1603 and some scraps of information on the attempted colony by the Virginia Company of Plymouth at Sagadahoc on the Kennebec River in 1607-8. These and ancillary documents have been collected here and give a fuller understanding of the New England colony at its inception.
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Ralfe, J.
The Naval Biography of Great Britain - in Four Volumes Consisting of Historical Memoirs of Those Officers of the British Navy Who Distinguished Themselves during the Reign of His Majesty George III
Whitmore & Fenn, London, 1828.
Four volumes quarto; full calf, with raised bands and gilt spine titles and decorations in compartments, gilt board decorations and marbled endpapers; 1917pp. [vipp. + 428pp. + 528pp. + 400pp. + 542pp. + xiiipp.], with marbled edges and wide margins, two engraved frontispieces and 11 plates likewise, 8 folding. Rebacked: A and A2 signatures are missing; boards lightly scuffed and edges mildly cracked; text offset; mild scattered foxing throughout; previous owner's contemporary ink inscriptions on all title pages; retailer's bookplate on the front pastedown of Volume I; a small hole in the front free endpaper of Volume III. Withal, a very good set. Printed for a subscription list, as was the nature of these types of publications, this set of splendidly-bound volumes contains potted histories of all the leading ship's captains and naval officers serving under King George III and IV, with specific details of their engagements during the wars that buffeted those reigns. A wonderful feature of these books are the folding charts that outline various tactical confrontations which highlighted the careers of some of these officers. The volumes have all been sympathetically re-backed in order to restore them to their original lustre, meaning that their task as a pleasing shelf adornment for a private study - not to mention as the guardians of the information which they contain - is assured into the future.
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Rienits, Rex and Thea
The Voyages of Captain Cook
Paul Hamlyn, London, 1968.
Quarto hardcover, (157pp.) Illustrated in colour & b&w. Light spotting to preliminaries and text block edges spotted; dustwrapper worn along edges and corners. Good to very good. A man of peace; natural leader of men; peerless seaman and navigator; superb cartographer; acute and accurate observer; foremost explorer; this was Captain James Cook. The story of Cook's three historic voyages between 1768 and 1780 is one of the most remarkable in history. The authors relate how Cook discovered and charted much of the Pacific that we now know, from the west coast of Canada and the Hawaiian Islands to New Caledonia; established by sailing around it that New Zealand was two narrowly separated islands and not part of a mythical continent; disproved the Dutch belief that New Holland was entirely barren by traversing the whole length of its fertile coast, so paving the way for British settlement eighteen years later and confirmed that a strait separated New Guinea from what is now Australia. The book incudes exerpts from Cook's diaries as well as his companions, Cook's maps and plans and thirty-eight colour illustrations.
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Spate, O.H.K.
The Spanish Lake - signed, limited edition The Pacific since Magellan, Volume 1
Australian National University, Canberra ACT, 1979.
Octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards and a black ribbon; 372pp., with many monochrome illlustrations. Mild wear. Near fine in scuffed slip case with worn and frayed edges. Strictly speaking, there was no such thing as the Pacific until in 1520-1 Fernao de Magalhais, better known as Magellan, traversed the huge expanse of waters, which then received its name. With these opening words, Oskar Spate launches his account of the process by which the greatest blank on the map became a focus of global relations. The Spanish Lake describes the essentially European and American achievement of turning this emptiness into a nexus of economic and military power.This work is a history of the Pacific, the ocean that became a theatre of power and conflict shaped by the politics of Europe and the economic background of Spanish America. There could only be a concept of the Pacific once the limits and lineaments of the ocean were set and this was undeniably the work of Europeans. Fifty years after the Conquista, Nueva Espana and Peru were the bases from which the ocean was turned into virtually a Spanish lake. This is number 212 of only 500 signed copies.
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Stevenson, Jo
In the Wake: The True Story of the Melbourne-Evans Collision, Conspiracy and Cover-Up: signed copy
Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1999.
Octavo paperback; 263pp., b&w plates. Inscribed to the owner with two photocopied documents from Prince Phillip and Brigadier Miles Hunt-Davis pasted to first page. Minor wear; toned text block edges and slight wear and scraping to cover edges and corners. Very good.
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Taylor, E.G.R. (ed.)
A Regiment for the Sea And Other Writings on Navigation
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1963.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 459pp., b&w illustrations. Text block edges foxed. Blue card dustwrapper with edge and corner wear, spine and edges browned; small segment missing on head of spine, and some minor chipping; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. William Bourne, of Gravesend, by trade a gunner, was a successful writer of a new type of textbook. Neither a scholar nor of gentle birth, both of which were regarded as the prerequisites of authorship in the sixteenth century, when scientific books were expected to appear only in universities and to be read only by those fluent in Latin, Bourne nevertheless produced a whole series of technical manuals, written in English for the artisans and craftsmen of his own class. A Regiment for the Sea, which forms the core of the volume, is perhaps the earliest technical manual written by an Englishman. It is not simply his rules for navigation, for Bourne wrote much as he spoke, so that out of this instruction book for sailors a clear picture of the man himself emerges: serious, reliable, patriotic and with this inborn impulse to pass on his knowledge to others.
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Villiers, Alan
The Quest of the Schooner Argus
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1951.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 256pp., b&w photographic frontis, b&w plates, maps and illustrations; top edges dyed blue. Minor wear; browning and spotting to text block edges and foxing to endpapers with some random scattered spotting to early pages. Illustrated dustwrapper with missing segment on upper front spine edge; some wear and scraping to edges with chipping at corners and spine panel extremities; two tiny tears and creasing at lower front corner; rear panel and spine slightly toned. Very good and wrapper now protected in archival film with white paper backing.
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Waine, C V & R S Fenton
Steam Coasters and Short Sea Traders
Waine Research Publications, Wolverhampton, 1994.
Quarto hardcover; blue boards without titling, illustrated b&w ship endpapers; 182pp., colour & b&w illustrations and diagrams. Minor wear; small bump to upper front board edge. Illustrated grey card dustwrapper with mild wear and spotting to edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine otherwise. A history of the British steam coaster covering building, repairing, early design, Clyde Puffers, and the various engine-aft types, up to the big east-coast colliers. Also covered are vessels with engines amidships and coastal tankers. Contains plans, colour profiles, and sketches that keep the modelmaker in mind.
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Williamson, J.A. (ed.)
The Cabot Voyages and Bristol Discovery Under Henry VII With the Cartography of the Voyages.
Hakluyt Society, Cambridge UK, 1962.
Second series. Hardcover, octavo, 332pp, b&w illustrations and pull-out maps. Text block edges foxed. Blue card dustwrapper with edge and corner wear, spine and edges browned; some minor chipping; professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. One of the Hakluyt Society's scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, it includes documents from English, Portuguese, and Spanish archives, transcribed or in translation, and from printed sources, relating to the Atlantic voyages out of Bristol; including the voyages of John and Sebastian Cabot.
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Winchester, Simon
Atlantic A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
Harper Press/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London, 2010.
Octavo, hardcover, 498pp., b&w illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "On one hand this is a grab bag of sea yarns, as the subtitle suggests, and no one tells a better yarn than Winchester. But the author has a larger scheme in mind. 'One might say that if the Mediterranean had long been the inland sea of the classical civilization, then the Atlantic Ocean had in time replaced it by becoming the inland sea of Western Civilization' - the wellspring of the 'Atlantic Community' that has dominated most of the past 400 years. Though the most mobile members of that community may cross the Atlantic by jet these days with hardly a thought for the ocean below them, hasn't the ocean itself, he asks - with its seismic geology, dynamic meteorology and myriad forces, resources and distances - shaped our past and future in ways more powerful than we recognize? It's a teasing thought - and all that Winchester needs to usher us aboard a page-turning 495-page voyage of discovery ranging almost from the primeval ooze of millennia long past to the environmental concerns of the early 21st century. But the winds propelling us on that voyage are often Winchester's own breezy adventures. Whether he's sailing to the storm-whipped Faroe Islands, where nervous sheep live their entire lives on the slender grassy ledges of near-vertical rock faces, a mere hoof-step from oblivion, or he's being tossed into a Patagonian prison while attempting to cover the Falklands War as a journalist, the author is often his own best evidence for what's compelling about what we might call Atlanticality. Steam ship travel? Winchester made one of the last regularly scheduled trips on a trans-Atlantic liner. Offshore oil? He worked for a term on a wave-pounded rig in the North Sea. Continental drift? This geologist-turned-journalist continues to have rocks in his head, but communicates their fascination to him almost casually with asides that John McPhee might find instructive. What's best about Winchester's writing is his mischievous eye for the irresistible detail. Nobody thought of the Atlantic as a separate ocean, he tells us, until the writings of Amerigo Vespucci, 'the colorful Italian explorer and sorcerer (and in later life . . . pimp)' whose book was 'wildly popular - helped no doubt by Vespucci's loving discussions of the cosmetic self-mutilation, anal cleanliness and sexual practices of the people he met along the way.' Prince Albert I of Monaco was so taken with oceanography that he endowed the International Hydrographic Organization, in the shadow of Monte Carlo's casinos, which fixes the boundaries of the Atlantic, one of which is Anticosti Island in the St. Lawrence estuary. Which, Winchester informs us in another unforgettable footnote, 'was once owned by a French chocolatier, was nearly bought by Hitler, and now is home to a tiny community of lighthouse keepers.' This sort of thing is so addictive that one soldiers on through tales a good bit taller. He suggests, for example, that the world owes parliamentary government to Iceland and massive intercontinental trade to the Hanseatic League and massive long-distance fishing to the Atlantic cod banks and Atlantic whaling, and so on. Many of his arguments tying the Atlantic to our very being are unarguable, like the rise of global communication following the advent of Atlantic telegraph cable and Marconi's ship-to-ship wireless traffic. But at times watching him synthesizing all this is a bit like watching a tightrope walker at work: One is enthralled more by the daring than convinced by the argument. Still, it's all great fun. One wishes, however, that Winchester had given at least a nod to a previous 'Atlantic,' a splendidly written, too-little-noticed 2002 book by Scott Cookman which covers a surprising amount of the same territory while describing the last great transoceanic yacht race - the way-over-the-top 1905 Kaiser's Cup - as a kind of maritime precursor to World War I. But this 'Atlantic' is enough. How could it not be with a writer who describes his subject as 'a sinuous snakelike river of an ocean, stretching . . . from the Stygian fogs of the north to the Roaring Forties in the south, riven with deeps in its western chasms, dangerous with shallows in eastern plains, a place of cod and flying fish . . . of gyres of Sargasso weed and . . . unborn hurricanes, a place of icebergs and . . . currents hot, cold, torrential, and languorous . . . of underwater volcanoes and earthquakes, of stromatolites and cyanobacteria and . . . giant squid and jellyfish and their slow-and-steady southern majesties, the great and glorious wandering albatrosses' ?" - Ken Ringle
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Winchester, Simon
Pacific: The Ocean of the Future
William Collins, London, 2015.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; blue boards with silver gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 492pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear; mild edgewear to dustwrapper and small area on dustwrapper front where laminate has been lifted by removal of a sticker. Otherwise very good to near fine and wrapper professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future. The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey. It is the place of Paul Gauguin and the explosion of the largest-ever American atomic bomb, on Bikini atoll, in 1951. It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future.The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America - which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea - while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states - North Korea most notoriously today - suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies. Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.
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Wolff, Geoffrey
The Hard Way Around The Passages of Joshua Slocum
Alfred Knopf, New York NY, 2010.
Hardcover, dustwrapper, octavo, 218pp. Remainder. New. Born in 1860, Joshua Slocum signed aboard a boat headed from his Nova Scotia home to Dublin and became dedicated to the sea for the rest of his life. Rising from the lowest of the low on board ship, he eventually commanded eight vessels, owning four of them outright, and travelled the world with his wife, whom he met and married in Australia, along with the children they raised at sea. But all was not bliss in this maritime idyll: cyclones, pirates, cholera and shipwrecks took their toll and, in 1895, bereft of nearly all that he had attained, he set off solo around the world, becoming the first person to do so, a feat not matched until 1925. After publishing his memoirs and rubbing elbows with President Theodore Roosevelt, scandal overcame him and, facing financial ruin, he set off into the wild blue, never to be heard of again. This full-speed-ahead biography is outlined in masterful fashion by Geoffrey Wolff, who absolutely captures the derring-do of this intrepid, uncompromising mariner.
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