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A Book of Designs of Deep Sea Racing Craft -

1933 - Ernest J. Day & Company, London - First Edition
A fine copy of this large and beautifully presented work, containing the twenty nine of the best racing yacht designs selected from more than sixty submitted for an international competition organised by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for racing yachts in the 55 class (over 16.5 metres) and the 35 class (over 10 metres). With an Introduction by Malden Heckstall-Smith.

The designs are presented here over 116 full page illustrations, and the designers include the who’s who of international yacht designers such as J. Read, David Boyd, Alfred Pyszka, Laurent Giles & Partners, Charles A. Nicholson, H. W. de Voogt, Harry Jacobs, Olin Stephens, Jarl Lindblom, and John M. Tate.
 
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Cadet to Commodore - Albert B. Armitage

1925 - Cassell and Company, London - First Edition
‘This fine personal record shows us the spirit of the British Merchant Service in peace and war, and repeats the unchanging call of the sea. Late Commodore of the P. & 0. Co.'s fleet, Captain Armitage (1864-1943) was not too late, in his early days, to learn the hard discipline of sails, " to shoot the sun," and take a trick at the wheel. Going " into steam," he rose rapidly in rank and took part in two Polar expeditions, with Scott on the Discovery Expedition as second in command, and on the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to meet up with Nansen.

Here are amusing experiences of passengers, royal or otherwise. We like the alluring advertisement of a small steamship company—" A Surgeon, a Stewardess and an Experienced Cow." The cow, -presumably, knew all about the crying needs of infants-in-arms.’ - from
The Spectator review of October 1925. 
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The Corinthian Yachtsman, or Hints on Yachting - Tyrrel E. Biddle

1881 - C. Wilson, London - First Edition
‘A well written description of what yachting was like in a world that has vanished forever, a world where the pace was slower but where time and effort needed to manage and maintain boats used up a large proportion of one’s leaisure time.

Contents: Yachting as a national sport; Progress of naval architecture; Buying and building; Concluding a purchase; Yacht’s boats; Navigation; Preparing to start; Handling yachts; Extended cruising; Racing.’ - Toy,
Adventures Afloat.

A superior example of this lovely book, scarce in such nice condition. Illustrated 32 woodcut in-text drawings, illustrated title page and two full page schematics of yachts, to the rear is a fifteen page appendix of
Principal Terms Used in Yacht Sailing and twenty pages of wonderful yachting advertisements. 
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Notes on Yachts (First Series) - Edwin Brett

1869 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition
A superb example of this rare instructional, dealing with the design of yachts, with an short overview of yacht sailing. Illustrated with frontispiece from a drawing by John Brett, engraved by J. D. Cooper.

Despite the notification of this being the
first Series in the title, there were no further series published. 
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Duffers on the Deep - Inscribed - Winifred Brown

1939 - Peter Davies, London - First Edition
Inscribed by Winifred Brown to Commander Harry Vandervell RNVR CBE, wishing him ‘Fair Winds, and Good Passages’.

‘Win Brown was a fearless lady aviator of the old school, winning the King’s Cup round England air race in 1930 and, in search of adventure, canoed the length of the Amazon. In 1935 she gave up flying and invested her resources in Perula, a 45ft fishing boat which someone had converted badly into a sort of yacht. After transforming Perula into a fine motor sailer, she signed on a gentleman friend by the name of Ron Adams, and squared away for the Norwegian Arctic. Neither had any significant seafaring experience’ - Tom Cunliffe,
In the Wake of Heroes: Sailing's greatest stories.

This is the classic account of that ‘cruise’ to Norway and Spitsbergen.

Included are two additional letters from Brown to Commander Vendervell, one excusing haste ‘
but everybody here is rushing out to the submarine that has gone down just outside’.

Oh, and Winifred Brown also played Hockey and Ice Hockey for England, and kayaked through the Upper Amazon.
 
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1903 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition
A bright sharp copy of the author’s magnificent nonsense verse, the tale of the Bellman and his crew’s strange voyage in search of a Snark, and featuring an unlikely cast of characters drawn from his other works, Jabberwocky and Through the Looking Glass Wonderfully illustrated with nine imaginative woodcuts by Henry Holiday.

‘The Hunting of the Snark is a poem over which an unstable, sensitive soul might very well go mad.’ - Martin Gardner, The Annotated Snark. 
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Two Years Before The Mast. A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Edw. W. Wilson (illustrator)

1930 - The Lakeside Press, Chicago - Limited edition of 1, 000 copies
‘Dana had to withdraw from Harvard when measles weakened his eyesight; in order to regain his health; he shipped to California as a sailor in 1834. His book has become a classic account of the life and adventures of an ordinary seaman in the American merchant service, as well as the best account of the hide and tallow trade in California.’ Together with its clear picture of California in the years prior to the influx of American settlers in the 1840’s, Two Years Before The Mast is considered invaluable for its descriptions of San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. ‘Dana later became U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, was nominated to the Court of Saint James, and legally represented any negroes arrested in Boston pro-bono.’

A superb, and unopened copy. Designed by Alfred deSauty with stunning illustrations and cloth binding with gilt motifs designed by Edw. A. Wilson who was also provided the thirty seven coloured plates and in text illustrations.
 
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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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