A Book of Designs of Deep Sea Racing Craft, issued under the auspices of The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on Crouch, Essex, England - Malden Heckstall-Smith 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.
  Reference: Toy, Adventures Afloat 5139.

Oblong folio (38.8 x 27.7 cm) pp. [6] viii [2] 116.

Provenance: From The Cruising Association, with their name in gilt to the front board, and small release stamp. Later from the library of nautical historian and eye surgeon Dr. Michael Gilkes with his illustrated bookplate.. He was a founder Friend of SPRI, a founding member of the James Caird Society, and was a member of the South Georgia Association. His wide ranging other interests included model engineering and competitive sailing.

Michael Gilkes FRCS, FRCOphth., FRGS (1923-2014). - During a long and rich life, this passion for adventure would see Michael crewing on an America’s Cup Race, living and working for a time researching glaucoma in both Jerusalem and the Gambia, building his own thirty-foot yacht in his back garden and sailing her around Britain and over to Europe, and traveling extensively, particularly in South America. On his retirement from his career as an ophthalmic surgeon, he made a number of voyages back to Antarctica – the region which fascinated and drew him the most.’

Obituary from the
British Medical Journal - ‘Dr. Michael Gilkes FRCS, FRCO, FRGS, (1923-2014) started his professional medical career as the Leith Harbour whaling station Medical Officer. As a newly qualified doctor, Michael Gilkes travelling from Leith, Scotland, aboard Saluta to become Medical Officer at Leith whaling station from 1946 to 1948. Whilst there he lived in the whaling station Manager’s Villa. His time at South Georgia coincided with the visit of explorer Niall Rankin. The two men got on well and Michael was invited along on several expeditionary trips around the island. This is something he mentions in one of several articles about his experiences and opinions on South Georgia for the Polar Publishing website. After South Georgia he went aboard the whaling factory ship Southern Harvester to act as ship's surgeon.

On returning to the UK, he was house surgeon at the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital, after which he trained as an eye surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He later took a position as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Sussex Eye Hospital where he worked for thirty years. His work also took him to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan as a visiting consultant and examiner.

Throughout his life he retained an interest in South Georgia and the Antarctic and he accumulated a huge library on the region. After a 40 year gap Michael returned to South Georgia aboard a cruise ship. A trip he repeated several times afterwards.’
  Bound in full navy blue morocco print cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, with emblem of the The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club embossed in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 108249   Price: HK$ 6,000