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.
  Provenance: Commander Harry Vandervell RNVR CBE (1870-1956), president of the RNVR (Auxiliary Patrol) Club, which is now the ‘Naval Club’. Later from the library of nautical historian and eye surgeon Dr. Michael Gilkes (1923-2014) with his illustrated bookplate. Gilkes was a founding member of the James Caird Society, and was a member of the South Georgia Association. “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”.

Reference: Toy,
Adventures Afloat 542.

Octavo (22 x 14.4 cm) pp. [6] 328 [1 publisher’s note] [1]. In publisher’s pale grey-bue cloth, spine lettered in white, dust jacket priced ‘12s6d NET’ to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Near fine, light soiling to top edge, in very good dust minus jacket, with loss to head of spine and upper edge of rear panel, and chip to lower corner of tail.   Ref: 108210   Price: HK$ 2,000