Canoe Errant, Canoe Errant On The Nile, Canoe Errant On The Mississippi, Canoe to Mandalay, Canoe in Australia. - Major R. Raven-Hart 1935 to 1948 - Various, Various - First editions, Canoe to Mandalay second edition. Canoe Errant is ‘the first of Major Raven-Hart’s books on his canoe trips throughout the world. He had survived World War I with impaired health, had little money, and wished to see Europe, especially those parts of it not yet spoiled by tourists. One day in 1928 he saw two German’s assembling and launching a folding canoe on the Seine below his home in Herblay. After chatting with them, he bought one, named her Couer Fidele (the family motto), made some experimental trips, and, in 1930, began serious voyaging. He tells of cruises in the spring, summer and autumn of each year through 1934. By the latter year, having travelled many of the rivers of France and Germany, he went down the Danube to Budapest and then cruised Dalmatian waters.

These are the first five books by Major Raven-Hart taking him canoeing across the world, from the Irrawaddy to the Murrumbidgee, the Mississippi to the Wadi Halfa. His books contain adventures, views on customs and languages and historical insights throughout.
  Canoe Errant On The Nile - ‘After the wet, sunless summer of 1935, the author went to Egypt to seek better winter weather. He went by train and river boat to Wadi Halfa and then returned by canoe. Has excellent descriptions of contemporary Egyptian life and interlude pieces which illustrate contemporary popular culture.’

Canoe Errant On The Mississippi - ‘Not having time to start his voyage from Lake Itasca, the author launched his 17” Faltboat at Hannibal and descended to the coast. He had two companions, one as far as Memphis and the other from Memphis on. A literate, informed, and interesting account of the voyage and of pre-integration South, especially Louisiana.

Canoe to Mandalay - ‘Down the Irrawaddy River from Myitkyina to Mandalay and Rangoon shortly before World War II in a two-seater folding canoe made by Hart of Munich. An urbane and descriptive account with tolerant glimpses of the British administration and sympathetic and understanding portraits of his native friends.’

Canoe in Australia - ‘Following World War II, Raven-Hart took his canoe to Australia to descend the Darling River. Because the Darling was dry, he went down the Murrumbidgee instead, from Waga Waga to Balranakd, tracing the route and campsites used by Captain Sturt’s party when he explored the area by whaleboat in 1829. Raven-Hart went by road to Muldura and from there descended the Murray Morgan, where the river became too big to be interesting. He also canoed on the Sale and Gippsland Lakes, east of Melbourne, and travelled by train to end the season canoeing on the Nepean and Hawksbury Rivers. He tells a great deal about Australian history and customs, and about the unusual and attractive language spoken there.’

Titles, publisher, place, edition, references and pagination:-
Canoe Errant - John Murray, London, 1935, First Edition. Reference: Toy 1283. pp. xv [1] 291 [1]; Canoe Errant On The Nile - John Murray, London, 1936, First Edition. Reference: Toy 1466. pp. x 269 [1]; Canoe Errant On The Mississippi - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London, 1938, First Edition. Reference: Toy 1390. pp. viii [2] 243 [3]; Canoe to Mandalay - The Book Club, London, 1941, Second Edition. Reference: Toy 1468. Herbert, Burma 699. pp. [6] 245; Canoe in Australia - Georgian House, Melbourne, 1948, First Edition. Reference: Toy 1467. pp. [12] 220.
  Condition: Canoe Errant and On The Nile - very good, some soiling and small marks to boards in very good jacket, number of chips; On The Mississippi - Very good, 1 cm chip to tail of spine, slight foxing to foredge, very good plus jacket, 2 mm loss to head of spine; To Mandalay - near fine in very good jacket, sunning to spine and small chip to rear upper edge; In Australia - Near fine, gift inscription to front free endpaper, in very good jacket with small chips to spine ends and edges.   Ref: 110681   Price: HK$ 2,800