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HURST, ALEX (INTRO.) - The Medley of Mast and Sail: Volume II - A Camera Record

Title: The Medley of Mast and Sail: Volume II - A Camera Record
Description: Teredo Books, Brighton, 1981. Volume II only, hardcover, large octavo; blue boards with gilt spine titling and gilt ship decoration on front board; monochrome ship illustration endpapers; 471pp., monochrome 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!


Price: AUD 66.00 = appr. US$ 45.66 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 85114

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