"THE ROMANCE, THE GLAMOUR, THE LURE OF THE SEA…": FIRST EDITION OF WINDJAMMERS AND SHELLBACKS, 1926, ILLUSTRATED WITH DOZENS OF NAUTICAL PLATES
CHATTERTON, E. Keble. Windjammers and Shellbacks. London: T. Fisher Unwin, (1926). Octavo, original navy cloth . $350.
First edition of this collection of true stories about the sea and seafarers, in original cloth with prize stamp.
"Many books about the sea, a dozen of them, has Mr. Chatterton written, and always they are lively, entertaining, touched with romance. And always they are dependable in their statements, for Mr. Chatterton has as much of a passion for accuracy as he has for the ocean and for ships" (New York Times). "Thanks to these strange, true stories of the sea collected by Mr. Chatterton at first hand from a fast disappearing race of men, the days of wooden ships and old-time crews singing their shanties from the fo'c'sle, have been brought to us 'with a vividness that challenges the unsympathetic grip that routine has laid upon our daily lives'" (Seamen's Journal). Liverpool Collegiate School prize bookplate and expertly applied Liverpool Collegiate School gilt stamp to front board.
Faint scattered foxing to interior, only slight soiling and most minor rubbing to extremities, mild toning to spine. Near-fine condition.