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Lot 1: Battleships and Naval history, a quantity, including Wilson, H.W.Platinum House
January 16, 2013
Edinburgh, United KingdomLive Auction
Battleships and Naval history, a quantity, including Wilson, H.W.
Ironclads in action. 1897. 2 volumes; [Idem] Battleships in action. c.1920. 2 volumes; Wheeler, H. War with the sea wolves. 1940; Crewelll, J. Naval warfare. 1936; Lewis, M. England's sea-officers. 1939; Gibson, L. The riddle of Jutland. 1934; Sumrall, R.F. Sumner gearing class destroyers. 1995. 4to, dust-jacket; Richmond, H.W. The navy in the war of 1739-48. 3 volumes. Cambridge, 1920; Caird, Sir James The Caird collection of maritime antiquities. Limited to 250 copies, 4to, contemporary half calf; Rogers, H.C.B. Troopships and their history. 1963; Reed, E. & E. Simpson Modern ships of war. New York, 1888. Presentation copy from the author; Masefield, John The Conway.1933; most original cloth, most with Cruising Association Library gilt stamp to upper cover and/or bookplate and small oval blindstamp to title; and others similar; sold not subject to return (quantity)
The Cruising Association (CA) was formed in 1908 following an advertisement in the Yachting Weekly:-
I am sure you will permit me to beg a little space in your valuable paper to ventilate a long-standing grievance among yachtsmen and to suggest a feasible remedy. I allude to the iniquitous overcharging so prevalent along our shores among the longshoremen of the land shark variety. What Corinthian yachtsman has not experienced the keenness of the teeth of these vultures! Their plausible yarns of having, at imminent risk to their precious lives, rescued a boat which according to their story, had broken adrift from her moorings or tripped her anchor, etc.., etc.
Also the fabulous prices charged to strangers for moorings and, worst of all, for rowing them ashore or putting them on board again. I know of more than one place where the anchorage is but 50-70 yards from the shore, but the local blood-sucker will not put the unfortunate yachtsman ashore under 2 shillings, apart from putting him on board again.
Surely it would be possible to form some Union as obtains in the cycle and motor world to compile a register of honest boatmen at the various ports who would, I feel sure, consent to work or supply moorings at a standard fee, in return for the advertisement which they would thus receive, and a most important benefit would thus be obtained at a very small cost.
Claude Worth was a founder member and other early members included Cowper, of 'Sailing Tours', and Arthur Ransome. The aims of the organisation quickly grew to encompass all aspects of small yacht cruising. The growth of the library, as part of the service to members, followed. To this day the CA remains a campaigning organisation on behalf of the sailing community but the range of services has expanded far beyond the original vision. Many activities are now carried out via the CA website and its related App.
The CA's inspired founding father, Herbert J Hanson, was the driving force behind the library for half a century. Much of the archive collection was put together by him personally and many other volumes were acquired as a result of Hanson's rule (now no longer in force) that new members must donate a book on joining the organisation. Some six hundred of the finest and earliest volumes are now in the possession of Cambridge University Library where they are stored as the Hanson Collection of the Cruising Association.
The CA Library and chart collection at Limehouse remains the UK's most comprehensive reference library for the cruising yachtsman or yachtswoman. However, with new volumes being added to keep the collection relevent, limitations of space necessitate the release of some older books for sale to collectors.
The CA is the UK's leading organisation for cruising sailors, providing a global network of services, information, help and advice.
Lots 1-36 from the library of the Cruising Association