I. S. (VANE) IVANOVIC.
|SUB-MARINE SPEAR FISHING. Publisher:
Kaye, London, 1951
A small book, with black and white cover.
The very first of several editions.
Nicholas Kaye Ltd., London. 1952.
Indicated as: First published as "Sub-Marine Spearfishing"
by Nicholas Kaye Ltd. in 1951.
Hardcover, dustjacket, mono drawings and photographs,
Chapters: Where to Fish; Equipoment and Training; The
Technique of Spearfishing; The Weather, the Sea and Other Pewrils.
Contains some excellent early photographs, some of 'Mr
and Mrs Hans Hass' - one shows Hans Hass holding up "a baby manta ray".
I know I have a reputation for regareding all fish as 'mullets', but if
thats a Manta ray, I'll donate all my fish books to charity!!
These early spearfishing books were extremely popular
as they were of the first publications to describe, and popularlise, 'fissh-stalking',
or spearfishing as was the more appropriate word. The reprints of the books
by Ivanovic (an American of Yugoslavian background) remained in print for
over two decades, and are still in demand.
Publisher: A.S.Barnes, New York, USA.
First US edition - no date or number - assumed early
1950s, same cover as 1950 English edition, but much larger book.
|MODERN SPEARFISHING. (Incorporating Spearfishing,
a handbook for beginners).
Nicholas Kaye, London. 1954.
On the cover - a speared moral, see illustration.
Chapters: Fishing Grounds; Equipment and Training; The
Techniques of Spearfishing; ' Independant Breathing Equipment; The Weather,
the Sea and Other Matters; A list if fishes. Hardcover, dustjacket, mono
photographs (one a speared manta ray!), 128 pages, fold-out drawnings sheet
for fish identification. Note the the chapter on 'breathing equipment',
the first mention of scuba in the series. Photos are not the same as in
Contains inside a photo of a speared 'Vicious Moray....
probably the most vicious of all fish", speared by a member of the Italian
Red Sea Expedition. Surely even in the fifties there would be sufficent
education and appreciation of the place that inncocent moral eeels have
in the marine world - but then, it appears that the 'Italian red Sea Expedition'
hd the philopsophy of "if it moves, put a spear into it". And in the same
book we have a "Devil-fish Caught" - a speared manta-ray being brought
to the surface by a member of the Italian Red Sea Expedition. Can they
not appreciate the bautyo of marine creatures without putting a spear through
them. Of course, the "Spearfisherman's triumph" is putting a spear into
a black-fin shark - "a great achievement this". Refer also to Bernard Gorsky's
'Mediterranean Hunter' (Souvenir Press, London, 1954), which surpasses
all with the spearing of a dolphin by Dr Chenevee - "a major capture".
Publisher: A.S.Barnes, New York, USA., 1955.
From Sam Miller: 'Enlarged, revised, blue jacket, no
ISBN, # but LCC# 55-6648 - note one edition I have does not have
a LCC or ISBN #) also published in Canada but I have never seen a Canadian
edition. Name change to VANE Ivanovic.'
Note: This edition (as shown right), indicates published
by Nicholas Kaye Limited, London, with copyright by A.S.Barnes and Company,
1955. It is thus a British edition, but A.S.Barnes & Co, have the rights.
I suspect that the American company had the rights all along, from the
first edition named 'Submarine Spearfishing' (after all, Ivanovic was living
in the USA), however there is no indication of this in early editions.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 203 pages, mono photographs (just
a few, not as many as previous editions), drawings, index.
Chapters: Amphibian Man; Fishing Grounds; Equipment and
Training; The Techniques of Spearfishing; Breathing Underwater; The Human
Body and Pressure; Perils and Morals; Something About Fishes.
Note that there is an increasing amount of data on scuba.
Published by Henry Regnery, Chicago,1974.
Revised enlarged, US spear fishermen, color cover. ISBN
#0-8092-8269-0 & LCC 74-30112 .
Publisher Kaye and-Ward, London, 1974. [Same as
US edition but thinner and taller. ]
Hardcover, dustjackeet, 196 pages, index, mono photographs
and a few colour plates, drawings. ISBN # 7 7182 1080 8.
Chapters are exactly the same as for the blue-covered
Modern Spearfishing book, above.
Vane also published "LX, memoirs of a Yugoslav"
in 1977 published in US by Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovic
( Jovanovic is a fellow Yugoslav) ISBN# 0-15-154797-1.
Vane devotes 4 pages to spear fishing and 4 pages to sharks in this book.
Nevertheless it is enjoyable reading.
Vane passed on about 1998. Interesting note, Reg
Valentine certified him as a diver about ten years ago - seems he
didn't have a "C" card and rules are rules especially in old England.
Thankyou to Dr. Sam Miller in the USA for details.