|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.
|See also 19th
Century books; pre-19th
century documents; oceanography
and oceans general
Any book on "the sea' will
(or at least should) contain a section on diving, usually with reference
to the salvage of ships and harbour work. Such books were quite popular
during the latter half of the 19th century (refer accordingly), and into
the early 20th century.
|A BOOK OF THE SEA
Published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, London c1915. (No date but dated inscription inside cover)
Hard cover with green illustrated boards and 471 printed pages. (Illustrated spine shows a lookout in a crows nest)
Dimensions 19.5 cms tall by 13 cms wide
I think one of the most interesting books about the sea and diving I have, it seems to cover so many aspects of the sea. It is divided into 17 chapters, each very well illustrated with photographs (some in colour), drawings and tables:
1 The Ship. 2 The Mariners Compass. 3 Finding a Ships Position at Sea. 4 Navigation Near Land. 5 Mariners Beaons. 6 Lighthouse Lighting.
7 Unattended Lights. 8 Sound Warnings at Sea. 9 Lifeboats and their work. 10 Divers and Diving. 11 Salvage Work at Sea. 12 The Harvest at Sea.
13 Whales and Whaling. 14 The Ocean: Sea Water. 15 Tides and Ocean Currents. 16 Waves. 17 Icebergs and Icefields.
All sections cover both what was current at the time and some history about nautical subjects. For example, section 1 covers the history of the ship from early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times through the ages. It even touches on types of anchors and rudders. Section 10 about “Divers and Diving” (34 pages) covers the history of the diving dress with examples like Kleingert and the development of the A Siebe diving dress from 1929 – “all with the kind permission of Messrs Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd”.
Also see other similar “compilation” books by Archibald Williams, for example: “The Romance of Modern Mechanism”, “Victories for the Engineer” and “How It’s Made”. All have some diving content in one form or another. [pt]
|PICTORIAL CHRONICLES OF THE MIGHTY
The Sea, Its Ships and Sailors.
No author, nor editor listed.
Published by James Sangster & Co, London. No date but suspect about th 1880s, maybe later.
Hardcover, beautiful embossed cover, 514 gilt-edged pages, mono wood engravings and eight superb colour drawings. Over 120 chapters on ancient and 'modern' voyages' and the (predominantly) men who made them - although Cleopatra is mentioned. The voyage of Pelsart's Batavia and the subsequent massacre in the Abrolhos islands rates ten pages, and two rather fanciful woodcuts of the loss of the ship. A great book to browse.
[Also listed under 19th century books].
|THE ROMANCE OF MODERN MECHANISM
With Interesting Descriptions in Non-Technical Language of Wonderful Machinery and Mechanical Devices and Marvellously Delicate Scientific Instruments etc etc.
Its Stiring Story of Adventure, Peril and Heroism.
Published by Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris and New York. No date, circa 1880s, or maybe later.
In four volumes, hardcover, gold embossed board, many excellent woodcuts.
Covers every imaginable story - the Perils of a Sailor's Life, Round the World on a Man-O-War, History of Ships and Shipping Interests - so much, and a delight to read.
[Also listed under 19th century books]
Subtitle: Exploring Life on an Ocean Planet.
Philip Plisson. (Adapted by Robert Burleigh)
Published by : Harry N. Abrams Inc, New York, USA in 2003.
Hard Cover with dust jacket, cover printed same as dustjacket. Seventy-nine printed pages and very well illustrated with many colour photographs.
Dimensions: 32 cms tall by 26 cms wide.
The book is an overview of all aspects of the sea in 23 small chapters, some as short as two pages. Ranging in subjects from fishing to oil exploration, diving to shipwrecks, storms to lighthouses. A book more for the “artistic” reader! [pt]
Robert C Miller
Published by: Thomas Nelson & Sons, London in 1966.
(Planned and produced by Chanticleer Press, New York, USA)
Hard cover with pale green boards; 313 printed pages. Dimensions: 28.5 cms tall by 22 cms wide.
The book says is is an exploration of the underwater worlds, marine life, current and tides, fisheries and the sea’s rich resources. It is divided into 4 sections and in turn, each section is sub-divided into parts of their own. Sections are headed:
1 Of Time and Waters. 2 The World of Water. 3 The Life of the Sea. 4 Man and the Sea.
The book is well illustrated with diagrams, photographs in monochrome and in colour and some are the full size of the book. All of the photographs are submitted by a long list of people, acknowledged by the author at the beginning of the publication. [pt]
|THE SEA AND ITS WONDERS
Published by: Blackie & Sons Ltd, London c1931
(Book undated but believed to have been published around 1931)
Hard cover with blue boards and gold embossed sea horse on cover; 256 printed pages.
Illustrated with 32 half tone plates and other illustrations. A compilation book about the sea broken down into eighteen chapters:
1 The Oceans Come To Earth, 2 Riddles of the Earth Plan, 3 Sages at Sea, 4 The Edge of the Oceans, 5 On the Bottom, 6 Oceanography, 7 Searching the Deeps, 8 How the Winds Rule the Ocean. 9 Where the Ocean Rivers Run, 10 The Rhythms of the Tides, 11 The Strange Story of Coral, 12 The Frozen Seas, 13 Diver and Diving Devices, 14 Fife in the Depths, 15 Fishing and Fisheries, 16 Leviathan and His Relations, Sea Superstitions and finally 18 The Port of Missing Ships. [pt]
|WORLD BENEATH THE SEA
Published by The National Geographic Society in 1967, then in 1973
Forward by: Gilbert M Grosvenor. Multiple authors.
Hard cover with green boards and gold embossed scuba diver dust jacket; 204 printed pages and very well illustrated with many colour photographs. Dimensions: 26 cms tall by 18 cms wide. This copy is described as the “Revised Edition”, following the original
publication in 1967. Although published by National & Geographic, the book is a collection of articles by various noted authors, divided up into nine
chapters: 1 Exploring the Ocean World by James Dugan. 2 Man Invades the Sea by James Dugan. 3 Revealing the Oceans Secrets by Robert C. Cowen. 4 Diving for Sport and for Science by Bill Barada. 5 Cameras Below by Luis Marden. 6 The Sea’s Dark Museum by George F. Bass. 7 Taxis to the Deep by Frank Busby. 8 Harvest of the Future by Cynthia Riggs Stoertz. 9 Homes in the Sea by Cynthia Riggs Stoertz As with all publications from National & Geographic, all the photographs and diagrams are a very high quality. [pt]
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