|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Rest of the World - Diving
|HEKURA. The Diving Girl's Island. Fosco
THE ISLAND OF THE FISHERWOMEN. Fosco Maraini.
First published in Great Britain in 1962, by Hamish Hamilton, London,as Hekura. The Diving Girl's Island; then in the USA, same year, by Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, New York, as The Island of the Fisherwomen. Hardcover, dustjacket, 95 pages, seventy-four mono and colour plates throughout.
A wonderful record of the Ama divers of Japan, and their diving for pearls. 'The habits, religion, and feasts of this tribe are interesting enough; but it is the girls themselves, diving almost naked and priding themselves on their strange vocation, who are the chief subjects.'
The two books are identical except for the covers.
A sought after diving book. Study of the Ama divers who live in about 50 villages n the coastline of Japan on the islands of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu and smaller offshore islands. These people live a life distinct from that of the ordinary Japanese by whom they are considered rather as gipsies are with us. The Ama women do not dive for pearls, as is commonly believed but for edible seaweed and shell-fish. They dive without snorkels, without scuba gear, with very little cloths on, just a kind of g-strings, goggles and the tools they need under water. The photos are incredible.
[ps] Note: It appears that British prefer boobs, and the Americans, bums.
|IDENTITY AND RITUAL IN A JAPANESE
DIVING VILLAGE: THE MAKING AND BECOMING OF PERSON AND PLACE
Dolores P. Martinez
University of Hawaii Press, 2004-05
Paperback, 264 pages. Dimensions 9 x 5.8 inches.
|THE PEARL SEEKERS
A Tale of Adventure in the Southern Seas.
Alexander MacDonald. Illustrated by Edward S. Hodgson.
Published 1908 by Blackie & Sons, Limited, London.
Preface - "I have based this story on some personal expereinces in the South Seas, and on some well-known incidents which occurred there, of which I happen to have some experience". The author goes on to mention a well known Australian shipwreck - "As for th advenjturers, I need only remind my readers of the gang of very modern pirates who stole the Highland Railway Company's steamer ferret. This vessel, as is well known, was engaged in several more or less nefarious practices before she was finally captured at Melbourne." The Ferret indeed was captured on a voyage from England to Marseilles, but never arrived; she was captured, as the India, after entering Port Phillip. There is nothing in this work of fiction that adds to our knowledge of the voyages of the Ferret, and indeed she seems never to have entere the South Pacific, but no doubt the author took some inspiration from her piracy. A ripping good yarn eh wot!
'Next moment there was a
terrific sea-shaking report'.
Soviet Shipbuilding Dept.
Hardcover, 222 pages.
An alphabettically enumerate of diving equipment with interesting mono illustrations of: standard diving equipment, rebreathers, compressed air diving equipment, tools, pumps compressors, telephones, etc.
|ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF RUSSIAN DIVING
1829 to 1940
Dr Pavel A Borovikov
Published in Russia in Russian and English in 2008.
Illustrated hard cover, no DJ - 151 printed pages
Dimensions: 27 cms tall by 24.5 cms wide
This large format book has a plain unassuming cover but it contains some serious historical diving content. This is an absolutely superb book telling the history of diving within Russia between 1829 and 1940. The book is so well illustrated with many unseen monochrome photographs and prints. The text is in two languages (Russian and English) and is very easy to read. It is divided into 10 sections: "The Very Beginning 1829 - 1882", "Coming to Being 1882-1917", "Post Revolution Rebirth 1917-1921", "Central Diving Base 1921-1930", "Expedition of Special Purpose Underwater Works 1923-1941 and <<Prince>> Searching 1923-1924", "Ships Salvaging 1924-1938", "Divers Training 1925-1938", "Deep Diving 1936-1940-e", "Episodes", "Diving Gear 1890-1940" and "Observation Chambers 1923-1938".
Not a cheap book to buy but a potential classic, well worth it, if not for the photographs. [pt]
|SOVIET NAVY DIVERS MANUAL
Four hundred and seventy pages with lots of illustrations showing copper diving helmets ( some air and
some mixed gas helmets ) plus all the equipment that belongs to it; scuba diving gear: tanks, twinhose regulators, rebreathers, suits, tools etc.etc.
|DIVING AND SPEARFISHING IN SOUTH
Piet Van Rooyen.
Southern Book Publishers, 1988.
Pictorial glazed boards.
|SO YOU WANT TO BE A SKIN DIVER.
Published in 1990 but no idea by whom and where. May be South Africa.
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