Monday, September 14, 2009

For the armchair sailor

Just listed today ...

Royce's Sailing Illustrated: "The Beginner's Bible", Patrick M. Royce, Second Edition, 1958, Newport Beach, Calif:Royce Publications, softcover, 4 X 6 X .75, 326 pages, signed by author.

A fabulous find, not only for the sailor, but also for the collector of vintage books related to history, including the history of technical illustration (that long era, so hard to fathom now, before computers made everyone look professional). This little book, designed to fit into the skipper's pocket, has literally hundreds of painstakingly hand-drawn images of all manner of sailboats, each part carefully labeled, as well as an encyclopedia of naval insignia, weather phenomena and instruments, and pretty much every other facet of sailing. Lucky for us, the late Mr Royce "truly was a glutton for punishment" (editor of "Sea & Pacific Motor Boat"), whose 5 years of work on this Sailor's Bible left a lasting legacy to his love of the sport.

This 2nd edition (it's been through at least 8 more and is still in print) is even more of a treasure because Mr Royce signed the dedication page, likely for someone who bought it from him personally as he and his wife pedalled the publication up and down the California coast. And it is in remarkably good shape, considering what a handy little tome it was to have along on the boat. Have a look at the pictures in the item listing at my eCrater store, and "Happy Sailing!".