Owner name removed, thus some color missing from front end paper. Else clean, tight copy with no marks. DJ in mylar cover. ; Monographs by world authories in the field of sailing ships and 5 centuries under sail, world wide. Many illustrations, several fold-outs and diagrams. 8 monographs of vessels with 31 pages of plans. ; 268 illustrations in color & B/W.; Folio 13" - 23" tall; 252 pp+ pages. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Great Age of Sail
Publisher: International Book Society (Time-Life Books)
Publication Date: 1967
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: English ed.
Book Description Edita Lausanne, Switzerland, 1967. Hardcover. Very good. Very good dust jacket, slight edge curl. Good slipcase, a few small bumps and nicks. A nice copy. Very large, heavy, oversized. International Book Society. Translated by Michael Kelly. ; Beautifully and profusely illustrated. Seller Inventory # 22406
Book Description Lausanne, Switzerland: Edita S. A., 1967, first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 11 1/2 x 13, in a blue slip case ( VG/VG condition ( trace of light foxing spots on right side page edges), glossy page stock, 272 pages, including 268 B&W and Color illustrations, , 8 monographs of vessels with 31 pages of plans. For five centuries, sailing-ships spanned the ocean waterways around the globe. Before the first round-the-world voyage was made by Magellan's expeditionary force, Christopher Columbus had already accomplished a transatlantic crossing in what could be termed a walnut-shell for the Santa Maria with her crew of 52 men was probably only 56 feet long, 26 feet wide and had just 3,228 square feet of sail. The voyage lasted 70 days until dawn of October 12th, 1492, when Rodrigo de Triana cried : "Land ahoy!" and thereupon pocketed the 10,000 maravedi which had been promised to the first man to shout out these long-awaited words. In 1910, the Preussen, the only square-rigged five-masted ever built, carried a cargo of some 8,000 tons, with 48 men to handle 59,285 square feet of sail. It took her just 77 days to reach Taltal in northern Chile from Cuxhaven in Germany, rounding the fearsome Cape Horn on the way. These figures, when compared to those of the Santa Maria, dramatically illustrate the great advances which had been made./. What at the end of the 15th century had been wild adventure had become a commonplace occurence by dint of tenacious endurance and constant development to meet the challenge of the sea. Hand in hand went the progressive broadening of the knowledge of navigational science, and the construction of ever larger and faster vessels, carrying more cargo and better equipped for the fight against hunger and illness amongst the crew.Thanks to sailing-ships, their captains and crew, geographers were able to draw up maps of the continents, merchants established new trade routes, the maritime nations built up vast empires and politics and culture were much influenced. Seller Inventory # 29006