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THE SEA AND THE JUNGLE

TOMLINSON, H. M.

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ISBN 10: 0876360118 / ISBN 13: 9780876360118
Published by Imprint Society, Barre MA, 1971
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8vo, pp. xiv, 221. Illustrated with wood engravings by Garrick Palmer, and with a map of the Amazon Basin showing parts-of-call, and San Antonio, the highest point on the Rio Madeira reached by S.S. "Capella". Signed on colophon by Palmer. Green cloth, stamped in gilt, with black leather spine. Spine slightly scuffed at ends, a small hole in pp. 165-166, o/w a nice copy in box covered with pictorial paper. Colophon reads: "The Sea and the Jungle has been printed for Imprint Society members in an edition limited to 1950 copies. Designed and produced in London by Ruari McLean, the book was composed in 'Monotype' Bembo and printed from type by W. & J. Mackay in Chatham, England. The paper is Basingwerk Parchment, manufactured by Grosvenor Chater & Co Ltd. The binding in quarter black morocco and buckram was executed by Mackay Binders. The illustrations, printed from the block, were engraved on wood by Garrick Palmer of Cowplain, Hampshire, who here signs Garrick Palmer this copy number 903". Bookseller Inventory # 55064

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Title: THE SEA AND THE JUNGLE

Publisher: Imprint Society, Barre MA

Publication Date: 1971

Edition: No. 903 of 1950 copies.

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“Then why,” said he, “don’t you chuck it?” What, escape? I had never thought of that. It is the last solution which would have occurred to me concerning the problem of captivity. It is a credit to you and to me that we do not think of our chains so disrespectfully as to regard them as anything but necessary and indispensable, though sometimes, sore and irritated, we may bite at them. As if servitude fell to our portion like squints, parents poor in spirit, green fly, reverence for our social superiors, and the other consignments from the stars. How should we live if not in bonds? I have never tried. I do not remember, in all the even and respectable history of my family, that it has ever been tried. The habit of obedience, like our family habit of noses, is bred in the bone. The most we have ever done is to shake our fists at destiny; and I have done most of that. “Give it up,” said the Skipper, “and come with me.” With a sad smile I lifted my foot heavily and showed him what had me round the ankle. “Poo,” he said. “You could berth with the second mate. There’s room there.

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Considered a masterpiece of travel literature for nearly a century, The Sea and the Jungle is a wise and witty book of firsts: ostensibly a light-hearted story of a Londoner's first ocean voyage, it is also a carefully crafted journalistic account of the first successful ascent of the Amazon River and its tributary, the Madeira, by an English steamer. One rainy morning in November 1909, Henry Major Tomlinson bid farewell to his family and set off to find his berth as purser aboard the Capella, where he would spend many storm-driven days until landfall at Para on the Brazilian coast. But his travels had only begun, as the steamer continued its journey 2,000 miles up the Amazon. Encountering tiny jungle villages and exotic flora and fauna of awesome beauty and ferociousness - the meddlesome insect life in particular attracted his attention - Tomlinson recorded all he saw in cleverly humorous style: never condescending, but always aware of the inherent inappropriateness of his presence in this strange land.

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