Lubbock, Basil.


Glasgow, 7th ed., 1929. Xv + 385 + xxxvi pp., frontis., + 21 other photo-plates & 11 plans (some fldg.). Blue cloth ; gold lettering. 22 x 14cm. Some foxing, chiefly to edges, o/w V.G. One of Lubbock’s earliest and most popular works first published in 1914, this is an account of the fast sailing clippers employed in the Chinese opium and tea trades during the 19th century. The author was in a position to obtain first-hand accounts from men who actually sailed in these ships and he peppers his study with anecdotes of the great tea races, accounts of fierce typhoons, shipwreck, fine seamanship and daring navigation. The first part examines both British and American clippers – the latter challenging Great Britain as the carrier of the world. The second part is devoted entirely to the British tea clippers of the 1860s and their outstanding performances. Illustrated with sail and other plans, plus reproductions from paintings and lithographs – many of them already rare by the early 20th century. Lubbock’s usual fascinating ship-biographies are not lacking.

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