St. Paul's House, Warwick Lane: Hodder and Stoughton, 1967. Limited Edition. Octavo (23 x 14.5cm), xvi, 269pp, colour and b&w photographs, line drawings and maps. Leatherbound, with author sgnature in gilt on top board, gilt stamped title on spine (gilt now lacking), five reaised bands, textured endpaers, all edges gilt , special presentation edition page numbered and signed by author. Joints and edges a little rubbed, spine is scuffed. Item #753
This special presentation copy is number 36 of 500. Francis Chichester had Gypsy Moth IV built to sail single handedly around the world. His goal was to beat the recards for the fastes clippers and at 67 years he embarked on an adventure that nearly ended three times due to the ketch's unmanageability and high seas. Despite setting several records including fastest voyage around the workd by any small vessell, Chichester later remarked, ""Now that I have finished, I don't know what will become of Gipsy Moth IV. I only own the stern while my cousin owns two thirds. My part, I would sell any day. It would be better if about a third were sawn off. The boat was too big for me. Gipsy Moth IV has no sentimental value for me at all. She is cantankerous and difficult and needs a crew of three - a man to navigate, an elephant to move the tiller and a 3'6" (1.1 m) chimpanzee with arms 8' (2.4 m) long to get about below and work some of the gear." (Pickthall, Barry. "Francis Chichester's 30th Anniversary").