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The Art of Swimming

£150.00

Product description

The story of Captain Webb, "the Dawley Man", the first man to swim the Channel. The book is undated but is believed to be a first edition published in 1875, the year of his famous achievement. Webb begins with his life story and in following chapters describes how to perform basic swimming strokes. A section of recent remarkable swimming feats includes first hand accounts of Webb's unsuccessful attempt to swim the channel and a full record of his successful attempt, by A. G. Payne, the book's editor. The book is bound in dark blue with embossed lettering and portrait of the Captain in gilt on the front. The covers have some general wear marks, and surface rubbing wear to all corners and to the spine ends, which are bumped and slightly frayed. Text block edges are discoloured with age and dust soiling. There is a split between the front end papers exposing webbing but the binding is intact. Closed tears, approx. 2cm, to the bottom of the front free end paper and the frontispiece. Inside pages have occasional light handling marks. The frontispiece is a coloured portrait of Webb, with a protective tissue, and there are three engraving illustrations of swimming strokes within the text. The book tells the fascinating story of a famous historical achievement and would interest swimming enthusiasts as well as collectors.

Item details

Author(s):
Captain Webb
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
12.5 x 18.6 cms
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
111
Publisher:
Ward, Locke & Tyler
Title:
The Art of Swimming

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The story of Captain Webb, "the Dawley Man", the first man to swim the Channel. The book is undated but is believed to be a first edition published in 1875, the year of his famous achievement. Webb begins with his life story and in following chapters describes how to perform basic swimming strokes. A section of recent remarkable swimming feats includes first hand accounts of Webb's unsuccessful attempt to swim the channel and a full record of his successful attempt, by A. G. Payne, the book's editor. The book is bound in dark blue with embossed lettering and portrait of the Captain in gilt on the front. The covers have some general wear marks, and surface rubbing wear to all corners and to the spine ends, which are bumped and slightly frayed. Text block edges are discoloured with age and dust soiling. There is a split between the front end papers exposing webbing but the binding is intact. Closed tears, approx. 2cm, to the bottom of the front free end paper and the frontispiece. Inside pages have occasional light handling marks. The frontispiece is a coloured portrait of Webb, with a protective tissue, and there are three engraving illustrations of swimming strokes within the text. The book tells the fascinating story of a famous historical achievement and would interest swimming enthusiasts as well as collectors.

Author(s):
Captain Webb
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
12.5 x 18.6 cms
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
111
Publisher:
Ward, Locke & Tyler
Title:
The Art of Swimming

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