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"The Man in the Helmet" by Desmond Young

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1963, HB, DJ attached, 1st edition, excellent condition. £179.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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This is the story of diving, from the earliest days of pearl fishing without a dress to the "routine" salvage of sunken wrecks and cargoes, the progressive development of deep diving, the wartime employment of frogmen and "human torpedoes" and the comparatively recent cult of skin diving with the aqualung.

Inevitably the story has become intertwined with that of the growth of Siebe, Gorman and Co., pioneers of the craft, the firm which has produced diving and breathing apparatus for the Admiralty and other users for the past 125 years. In its turn, the name of this great company owes much to the devoted service of its moving spirit, Sir Robert Davis, whose name was synonymous with the evolution of diving before most of us were born. What matters, says Sir Robert modestly, is not the individual but the achievement. But in this case the individual is no ordinary man.

Having joined Siebe Gorman at the age of eleven on five shillings a week, he retired in 1962 from the chairmanship after eighty-one years' continued service. He played a great part in both world wars. He was honoured by King George V in 1932 for his work in connection with submarine escapes and diving at great depths. He has earned national respect for his far-sighted vision when, without specific medical encouragement, he introduced the Iron Lung into this country in the early 'thirties.

Thanks to his humour as well as to his inquiring and practical mind, he has always been the friend of the Royal Navy - and of everyone who has come in contact with him during his long career. Those who have testified to his ingenuity and generosity range from scientists as distinguished as the late Professor John Scott Haldane, C.H. to the leader of the successful Everest expedition and the holder of the world speed record on water. They include, as well as "submariners", airmen, soldiers in tunnelling companies, mineworkers, firemen and many another man in the helmet or gas-mask who has been enabled to breathe in irrespirable atmospheres - and to survive. For Sir Robert has always been steadfast in one purpose neatly summed up in his own slogan: Everything for safety everywhere, on land, submerged, or in the air.

Right up there amongst the rarest of all dive books!



"Treasure Below" by Commander Edward Ellsberg

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1940, HB, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, very good condition. £44.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Commander Edward Ellsberg was born in New Haven but his family moved to Colorado when he was a boy. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1910 and was graduated as honor man of his class. After varied service on the USS Texas, he was ordered to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for post graduate work in Naval Architecture where he received a Master of Science degree. Thereafter he specialized in construction, diving, and engineering. His many inventions have proved important contributions to naval science.
In 1925 he was detailed as Salvage Officer on the S-51. As a result of his extraordinary work in raising that submarine, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Navy (the first time that honor has ever been conferred in time of peace) and promoted to Commander. He retired from the Navy but volunteered his services for the rescue of the S-4 during which he narrowly escaped death. In connection with his salvage work on these submarines, the Secretary of the Navy wrote to him saying: "For this work, well done, cheerfully done, and loyally done, I thank you on behalf of the Navy."



"Man Under Water" by Henry Billings

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1955 HB, DJ, 1st edition, The Viking Press, New York, very good condition. £26.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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This book recounts the history of diving and the history of the submarine. One chapter tells the story of William Phips’ salvage of the Spanish galleon, “Concepcion”, off the coast of Hispaniola in 1687 and the salvage of gold bullion from the liner, “S.S. Laurentic”, in the early 1920s.



"Men Under the Sea" by Commander Edward Ellsberg

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1954, HB, DJ, Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, good condition, ex-libris. £44.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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A pulse-pounding compilation of bravery at the bottom of the ocean - Commander Edward Ellsberg rose to fame after leading the harrowing effort to raise the sunken submarine "S-51" just off Long Island. That is where he begins "Men Under the Sea," his tribute to and history of the men who risk everything to plunge into the blackness of the deep sea. Ellsberg holds an expert's knowledge of deep-sea salvage, and that knowledge has put him repeatedly on the front lines of some of the world's worst wrecks.

After the "S-51," Ellsberg goes on to the heartrending tale of the sinking of the submarine "S-4," which sank after a collision with forty sailors aboard. Commander Ellsberg races to the scene through land, air, and sea to search for potential survivors trapped aboard the sunken sub. Ellsberg also regales readers with stories of some of the most famous underwater missions in history, such as men submerging deep to recover 5 million worth of gold from the wreck of the "Laurentic," bringing vast treasures from the ocean bottom, and diving to rescue thirty-three survivors from the stricken submarine "Squalus." Ellsberg's passion, experience, and natural narrative talent turn "Men Under the Sea" into an unforgettable voyage.



"We Come From the Sea" by Hans Hass

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1959, HB, DJ, Doubleday & Company, New York, very good condition. £34.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Dr. Hans Hass is a remarkable man, one of the true pioneers of recreational diving and one of the earliest exponents of underwater still photography and cinematography. His many diving expeditions, which commenced in 1938, took him to the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef with his charming wife Lotte who features in all his books.

Born Hans Heinrich Romulus Hass in 1919 in Austria, he was eighteen when, on holiday off Antibes, he saw a man in goggles diving for fish. His name was Guy Gilpatrick. On returning to Vienna the young Hass constructed a helmet, and was soon diving to sixty feet in the not so blue Danube. Forsaking the career as a lawyer that his father had wished, Hass organised an expedition to the Caribbean in 1939, and in eight months shot some 4000 photographs. He became a student of zoology at the University of Vienna, and continued to raise money for further expeditions, assisted by the publication of his first book in 1939. He acquired a secretary in 1943, a beautiful young girl of seventeen, Lotte Baierl, who soon established herself as an accomplished underwater photographer in her own right. They later married and were inseparable.



"Girl on the Ocean Floor" by Lotte Hass

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1972, HB, DJ, Harrap & Co, London, very good condition. £182.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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One of THE rarest diving books in English that you'll ever find!!

"The trouble with men is that they don't like competition from women!"

Lotte Baierl landed herself a job as secretary to the famous Austrian underwater diver, Hans Hass, whose reputation, even in those first heady days of undersea exploration, was enormous, and the thought that Lotte was going to travel - and dive - with him made all her friends envious.

But Hass had different ideas. He needed a typist, an administrator, a note-taker. Diving was a man's business.

Lotte, however had her private ambitions; in secret she learnt the basic techniques of scuba diving. When Hass's work took him to the ruined ghost town of Suakin on the Red Sea, Lotte was allowed to accompany the expedition and explore ruined palaces, to sample local food and living conditions, but diving..............certainly not.

Then an accident forced Hass to use his secretary for a diving role in a film. He is reluctant, uncertain, but finally admiring. "Today you are a man" he says. Praise indeed.

A great adventure is Lotte's own story, with many photos.



"Undersea Treasures"

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prepared by National Geopraphic Society. £28.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Gold Doubloons...Silver Pieces Of Eight...Emerald Studded Jewelry...Spanish Treasure Fleets.....

These words can fire even a casual diver with gold fever. But whether the search is for wealth, for artefacts of another age, or for rare and coveted shells, the disease is infectious!! Compelled by the hope of striking a mother-lode of treasure, divers pit their brains, their luck, and even their lives against the ocean's vastness.

This book tells the story of their successes and failures.

Contents:

Wrecks and Riches: the Lure Below

Pioneers in the Search for Gold

Treasure Hunting: the Amateurs

Treasure Hunting: the Professionals

Archaeology in Old World Waters

Diving for New World Wrecks

Nature's Jewels Beneath the Sea

Future Challenges, Lost Fortunes



"World Beneath The Sea" by James Dugan

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1967 - HB, 1st edition. £28.95 post free to UK, International postage: £7.95





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A rarely seen book, by one of the master authors of ocean study.

James Dugan, before his death on 1st June 1967, devoted over 20 years to intensive ocean research.

"World Beneath the Sea", his last book, opens a treasure chest of information!

You will marvel at towering mountains, plunging trenches, great basins, abyssal plains.....you will see underwater creatures beautiful & bizarre, and share the thrill of finding treasure buried in darkness for centuries. You will visit the oldest shipwreck known - a bronze age trading vessel. On a Florida beach, gold ingots & doubloons from a hurricane-shattered Spanish fleet glitter on weathered steps.

James Dugan, and other writers, recount fantastic stories of the science of oceanography, of amateur diving, underwater photography, and aquiculture - the farming of the sea.

The contributing others writers are: Jacques Cousteau, Edwin A. Link, George Bond - because of their imaginative concepts of diving, man can now live & work at the bottom of the sea for weeks at a time.



"Handbook For Professional Divers" by Ronald Titcombe

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HB, DJ, excellent condition. £40.95 post free to UK, International postage: £14.95





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Published by J. B. Lippincott, New York

Very rare & very sought after, this is THE Ultimate Professional Diving Book!

This book has it all............you name it, it's there!

Personnel, Communications & Safety, Decompression & Treatment, Accidents/Incidents, First Aid, Underwater Physics, Underwatrer Physiology, Principles of Self-Contained Diving, Equipmenbt Specifications, Maintenence of Plant/Equipment, Medical Requirements.

Tables: Conversion Tables, Repetetive Dive Groups, Surface Interval Credit, Air Diving, Helium Diving, Deep Helium-Oxygen Treatment, Oxuygen Consumption, Purity of Breathing Mediums other than air.

A very rare find, this a must have book for every diver, and anyone involved interested in Diving, both recreational and commercial.



"COMMERCIAL DIVING MANUAL" by Richard Larn & Rex Whistler

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HB, Original DJ. £44.95 post free to UK, International postage: £15.95





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Published by David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon

The Big One!

Highly sought after, this is the one single book that you've all been looking for....this is the only book to cover the entire compulsory national syllabus for Commercial Diving.

This manual was designed for both working and trainee commercial divers, embracing all theoretical and practical aspects of the trade, which it is necessary to know to meet the standards required in the UK Governments Diving Regulations for Parts 1, 3 and 4 Air Diver.

Hitherto, no single book has supplied all the information required to reach the HSE diver qualification standards, with the RN and USN manuals only covering the syllabus in part.

The most comprehensive manual on the subject that you will find!

with full illustrations and photographs throughout of all equipment discussed

This is an exceedingly rare book that is now long out-of-print and is hardly ever seen available for sale. It comes complete with its original DJ.



"The Living Sea" by Captain J. Y. Cousteau with James Dugan

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HB, DJ, 1st edition, 1963, excellent condition. £40.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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From the author of the renowned classic, "The Silent World", together with James Dugan, another foremost authority on the underwater world, this is another must have book for every diver, and anyone involved/interested in Diving/Marine Archaeology/Biology

"Jacques-Yves Cousteau, more than any other, has brought mankind to a firsthand awareness of that greater part of earth - the world underwater. In this book, a sequel to The Silent World, he traces his continued efforts to free underwater man from all connection to the surface.....this is no mere adventure story, though it is adventure of the highest order. Here is the continued story of a group of men who love and respect what they venture into....."The Living Sea"

Few explorers have combined scientific quest, technological innovation and personal adventure as notably as has Jacques-Yves Cousteau - through his invention, with Emile Gagnan, of the Aqua-Lung, he is known as "the father of free diving".

"The Silent World", his chronicle of pioneer free-diving days with this device, is a classic of discovery and adventure. During the decade after its publication, Cousteau went farther and deeper into the sea, using his famous oceanographic ship Calypso as a mobile base, and with a dazzling array of new depth-exploring techniques and devices.

"The Living Sea" is the result of his rich and exciting progress.



“Gold from The Sea” by James Taylor

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HB, VGC, Published by Australasian Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd, Sydney, 1942. £58.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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The Life & Adventures of Diver J. E. Johnstone (aka. Johnno The Deep Sea Diver)

A very rarely available book, this is an outstanding record of Salvage diving, before modern diving apparatus was really developed and available.

This is the life & adventures of the famous deep-sea diver, John Johnstone, from his boyhood in Liverpool, to his career in salvaging ships sunk in the war with Japan.

In the many years he has been a diver, Johnno has had enough adventure to satisfy many people! He has been trapped under a sunken ship, held prisoner by the most ferocious fish in the world, salvaged ships with Japanese bombers overhead, and taken a quarter of a million pounds worth of gold bullion from a wreck sunk off the coast of New Zealand, to mention only a few of his exploits.

Few men, even divers, have had such an adventurous life - this is the story of his life as told by Johnno himself.



“The Deepest Days” by Robert Stenuit

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Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1966. £30.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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A remarkable odyssey of undersea adventure and of the longest, deepest dive ever made - by the chief diver for the Man-In-Sea project

In this book Stenuit tells the exciting, adventure-filled story of a spectacular leap in that science; from dangerous and ineffective 'hard-hat' deep diving to the beginnings of systematic, productive undersea research. A story that was climaxed by a record breaking dive in which Stenuit and Jon Lindbergh lived and worked in an undersea house at 432 feet for 49 hours - a feat that helped pioneer the way for the exploits of Sealab."

Contents include: The Challenge of the Depths; Edwin Link: Pilot, Inventor, Explorer of the Deep; Sea Diver II Archaeology Under the Sea; Syracuse; Villefranche-Sur-Mer, First Big Dive; Planning for the Deepest Days; A Tent on the Bottom of the Sea; Dry Runs in Florida; The Deepest Days; Record Breaking Deep Dives; Who's Who on the Ocean Floor; and more.



“The Pearl Seekers” by Norman Bartlett

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Published by Andrew Melrose Limited, London, 1954. £70.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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This is the full factual story of the Australasian pearling industry, filled with drama, adventure and fascinating tales. Murder, rape, theft, brutality and treachery are found side by side with ccourage, honesty, and pioneering vision. A truly valuable historical record.



“Down To The Ships In The Sea” by Harry Grossett

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Published by Hutchinson, London, 1953, HB, DJ, Excellent Condition, V, Rare. £99.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Very rarely seen available, this is the story of Hard Hat Helmet Diving in the early 20th Century.......definitely not to be missed!!

Harry Grossett, born in Glasgow, was the son and grandson of divers, and was arguably the most experienced deep sea diver in the first fifty years of the 20th century.

After going down to the ships in the sea for over fifty years, he has travelled all over the world to salvage gold and other cargoes, and to render first aid to stricken ships.

With his services being required during both the first & second World Wars, exploits were encountered diving from a war ship off the Dardanelles, and also as Senior Diver on the laying of the Accra Pipeline. Between the wars he played a leading part in the biggest salvage operation in the history - the raising the German Fleet at Scapa Flow.

More hair-raising occurrences were the sawing off of human limbs undewrwater, salvaged human bones, and two separate attempts on his life whilst working underwater in Hong Kong.

Amongst the many items salvaged by Harry Grossett are a Bren-gun carrier, a 4000lb Bomb, many Mines, an engine-room clock from a German Destroyer, and the piece de resistance......The ship's bell from the Hindenberg!!

Being a specialist on rare underwater reading, this has to be classed as an amazing read - don't miss out on this unique opportunity to acquire!



“Dive Kent” by Kendall McDonald

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Published by Underwater World Publications in a series of books called “A Diver Guide” by DIVER Magazine in London. £22.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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The Kent coast boasts the most prolific concentration of wrecks in the world covering 2000 years of maritime history. Over 350 dive sites listed as well as launch sites and local information and points of interest. Includes GPS positions of wrecks in the area. With colour and black and white images including maps, charts and diagrams.



"Dive South Devon" by Kendall McDonald

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Published by Underwater World Publications in a series of books called “A Diver Guide” by DIVER Magazine in London. £22.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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An invaluable divers guide covering some 290 dive sites from Lyme Regis to Pool Bay, Dive Dorset is an in-depth and well written divers guide to the South Devon coastline.

This book makes an excellent read to plan your dive weekends and dive holidays on one of the most beautiful stretches of our coastline. It covers everything from shore diving to boat diving and for all levels of qualification from shallow reefs to deep wrecks. The book also contains good photographs and describes the local villages and some points of interest for family members.



"Dive Dorset" by John and Vicki Hinchcliffe

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Published by Underwater World Publications in a series of books called “A Diver Guide” by DIVER Magazine in London. £22.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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'The almost unbelievable list of recent finds in Dorset waters includes gold watches and silver purses from the holds of the Kyarra, gold guineas, silver coins and diamonds from the Halsewell site, a gold pointer recovered from waist-deep water at Bowleaze, Spanish silver coins from the privateer Hope, almost £30,000 worth of lead ingots near Swanage, and the remarkable discovery from within the inky blackness of the interior of the great liner Salsette of a gentleman's Victorian watch chain, hallmarked on each link.'

That, you will agree, makes a pretty good introduction to any diving guide. A great temptation to dive, it comes from the preface of Dive Dorset, the latest of the Diver Guides to get a complete upgrade.

These editions of the most important British diving guide series are more than just revisions. They contain new information, sites, colour photographs, wrecks and wreck pictures, many of which are published for the first time. They are effectively new books.

The third edition of Dive Dorset is packed with information, even giving divers a sunken Canadian steamer to search for - not a bad target, because in its holds are three tons of silver!

Two hundred and ninety-nine sites are now included. Of these, 183 are located wrecks, which means there are reports on 75 more wreck dives than in any previous edition.

Authors John Hinchcliffe and his wife Vicki have taken a long time to come up with this new edition, but the wait is worth it. They give close detail of shore dives, and have consulted, and thank in print, a mass of Dorset divers who have given priceless offshore wreck info.



"Great British Wrecks" by Kendall McDonald

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£22.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Fifteen gripping stories of shipwreck around the coast of Britain - the stories of great warships, huge ironclads, German U-Boats, British submarines.....and much more.......but this book is much more than just a collection of stories.

It is not only the why, where, when, how of each sinking, but also detailed diving information for each ship, collected either during the dives of the author, or by other experts who have visited the wreck.

Extensively illustrated, with maps:

HMS Ariadne, The Amberley, HMS Coronation, The Louis Sheid, HMS Pine, HMS Brazen, The Andola, UB-81, HMS Weazle, The Treveal and the Glenmore, The Lady Meath, The Shirala, The Royal Adelaide, The Loch Shiel, HMS Hazard



Official UK Government "Instructions In Respect of Wreck & Salvage" 1926

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Prepared and issued by the Board of Trade. £89.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Totally Unique & Excellent Condition

A very rare and unusual piece of nautical history - a must have for divers/boatmen, and anyone with a passion for wrecks & salvage

Issued by the Board of Trade to 'Receivers of Wreck and other Officers', this book details the official instructions concerning all aspects of Wrecks, Casualties, and Salvage.

In all my years of being involved in marine items, this is only the second time that I have seen one of this book available.....don't miss out on this unique opportunity to own this rare text of maritime history.



"World Without Sun" by Jacque-Yves Cousteau, edited by James Dugan

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Published by Heinemann, London, 1st edition, HB, 1965, VGC. £34.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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102 colour photographs, and 140 in B&W - Extremely sought after, and very rarely available for sale....

History in the making: the story of man's first colony on the ocean floor, where Cousteau's men lived and worked continuously for a month.

Here is the breath-taking narrative, in photographs & text, of man's first undersea colony......

Manned undersea stations are not a stunt, but a practical means of vastly extending free-diving time beneath the sea. Contained in this book, is the demonstration that five men - not a superman among them - could carry out undersea scientific research directed by a professor with his field laboratory inside the environment of the sea.



"I Photographed Under The Seven Seas" by Hans Hass

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HB, 1957, Brockhaus Verlag. £155.95 post free to UK, International postage: £15.95





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THE rarest diving book you'll ever find............. probably!!

Books of fine underwater photographs are now commonplace, but as beautiful as many of these are, they pale into insignificance when compared to this, the first book of this type

This book is now an exceedingly rare volume, which originally appeared in Germany in 1955, and in England the following year

The English edition is so rare, that it would be futile to even think of trying to get hold of a copy, unless you want to pay somewhere in the region of £1000!, with this original edition being of almost equal rarity

We know of one collector in Australia who waited over twenty years until he obtained a copy...

This is the original german 1st edition from 1955, but you really don't need to be able to read any German whatsoever!!!

Although there is german text, this is a relatively small amount of the book, as it is predominantly made up of the outstanding photographic collection, which speak for themselves...

"I Photographed Under the Seven Seas" is a compilation of photographs which had begun just before WWII. On page after page are unique images from Hass' pioneering underwater experiences; the first sub-surface pictures of whale sharks, sperm whales, manta rays and coral gardens

Only a handful of pictures are in colour, which reflects the publishing practices of the time rather than photographic ability. Hass had in fact been producing underwater colour since 1939 although the majority of his work was monochrome.....what many modern photographers still consider as "real photography"!

What Hass achieved in this early book shames much of what is produced today, particularly when you consider the technological advances now available, compared to the rudimentary equipment that was used in the production of this book....a pure genius



"Conquest of the Underwater World" by Hans Hass

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1st edition, HB, DJ. £38.95 post free to UK, International postage: £15.95





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On a par with the renowned 'Silent World' by Jacques Cousteau, many fantastic early archive underwater shots are contained in the book – a must have book for your collection.

Dr. Hans Hass is a remarkable man, one of the true pioneers of recreational diving and one of the earliest exponents of underwater still photography and cinematography. His many diving expeditions, which commenced in 1938, took him to the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef with his charming wife Lotte who features in all his books.

Born Hans Heinrich Romulus Hass in 1919 in Austria, he was eighteen when, on holiday off Antibes, he saw a man in goggles diving for fish. His name was Guy Gilpatrick. On returning to Vienna the young Hass constructed a helmet, and was soon diving to sixty feet in the not so blue Danube. Forsaking the career as a lawyer that his father had wished, Hass organised an expedition to the Caribbean in 1939, and in eight months shot some 4000 photographs. He became a student of zoology at the University of Vienna, and continued to raise money for further expeditions, assisted by the publication of his first book in 1939. He acquired a secretary in 1943, a beautiful young girl of seventeen, Lotte Baierl, who soon established herself as an accomplished underwater photographer in her own right. They later married and were inseparable.



"To Hidden Depths" by Captain Phillippe Tailliez

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Commander of the French Navy's Undersea Research Group

HB, DJ, 1954, very good condition. £34.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Published by William Kimber & Co, London, 1954

In the published records of deep-sea diving, Tailliez is supreme! Those who have followed the development of new methods of sub-marine research will be familiar with his name throught the writings of Jacques Cousteau. But now he has given his own account of his experiences. As a book, "The Hidden Depths" is by far the best thing on the subject which has yet appeared.

It was with great sadness that Capitane Philippe Tailliez passed away on Thursday September 26, 2002, in Toulon, France. He was ninety-seven years of age.

A diver since the 1930s, it was Tailliez who introduced Jacques-Yves Cousteau to the sport of goggle fishing in 1936. Two years later he introduced Cousteau to Frederic Dumas and together the diving trio became the famed "Les Mousqemers" of the French Mediterranean coast.

Philippe Tailliez was a career Naval officer, and in 1945 he became the first commanding officer of the Group "Etudes et de Recherches Sous-Marines G.E.R.S." This was the first military group to employ the Cousteau-Gagnan Aqua-Lung and in 1949, under Tailliez's command, it produced the book "Plongee en Scaphandre".

Captain Tailliez writes with feeling and genuine passion of his varied experiences. These include hunting for fish, wrecks and for archaeological remains; the formation, by his faith and enthusiasm, of the Undersea Research Group, at a time when the French navy had practically ceased to exist. He gives us the first account of the notable progress in deep diving in the Bathyscaphe, from Professor Picard's early fiasco of sixty feet, to the recent record of over two and a half miles!!



“Wonders Of Salvage” by David Masters

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Vintage 1946, HB, DJ. Published in Great Britain by Eyre & Spottiswoode. £48.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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“This book is to be recommended for what it tells of the ingenuity of the scientist, of the acumen and enterprise of the expert in charge of the operations, and, above all, of the courage resource, and pertinacity of the diver.” The Times

"It contains excellent accounts of marine salvage, and of wrecks and disasters at sea. The author has clearly made a study of the history of diving and salvage work, and he describes some of the outstanding achievements....a fascinating subject." Sunday Times

A very rarely available book, this is an outstanding record of Hard Hat Helmet diving, before modern diving apparatus was really developed and available. Countless wrecks are covered, with a full insight into what it was like to dive in Standard diving gear.

Salvage operations of many famous wrecks are detailed, written by a salvage diver who worked on the sunken German High Seas fleet in Scapa Flow.

Of the many wrecks and salvage operations mentioned in this book, included are:

Milwaukee (wrecked near Aberdeen)

Alphonso XII, Araby, HMS Audacious, Belgian Prince, Lutine, Britannia, City of Paris, Flying Dutchman, General Goethals, Gladiator, , Hypatia, Intrepid, Laurentic, Leonardo da Vinci, Montagu, Montgomery, Oceana, Silurus, Timbov, Indictive, Westmoreland, Onward, Seuvic, War Knight, Wrestler



"Ordeal By Water" by Lt. Commander Peter Keeble, Royal Navy

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HB, original DJ, 1957. £2.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to descend to the depths in a Hard Hat? Standard Dress diving?

If so, then you don't need to wonder any longer! Peter Keeble's Ordeal by Water will suffice. Just one chapter in and you'll have a pretty good idea of what it is all about.

Such is the quality of Keeble's writing, and his experiences, that you need not bother to try the real thing. His vivid description of his first commercial dive is a classic in itself, a brilliant portrayal of his fears and expectations, a description so realistic that I started sweating at the thought of it. There is no difficulty in putting yourself directly into Keeble's boots - virtual reality without the headgear!

That says much for Keeble's writing style. How fortunate that we have had such an innovative, brave and daring man who has not only experienced remarkable episodes in his life of salvage, but also has the ability to put his thoughts and actions on paper.

There are basically two diving aspects covered in Ordeal by Water, set predominantly during the Second World War in the Middle East. On one hand we have the remarkable account of what it is like to dive in standard dress, and on the other, we have a superb description of the mechanics of marine salvage.

Firstly we have his very first dive at Port Elizabeth before the war, an inquisitive dive for no reason than to give it a go. "My first few minutes on the bottom had been spent fighting off a fearful panic which swept over me the moment my suit was sealed and which had not left me till a helper unscrewed my front glass and admitted a few lungfuls of air to my craving, quaking body". That would have been the end of Keeble's self-admitted feeble attempt had the war not intervened in his life as a marine engineer.

In Massawa (in the Red Sea), he was placed in a position where it was inevitable that he went down again. He was a Royal Navy salvage officer. His portrayal of what is really his first commercial dive is nothing short of brilliant. And as nearly disastrous as his first. "In the darkness I lost my balance and began to flounder, and as my sense of direction fled with uncanny suddenness, panic flared up in me. My heart lurched and thumped , and fear increased my respiration. I heard my breathing rasping fast and noisy in my helmet." To think that from these inauspicious beginnings, arose a master diver of the highest order, is quite remarkable, and ably demonstrates the dedication and initiative of the author.

Diving off a rock wharf demolished by retreating Germans, he came across a rather undamaged diving pump on the seabed, only to realise within seconds that it was, indeed, his own pump, and it was not where it should have been, having decided to also take a tumble of the damaged jetty to join the diver it was supposed to support. In most circumstances this would have been the end of the diver; although the remaining air in the suit would have been sufficient for a few minutes before suffocation, there was no air for buoyancy to raise the diver off the seabed (in this instance there being no staging platform or shot line to grasp). Fortunately the Germans had done a reasonable job of destroying the jetty in stages, and Keeble was able to climb up the jetty wall in steps. This is not a situation a standard dress diver likes to be in. But there is worse. Fortunately the author keeps the description of his witness of a ‘squeeze' victim to a minimum. The unfortunate plight of the diver who descends rapidly is such that he cannot maintain equalization pressure and the sea literally forces his body - his whole body - into the helmet. Not a pleasant sight.

Enough said - I can't give it all away...

A true classic amongst diving books!



“Girl on the Ocean Floor” by Lotte Hass

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Ein Mädchen auf dem Meeresgrund

HB, DJ cover, excellent condition, ex-libris. £82.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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One of THE rarest diving books you'll ever find!!

Here in its original german form, is the outstanding book by Lotte Hass, that was put into english as 'Girl On The Ocean Floor'.

"The trouble with men is that they don't like competition from women!"

Lotte Baierl landed herself a job as secretary to the famous Austrian underwater diver, Hans Hass, whose reputation, even in those first heady days of undersea exploration, was enormous, and the thought that Lotte was going to travel - and dive - with him made all her friends envious.

But Hass had different ideas. He needed a typist, an administrator, a note-taker. Diving was a man's business.

Lotte, however had her private ambitions; in secret she learnt the basic techniques of scuba diving. When Hass's work took him to the ruined ghost town of Suakin on the Red Sea, Lotte was allowed to accompany the expedition and explore ruined palaces, to sample local food and living conditions, but diving..............certainly not.

Then an accident forced Hass to use his secretary for a diving role in a film. He is reluctant, uncertain, but finally admiring. "Today you are a man" he says. Praise indeed.

A great adventure is Lotte's own story, with many photos.



"Under The Red Sea" by Hans Hass

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HB, DJ, 1953, VGC. £39.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Dr. Hans Hass is a remarkable man, one of the true pioneers of recreational diving and one of the earliest exponents of underwater still photography and cinematography. His many diving expeditions, which commenced in 1938, took him to the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef with his charming wife Lotte who features in all his books.

Born Hans Heinrich Romulus Hass in 1919 in Austria, he was eighteen when, on holiday off Antibes, he saw a man in goggles diving for fish. His name was Guy Gilpatrick. On returning to Vienna the young Hass constructed a helmet, and was soon diving to sixty feet in the not so blue Danube. Forsaking the career as a lawyer that his father had wished, Hass organised an expedition to the Caribbean in 1939, and in eight months shot some 4000 photographs. He became a student of zoology at the University of Vienna, and continued to raise money for further expeditions, assisted by the publication of his first book in 1939. He acquired a secretary in 1943, a beautiful young girl of seventeen, Lotte Baierl, who soon established herself as an accomplished underwater photographer in her own right. They later married and were inseparable.



"Photographs in the Ocean" by Hans Hass

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1st edition, HB, very good condition, vintage 1942!!
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Published by Heering-Verlad, Hartzburg, 1942
£99.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Don't miss this very rare opportunity to acquire this fantastic ground-breaking 1942 publication!

This is 1942, in the middle of WWII and he managed to achieve this!! truly remarkable.....

Shown here, is the collection of underwater pictures from his first, 1939/40, Caribbean expedition.

Among the illustrations are pictures of aluminium and transparent (German plexiglass?) housings, goggle divers, with and without fins, but usually armed with long fish spears, but mostly, unique pictures of the underwater world. Hass' photos, taken by available light on the early 35mm Agfacolor Neu film, are the earliest colour photos ever seen taken by a free-swimming diver. 16mm movie film was shot using tripod mounted camera and bulky diving helmet, before discarding these too to swim freely.

Never released in english, this is the original 1942 outstanding early masterpiece by Hans Hass, in his native tongue.

Dr. Hans Hass is a remarkable man, one of the true pioneers of recreational diving and one of the earliest exponents of underwater still photography and cinematography. His many diving expeditions, took him to the Red Sea, Caribbean and the Great Barrier Reef with his charming wife Lotte who features in all his books.

Born Hans Heinrich Romulus Hass in 1919 in Austria, he was eighteen when, on holiday off Antibes, he saw a man in goggles diving for fish. His name was Guy Gilpatrick. On returning to Vienna the young Hass constructed a helmet, and was soon diving to sixty feet in the not so blue Danube. Forsaking the career as a lawyer that his father had wished, Hass organised an expedition to the Caribbean in 1939, and in eight months shot some 4000 photographs. He became a student of zoology at the University of Vienna, and continued to raise money for further expeditions, assisted by the publication of his first book. He acquired a secretary, a beautiful young girl of seventeen, Lotte Baierl, who soon established herself as an accomplished underwater photographer in her own right. They later married and were inseparable.

Many fantastic archive underwater shots are contained in the book – a must have book for every diver, and anyone involved in, or interested in Diving, Marine Biology.



"Lady With A Spear" by Eugenie Clark

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HB, 1953, 1st edition (stated). Published by Harper Brothers, New York. £46.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Rarely seen available, this is book is a fascinating glimpse into the sea and its strange underwater creatures, from the career of the marine scientist, Eugenie Clark.

Dr. Clark describes it as a place of astonishing beauty - as she invades its secrets with her spear and underwater mask! - at the tip of her speargun is the stuff of dreams: fanlike corals, clown fish, vermillion sponges - and the lurking dangers of tiger sharks and baracuda.

Even her honeymoon on the Red Sea was truly a busmans holiday!

This book of Dr. Clark's 'wonderful life', with her adventures, the techniques employed, the scientific problems explored, will be of undoubted interest to anyone with even the slightest curiosity about the sea.......specifically the diving community.

This is a very rare book, and is in very good condition



“The Silent World” by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, with Frederic Dumas

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HB , DJ, 1953, VGC, Published by Hamish Hamilton, London. £49.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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THE original classic dive book that all others are compared to!

Undersea explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau died in Paris on June 25, 1997 at age 87. The world lost a true and courageous ambassador of the oceans..........

Being perhaps the most well-known person in the oceanographic field - his invention of the Aqua Lung made it possible for humans to explore beneath the ocean's surface both recreationally and professionally.

Half a century ago, this legendary marine explorer and his companions coined the term the 'Silent World', to describe their vision of the captivating undersea universe.

This Book, ‘The Silent World’, made accessible for the first time, rare images and imaginative descriptions of the fascinating, alien world beneath the sea.

This gripping tale of the early period of underwater exploration begins in late WWII and is set of the most part in the south of France and Mediterranean Sea. In it you will find Jacques' characteristic outlook in the germination stages. Especially interesting to observe is the beginnings of environmental concerns in his miscellaneous comments about mans impact on the health of the Mediterranean Sea. There are accounts of the effects of Coral dredging and drag netting clearing documenting the destructiveness of these techniques coupled with descriptions of his own crew on his aboard the French Naval vessel he commanded harpooning of sea mammals for questionable ‘scientific’ experiments.

The book opens with Cousteau’s account of his first dive with the new fangled aqualung. This was June 1943!

“I experimented with all possible manoeuvres. I could attain almost 2 knots speed. I soared vertically and passed my own bubbles. I went down to 60 feet. I swam inch by inch into a narrow tunnel, scraping my chest on the floor and air tanks on the ceiling”

Chapter 2 recounts the first deep dive. This time it is Dumas “I am going to sleep, but I can’t fall asleep in such dizziness” at 210 ft on the wreck of the Dalton. By chapter 8 they are into deeper diving -297ft “for half an hour I had a slight pain in the knees and shoulders” relates Cousteau……“I am the deepest independent diver”. Then death comes as Maurice Fargues reaches 396ft!

Chapter 4 tells of the experiments with explosives “when a burst caused too much discomfort we stopped” – “It would seem that the only way to find out what effect explosives would have on the body was to use dynamite and find out the hard way”. A naked diver has a better chance than a clothed one, was one conclusion. Worth knowing!

“Treasure below” is a chapter looking at the pro’s and cons of salvage, when cocoa beans and flour prove better treasure than gold.

In ‘Monsters We Have Met’ Cousteau describes encounters with sharks and other ‘monsters’

The book is totally fascinating, and when completed you wonder how any of them survived! Especially after the exploits at the fountain of Vaucluse - read this chapter before taking up cave diving!

Many fantastic early archive underwater shots are contained in the book – a must have book for every diver, and anyone involved/interested in Diving/Marine Archaeology/Biology.



"DIVE" by Rick & Barbara Carrier

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The Complete Book Of Skin Diving, HB, DJ. £28.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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The first systematic study of the fast-growing and exciting sport of skin diving.

Written by Rick and Barbara Carrier and first published in 1955, this book offers information on diving equipment, swimming and diving techniques, spear-fishing exploring, underwater photography and the location and function of diving clubs. The discussions are illustrated with many, many photos and line drawings.

Also covered is a wealth of information about types of surf and open sea, sound-diving and rock jetties, temperatures and currents, suitable diving locations, how to locate fish in fresh or salt water, and how to spear or photograph them. They cover the limitations and possibilities of diving equipment, how to construct your own, and how the diver can anticipate and protect himself from the dangers he is likely to encounter.

This hardbound book is in Very Good condition. It’s a book that will provide hours of pleasure to the expert – or inexperienced – diver!



“Diving To Adventure” by Hans Hass

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HB, DJ, 1953, VGC. £48.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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On a par with the renowned 'Silent World' by Jacques Cousteau, this is one of the classic very early diving books that is a must have for every diver, and anyone involved in, or interested in, Diving & Marine Archaeology/Biology

Dr. Hans Hass is a remarkable man, one of the true pioneers of recreational diving and one of the earliest exponents of underwater still photography and cinematography. His many diving expeditions, which commenced in 1938, took him to the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef with his charming wife Lotte who features in all his books.

Born Hans Heinrich Romulus Hass in 1919 in Austria, he was eighteen when, on holiday off Antibes, he saw a man in goggles diving for fish. His name was Guy Gilpatrick. On returning to Vienna the young Hass constructed a helmet, and was soon diving to sixty feet in the not so blue Danube. Forsaking the career as a lawyer that his father had wished, Hass organised an expedition to the Caribbean in 1939, and in eight months shot some 4000 photographs. He became a student of zoology at the University of Vienna, and continued to raise money for further expeditions, assisted by the publication of his first book in 1939. He acquired a secretary in 1943, a beautiful young girl of seventeen, Lotte Baierl, who soon established herself as an accomplished underwater photographer in her own right. They later married and were inseparable.

The Daily Telegraph - "...it posesses the suporeme quality of opening up a new, strange, and fascinating world wherein adventure is endless and, surprisingly, not entirely repetetive. The photographs are superb."

Many fantastic early archive underwater shots are contained in the book – original DJ.



"IN SEARCH OF SPANISH TREASURE - A DIVER'S STORY" by Sydney Wignall

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HB, DJ, Good Condition, x-libris. £25.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Excellent book including stories of the excavations of ships......

......ranging from a second century Roman ship off Sicily to a nineteenth century steamer off the North Wales coast, but most of the expeditions described were in search of some of the most important and historic ships of the Elizabethan era.



"Island Treasure" by Roland Morris

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HB, DJ, 1970, VGC. £27.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Treasure!

The account of Morris’ recovery of treasure from the Association, Sir Clowdisley Shovell's last flagship, off the Isles of Scilly.

Morris writes about his own experiences as a salvage diver and his preparations for salvaging the Association treasure, and a reconstruction of the events leading to the shipwreck.



"Men & Sharks" by Hans Hass

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HB, DJ, 1954. £39.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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The adventure of Dr. Hass in the coastal waters of Greece, an expedition undertaken shortly after writing his first book, diving to Adbenture. the expedition the the Aegean was both a scientific field trip & a motion picture venture by which the author hoped to demonstrate on film his thesis that sharks are not really very dangerous to humans. Enthralling reading.....



"The Lady & the Sharks" by Eugenie Clark

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£46.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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It's fascinating both from ther point of view of science and human interest, and should have great appeal to anyone who is in the least bit interested in the sea (and even to those who think they aren't!) - Arthur C. Clarke

In 1955 dr. Eugenie Clark was given an ichthyologist's dream , the opportunity to start & develop a marine laborotary on Florida's Gulf Coast. This book is the story of her ten years as Director of the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory. It provides her own lively blend of adventure and underwater lore as she describes what is dicovered about ancient man during her dives in Florida's interior springs, how she experimented with two-inch blennies and nine-foot sharks, what she learned from giant manta rays, whale skeletons, sea turtlles, a Japanese Crown Pricne, and her own four children.



"Man Under The Sea" by James DuganGOOD

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1956 - 1st edition, HB, Reading Condition, Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1956. £32.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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THE definitive book on the history of diving - an absolute must for EVERY diver, this book has no DJ, has some minor water warping but is intact and is a good reading copy.

“This is the age of undersea exploration; and here is the story of the assault on this last frontier of our planet by adventurers, gold-seekers, undersea peasants and soldiers, submariners, inventors, and sportsmen"

James Dugan recounts the struggles and exploits of the bold men who have claimed the freedom of the depths of the sea. He tells of the devotion and perseverance of men who have helped to open up the 'sixth continent': Augustus Siebe, who gave the world the helmet diving-dress; Sir Robert Davis, the Submarine Engineer; Captain G.C.C. Damant, Royal Navy, who established the first diving tables and worked seven years to recover £5,000,000 of gold bullion for the treasury from the torpedoed Laurentic; Professor Louis Boutan, who invented underwater photography; and the famous Cousteau-Tailliez-Dumas team with whom the author worked with for ten years.

This is a very rare book that is hardly ever seen available for sale & is almost 60 years old.



"Johnno the Deep-Sea Diver" by John Johnstone & Peter Dawlish

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1960 - HB, DJ (Original), 1st edition. £124.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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A very rarely available book, this is an outstanding record of Salvage diving, before modern diving apparatus was really developed and available.

This is the life & adventures of the famous deep-sea diver, John Johnstone, from his boyhood in Liverpool, to his career in salvaging ships sunk in the war with Japan.

In the many years he has been a diver, Johnno has had enough adventure to satisfy many people! He has been trapped under a sunken ship, held prisoner by the most ferocious fish in the world, salvaged ships with Japanese bombers overhead, and taken a quarter of a million pounds worth of gold bullion from a wreck sunk off the coast of New Zealand, to mention only a few of his exploits.

Few men, even divers, have had such an adventurous life - this is the story of his life as told by Johnno himself.

This is a very rare book that is hardly ever seen available for sale. The original dustjacket is included, in excellent condition.



"EPICS OF SALVAGE" by David Masters

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Wartime Feats of the Marine Salvage Men

1953, HB, DJ, excellent condition, Little, Brown & Company, Boston. £74.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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When the 13,415-ton S.S. Niagara, on passage from New Zealand to Vancouver, hit a mine thirty miles from Whangarei she took with her to the bottom £2,500,000 worth of gold destined to pay for war material from the United States. The marine salvage men brought up from a record depth £2,360,000.

While the battleship H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth and her consort H.M.S. Valiant lay snugly at anchor in Alexandria harbour, Italian frogmen holed both of them with limpet mines which they attached to the bottoms of the ships. The marine salvage men raised both battleships without the Italians becoming aware that they had been successfully sunk.
The Cunard liner Georgic, 27,759 tons, was hit by bombs in Suez Bay. Swept by fire and out of ontrol, she crashed into H.M.S. Glenearn and sank. Though she burned for a week, she was re-floated by the salvage men and put back into service.

The blocking of the Suez Canal by the Germans was a dire peril. Mr. Masters reveals how it was cleared in the nick of time.
While the great French liner S.S. Normandie was being fitted as a troop-ship in New York harbour, a workman with a blow-torch set light to 11,000 Kapok life preservers stacked in the grand lounge. Burning from stem to stern she turned over on her side with many cargo doors and port-holes open and sank deep into the mud of the harbour bed. The raising of the Normandie was the greatest salvage feat ever achieved.

It was brilliant and scientific planning and training that enabled a crack diver of H.M.S. Reclaim to dive to 535 feet and regain the world's deep-diving record for the Royal Navy.
These are a few of the wonderful achievements which David Masters recounts in his story of the salvage feats of the last war. They make a magnificent tribute to the incredible heroism and ingenuity which saved innumerable ships from almost certain oblivion at a time when shipping losses were one of this country's major problems.

The author is well qualified to tell this heroic story, for his interest in marine salvage dates back to the 1914-18 war, after which he wrote the first popular book on the subject under the title Wonders of Salvage.



"Guide to Underwater Hunting" by Simon Codrington

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1954, HB, DJ, very good condition, Adlard Coles Ltd., in association with George Harrap & Co. Ltd. £24.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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In the preface to Guide to Underwater Hunting, there are glorious misspellings that escaped the editor's eagle eye:

"I feel it is almost presumptuous of me to attempt to write of the world of life and hunting under the sea, after reading those two excellent and comprehensive books by Jacques Couteau and Phillipe Diole"

Codrington doesn't tell us what the titles of these books were, but very probably they were J. Y. Cousteau's The Silent World and Philippe Diolé's The Undersea Adventure, both published in English translation from the French in 1953. Note the spelling of the authors' names and compare it with what Codrington has written in the first sentence of his book. It's easy to get the wrong double letters in "Philippe", but "Jacques Couteau" really tickled my funny bone, as it translates literally to "Jack Knife."

Here is a list of the book's chapters:
I The Climax
II Equipment
III Use of Equipment
IV Hunting Technique
V Hunting Big Fish
VI Terrors of the Deep?
VII Advanced Equipment
VIII A Final Word

The French influence is evident not only in the homage to Cousteau and Diolé but also in the emphasis on underwater swimming as a means of hunting for the pot rather than exploration for its own sake. The chapter title "Terrors of the Deep?" reminds us that in the early 1950s the ocean was as alien an environment back then as outer space. The book, however, is completely up to date for its time (remember this is a year before the first edition of the Carriers' Dive). There's a monochrome photograph of Cressi Rondine full-foot fins, which would have been a brand-new piece of kit back in 1954. I particularly like too the description of a "breathing mask with air tube fitted to face-piece":

The other type of mask normally covers eyes, nose and mouth, and has a breathing tube built into the side (in some cases both sides of the head), while in other types only one tube is fitted, in the centre. The advantage of this kind of mask is mainly from the comfort point of view. It fits snugly to one's face, there is no mouthpiece to bite on, and one can breathe through either nose or mouth. Both types of mask work satisfactorily, though, and are appropriately the same price.

This wonderfully calm presentation of the pros and cons of a simple dive mask versus a dive mask with built-in snorkel contrasts markedly with a recent "Scaryboard" thread about a modern version of the snorkel-mask where all the contributors positively revelled in the possibility of the wearer dying a horrible death. Times change and we change with them!

Finally, something about the author himself. Throughout his book, he appears to be aware of his privileged status as an early underwater swimmer. Though British, he seems to have fled these cold shores for warmer climes, more particularly the Gulf of Suez. He can clearly treat himself to the best of gear, including a pair of "new-fangled" full-foot fins, a harpoon gun and a drysuit, all of which would have been quite hard to afford, or even obtain, in the early 1950s austerity of a Britain where some war-time rationing was still in place. He remarks: "Now you will no doubt ask how much all this cost? I would say that for approximately ten pounds you can buy all the basic equipment you need, i.e. mask, knife, gun and swim fins. It is not much when you consider what pleasure and sport they bring." I have to say that for many Brits of the time, ten pounds would still have represented quite a large outlay!



"GUIDE TO THE UNDERWATER" by Bill Slosky & Art Walker

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1966, HB, DJ, very good condition, personal libris, Bonanza Books, New York. £28.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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This is not one of the 'how to dive' instruction books. It is far more readable in the sense of having a book to read in bed or before a cozy fire - well written on the subjects that we all enjoy - from diving itself, to marine life, treasure, diving, underwater photography.

Up to now, the blue-green hue of the ocean depths has distorted all photographs taken beneath the surface of the sea. Divers emerging from the depths have told of the wondrous sights that until now have never been recorded on full-color photographic plates. Bill Slosky and his co-author have discovered a new way of taking photographs that brings out the long-elusive red, orange, and yellow tints that exist in corals, sponges, shells and in the exotic fishes of tropical and sub-tropical waters. This book, with its breathtakingly beautiful, true-to-life photographs is a comprehensive, classified guide to the denizens of coastal waters.

But even more than that, this book contains:
For the snorkeler a quick course in skin diving, detailed instructions on the use of masks and fins rules for netting and collecting, the correct methods of spearfishing.
For the treasure hunter: what to look for: coins, shells, amphorae, etc., where to search for sunken wrecks, how to get your precious finds to the surface.
For the photographer : the proper equipment, underwater flash techniques
So, whether you have a special interest such as fish collecting or photography, or if you just want to glide along the bottom as a spectator, you will find this book an invaluable and visually stimulating aid to your adventures into the underwater. Remember, you won't need elaborate apparatus-just a simple mask and a simple camera to open up a whole new, gloriously vivid world!



"AQUARIUS" by Philippe Tailliez

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1961, HB, DJ, very good condition, George Harrap & Co. Ltd, London. £34.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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It was with great sadness that the passing of Capitane Philippe Tailliez was reported on Thursday September 26, 2002, in Toulon, France. He was ninety-seven years of age.

A diver since the 1930s, it was Tailliez who introduced Jacques Yves Cousteau to the sport of goggle fishing in 1936. Two years later he introduced Cousteau to Frederic Dumas and together the diving trio became the famed "Les Mousqemers" of the French Mediterranean coast.

Philippe Tailliez was a career Naval officer, and in 1945 he became the first commanding officer of the Group "Etudes et de Recherches Sous-Marines G.E.R.S." This was the first military group to employ the Cousteau-Gagnan Aqua-Lung and in 1949, under Tailliez's command, it produced the book "Plongee en Scaphandre".

This book is the story of a quite remarkable achievement. Tailliez, who was well known for his pioneer diving achievements, teamed up with Heinz Sellner to build a submarine from scrap metal, to use for research and as a rescue submarine. They went on to build Aquarius III (after this book was published).



"UNDERWATER HUNTING: ITS TECHNIQUES AND ADVENTURES" by Bill Barada

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1969, HB, DJ, very good condition, Doubleday & Company Inc, New York. £36.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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In 1935 Bill Barada took to the sea with a pair of homemade goggles and a spear made from a broom handle. He was a pioneer in a sport that had no precedents. Now he offers his experience and expertise to the novice explaining the basics of both skin and scuba diving, listing Divers Instruction Organizations, and then goes into ""fish sense."" Or how to spot a grouper that is trying its best to look like a lump of sand; grab a clawed lobster; wrestle a giant octopus; work your way through a kelp bed; hit a target in dirty water; acquire exotic sea shells; get within camera range and dozens of other major hunting techniques anecdotally illustrated for our last frontiers-men.



"TREASURE DIVING HOLIDAYS" by Jane and Barney Crile

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1954, HB, DJ, very good condition, Collins, London. £26.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Lots of enthusiasm in this family record of diving and totals a vast amount of hobby satisfaction. Florida, California, the Bahamas, France and Corsica all provided different grounds for progress - from the undependable hood, to the possibilities of skin diving, with improvements all along the way; still and movie cameras offered their special types of obstacles; marine life gave way to sunken treasure when cannon, coins, ivory, shipwrecks took over their interests. There was time out for sea school in the Tortugas and the happy holiday on Andros, in the Bahamas. The Criles give an intense picture of shapes in the sea, of their absorption over twenty years in underwater discoveries, of the excitement of the unexpected and their ability to take the good with the bad, and they share their delight in a most friendly way. Less scientific audience than the Cousteau and Diole books, this is a great family read.



"THE WRECK HUNTERS" by Roger Jefferis and Kendall McDonald

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1966, HB, DJ, very good condition, ex-libris, George G. Harrap and Co. London 1966. £36.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Rediscovering and exploring the sunken ships around Great Britain.
Written in 12 chapters, it contains both authors research and accounts of diving wrecks around the UK coast. Each chapter covers many wrecks and they include ships like the SS Maine (sunk in 1917), the Spanish Armada wreck San Pedro el Mayor and too many others to mention. Detail of each wreck is told in detail including when, how and why it sank plus what was found. There is an appendix covering further subjects including “Wreck Hunting and the law”, Learning to dive, Underwater Archaeology and even a wreck list!



"Underwater Warriors" by Paul Kemp

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Softcover, new condition, Cassell & Co, London. £19.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Underwater Warriors is a thorough, illustrated study of the world of elite naval units – frogmen, commandos, midget submarines, demolition squads. It is the most comprehensive account in the English language and traces the development of these underwater units from the first in the 1890s to Italian/Austrian operations in World War I and the rise of the Italian MAS service between the wars. T

It includes the Japanese naval raids (including Pearl Harbor and Sydney), the Royal Navy X-Craft used in the “Tirpitz” attack, Mediterranean spying operations, German use of designs which failed to impede the Allies, Japanese suicide weapons and various unusual designs and operations, a planned Italian raid on New York, and the post-war rise of midget submarines and subsequent Soviet interest.

For students of naval history and military intelligence work, this is a major contribution to the records of underwater warfare.



"THE WORLD BENEATH THE WAVES" by Gilbert Doukan

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1957, HB, very good condition, John De Graff, New York. £49.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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A very interesting book, particuarly on the history of diving which is exceptionally well written. He is the first I have read who specifically mentions diving as a prospect for tourism. Underwater archaeology and photography are covered in some detail. The book is of historic value for its content and rarity.

"Thanks to the recent development of apparatus that makes the diver independent of the surface, and of vessels like the Bathysphere to examine much deeper levels, this new world is at last opening up, full of exciting possibilities of adventure, exploration and discovery. Dr. Doukan, famous for his manual on Underwater Hunting, and a leading figure in French undersea activity, has written a comprehensive account of sub-marine discovery, its past, present and future. He tells us what is known about the sea's bed and about marine life at various levels and. How such knowledge was gained; diving in the past and present; underwater hunting; submarine tourism; archaeology beneath the sea; the exploration of wrecks; the means to explore extreme depths; submarine photography and cinematography; undersea television; our new knowledge of marine biology; etc. No aspect of underwater activity is omitted; it is equally fascinating and authoritative, equally historical and practical. This is the complete answer to all that we want to know about discovering the: world beneath the waves.



"THE FROGMEN, The Story of the Wartime Underwater Operations" by Waldron & Gleeson

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1974, HB, DJ, excellent condition, The Elmfield Press, UK. £39.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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"...clad in fantastic rubber suits, some crawled on the muddy bottoms of harbours looking for mines, some bestrode torpedoes, others slipped through the darkness in midget submarines". "A magnificent tribute to the most fantastic courage and skill of officers and men of the Royal Navy and to our scientists."

Monochrome photographs and 5 line drawings in 12 chapters. Written in 11 chapters: “The Beginning – Italian Operations in the Mediterranean”, “The Experimental Period”, “Human Gunea Pigs”, “Operational Training”, “Chariot Operations and Further Experiments”, “Measures and Counter Measures – X Craft Operations”, “D Day”, “After D Day in Europe”, “The Far East – Preparations and Operations”, “Operational Struggle – Japanese Tribute” and “Conclusion”.



"DESCENT INTO DARKNESS", Pearl Harbor, 1941—A Navy Diver’s Memoir by Commander Edward C. Raymer

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HB, DJ, very good condition, Presidio, Novato, CA. £39.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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On December 7, 1941, as the great battleships Arizona, Oklahoma, and Utah lie paralyzed and burning in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a crack team of U.S. Navy salvage divers headed by Edward C. Raymer are hurriedly flown to Oahu from the mainland. The divers have been given a Herculean task: rescue the sailors and Marines trapped below, and resurrect the pride of the Pacific fleet.
Now for the first time, the chief diver of the Pearl Harbor salvage operations, Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer, USN (Ret.), tells the whole story of the desperate attempts to save crew members caught inside their sinking ships. Descent into Darkness is the only book available that describes the raising and salvage operations of sunken battleships following the December 7th attack.

Once Raymer and his crew of divers entered the interiors of the sunken shipwrecks—attempting untested and potentially deadly diving techniques—they experienced a world of total blackness, unable to see even the faceplates of their helmets. By memorizing the ships’ blueprints and using their sense of touch, the divers groped their way hundreds of feet inside the sunken vessels to make repairs and salvage vital war material. The divers learned how to cope with such unseen dangers as falling objects, sharks, the eerie presence of floating human bodies, and the constant threat of Japanese attacks from above.

Though many of these divers were killed or seriously injured during the wartime salvage operations, on the whole they had great success performing what seemed to be impossible jobs. Among their credits, Raymer’s crew raised the sunken battleships West Virginia, Nevada, and California. After Pearl Harbor they moved on to other crucial salvage work off Guadalcanal and the sites of other great sea battles.



"Forty Fathoms Deep: Pearldivers and Sea Rovers in Australian Waters" by Ion L. Idreiss

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First published 1937, this is the 1952 edition, HB, DJ, v. rare, very good conditionAngus & Roberston Limited, Sydney. £59.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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A first edition of this book would be nice - a collectors item and quite valuable, from the stable of a prolific and well respected author. It is a wonderful book, superbly written of course, and of great historic value as it documents the pearl divers of, predominantly, Broome in Western Australia. A 'must read' for all recreational and commercial divers.

A reviewer in The Canberra Times noted this as a"unique book": "Mr. Idriess reveals to the reader the technique of pearling with him, the reader boards the lugger for the pearling grounds, makes the acquaintance of skipper and crew, dons the diving dress and descends to the sea floor, sees the wonders of a new and beautiful, fascinating and frightful world, shares the divers' dangers, gathers the shell, opens it on the lugger, thrills at the sight of baroque and pearls, sells them to the dealer and watches as the rough pearl is transformed by delicate and skilfull hands into a thing of exquisite loveliness".

In The Sydney Morning Herald the reviewer found a novel trying to cover a lot of ground: "But if his book seems to meander a little, and sometimes lose its way, there can be scarcely a doubt about the sheer power, and often beauty, of certain chapters and passages. Qualities of Mr. Idriess's, such as his extraordinary thoroughness in inquiry, his determination to master every branch of a subject, his almost microscopic accuracy of observation, and his almost poetic gift of natural description-not to speak of narrative power often seen in harmonious combination with this cannot be too often insisted upon as positive and peculiar merits."



"THE ISLAND OF THE FISHERWOMEN" by Fosco Maraini

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1962, HB, DJ, excellent condition, Harcourt, Brace & World, New York. £34.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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A wonderful record of the Ama divers of Japan, and their diving for pearls. 'The habits, religion, and feasts of this tribe are interesting enough; but it is the girls themselves, diving almost naked and priding themselves on their strange vocation, who are the chief subjects.'

A sought after diving book. Study of the Ama divers who live in about 50 villages n the coastline of Japan on the islands of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu and smaller offshore islands. These people live a life distinct from that of the ordinary Japanese by whom they are considered rather as gipsies are with us. The Ama women do not dive for pearls, as is commonly believed but for edible seaweed and shell-fish. They dive without snorkels, without scuba gear, with very little cloths on, just a kind of g-strings, goggles and the tools they need under water. The photos are incredible.



"Sea Devils" by J. Valerio Borghese

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Italian Navy Commandos in World War II





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1954, HB, good condition, Henry Regency Company, Chicago. £39.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95

Though little known to the English-speaking world, the elite World War II Italian naval unit Decima Flottiglia MAS is considered by many to be the first modern naval commando squad. Assembled by Prince Junio Valerio Borghese at the beginning of the war, these "frogmen" were trained to fight undercover and underwater with small submarines and assault boats armed with a variety of torpedoes - pioneering tactics that remain a standard for Special Forces around the world today.


The commandos' story is told by the man who trained and led them in their desperate exploits. Borghese blends his own account with details offered by his men to present valuable insights into one of the Italian's fiercest and most formidable fighting units. First published in Italy in 1954 and translated into English in the same year.



"UNDERWATER HUNTING" by Dr Gilbert Doukan

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1953, HB, good condition, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London. £22.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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First published in France in 1948, the English edition of this spearfishing classic came out in 1953. It is a great read, even for someone who does not spear fish, as it is a historical document of the development of free diving in the Mediterranean.

Chapters include: No Novely; Where, When ? How; Submarine Hunting; The Technique of Submarine Hunting; Different Methods for Different Fish; The Dangers of Submarine Hunting; Submarine Hunting throughout the World; The Gun and Accessories; Some Anecdotes; Legislation Affecting Submarine Hunting; By Way of Conclusion.



"Navy Diver" The Incredible Undersea Adventures of a Master Diver by Joseph Sidney Karneke & Victor Boesen

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1962, HB, DJ, very good condition, personal libris, Putnam, New York. £42.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Karneke was one of the US Navy's greatest divers during World War 2, with salvage operations in the Pacific and Australia. A great read and a valuable contribution to naval diving history and the Pacific war.

Few master divers survive to tell their stories. Here is one who did. "A true bang-up suspenseful adventure from beginning to end."
—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times.



"THE TREASURE DIVERS GUIDE" by John S Potter

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Including locations of sunken treasures, techniques of research, search and salvage, wreck identification and submarine archaeology.
1972, HB, DJ, very good condition, Bonanza Books, New York. £32.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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This is a fascinating book. I am sure it has inspired many divers to go out there and seek their fortune - of failing that, to wallow in frustration at what is beyond our grasp. This is a totally revised edition to the original ‘bible' put out in 1961. Its content over some 566 pages is incredible, and covers the whole world. The illusive ‘Mahogany Ship' is mentioned, the Catterthun, a wreck off Long Island, Queensland, and of course all the famous Dutch wrecks off the WA coast. A few off Tasmania look interesting - the Hope, Portland and Enchantress. It is a very entertaining book, well written, with fascinating material on major treasure & potential treasure wrecks throughout the world. Highly recommended.



"Scuba, Spear & Snorkel" by Larry Bortstein & Henry Berkowitz

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1971, HB, DJ, good condition, Cowles, New York. £18.95 post free to UK, International postage: £9.95





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Fascinating & down to earth book about the fun & adventure of scuba diving, spearfishing, underwater photography and the catching & maintaining of saltwater fish for private aquariums.

With a history of diving, the author zeros in on equipment & how to take care of it, diving techniques, diving safety, first aid, hand signals, emergency signals & flags. Various diver problems are discussed - lung/sinus squeeze, nitrogen narcosis, carbon dioxide/monoxide poisoning, bends, cramps & embolisms.

Also, procedures for stalking underwater game along with types of spearguns.