Title: Call of High Canvas. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Cassell, London, 1958,
Seller ID: 102459
HURST, A.A. The Call of High Canvas. London: Cassell, (1958). First Printing. Pp. (6),v-x,(2),1-272,(2), frontispiece, + 32 p. of black and white plates. Illustrated. 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine. "The author of 'Ghosts on the Sea-Line', which portrayed so splendidly the last of the big sailing ships, now presents a balanced picture of the men who mannedthem, stripping away both the sham romanticism and the lurid toughness in which myth has already wrapped them. In magnificent descriptive passages, worthy of Conrad at his best, that bring the sting of wind-swept spray to the reader's face, they can be seen at work in their tall ships on the broad oceans of the world. But this book is not confined to square-riggers. Mr. Hurst, with all the feeling, untouched by sentimentality, of a man who trulyloves the sea, has many tales to tell of his own experiences under sail; o f the trials and tribulations of a big schooner, an adventurous voyage in ayacht, and adventures in many seas. He has taken a broad canvas, covereing it brilliantly with sparkling prose, ranging from humorous anecdote to sta rk tragedy. He provides perhaps the finest and most dispassionate assessment of sail-training ever written; and fittingly, the last chapter includes expert comment on the loss of the Pamir, which closed the era of the merchant sailing vessel. But the undercurrent, running through the pages with all the force of the flowing tide, is of that clarion 'Call of High Canvas', which meant so much to him." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The Noise ofa Nameless Sea; 2. Fools Who Could Not Rest; 3. A Wailing in the Wind; 4. The Nomad Wind; 5. A Schooner in the Offing; 6. Her Excellent Loneliness; 7. The Secrets of the Sea; 8. The Winds to Serve Us; 9. A Glass to the Fiddler. Rear inner hinge starting, else very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 65.00