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Author Name:    CLARKE, Dennis LEVICK, G.Murray, introd. STAINER, J. DAHL, Roald

Title:   Public School Explorers in Newfoundland. First Edition

Publisher:    Putnam, London, 1935, 

Seller ID:   4347

CLARKE, Dennis. Public School Explorers in Newfoundland. Introduction by Surgeon-Commander G. Murray Levick, R.N. London : Putnam, Covent Garden, n.d.[1935]. First Edition. Pp (6), v-xii, (2), 1-294, (2), frontispiece ["On b oard S.S. Nova Scotia"] + 45 p. of photos. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Map end-papers. O'Dea 2157. An expedition into Central Newfoundland by a party of English Public School boys. Well written and enjoyable. Besides the expected this book includes : an account of the train ride from St. John's to Grand Falls (35-40), a baseball match in Grand Falls (47-49), the Forest Fires Act (50-51), spruce tea (107-8), Cormack (72, 137), RamseyMacDonald (211-2), Hope-Simpson (212-7, DNLB p.314), a reference to Zola's description of the Battle of Sedan (133), and several vignettes of St.John 's including: "Nearby, from inside the harbour the impression is that Wiganis posing as an Italian seaside town".- p.30. The late British writer, Roa ld Dahl, made what was probably his first book appearance here : pp.22, 126, 139-40, 166, 178, 194, 212, and 222. See Jeremy Treglown's Roald Dahl : ABiography, (L., Faber, 1994), pp.29-30 and Dahl's own brief mention of the trip in Boy. Contents : 1. Off to Newfoundland. 2. Making Plans. 3. St. Jo hn's. 4. Grand Falls. 5. Base Camp. 6. Depot March. 7. At the Depot. 8. TheGleed Business. 9. The Long March Party. 10. Open Ground. 11. Set-Back. 12 . To Raft or Not. 13. 'Mount Cormack'. 14. Middle Ridge. 15. Re-exploring. Appendices : The Public School's Exploring Society. Members of the Expedition. Food. Mammals. Birds. Insects. Lepidoptera. Botanical Report. Meteorological Observations. Display of Northern Lights. Edgeworn, browned, binding shaky, some foxing throughout, else good. 100.00


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