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VAIDYA, K. B.
The Sailing Vessel Traffic on the West Coast of India and its Future.
Bombay: The Popular Book Depot, 1945. Bombay: The Popular Book Depot,, 1945. Octavo. Original pale grey cloth spine lettered in black, pictorial paper over boards. 9 portraits (8 half-tones, 1 line drawing), 7 line drawings of sailing vessels and a map, by Vasant Kelkar of "Art Corner". A little shelf wear, corners rubbed, back cover toned and partially stained, a few leaves dog eared, a scatter of marginal light pencilings, yet this rather fragile book remains a very good copy, with 10-pages of advertisements at the end. First and sole edition of this thoroughgoing study, certainly rather scarce in commerce, covering a wealth of topics, including different types of ship, shipbuilding, crewing, chartering, traffic and traffic routes, cargo, rates, insurance and banking, maintenance and earnings, and "sailing vessel vs. steamships"; the seven appendices are devoted to technical matters, such as "port and customs formalities", tonnage schedules, and coastal distances. Naturally, there are a number of mentions of traffic with the Gulf and Arabia. Vessels illustrated include an Arabian craft ("known in India as Baglas"), "Cutch-Kathiawar and Sind Types", a Gujerat batala or dhow, "Thana-Ratnagiri Types", a Tuticorin lugger, and a Jaffna-Madras-Cocanada barque. The author, J. B. Vaidya, had a long career in both journalism and business, and was the author of The Naval Defence of India (1949).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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