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Cruise of the HMS Delphi, 1930-31: Photo Album Showing Locations Along the Entire East Coast of South America, Inland on the Parana River, and North to the Caribbean
1930. Hardcover. Very good. Large cloth album (11.5" x 14.5") containing two lithographed hand-drawn maps and 294 photographs mounted on both sides of 27 thick cardstock leaves (3 additional leaves unused). Also includes some small half-tone tourist views not included in the photo count. Some leaves loose from binding, otherwise very good. There are 21 panoramas measuring about 3.5" x 12", and one 7" x 11" photo of the Delphi; otherwise images average about 2.5" x 4". All are captioned in a clear hand and are sharp and well composed. Seventeen photos of Jamaica at the end of the album are commercial, the rest appear to have been taken by the compiler. The frigate HMS Delphi served as part of the 8th Cruiser Squadron of the British Royal Navy on the America and West Indies Station between the world wars. In October, 1930, the ship was pulled from its regular course and sent to the island of Domenica as part of the "Carib War"-- a brief skirmish in which the British attempted to crack down on smuggling by the island's indigenous Kalinago people. The Delhi fired its guns in a display of force and landed a detachment of Royal Marines to round up perceived troublemakers. Although one of the maps in this album shows the course of this "emergency cruise," the compiler was evidently not much interested by it, devoting only one page of images to Domenica, with a single showing the landing of the Marines. The album includes about just a few images of life aboard the ship. and about 40 images of coastal eastern Canada at the end. Otherwise it is entirely composed of scenes from the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Walkabout Books [United States]
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