The Silent World
Cousteau's classic in a fine full leather Royal Navy binding
First edition, seventh impression. Hardback, rebound in fine full leather with five raised bands, contrasting title label and gilt nautical design to spine, and with gilt crest to upper board of HMS Worcester, the Royal Navy training base. Top edge gilt. 23.5 × 15cm, 148pp.
In Cousteau's classic book, he recounts the earliest days of scuba diving with his diving companions Frédéric Dumas and Philippe Tailliez. The aqualung allowed for the first time untethered, free-floating extended deep water diving, and ushered in the modern era of scuba diving. The later chapters include excursions diving to shipwrecks.
The leather binding is in excellent condition, and there is a Navy prize label to the front pastedown. The text of the book is lightly foxed throughout but still in strong readable condition.