Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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Did you know?
That Racundra's First Cruise:
This new edition of Racundra's First Cruise includes the original maps, text and photographs from the 1923 edition, of which only 1500 copies were printed. The book was reprinted many time sin various edition and formats but never in its original form. Details of Ransome's first attempts at Baltic sailing, in his two previous boats slug and kittiwake, are included in the introduction.
About the building of Racundra, Ransome says:
"I took a deep breath and signed the contract. This was among the few wise things I have done in my life, for, more than anything else, this boat helped me to get back to my proper trade of writing."From the Back Cover:
RACUNDRA'S FIRST CRUISE starts with the famous words:
"Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition. I admit, doubtfully, as exceptions, snail-shells and caravans. The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting-place."
Included in this new edition are the original maps, texts and photographs of the 1923 first edition of Racundra's First Cruise. There is an extended introduction, which includes details of Ransome's previous Baltic sailing, the story of Racundra, how he came to write the book, and previously unpublished Ransome essays and photographs.
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