London, George Allen and Unwin. 1923. First Edition. 8vo. 217pp + 6pp ads. Publisher's blue cloth, light edgewear otherwise strong and bright, light bumping to spine ends. Titled in gilt to spine and front board. Light spotting to page edges, internally clean. Illustrated throughout with photographs documenting the building, launching and cruise of Ransome's Racundra. A very attractive copy of a book that undeniably had a considerable influence on Ransome's later fiction. "The sailing yarn Racundra's First Cruise was first published in 1923 and marked Ransome's return to non-journalistic and non-political writing. Racundra was built in 1921-22 in Riga, Latvia, after Ransome's adventures in Russia. The cruise referred to in the title was from Riga, across the Baltic, to Helsingfors and back again. The crew were Ransome himself, the Cook (Evgenia Shelepina), and the "Ancient Mariner", Carl Sehmel, (the model for Peter Duck). The book is considered a classic of sailing literature." Item #35618
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