The Man In The Helmet. A great diving book classic, complete with original dutjacket protected by mylar. Ex library with minimal stamps and a'withdrawn from stock' notice.
Particularly with such a good dustjacket. From the fly: "This is the story of diving, from the earliest days of pearl fishing without a dress to the "routine" salvage of sunken wrecks and cargoes, the progressive development of deep diving, the wartime employment of frogmen and "human torpedoes and the comparatively recent cult of skin diving with the aqualung. Inevitably the story has become inter- twined with that of the growth of Siebe, Gorman and Co. Pioneers of the craft, the firm which has produced diving and breathing apparatus for the Admiralty and other users for the past 125 years.In its turn, the name of this great company owes much to the devoted service of its moving spirit, Sir Robert Davis, whose name was synonymous with the evolu- tion of diving before most of us were born. What matters, says Sir Robert modestly, is not the individual but the achievement.
But in this case the indi- vidual is no ordinary man. Having joined Siebe, Gorman at the age of eleven on five shillings a week, he retired in 1962 from the chairmanship after eighty-one years' continued service.He played a great part in both world wars. He was honoured by King George V in 1932 for his work in connection with submarine escapes and diving at great depths.
He has earned national respect for his far- sighted vision when, without specific medical encouragement, he introduced the Iron Lung into this country in the early'thirties. Thanks to his humour as well as to his inquiring and practical mind, he has always been the friend of the Royal Navy-and of everyone who has come in contact with him during his long career. Those who have testified to his ingenuity and generosity range from scientists as distinguished as the late Professor Ibhn Scott Haldane, C. To the leader of the successful Everest expedition and the holder of the world speed record on water. They include, as well as''submariners'', airmen, soldiers in tunnelling companies, mineworkers, fire- men and many another man in the helmet or gas-mask who has been enabled to breathe in irrespirable atmospheres- and to survive.For Sir Robert has always been steadfast in one purpose, neatly summed up in his own slogan: Everything for safety everywhere, On land, submerged, or in the air. The item "Siebe Gorman Diving Helmet Desmond Young Dive Book Rare DJ HB 1st" is in sale since Sunday, April 14, 2019. This item is in the category "Sporting Goods\SCUBA & Snorkelling\Vintage". The seller is "vampyrebyron" and is located in Chichester. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Australia, Bahrain, Japan, New Zealand, China, Israel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Brunei darussalam, Egypt, Jordan, Cambodia, Sri lanka, Macao, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Reunion, Saudi arabia, South africa, United arab emirates, Kuwait, Philippines, Qatar, Viet nam.