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THE LAST GRAIN RACE

by Eric Newby

 

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The Last Grain Race

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At the age of 18, Eric Newby, signed on as an apprentice in the four-masted sailing ship Moshulu of the Ericson Line for a round trip to Australia and back, outwards round the Cape of Good Hope in ballast and homewards round Cape Horn with a cargo of grain. The Last Grain Race”has become a classic story of the sea.

First published in England 1956, 1st. re-issue 1979

by Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd., London

ISBN n/a

BOOK CONDITION and DETAILS:

A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine - Condition at least VERY GOOD PLUS
Very little wear - page block tight and square - pages, fold-out and photographs are immaculate.

Dust wapper is whole, not priced so not clipped, just a couple of small chips. Condition is VERY GOOD PLUS

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UK Royal Mail
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Airmail Europe
£6.60
Airmail World Zone 1.
£10.15
Airmail World Zone 2
£10.75

244 pages 145 mm. x 220 mm. x 25 mm.

Weight wrapped for postage <750 grm.

PRICE £8.50 plus postage (included for UK but for overseas see table right! )

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A scan of the dust wrapper's front of "With Full and Grateful Hearts - A Register of Royal Marines Deaths 1914 - 16" showing the general appearance and condition.
Scan of the front of "The Last Grain Race"

From the Foreword

At the age of 18, Eric Newby, who had previously worked in an advertising agency, signed on as an apprentice in the four-masted sailing ship Moshulu of the Ericson Line for a round trip to Australia and back, outwards round the Cape of Good Hope in ballast and homewards round Cape Horn with a cargo of grain. Moshulu was the largest of the dozen or so sailing ships engage in the grain trade which strove annually with each other to make the shortest passage home. Newby signed on in the autumn 1938. He was destined to sail in the last grain race that ever took place.

Photograph of
"The Last Grain Race"

Newby wrote what proved to be the last authentic account of personal adventure in the hard and beautiful days of sail. Moshulu carried him through fair weather and foul; he knew the fiendish cold of the South Latitudes east of New Zealand, and the equally unbearable heat of the Great Australian Bight. He experienced the uttermost danger and physical strain and breath-taking beauties that only sail can bring.

His companions were a polyglot crew of Finns, Swedes, Danes speaking a weird hotch-potch of languages. The only Englishman on board, he had to fight hard and often to establish his position as a “proper strongbody". But he succeeded and has given us a book in which descriptive passages of great power are combined with a gift of characterisation which brings his companions violently alive.

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Background adapted from a painting of Carl G. Evers addapted for the dust wrapper of Eric Newby's classic sea story "The Great Grain Race".