DINGLE, Captain. [Aylward Edward Dingle]. ("SINBAD").
Title The Flying Kestrel. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY.
Seller ID 70898
William Heinemann Ltd. . No DW. First edition. Presentation copy SIGNED by Author to half-title, "To Jimmy Whitfield - Friend. Affectionately A E Dingle. Andros 1929-30." Then below is added by the author, "Your Blooming Hurricane done gummed up the cover." Original blue cloth, and, as mentioned by Dingle, very damp stained to edges with spots to the spine. Margins of prelims and rear pages stained pink. Bookplate of J. J. Whitfield showing a plough and a little church on the bay of a desert island with coconut palms and a sailing ship. Occ. light foxing and browning. VG-. Dingle also known as "Sinbad" was an adventurer, a sailor and a writer of pulp adventure stories. He spent 22 years at sea and was shipwrecked five times. In 1893, Dingle joined a salvage, the schooner Black Pearl sailed from Mahe, the Seychelle Islands to the Crozets, seeking gold that had gone down with the immigrant ship Strathmore. They found the sunken wreck, and its strongbox, but were unable to remove it. Eventually, they were driven off by gales. On the return voyage, the Black Pearl was wrecked near St. Paul Island. Both crew survived, though the Black Pearl was completely lost. They survived twelve weeks on the island, eating rabbit, goat and fish. Exploring, they found gold from a buried 1870s wreck. On the first morning of the twelfth week, they were rescued by a French bark. Dingle was one of the earliest people to be featured on Desert Island Discs in March 1942 and possibly the only guest who really had been shipwrecked!
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