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BRASSEY, Sir Thomas.

In the "Sunbeam" R.Y.S.

I. Outward bound; Marseilles to Bombay; II. To Kurrachee; III. Homeward bound; Bombay to Plymouth; IV. Indian Unrest. 1913-14.

[London]: Printed for Private Circulation, [1914] Stock Code: 128616
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First and sole edition of this scarce pamphlet, Library Hub citing just two locations among British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), WorldCat adds only San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Brassey's compliments slip (dated June 1914) loosely inserted.

Brassey (1836-1918) concludes his breezy narrative with a chapter giving his opinions on the state of India based on his discussions "with men of wide experience, whom it was a privilege to meet at Government House, Bombay" (p. 19). As a liberal politician Brassey was particularly interested in "wages, the condition of the working classes, and employers' liability" (ODNB). In the course of his voyage, noticing the poor conditions and low pay of the workers in Port Said he comments: "remorseless competition gives everything to the consumer. He does not know at what cost in human sufferings prices are cut" (p. 12). Despite being in his late 70s in 1914, Brassey remained very active. "Although he was never happier than when afloat in his yacht, he never undertook a long voyage unless it was to fulfil some public purpose; and in 1916 he handed over the Sunbeam to the government of India for hospital work during the war" (ODNB).

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Octavo, 28 pp. Original blue printed wrappers.


Half-tone photographic frontispiece of the Sunbeam and one similar plate.


Wrappers a little splayed, a few marks to front wrapper, short closed-tear at fore-edge of back wrapper. A remarkably good copy.


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