Title: Venturesome Voyages of Capt. Voss
Publisher: Japan Herald Press, Yokohama
Publication Date: 1913
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition.
This is an account of Voss's intrepid journey around the world in the canoe Tilikum. The Tilikum was a canoe with sails built according to a Canadian Indian design. The hull was carved from a single log of cedar. xiv, , 394,  pages + frontispiece + 14 plates + folding colour map. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 224 x 148mm.Condition: Good. Cloth rubbed and torn horizontally at ends of spine. A 1/2" and a 3/8" split to cloth at head of joints. A 3" tear along one fold of the map, repaired on reverse side with brown paper tape. Narrow split to gutter between the folding map and the adjacent text leaf. This copy of the book belonged to George Chance, who was a friend of Voss. Chance was an optician in Dunedin, but is best known today for his photographic work. He went on an expedition to Ecuador as photographer. The ephemera and notations in the book are as follows - Front pastedown endpaper: A sealed empty envelope with "CANOE TILIKUM" printed on the flap, appears to be contemporary to the voyage of the Tilikum. Also on the front pastedown endpaper is a short "Fifty Years Ago" newspaper clipping from 1953 about the Tilikum being on display in the Octagon [Dunedin, New Zealand] in 1903. [i.e. this is a 1953 reprinting in the newspaper of a short article which was originally printed in the newspaper in 1903]. Front free endpaper: An original photograph tipped in showing Voss and George Chance and two others. The photograph measures 81 x 70mm. Beneath the photograph is written in pencil: "G.C. - McKenzie - Plumbly - Captain Voss / Quayquil - Ecuador - 1906". Also in pencil on the front free endpaper this inscription:"Geo. Chance Yokohama 4/10/20 This is a first edition I purchased in Japan".On the reverse side of the frontispiece is this pencil inscription:"Note Capt Voss + his visit to N.Z. + Dunedin on page 191 - Voss often told me of his visit to N.Z." Tipped in to half-title page: Postcard from Voss to Chance. Front of postcard has in ink: "Feb 23 1906 Dear Friend Hoping you [?] safely and meet all your friends & relations in good spirit. John leaving for B.C. Tomorrow. J. C. Voss".Reverse side of postcard has in pencil "From Capn Voss of the "Tilicum" after my return from So America". The postcard has a postmarked US stamp, and was sent to George Chance at his address in Letytonshire, Essex via London, England". Also included loosely is a heavily foxed label with heavy adhesive marks on the reverse side (removed from an article of luggage?). Dimensions: 101 x 70mm. The label is cloth with paper or some form of coating on it, and reads: "The Talbot Clifton Expedition, Guayaquil, Ecuador". Chance was the photographer on this expedition. We do not know if Voss was also connected with the Talbot Clifton Expedition.There is no other marginalia or writing in the book other than that mentioned above.; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 11546
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