'because it intensifies life'
CHICHESTER, Francis Gipsy Moth Circles the World. [London,] Hodder and Stoughton, .
8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers, price-clipped, after a painting by the marine artist Norman Wilkinson presented to the author; pp. xvi, 267, sketch maps, plates after photographs, facsimiles in the text, sail plan on the final page; wrappers a little marked and faded at upper margin; internally very clean and fresh, gift inscription, dated 1967, on front fly-leaf.
First edition, boldly signed by the navigator and author on title-page. The leading navigator and sailor of Britain in the middle of the 20th century here accounts his circumnavigation. 'Chichester became the hero of the British people and achieved worldwide fame when at the age of sixty-five he sailed solo around the world between August 1966 and May 1967, a distance of 29,600 miles in 226 days … Chichester was appointed CBE in 1964 and KBE in 1967, when he reached Sydney halfway through his single-handed voyage round the world; the queen dubbed him with Sir Francis Drake's sword at Greenwich after his return. He received many other honours and awards. He recorded his exploits both in the air and at sea in a number of books, but his personality and his philosophy can best be summed up in his own answer to a question after his tumultuous welcome at Plymouth. Why did he do it? Because, he replied, it intensifies life.