SEVERIN, Tim. The China Voyage. London: Clays Ltd for Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
8vo (232 x 147mm). Original dark-blue boards, spine lettered in gilt, illustrated endpapers after Trondur Patursson, dustwrapper, retaining price; pp. , 317, [7 (blank)]; 8 colour-printed plates with photographic illustrations after Joe Beynon and Rex Warner printed recto-and-verso, one double-page map after Alex Herzer, double-page diagram after Arthur Saluz, illustrations after Nina Kojima and Trondur Patursson, 7 double-page and 2 full-page; a near fine copy.
First edition. Severin's account of his 1993 attempt to cross the Pacific on the bamboo raft Hsu Fu, to test the hypothesis that Asian raft sailors reached North America some 2,000 years previously; departing from Hong Kong, travelling past Taiwan to Japan, and then across the Pacific towards America, the expedition covered some 5,500 miles before damage to the raft forced the crew to abandon it.