SOLD - The Royal Yacht Squadron (1815-1900) - with - Further memorials of the Royal Yacht Squadron (1901-1938). Two Volumes - Montague Guest, William B. Boulton, J. B. Atkins 1902 1939 - John Murray. Geoffrey Bles., London - First Editions These two volumes represent the history of one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, The Royal Yacht Squadron, whose current patron is Queen Elizabeth II and club admiral is Prince Philip. The club’s ensign is the White Ensign of the Royal Navy, and it flies above Cowes Castle, their magnificent clubhouse on the Isle of Wight.

Two large octavo volumes, extremely well illustrated, and containing a large amount of biographical material, as well as personal reminiscences and recollections of the great races and yachts of this era.

Included are a number of related letters and press cuttings from the former owner, nautical historian and eye surgeon, Dr. Michael Gilkes.
  Provenance: First volume from George Natsey with 1907 gift inscription from Mary B Atkey. Both volumes later from the library of nautical historian and eye surgeon Dr. Michael Gilkes with his bookplate to first volume and name in the second.

Michael Gilkes FRCS, FRCOphth., FRGS (1923-2014). - During a long and rich life, this passion for adventure would see Michael crewing on an America’s Cup Race, living and working for a time researching glaucoma in both Jerusalem and the Gambia, building his own thirty-foot yacht in his back garden and sailing her around Britain and over to Europe, and traveling extensively, particularly in South America. On his retirement from his career as an ophthalmic surgeon, he made a number of voyages back to Antarctica – the region which fascinated and drew him the most.’

Reference: Toy,
Adventures Afloat 58, 59.

Octavo (23.6 x 16.3 cm, 26 x 22 cm) pp.[2] x 525 [3]; xii 339 [1]. Publisher’s blue cloth, gilt lettering and decoration to spine and front boards, top edge gilt to first volume and blue tint to second volume.
  Condition: Very good, some light rubbing to panels and sunning, volume one with light foxing to endpapers and damp mark to frontispiece, volume two internally fine. Volume II in very good minus dust jacket, with large chip to upper edge of front panel spine to rear panel.   Ref: 108201   Price: HK$ 0