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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has light fading, medium to heavy surface rubbing, and a small tan stain to the top edge on the back. There is light age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover and to the first and last page. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 284 x 260 mm
Pages: 108
Publisher: David Ling Publishing
Publication date: 2004 first edition

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Vintage New Zealand Launches: A Winkelmann Portfolio
By Harold Kidd & Robin Elliott

This is a stunning collection of photographs of early powerboats and launches taken from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s by renowned maritime photographer Henry Winkelmann.

Well-known maritime historians Harold Kidd and Robin Elliott have structured this book chronologically, following the style of Winkelmann's Waitemata, their earlier book on Winkelmann's yachting photography.

The first image is from 1897 and the last from 1928, a period which saw the decline of the steam launch and the popularisation of the internal combustion engined "oil launch", and the first and major leaps into the pursuit of speed on the water for its own sake.

The wide range of images shows a variety of craft, some utterly obscure, some quite famous, from elegant launches and humble working boats to dashing early speedboats.

The format also helps the enthusiast for old launches to understand the processes that produced the "tram-top" and the "bridgedecker" with their roots in the classically pure "flushdecker" of the period just before 1914, when launches had finally broken away from their attempts to look as much as possible like yachts.

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  • Seller location: Hibiscus Coast, Auckland, NZ

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