London: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, Limited, . Charles E. Turner. Paperback. (w. Early S. African Surfing Image) Publication date of 1920 from the single copy located in OCLC, held at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven. Saddle stapled wraps, 8vo (8-1/4 inches tall), pp. 40, two maps, illustrated in color throughout. Volume with a vertical fold line, covers toned with light soil and wear, a few paint splatters to front cover, interior unmarked. Very Good. Item #2892
An uncommon travel brochure, containing an early stylized - and quite possibly the first - centerfold image of surfers riding a surf break in South Africa. The "Swimming" section of the Port Elizabeth entry states that "Surfing at Humewood is also very popular." Predates the currently used South African surfing inception date of the 1940's "Surfing as a sport in South Africa started in Durban around the 1940s." (wiki) by 20 years. Credited artwork by "C.E. Turner" (1883 - 1965) a Liverpool artist known for demonstrating his first-hand experience of combat naval action and other maritime works. Not in De La Vega's bibliography "200 Years of Surfing Literature"
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