British Coracles and Irish Curraghs (1938)
Book ID: 63159
British Coracles and Irish Curraghs. With a Note on the Quffah of Iraq. With an Introduction by Sir Geoffrey Callender. Published by Published by the Society for Nautical Research by Bernard Quaritch. London (1938). Smooth navy buckram boards, lettered in gilt, in publisher’s pictorial dust jacket lettered in black. Jacket lightly spotted & frayed, neat Ex Libris stamp to endpaper & in text, otherwise a near fine copy.
With twenty-three plates and twenty-three figures and plans in text. Reprints of a series of articles which appeared originally in The Mariner’s Mirror, the official publication of the Society for Nautical Research (1936-1938).
Large section devoted to the Curragh of Ireland with plates and drawings. Hornell describes the first connected account of these interesting survivals of the primitive boats, the coracle and the curragh, which are still to be seen on the rivers of Wales and the Welsh marches, and on the west coast of Ireland. The English coracle, the author believes has a common ancestry with the quffah of Iraq, but is not related to the Irish curragh. This latter is of composite origin and a product of an indigenous Celtic development.