1953 John Scott Hughes, in his book 'Come and Sail', marvelled
as to why 'A Floating Home' "...written" he described "with
grace, charm and distinction." had not been reprinted. But
another half century has elapsed before this new edition has
come to fruition. Although it has been entirely reset, it
keeps faith with the acclaimed original as to content and
adds a second part, written by Andrew Haig, which tells of
the subsequent years of the barge beyond Cyril Ionides' ownership.
This Chaffcutter edition has a new preface by Dick Durham,
one time sailing bargeman, and now news editor of Yachting
Monthly. The original Arnold Bennett watercolours are retained,
and many new contemporary photographs added. In addition to
the first edition appendices, further material, including
a contemporary review and author profile, correspondence between
Haig and the renowned maritime historian Frank G.G.Carr, and
some Carr drawings are included.
Both barge and locality were disguised by Ionides within
the original book; here those secrets are revealed.
Size 228 x 155 (Small Royal 8vo), 336 pages, 8 watercolours,
33 photographs, illustrated end papers, gilded page edges,
silk ribbon marker, case bound with head and tail bands, Oxford
Library buckram cloth hardback covers, and laminated dust
jacket. INDIVIDUALLY HAND NUMBERED LIMITED EDITION OF 500.