SIEBE, Henry.

The Conquest of the Sea. A book about divers and diving.

London: Chatto and Windus… 1874

Small 8vo, pp. xii (including the frontispiece), 299, + 48 pages of publisher’s adverts dated May 1874. Woodcut figures in the text. Original green pictorial cloth, upper cover and spine decorated in black and gilt, bevelled edges, grey-brown endpapers, a nice copy. Neat inscription on front endpaper.

FIRST EDITION of the first book-length history of diving, from the earliest times. “The science of diving has already reached a point of perfection which fully entitles it to an important place among the industries of the time” (preface). Henry Siebe was the only surviving son of the Prussian immigrant engineer Christian Augustus Siebe, founder of the firm which made the first successful diving helmets in 1830.


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