|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.
also Hardhat Diving - Commercial.
See also Salvage, Military and Navy, and Treasure.
See also Commercial Oil Field Diving
See also Military (USA).
See also two manuals: Royal Navy Diving Manual, US Navy Diving Manual.
This webpage lists those
books that reflect the standsard dress items in private collections.
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ROBERT H. DAVIS
|HELMETS OF THE DEEP
|Language: English, German, French.
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|HELMETS OF THE DEEP
Leon G Lyons
First published in the USA in 1988
Limited to 900 numbered copies plus a number of leather bound editions
Red illustrated hard covers with dust jacket, landscape format
Dimensions: 26 cms tall by 30 cms wide - 370 printed pages
This is a review of the standard edition of Helmets of the Deep. I understand that a de-luxe leather bound edition was also published at the same time. Printed in three languages (English, French and German), I consider this book as the definitive reference book when trying to identify diving equipment as it contains so much material. The book is broken down into 26 chapters, most of which is dedicated to diving equipment from a country. Chapters include England (UK), USA, Canada, West Germany, East Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands (Holland), Italy, Russia, Puerto Rico, Greece, Turkey, Korea, Japan, Spain, China, Australia and Chile. Other chapters contain the armoured dress, diving knives, underwater flashlights (torches) & T-Wrenches, and finally two labelled Miscellaneous which contains assorted photographs of other collections including Leon's own collection in and around his residence. In turn within each country, helmets are broken down by manufacturer and examples of various different helmets are shown. What is really good, each helmet has different views - usually the front, side and back maybe even more. The chapter covering armoured dresses is well illustrated covering from early times to contemporary suits in 1988. Within the chapter covering knives and other miscellaneous equipment like "T" wrenches, boots and torches items are spilt by country of origin.
No longer in publication, this book is well worth owning but copies these days are exchanging hands at a rediculous amounts. It is believed that a revised edition is being published but as yet (September 2012) nothing has been released. [pt]
|HISTORICAL DIVING EQUIPMENT
The - Jeff Hakko Collection
|Language: Turkish and English|
|HISTORICAL DIVING EQUIPMENT - The - Jeff Hakko Collection
Authors: Jeff Hakko, Ece Cetin & Berfu Kalaycioglu
Published in Turkey in April 2011, limited to 1500 copies
Photography by: Ferit Senerman & Ismail Gorzanli but other credits are given on single photographs
Brown hard covers with dust jacket, Landscape Format
Dimensions: 23.5 cms tall by 31.0 cms wide - 151 printed pages
The book was published in Turkey in the Turkish language, but unlike other similar books, it is also in English making it very appealing to English speaking people. The book is a photographic record of Jeff Hakko's diving collection but done very tastefully like a personal photo album with historical monochrome photographs to accompany the collection displayed, many not seen before. Equipment includes helmets, air pumps, boots, knives, lamps, weights,telephones, gauges and tools from many countries around the world - all of which are shown on a world map in the introduction. Each helmet is photographed from more than one direction, as are the pumps.
The book starts with a 10 page 'potted history' of diving and in the back mof the book is a one page "biography" of Jeff Hakker.
All in all, an excellent book that is good value for the asking price and for the content - well recommended. In fact, so much care has been taken in the publication, the cover of the binding under the DJ even has a diving helmet. I know that it was initially printed with only 1,500 (un-numbered) copies but I think that it has now been reprinted and a second edition is available on e-bay or from this web site:
|LA COLLECTION DANIEL BOUDOT
(The Collection of Daniel Boudot)
|LA COLLECTION DANIEL BOUDOT (The Collection of Daniel
Private Publication c2009 in France (Publication un-dated)
Photographs by: Jean-Patrick Paszula
Black hard covers with dust jacket, Landscape format
Dimensions: 22.5 cms tall by 28.5 cms wide - 100 printed pages un-numbered
This book is published totally in the French language, has a limited edition of 300 copies, each copy numbered and I do believe there were also five private copies produced (not sure what that means). The book is a photographic record of Daniel Boudot's diving equipment collection categorised into helmets, air pumps, knives, boots, cuff expanders, corsolet spanners, telephones, leather belts, weights, cutting torches, tools, lamps and gauges and contains over 350 photographs - all in colour.
In the helmet section, there are 25 pages of helmets from manufacturers such as Boutan, Petit, Piel, Casassa, Scauda from France; Galeazzi and Salvas from Italy; Siebe Gorman and Heinke from the UK; Drager and Medi from Germany, Chinese TF12, TOA, Yokohama, various Russian helmets; finally Miller Dunn, Desco and Morse from the USA. Each helmet has at least 2 photographs from different directions. It is a similar story of all the other equipment included in all the other sections. All pages have colour photographs which are extremely clear and sharp, another book well worth owning but it does have the look of a cut down version of "Helmets of the Deep". The French text is kept to a minimum, just descriptions of the equipment included in the book so it is easy to get the idea of what is being said. However, the introduction in the front of the book about the collection is again totally in French, as is the details on the very last page about the photographer (Jean-Patrick Paszula) and the owner of the collection (Daniel Boudot).
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