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Skeleton Coast


Author: John H Marsh
Publishers: Marshes Books
Publication Date: 1985
Edition: Reprinted Edition
Condition: Excellent Condition - Hardcover with Dust Jacket
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Inscribed to Keith Alexander.  Keith Alexander is an artist known to many in Southern Africa, in America and in Europe. A quiet, diffident and unassuming man, he created a substantial number of exquisite paintings, with rare exceptions African-themed.

 Very sadly he died in 1998 at the relatively young age of 52. This untimely death robbed the world of great art. Keith Alexander was a prolific painter, and all his work was interesting, special and different. He used a rare technique of combining clear, almost photographic, realism with surreal images or effects. Sometimes he played tricks with perspective, more often he introduced features which are bizarrely out of place in his works and yet could belong.

 His major theme, inspired by what he saw in the Namib, was the impermanence of man’s work in the face of a relentless nature, and this theme is evident in many of his paintings. Those lucky enough to have visited the Namib desert will appreciate his astonishing skill in capturing light, heat and atmosphere. Keith Alexander’s work lives on through the prints listed here.

THIS is a re-issue, up-dated and much more fully illustrated, of the book first published in 1944 that released the hitherto top secret story of what is surely the most dramatic and inspiring shipwreck and rescue drama of all time.
The story is true in every particular, incredulous as many a reader is likely to find the amazing series of events related. There were some who labelled it “the wildest fiction” when first they read it. But it has stood the test of time. The incident that led to the participation in the drama of the Merchant Marines of several countries, the British and South African Navies, the South African Air Force, the South African Army, the South African Police and the South African Railways and Harbours Administration,demanding from each of the men their utmost resources of courage, endurance, persistence, ingenuity, compassion and humanity, as well as intelligence and muscle, took place midway through World War 2 off the coast of South West Africa that is scheduled soon to become the independent country of Namibia.
That particular part of the S.W.A./Namibia coast has been for centuries for all who knew it the most frightening piece of the Earth.
The story of the wrecking of the big British passenger liner Dunedin Star and the eventual rescue of her more than 100 passengers and crew, at the cost of other lives, another ship, a big aircraft, a number of army trucks, etc., has become known to millions since the book was first published, and is generally accepted to be the peer of true adventure stories so far to come out of Africa. Edition after edition of the original book came from the presses in English and in translations in Africa, England, the Continent of Europe and America, over a period of nearly a quarter of a century. However, the last edition was sold out more than a decade ago, so this up-dated and expanded and generously illustrated re-issue is certain to be eagerly received.
Naval and military censorship ruled when the earlier editions of Skeleton Coast were published, and only a handful of approved photos were obtainable to illustrate the book. But for this expanded re-issue a remarkable collection of nearly 100 pictures, many of them history-making and of dramatic action, and most of them now published for the first time, has been assembled.