H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of EDINBURGH: Seabirds in Southern Waters

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    is well known to bird watchers and nature lovers around the world.
    ��Prince Philip's book is an account for two off duty photographic
    expeditions on the Royal Yacht H.M.Y Britannia, hence the English
    title "BIRDS FROM BRITANNIA".
    ��Expedition 1 began fromKenya to the island paradiseSeychelles in Indian
    Ocean , to Ceylon, Malaya (now Malaysia), Papua New Guinea,
    Darwin, Alice Spring, to Melbourne, where the photographer Prince
    joined the 1956 Olympic Games. The expedition continued after
    the game, from New Zealand to Chatham Island passing date line to
    Graham Land Peninsular in the Antarctica, onward to Falkland,
    and a number of isolated islands in the South Atlantic: South Georgia,
    Gough Island, Tristan da Cunha and ended at St. Helena
    �� The second expedition began from Singapore, through the Strait
    of Malaca to Couching, Sandakan, Hong Kong, Malaita Island, Ocean Island
    Vaitupur, Christmas Island through Panama Canal and ended at Bermuda.
    ��Prince Philip's book is full of vivid description of the ocean,
    the sea birds, penguins, seals and wild life, reminiscent of
    Charles Darwin's Voyage on the Beagle.
    �� "The colour of the sea can vary enormously, the North Sea, for
    instance, has a peculiar greyish-green colour even in fine weather.
    The sea off the west of Scotland has a special black look about it..
    The wine-dark seas of Homer's Mediterranean are again different
    from the inky black of Antarctic and to the much greener blue of the
    Indian Ocean....."
    ��The book is contain two parts, text and photographs. The text
    part consists of�� four sections

    The Tropical Seas

    • Ascension Island in the South Atlantic
      • ��lt;font color="#000000"> Sooty Tern, Booby,Frigate Bird, Man/o'/war
    • Christmas Island in South Pacific
      • Blue grey Petrel, Whet Tern, Crested Tern, land crab
    • Gilbert Islanders and their canoes
    • Ellis Islands
    • Battle of Tarawa
    • Solomon Island
    The Southern Oceans

    • St. Helena
      • Jamestown
      • Longwood and Napoleon
      • Wandering Albatross
    • Tristan da Cunha
      • Fur seal, sea elephant, penguin
      • Volcano
    • Gough Island
      • �Penguin
      • �Seabirds: Sooty Shearwater, Great Skuas and other two dozen bird species.
      • Fur Seal, Right Whale
    • Falkland Island
      • Magellan Penguins, Steamer duck, dolphins
      • Black browed Albatross, Mollymawks
      • Shearwaters,Giant Petrel, Cape Pigeon, Cape Dove
      • Whale-birds
    Sub Antarctic and Antarctic

    • Sperm Whale, Baleen Whale, Blue Whale
    • South Georgia
      • Pintado Petrel, Sooty Albatross
      • Hard to photographprions or whale birds
      • Ian Rankin's book Atlantic Island
      • King Penguin,Adelie Penguin, Chinstriap Penguin and Gentoo Penguin
      • Elephant Seal
    • South Shetland Island
    • Admiral Bay
      • Enormous Gentoo Penguin rookery
    • Deception Island
      • Sheathbill
    • Graham Land Peninsula
      • John Bisco ship, tennis games
      • Adelie Penguin rookery
      • A ride on dog sledge
      • Attacked by skuus
    In closing, Prince Philip wrote :

    "Although we spent only a few days in the area I can quite understand the fascination which the Antarctic has for many people. It may be bleak and stark, but it has a kind of lonely, empty beauty which exercises a very strong attraction. Graham Land, in particular, with its steep mountains, icefalls and the ever-changing colour of the snow, must have some of the most glorious scenery anywhere in the world. Given half a chance, I would o back, if only to see the penguins and the seabirds again."
    About the Birds
    ������������ Extensive text accompanying the photographs.

    �Prince Philip's Photo Equipment's

    ����Prince Philip's camera equipment consisted of a Hasselblad with 250mm/f4.0 lens a Minox,
    a 35mm camera and cine camera.
    ���� A picture in the books shows the casually attired photography Prince wearing a pair of
    eyeglasses looking down closely at the focusing screen of a Hasselblad
    resting on the rail of Britannia yacht, and on his neck was another camera
    probably a 35 mm camera and most probably a Minox in pocket.
    ����Based on the late of the the expedition in 1956-7 and 1959, the Minox camera was probably a Minox IIIs(made
    between 1954- 1958)
    ����All the Minox pictures taken by Prince Philip were in B&W, the films used were probably�� ADOX 17,ADOX21, the B&W film available at that period.
    Prince Philip's Bird Photography
    ����This book is abundantly illustrated with photographs taken with Hasselbland and Minox A.
    �The brd and penguin photographs are magnificent, to mention a few: plates like
    • Blue-grey Noddies
    • The WanderingAlbatross
    • The Adult Wanderer
    • The female Figate-birds
    • King Penguins
    • etc
    �are all excellent nature photography taken in natural surroundings.
    ���� The flying birds pictures were captured with Hasselbland with a long lens, clearly demonstrated�� the great photographic skill, sharp eyes and quick reflex of the photographer Prince..
    Prince Philip's Nature Photography with Minox

    ��Hubert Heckmann in the book
    HUBERT E. HECKMANN
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    VARIATIONS
    IN 8 x 11
    �� mentioned Prince Philip used his Minox camera to document for the book Sea Birds in Southern Waters.
    Indeed ,lt;/font>Prince Philip wrote in the Introduction :
    " numbers 51,52,53,54,56,58,59,60,61,62,63, and 66, which I took
    with a Minox miniature camera."

    Prince Philip'sPhotographs taken with a MINOX 8x11 camera

    • Plate 51,52 : "This little party of Sheathbill paid a call on the Yacht at Deception Islandlt;/font>

      • Plate 53 : "Elephant Seals are ungainly creatures on land but they can still manage a good scratch"
      • Plate 54: "This very young Elephant Seal was a little embarrassed at being found asleep in such a remarkable bed"
      • Plate 56: "An Indignant young Elephant Seal and friend"
      • Plate 58 : " The John Bisco of the Falkland Island Dependency Surveys in the ice of the Antarctic"
      • Plate 59: "Southern Harvester"
      • Plate 60: "Preparing to transfer by basket from the Yacht to whale-catcher"
      • Plate 61: A Sperm whale
      • Plate 62: Arriving on board the whale catcher
      • Plate 63:Antarctic near the Grahamland peninsula.
      • Plate 66:Gentoo families
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    ������������ Prince Philip's book is the only published book describing wild life in Antarctic with a portfolio of pictures of seals, whales, penguins and birds in their natural habitat taken with a Minox 8x11 camera.

    �Differences Between the Longmans edition and Harper Row edition

    ���� The Longmans edition and the Harper Row edition were probably printed by the same printer.
    The bulk of the text and photographs are the same. The only difference is in the dust jacket.
    The Longmans edition has a picture of a bird perching on the flag mast of Yacht Britannia, the Harper edition has picture of three sea birds soaring in the sky. Both pictures were not in side the books. So if you collect both editions you get a complete portfolio.
    ��Both edition were beautifully printed.
    ��lt;/font> IMO, Prince Philip's BIRDS FROM BRITANNIA> or Seabirds in
    Southern Waters is a great book, and shall be on the bookshelf of every Minox�� collector.




    Biography
    -- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), December 21, 1999. Revised Aug 12 2000
    Answers

    Response to H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of EDINBURGH: Seabirds in Southern Waters

    Prince Philip's Gold Minox

    In 1965, H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh accompanied H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Germany. The Prime Minister of Hesse(where Minox GmbH Wetzlar belongs), Georg August Zinn presented a Leicaflex to H.M Queen and a Gold Minox B with engraving of a Royal Crown and the initials P.P to H.R.H. Prince Philip
    -- (martin.tai@capcanada.com), January 10, 2000. Revised August 12, 2000​
    Response to H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of EDINBURGH: Seabirds in Southern Waters

    Sir Edmund Hillary, the famous explorer published a new book: Sir Edmund Hillary View from the Top
    In this book, Sir Edmond Hillary wrote about the exploration strip of H.R.H Prince Philip in 1956. At that time the Royal Yacht visited New Zealand, and Sir Edmund Hillary and his team was preparing for a trek across the Antarctic on their ship Endeavor, which was "in the shadow of Britannia". Prince Philip on his last day of stay at New Zealand, invited Sir Edmund Hillary's whole Antarctic exploration team to the Royal Yacht Britannia.
    Many years later, they met at a WWF conference.
    -- martin tai (martin.tai@capcanada.com), January 10, 2000.​
     
  2. Prince Philip's Gold Minox

    In 1965, H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh accompanied H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on a state visit to Germany. The Prime Minister of Hesse(where Minox GmbH Wetzlar belongs), Georg August Zinn presented a Gold Minox B with engraving of a Royal Crown and the initials P.P to H.R.H. Prince Philip
     
  3. Sir Edmund Hillary, the famous explorer published a new book: Sir
    Edmund Hillary View from the Top
    <p> In this book, Sir Edmond Hillary wrote about the exploration
    strip of H.R.H Prince Philip in 1956. At that time the Royal Yacht
    visited
    New Zealand, and Sir Edmund Hillary and his team was preparing for
    a trek across the Antarctic on their ship Endeavor, which was "in the
    shadow of Britannia". Prince Philip on his last day of stay
    at New Zealand, invited Sir Edmund Hillary's whole Antarctic
    exploration team to the Royal Yacht Britannia.
    <p> Many years later, they met at a WWF conference.
     
  4. It is hard to find this book with clean dust jacket
    After some effort, I manage to get one copy of each of the two editions with good cover
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    Of the two editions, the Harper edition is only partially cloth bound, while the Longman edition was bound in royal blue cloth, prettier.
     
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