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1883 MANUAL DEL BUZO

Siebe Y Gorman. 1883. Manual Del Buzo E Instrucciones Para Operaciones Submarinas. Madrid: Imprenta De Fortanet. (Spanish edition). 64 pages and 16 plates.

1895 MANUAL FOR DIVERS AND DIVING OPERATIONS

Siebe Gorman & Co., 1895. Manual for Divers, and Diving Operations. Inside page reads: ‘Siebe, Gorman & Co.’s Manual for divers, with Instructions for Submarine Operations. “Neptune” Works, Boniface St., Westminster Bridge Road, London. Offices: 187, Westminster Bridge Road, S.E.’ (Blue cloth cover, dated). 98 pages with 45 printed pages and 23 plates (numbered to 17). This is a reproduction, when you have the original manual then please allow me to make you an offer for it.


1905 Sales Catalogue Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd.

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., 1905. Illustrated Catalogue of Diving Apparatus. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., Offices & Warehouse – 187, Westminster Bridge Road. Works – “Neptune” Works, Boniface Street, Lambeth, London, S.E. (Pictorial paper cover illustrates a colorful maritime scene). 110 pages.



1909 A DIVING MANUAL Submarine Appliances and their uses.

Davis, Robert H., 1909. A Diving Manual and Handbook of Submarine Appliances. 1st ed. Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., Westminster Bridge Road, London S.E. 184 pages. Considered to be the first edition of ‘Deep Diving and Submarine Operations’ to be compiled and edited by R.H.Davis, with a layout that is recognizable in following editions. Illustrated with photos and drawings. Includes diving physiology and physics, Haldane’s RN decompression tables, methods of working underwater, self-contained apparatus, diving bells and chambers, submarine escape, salvage, diving apparatus, brief history of diving.



1917 DIVING MANUAL AND HANDBOOK OF SUBMARINE APPLIANCES

Davis, Robert H., 1917-18. A Diving Manual and Handbook of Submarine Appliances. 2nd ed. Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., 187 Westminster Bridge Road, London S.E. 271 pages. Bound in red ribbed, cloth covered board with gold title on spine only. Similar to 1st ed.; smaller format; some changes and additions including Fluess-Davis self-contained diving suit. Considered to be the second edition of ‘Deep Diving and Submarine Operations’




1918 DIVING MANUAL and INSTRUCTIONS TO DIVERS.

Bound in buff paper wrapper with black titling on front and spine. It is an abridged version of the 2nd edition and there were three printings. This is the original book but the cover was missing and a new cover just like the original one was made for it. When you happen to have this book available in good condition and with its original cover then please allow me to make you an offer for it.



1909 Sales Catalogue Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd.

Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., circa 1909. Catalogue ‘D’. ‘Diving Apparatus and other Submarine Appliances’. Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., “Neptune” Works, London, S.E. 116 pages. Addresses inside:  Offices and Warehouse: 187 Westminster Bridge Road, London, S.E. Factory: “Neptune” Works, Boniface Street and Felix Street, Lambeth, London, S.E. (Cover: blue paper covered board with stylish black titling). A Spanish edition was also produced.

1932 Sales Catalogue Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd.

Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., circa 1932. Catalogue ‘DA’. ‘Diving Apparatus’. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., “Neptune” Works, Westminster Bridge Road, London, S.E.1., England. 108 pages.

A very good reproduction of this manual was printed a few years ago. These are currently sold out but orders are taken.


1935 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 and 2)

4th edition. Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper (first DDSO to have one) with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front within a black circle. Updated and greatly expanded with two major sections (part: 1 Diving Manual; part 2: ‘The Secrets of the Deep’ which contains historical, anecdotal information etc.).

1935 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1)

4th edition. Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper (first DDSO to have one) with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front within a black circle. The Saint Catherine Press, London. 228 pages. There was more than one printing.


1940 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1) Russian Translation

The Russian translation of the 4th edition of DDSO was printed in Moscow for the EPRON Institute. Extremely rare book.


1935 LA PLONGÉE A GRANDE PROFONDEUR ET LES TRAVEAUX SOUS-MARINS

The french translation of the 4th edition of DDSO. Printed in England.


1940 Sales Catalogue Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd.

Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., circa 1939-40. Catalogue ‘D4’. ‘Diving Apparatus and other Submarine Appliances’. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd. 93 pages.

Notes: Addresses: Head Office and Works: “Neptune” Works, Davis Road, Tolworth, Surrey. London Office: 187 Westminster Bridge Road, S.E.1.

1951 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 and 2)

Davis, Robert H., 1951. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 5th ed. Parts I & II. The Saint Catherine Press, London. 654 pages.

5th edition (printed on spine). Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front. Updated and expanded by about 140 pages to include new developments, especially those spanning the WW2 period.

1951 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1)

Davis, Robert H., 1951. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 5th ed. Part I. The Saint Catherine Press, London. 344 pages.

Part 1 only, just the diving equipments, not the ‘stories’. Cheaper binding then the regular DDSO.

1955 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 & 2)

Davis, Robert H., 1955. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 6th ed. Parts I & II. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd. London. The Saint Catherine Press, London. 693 pages.

Notes: 6th edition (printed on spine; first dated R.H. Davis DDSO manual; has inside address with over-sticker). Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front. Includes the Marconi-Siebe Gorman underwater television and introduction of scuba ‘Aqualung’ equipment.

1967 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 & 2)

Davis, Robert H., 1962. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 7th ed. Parts I & II. Siebe Gorman & Company Ltd., Chessington, Surrey. 693 pages. Reprint of the 7th edition of 1962. Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front. (illustration shows book without dust wrapper)


1981 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 & 2)

Davis, Robert H., 1981. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 8th ed. Parts I & II. Siebe Gorman & Company Ltd., Cwmbran, Gwent. 693 pages.

Notes: 8th edition is a reduced quality facsimile of the 7th edition. Published by Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd. Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front.

The 8th edition is also smaller then all previous editions and the paper used is of a worse quality.

1995 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 & 2)

Davis, Robert H., 1995. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 9th ed. Vols. 1 & 2. Siebe Gorman & Company Ltd., Cwmbran, Gwent. 712 pages. Notes: 9th edition (Siebe Gorman 175th Anniversary limited edition). Essentially a  copy of the 7th edition, reproduced in two volumes (Part 1 ‘Diving Manual; Part 2 ‘The Secrets of the Deep’). Bound in dark blue ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Dark blue dust wrappers printed with gold block titling. Serially numbered volumes come with a serially matched slip case.

For the magazine ‘HISTORICAL DIVER’ No.6 Winter 1995 Siebe Gorman employee Steve James is asked: ‘What original publications did you use to compile the 9th edition?’

SJ: ‘The 9th edition is a combination of 2 previous editions, the 6th and the 8th. Due to today’s advancement in reproduction and scanning techniques, most of the pictures were taken from the 8th edition, with the 6th edition supplementing some of the weaker quality pictures in the 8th edition’

DD: This is very strange because the 8th edition is a very bad quality reproduced 7th edition. Using a good quality original 7th edition would have resulted in a much better quality reprint then the 9th edition turned out to be.

1963 The Blue Book of underwater swimming

Soft cover booklet. 32 pages. At the title page is indicated that this is the second edition. It is in fact a sales catalogue of SCUBA equipment sold by Siebe Gorman after they took over the Heinke company.



1965 Marketing Data Sheets

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., circa 1965. ‘Marketing Data Sheets’. (Various: e.g. D1 – D9). Siebe Gorman & Company Limited, Davis Road, Chessington, Surrey. 18 printed pages. (Front sheet depicts 12-bolt and 3-bolt helmets and text).



1969 Siebe Gorman DIVING EQUIPMENT CATALOGUE

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., 1969. ‘Siebe Gorman Diving Equipment Catalogue’ (Sea Crown). Printed by Creative Offset Limited. England. 20 pages.



1969 Siebe Gorman DIVING EQUIPMENT CATALOGUE

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., 1969. ‘Siebe Gorman Diving Equipment Catalogue’ (Sea Crown). Printed by Woodgate-Loydor Limited. England. 20 pages. As you can see by the illustration at the cover this second print is in fact a bad quality reproduction of its first edition: the photograph at the cover has became ‘rough and dark’



1969 Siebe Gorman DIVING EQUIPMENT CATALOGUE

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., 1969. ‘Siebe Gorman Diving Equipment Catalogue’ (Sea Crown). Printed by Woodgate-Loydor Limited. England. 20 pages. As you can see by the illustration at the cover this second print is in fact a bad quality reproduction of its second edition: the photograph at the cover has became even ‘rougher and darker’



197? Siebe Gorman DIVING EQUIPMENT CATALOGUE / Folder

Maybe the very last Siebe, Gorman & Co Ltd folder for Diving Equipment data sheets / publicity. It is not dated, if any one knows more about this folder then pls let me know.


1965 Aqualung Equipment

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., circa 1965. No.1. Siebe Gorman. Aqualung equipment’. Printed by Mears Caldwell Hacker Limited. 8 pages.

Notes: Address given as ‘Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd., Davis Road, Chessington, Surrey, England’. (Printed blue wrapper and pamphlet front has photo of a scuba diver underwater).




1965 Aqualung Equipment

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., circa 1965. No.2. Siebe Gorman. Aqualung equipment’. Printed by Mears Caldwell Hacker Limited. 8 pages.

Notes: Address given as ‘Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd., Davis Road, Chessington, Surrey, England’. (Printed blue wrapper and pamphlet front has photo of diver standing on ladder).




1962 Siebe Gorman ‘Dip‘ Cumberband Suit sales document (french)

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., circa 1962. A single leaf sales document for the ‘Dip’ diving suit (french)




1962 Siebe Gorman ‘ESSGEE‘ Cumberband Suit sales document (french)

Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., circa 1962. A single leaf sales document for the ‘ESGEE’ diving suit (french)




1956 Siebe Gorman DIVING APPARATUS sales catalogue ‘D5’

Hard cover book. Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., circa 1956 or earlier. ‘Tolworth’ Catalogue ‘D5’. ‘Diving Apparatus and other Submarine Appliances’. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd. 94 pages.

Notes: Addresses: Head Office and Works: “Neptune” Works, Davis Road, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey. London Office: 187 Westminster Bridge Road, S.E.1. (Cover: blue paper covered board with diving helmet and diver depicted within circles. Dark blue titling. Cover paper may fade to light green).

1956 Siebe Gorman DIVING APPARATUS sales catalogue ‘D5’

Soft cover book. Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., circa 1957 - 1960. ‘Chessington’ Catalogue ‘D5’. ‘Diving Apparatus and other Submarine Appliances’. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd. 94 pages.

Notes: Addresses: Head Office and Works: “Neptune” Works, Davis Road, Chessington, Surrey. London Office: 187 Westminster Bridge Road, S.E.1. (Cover: blue paper covered board with diving helmet and diver depicted within circles. Dark blue titling.

I have one duplicate of this catalogue. Its not for sale but available for exchanges for other rare documentation

1957 A BRIEF PERSONAL RECORD

Davis, Robert H., 1957.  ‘A Brief Personal Record of the firm of Siebe Gorman & Co. 1819-1957’. De Montfort Press. Leicester. 220 pages. (Dark blue-green, cloth covered board with gold titling).


1946 A Record of War and Peace

Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd., 1946.  ‘A Record of War and Peace’ (1819-1946). Siebe Gorman & Company Limited, ‘Neptune’ Works, Davis Road, Tolworth, Surrey. 35 pages. (Soft ‘buff’ coloured card cover with diving helmet depicted within a blue circle).


1959 SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS

Soft cover. 37 pages. Mainly respiration equipment (for fire fighters and in mines etc.) But also the ‘Amphibian’ Mark IIA self contained oxygen breathing apparatus (half hour type) Designed for use in sewers.


1948 Breathing in Irrespirable Atmospheres

Davis, Robert H., 1948. ‘Breathing In Irrespirable Atmospheres’. Siebe Gorman & Co. Ltd., London. The Saint Catherine Press, London. 386 pages. (Green cloth covered board without dust wrapper, or red cloth covered board with dust wrapper. Gold titling on cloth boards).

1940(?) Instructions for using Siebe Gorman & Co’s Self-contained Diving Apparatus mark II (Injector Type)

Soft cover booklet. 16 pages. bw illustrations and 1 fold out drawing in the back. Published by Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd. Not dated but probably late 30’s

1940(?) Instructions for using the Salvus Breathing Apparatus a.n.s.

Soft cover booklet. 25 pages. bw illustrations and 1 fold out drawing in the back. Published by Siebe Gorman & Co., Ltd. Not dated but probably late 30’s

1962 Deep Diving and Submarine Operations (part 1 & 2)

Davis, Robert H., 1962. Deep Diving and Submarine Operations. 7th ed. Parts I & II. Siebe Gorman & Company Ltd., Chessington, Surrey. 693 pages. Bound in dark green ribbed, cloth covered board with gold titling on front and spine. Pale green dust wrapper with black titling on front and spine, with ‘diving helmet’ illustrated on the front. (illustration shows book without dust wrapper)


1900 MANUAL FOR DIVERS AND DIVING OPERATIONS

Siebe Gorman & Co., 1900. Manual for Divers, and Diving Operations. Inside page reads: ‘Siebe, Gorman & Co.’s Manual for divers, with Instructions for Submarine Operations. “Neptune” Works, Boniface St., Westminster Bridge Road, London. Offices: 187, Westminster Bridge Road, S.E.’ (Blue cloth cover, dated). 98 pages with 45 printed pages and 24 plates, one of which is the frontice piece.


1959 A few recollections of an old Lambeth factory and its vicinity including some odd notes

Davis, Robert H., 1959. ‘A Few Recollections of an old Lambeth Factory and its Vicinity, including some Odd Notes’.  De Montfort Press. Leicester. 151 pages. (Dark green cover with gold titling).