Here's an image of the missing dust cover of the 1938 Bodley Head edition:
Have you seen the web page where this picture appears:
http://classicdivebooks.customer.netspa ... atric.html
If not, it contains some interesting bibliographical information about Gilpatric's oeuvre
, including some data about the prices particular editions fetched on eBay and elsewhere. One of the interesting factoids on this page is that much of Gilpatric's text dates from before 1938, having been previously published as a "collection of short stories that had appeared in the Saturday Evening Post
, a very popular magazine of that era". The Classic Diving Books site is a "must" for researching historical diving literature.
I have a copy of the Dodd, Mead and Co. / Skin Diver Magazine version, dated 1957 with the price ($5) and the note "damaged spine" on the inside page in pencil, written by the proprietor of one of the many used book stores I've visited over the decades.
As for the Scubaboard discussion of the Compleat Goggler
, here is one possible thread from 2009:
http://www.scubaboard.com/community/thr ... er.312919/