London and Toronto, New York: J. M. Dent and Sons and E. P. Dutton & Co, (1931). Hardcover. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with black title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and minor rubbing to corners. Top corner of page 110 is torn away. Else is clean and bright with lovely illustrations throughout and charts to the rear. Beige and blue illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing and browning to spine panel and a few small chips to the edges. Index, 254 pages. MAR/071319. Very Good / Very Good.
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London: Gerald Duckworth & Co., (1955). Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Off-white illustrated price clipped dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor browning, rubbing, and soiling to spine panel. Minor chipping to edges of dust jacket. 222 pages. MAR/071319. Near Fine / Very Good.
Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2004. One of 20 copies. Titanic is an altered edition of a single day’s copy of the Wall Street Journal. The artist explores the history of the 1912 Titanic disaster using excerpted accounts of passengers who survived the disaster. The resulting collaged text, which is printed inside the shape of the sinking boat, is visually reminiscent of children’s books, an allusion to the simplistic and oft-quoted belief, “She’s too big to sink.” The quotes chosen highlight the pervasive attitude of denial on the part of both passengers and staff, which not only contributed to the disaster but arguably allowed it to happen. On April 10, 1912 the greatest ship ever built, the Titanic, was launched on her maiden voyage. No cost had been spared in her construction or in the outfitting of her opulent compartments. For the millionaires, captains-of-industry and honeymoon couples who sailed with her, the Titanic promised the ultimate in luxury, status and social privilege. She was the very embodiment of the most cherished beliefs of her age, a limitless faith in science, technological progress, and man's ability to prevail over brute nature. Her owners, The White Star Line, declared her to be "unsinkable." Five days later, on April 15, 1912 at 11:45 p.m., the Titanic grazed an iceberg in the North Atlantic and was fatally pierced through her starboard side. When she sank, two and a half hours later, 1,513 lives were lost with her. Her fate, and the succession of human errors that sealed it, shocked the world. The Titanic, a ship that had been built as a monument to man's power and supremacy, came to be synonymous with human folly and mortality. This book by renowned book artist, Maureen Cummins, retells the story of the Titanic's last hours from memories of the ship's survivors. Drawing upon original memoirs published shortly after the disaster, the artist weaves together a chorus of voices to create a narrative reminiscent of Greek tragedy. Like the mythic ship herself, each statement of disbelief and denial looms larger than life. This beautiful and haunting book seeks to capture the greater significance of the Titanic disaster - an event that haunts our consciousness even though it is a nightmare catastrophe from another time. The piece pairs eyewitness accounts with graphic images of the sinking ship in black silhouette against deeply saturated fields of midnight blue sky and seascape. Layers of time and meaning from the book's text and the underlying newspaper intersect to create a palimpsest of poetry and the recording of events. Twenty copies of the Wall Street Journal were overprinted with six silkscreen runs. Produced by Cummins at the Women's Studio Workshop. In fine condition. 48 pages. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
Charlottesville: For the Mariners Museum by the University Press of Virginia, (1976). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Beige cloth covered boards with brown title to spine. Minor fading to spine panel, minor bumping to spine ends and corners and minor foxing to boards. Inside flap of dust jacket is pasted to front free end paper. Previous owner's address sticker to top corner of front paste down. Else is clean and bright. Index, 306 pages. MAR/081319. Very Good.
New York: National Council of American Shipbuilders, 1935. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good+ in very good beige dust jacket with dark blue title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to dust jacket includes, soiling, foxing, browning to spine, and a few small chips to the edges. Interior is clean and bright. Bibliography, 369 pages. MAR/081319. Very Good+ / Very Good.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1936. Hardcover. First Edition. Black cloth boards with heavily faded gilt title to spine and emblem of a ship in gilt to front cover. Wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Minor discoloration to boards. Pencil notations and underlining (mostly lines and checkmarks) to margins of many interior pages. Occasional spots of soiling. A good reading copy. 435 pages. AMER/071819. Very Good.
Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1997. First Edition. Hardcover. COMMEMORATIVE NUMBERED AND SIGNED FIRST EDITION PRESENTED TO GEOFFREY M. FOOTNER. NUMBER 18. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Slight bumping to spine ends and corners. Presentation plate with author's signature pasted to front free end paper. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Slight wear to dust jacket includes light rubbing and a small black stain to bottom edge of front panel. Index, 227 pages. MAR/081619. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Boston: Dana Estes & Company (Estes and Lauriat), (1898). Hardcover. First Edition. All eight full page black and white illustrations by Shute remain, some with foxing. Very good in the original red cloth boards with illustration and white title to front cover. White spine titling has chipped away, but embossed title remains. Dampstain to edge of rear board and small spot to spine. Minor wear to hinges, spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. Occasional spots of foxing, soiling, and browning to interior. It appears this book was once used to aid in the drying of flowers, and some browning from this process remains. Previous ownership stamp to front pastedown. An attractive book despite noted condition flaws. 173 pages. CHILD/071819. Very Good.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, (1934). Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Spine faded to beige. Fading to edges of boards. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Inscription to previous owner on back of frontis. Previous owner's name to front free end page. Small spots of foxing to margins of a few pages. Minor yellowing to pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 379 pages. MAR/081319. Very Good.
Solomons, Maryland: The Calvert Marine Museum Press, 1981. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor rubbing and edgewear to exterior. Occasional light foxing to margins of a few pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Index, 257 pages. MD/081619. Very Good.