New York: Smith & Stanton, 1895. First Edition. Drawings. Full cloth. Oblong quarto. 500 pages. Very Good.
Superb collection of drawings depicting a century's worth of American steamers, from Robert Fulton's Clermont in 1807 to the St. Louis, built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, in 1894-1895. Stanton reproduced the older vessels from reliable sources--early prints, lithographs, drawings and paintings--and the later ones from photographs, plans, sketches, etc. There is a full page drawing of most vessels, with a smaller drawing and specifications on the facing page. Text and illustrations printed in a variety of colors with many ornaments reminiscent of sailing cards of the era. This copy of Stanton's classic has been slightly restored. Bound in original dark blue cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled in gilt, additional small illustration of a steamer in gilt at lower fore corner of upper board. Overall this gilt has dulled. There is a new cloth spine but with the original retained in place over it. New endpapers. Some leaves have shallow edge tears and there are a very few leaves with old but neatly done tape repairs. Textblock is solid. Excellent copy overall.