[New York]: McClure's Magazine, (1912). Full cloth. Octavo. [vi], 243 pages. Good+. Bound in brick red cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine lettering. Binding shows minor edge wear, some fading and mild soil to cloth, and a bit of chipping at heel of spine. Presents well in custom 4 mil Mylar cover. Contemporaneous owner name and address neatly penned on front free endpaper.
Originally published in 1898, this novel tells the story of a gigantic, unsinkable luxury steamship called the Titan. As she speeds recklessly across the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage, in April, she strikes an iceberg and sinks. The fictional Titan carries too few lifeboats for the number of passengers aboard, resulting in a tragic loss of life. Sound familiar? Reprinted here, 14 years after its original appearance, when the stunningly tragic irony of the Titanic disaster turned fiction into reality.