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100th Anniversary Titanic Auction

by RR Auction


408 lots with images

December 16, 2012

Live Auction

5 Route 101A, Suite 5

Amherst, NH, 03031 USA

Phone: +1 (603) 732-4280

Fax: +1 (603) 732-4288

Email: Bobby.Eaton@RRAuction.com

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Isidor Straus

Lot 101: Isidor Straus

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Description: Renowned owner of Macy's department Store on New York's Herald Square. In addition to his involvement with Macy's and various other business enterprises, Straus had been a U.S. Congressman and was active in numerous Philanthropic and religious organizations. ALS signed "Isidor," two pages on two adjoining sheets, 9.75 x 8, Claridge's Hotel, Brook Street. W. letterhead, April 5, 1912. Letter to Julius (probably his cousin Julius Straus). In full: "I am in receipt of your favor of the 3d inst. It certainly is of great interest to me that you become a member of the Verband & I know you will use all energy compatible with discretion to bring this about as soon as possible. it will be pleasant for me to learn how you regard the prospects of accomplishing this & how soon you have reason to expect results. We sail for home on the steamer 'Titanic' leaving from Southampton April 10th & a letter addressed to me passenger for Stmr 'Titanic' care of White Star Line Southampton may yet reach. Ida joins in kindest remembrances to you & your better half." Under his signature, Straus adds a brief postscript that reads, "We start from here Wednesday morning." Beautifully cloth matted and framed with a photo of the couple and two informational plaques to an overall size of 27.75 x 16. In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold, some scattered light soiling, and a couple light rusty paperclip marks to lower left of second page.Straus and his wife, Rosalie "Ida", along with Mr. Straus's valet and Mrs. Straus's maid boarded Titanic in Southampton as First Class passengers, intending to return to the Straus home in New York: only the maid survived. Straus's body was the 96th to be recovered by the cable ship Mackay-Bennett. It was brought to Halifax before being taken to New York for burial.Written material from Isidor Straus relating to the Titanic is practically nonexistent, and to the best of our knowledge this particular letter is unpublished. Not only does Straus speak of sailing day in this letter, he mentions the Titanic by name-twice! Transcripts of letters written by Isidor and Ida as well as more detailed information about the family and the Straus's trip to Europe and their voyage on Titanic can be found on the official Straus family website here: http://www.straushistoricalsociety.org/ Follow the links to Archives and Documents and Isidor Straus. We must stress that the letter offered here directly mentions Titanic by name, and we simply cannot imagine a more relevant letter from such an iconic passenger written so close to sailing day.

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Titanic Relief Fund

Lot 102: Titanic Relief Fund

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Description: Capital & Counties Bank, Limited Titanic Relief Fund check, 8 x 4, filled out and signed in another hand and stamped "Titanic Relief Fund," payable to Mrs. K. Pook for one pound and two shillings, no date. Check is endorsed on the reverse by Kate Pook, Percy Pook's mother. An ink cancellation through signatures, horizontal fold, a blue pencil mark to upper portion, and some scattered light toning and soiling, otherwise fine condition. Percy Pook was a 34-year-old pantry steward on the Titanic who earned 3 pounds 15 shillings a month. His body was never recovered.

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Titanic Survivors: Allen, Robert, and Madill

Lot 103: Titanic Survivors: Allen, Robert, and Madill

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Description: Elizabeth Allen, her aunt Elisabeth Robert and Mrs. Robert's daughter Georgette Madill all traveled on the Titanic together. Miss Allen's fiance lived in England and they were traveling to help set the wedding plans. ln fact they returned to Europe after the sinking and Miss Allen was married in July 1912. Three letters from Titanic survivors:ALS from Georgette Madill, signed "Georgie," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.5, August 27, 1937. Letter to her aunt Clare Haskins, wife of noted Harvard professor Charles Haskins.ALS from Mrs. E. S. Robert, signed "Tante," [German for Aunt], one page, both sides, 5.75 x 7, personal letterhead, dated February 29 [1932]. Letter to Clare Haskins reads, in part: "Just a line this busy Monday morning...I am adding your birthday gift which I would like you to use for something for Spring, a hat I would suggest for you...get a new one for yourself." Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Robert's hand.Very rare ALS from Elizabeth Allen Mennell to her aunt, Mrs. E. S. Roberts, signed "Elizabeth," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, personal letterhead, April 7, 1936. In part: "We had the election of Directors, made under the new system at the Club yesterday. 27 candidates. 16 Directors to be chosen. I lost by 2 votes so that's that, which pretty definitely means end of Federation for me too."In fine condition, with uniform mild toning to all three letters.

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George Widener

Lot 104: George Widener

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Description: Member of the board of the Fidelity Trust Company of Philadelphia, the bank that controlled IMM, the owners of the White Star Line, and owner of a successful street car firm in Philadelphia. He was dining with Captain Smith when the ship hit the iceberg and perished along with his son. Handsome DS, signed "Geo Widner," one page, 11.75 x 8.25, October 4, 1905. Attractive stock certificate for 100 shares in the Philadelphia Traction Company for "the Presidents and Directors of the Insurance Company of North America," signed at the conclusion by Widener as the company's president. In very good condition, with cancellation holes over signature and lower portion of document, partial receipt affixed to left edge and mild overall toning.

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S. S. Californian

Lot 105: S. S. Californian

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Description: Perhaps the closest ship to Titanic's sinking and is surrounded in controversy resulting from claims it failed to assist the sinking ship. The Californian was essentially a cargo vessel with certification to carry less than 50 passengers. The ship was later sunk by a German U-boat in World War I. One-of-a-kind ALS signed "Aunt Mattie," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 7, May 31, 1912. Letter written on board the Leyland Liner S.S. Californian. "We may see Boston Harbor...so good after such a long voyage as it will be two weeks tomorrow since we sailed out of Liverpool...Our ship is small having but some 25 passengers but all very pleasant people and some specially charming, especially a young lady from South Africa a professional cellist going out to the Pacific coast on a holiday." In fine condition, with intersecting folds. The only letter from the Californian we have seen, written not long after the Titanic disaster. In mid-April 1912, the Californian arrived in Boston and the captain and some of its officers were subpoenaed by the American inquiry.

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Arthur Rostron

Lot 106: Arthur Rostron

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Description: Captain of the Carpathia (1869-1940) responsible for rescuing Titanic survivors on the morning of April 15, 1912. Honored for his humanitarianism, Rostron was knighted by George V and became the only Englishman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor presented to him by President William Taft. Uncommon ALS signed "A. H. Rostron," one page both sides, 4.25 x 7, H.M.S. Mauretania letterhead, December 31, 1918. Letter to Mr. Ramsdell. In full: "Just received your letter written in Cunard office. I am sorry I missed you to day as I shall not be able to go 'Home' to Newburgh. I should love to have seen you, your other letter of Dec. 2nd I got on arrival yesterday. I want to wish you all 'Happy New Year.' The horrors & troubles of the past-we can leave behind us. We may have learnt something, but we can now hope for brighter, happier & more wholesome times to come. We can hope for the best. I am going to the Harnera's this evening so may meet Mary, hope so. I do hope you all keep well. We sail Saturday. Tell Mr. Thompson he need have no fear about the train service, tell him to come." In very good condition, with scattered toning and soiling, a bit heavier to the edges, and upper portion of front. An optimisitc offering from the understated hero of the Titanic disaster written just six weeks after the end of World War I.

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Carpathia

Lot 107: Carpathia

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Description: Offered is a rare deck chair from the famous Titanic survivor rescue ship R.M.S. Carpathia. Perhaps the only know surviving deck chair ever offered from the Carpathia, this chair was acquired from a private estate sale comprised of the effects of a nautical collector based in Arizona. Oral history relates that this chair was taken off Carpathia in New York to free up deck space when she was put into a service as a troop transport ship in World War I. It was kept at the Cunard company stores in New York City before eventually passing into private hands following the conclusion of World War I. The chair is crafted from an unidentified hardwood and has its original caned seat, backrest, and foot rest intact. A rich patina is present over the entire surface and the chair retains its original stain and shows no evidence of past breakage or repairs. This Carpathia deck chair is an exact match to a famous photo showing Titanic widows lounging solemnly on Carpathia's deck as the vessel steamed towards New York with its human cargo of grief stricken Titanic survivors. In the summer of 2012 this Carpathia deck chair was featured in the 'Titanic: Unsinkable Passion' exhibit presented at The Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton, Ontario, Canada. From the Titanic Concepts Inc. collection. Provenance: The Steve Santini Collection.

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Titanic Marconigrams

Lot 108: Titanic Marconigrams

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Description: Two handwritten Marconigrams, both 8.5 x 5.5, and affixed to opposite sides of a 13.5 x 8.25 album page, with British Enquiry evidence numbers 168 and 169 written at the top of the pages. First Marconigram, stamped "Carpathia," written in pencil to the "operator Carpathia," stamp-dated April 17, 1912, reads in full: "Can you get survivor write Boston Globe full narrative disaster and also wireless report to franconia if so get most promising man preferably Frank D. Millett or Maj. Bull all charges paid here. Winfield Thompson."; second one also in pencil, is sent to "Mrs. Paul Schubert Carpathia," and reads "Very happy you are saved. Love to both. Paul." In very good condition, with scattered creases, some stray pencil and ink marks, and scattered light toning. Both Marconigrams are documented in the book Titanic: Signals of Disaster. Book notes number 168 was received from MEA by H. C (altered from H. B.) at 6:35 am (altered from 6:25). Number 169 was received from DKP by H.B. At 10:15 am. As evidenced, news outlets were desperate for exclusive information surrounding the disaster.

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David Sarnoff

Lot 109: David Sarnoff

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Description: Led two other operators at the Wanamaker station in a 72-hour marathon in an effort to confirm the fate of the Titanic. He went on to become president of RCA. TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Radio Corporation of America letterhead, May 7, 1963. Letter to the Staff Vice President of RCA. In full, "Please accept our appreciation and thanks for the excellent cooperation extended by you and your associates in assisting the Corporation this year to procure proxies for the Annual Meeting of RCA Stockholders, which was held today." In fine condition, with three punch holes to right edge, staple holes to top left corner and light toning.

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Titanic

Lot 110: Titanic

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Description: Extremely rare typed sample letter, one page, 8 x 10.75, dated May 17, 1912 from the White Star Line, being a form letter that White Star was to present to family members of victims in order to obtain their signature confirming receipt of the victim's personal effects which were to be listed in the letter below. Printed portion of the text reads, "Received from the White Star Line, the following articles comprising all the effects recovered from the body of...(passenger/ or crew/ on board the 'Titanic.'"Letter has a couple of pencil corrections and notations. Paper loss to edges and lower right corner, staple holes to top left, and a uniform shade of moderate toning, otherwise very good condition. A very uncommon offering showing the inner workings of the White Star's recovery efforts.

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Titanic Surviving Crew Members

Lot 111: Titanic Surviving Crew Members

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Description: Original vintage glossy 8.5 x 6.5 International News Service photo of Titanic crew survivors receiving dry clothes at the Sailor's Home in New York. Photo shows at least four rows of weary sailors, many in their White Star sweaters, patiently waiting for dry clothes. Reverse bears an International News Service, New York stamp, a handwritten caption which reads, "Giving out clothes to Titanic sailors at Sailor's Home," as well as several date stamps and crop marks. In good condition, with clipped upper corners, lightly trimmed edges, some noticeable creases to upper portion, a few small edge tears, and a few spots to finish. Provenance: Caren Archive, New York Times.The outpouring of support following the Titanic disaster around the world, and especially in New York, is worthy of the highest accolades one could receive. Sailors' benevolent societies, religious groups, the Red Cross, the Slavation Army, hospitals, and many other organizations and individuals came together to lend a helping hand in the form of financial relief, food and shelter. This rare photograph shows what was generally known but was hardly ever seen by others.

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Titanic Survivors

Lot 112: Titanic Survivors

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Description: Original vintage 9.75 x 7.5 New York Times/American Press Association press photo of two Titanic survivors coming off the Carpathia and surrounded by a throng of reporters on April 17, 1912. Reverse bears a New York Times stamp as well as several other date stamps. Paper loss to top edge and corners, a few small edge tears, and light overall creasing and wrinkling, otherwise very good condition. Provenance: Caren Archive, New York Times.The radio operators on Carpathia were so busy transmitting messages from survivors to their families, a task Carpathia's captain felt took priority, relatively little official information came from Carpathia during this period. The U.S. government was so anxious for information and a list of survivors (President Taft's military aide had been on the ship) that it dispatched the U.S.S. Chester in an attempt to make radio contact with Carpathia in hopes of getting the requested information. The press, too, had been waiting for information and had attempted to solicit passengers and crew to provide exclusives while the ship was still at sea. Some reporters even planned to get onto the ship before it reached New York Harbor. This photo represents a culmination of the press's tenacious efforts to gather as much information about what happened before their competition did. An original photograph of Titanic passengers just as they disembarked the rescue ship depicts a rare scene indeed!

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Titanic Recovery: Mackay-Bennett

Lot 113: Titanic Recovery: Mackay-Bennett

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Description: The Mackay-Bennett was contracted by the White Star Line to carry out the difficult task of recovering the bodies left floating in the North Atlantic after the Titanic disaster. The ship found 306 of the 1,517 Titanic victims. These bodies included that of John Jacob Astor IV, Isidor Straus, and Edward Austin Kent. Original vintage 9.25 x 7.25 photo of the crew of the Mackay-Bennett on the deck of the ship. Photo depicts 11 crew members, including a carpenter in the back wielding a large hammer. Photo is affixed to an 11.5 x 9.25 mount. In very good condition, with some surface loss to background, scattered creases to corners, soiling and light dampstaining to mount, and moderate spotting to finish, visible only at an angle. A casual portrait of an earlier crew from the ship that would later be entrusted with the solemn task of returning the deceased to their loved ones.

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Titanic Recovery: Mackay-Bennett

Lot 114: Titanic Recovery: Mackay-Bennett

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Description: Original vintage 10.5 x 7.25 full-length photo of the Mackay-Bennett, with several crew members visible near the bow. Photo is affixed to an 11.5 x 9.5 mount, with a pencil notation of the ship's name in the lower border. In very good condition, with moderate edge toning from adhesive on reverse and some mild rippling. The Mackay-Bennett found 306 of the 1,517 Titanic victims, with 328 recovered in total. These bodies included that of John Jacob Astor IV and Isidor Straus.

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S.S. Minia

Lot 115: S.S. Minia

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Description: A vintage semi-glossy 9.25 x 7 photo of an iceberg, taken by a crew member of the cable ship S.S. Minia, the second ship chartered by the White Star Line to recover bodies of Titanic victims. This undated photo probably pre-dates the Titanic disaster. Double matted and framed to an overall size of 17.5 x 14.5. Some fading to upper portion of image and light silvering along bottom edge, otherwise fine condition.

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Ruth Becker Blanchard

Lot 116: Ruth Becker Blanchard

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Description: Titanic survivor (1899-1990). ALS signed "Ruth Blanchard," one page, 6 x 9, October 5, 1986. Letter to an admirer. In part: "I'm am really and truly Ruth Becker Blanchard-the little girl-12 yrs. old-who survived the Titanic disaster. I am enclosing a short condensed article about me which I think is very good. Also another article written by a man who lives here."Accompanied by the one-page article about Blanchard, signed "Ruth Becker Blanchard, Two very good friends of mine, Ken Marschall and Don Lynch wrote this." Reverse bears an article about Edwina MacKenzie, with Blanchard writing at the bottom, "Edwina was a very good friend of mine. She died last year at age 100." Also accompanied by two other unsigned articles, a 1986 newspaper clipping on Blanchard, and the original mailing envelope, with Blanchard's signature appearing in the return address area. In fine condition. In the years following the disaster, Becker refused to talk about her experiences aboard the Titanic, and it was not until she retired and moved to California that she was able to speak more freely about it.

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Millvina Dean

Lot 117: Millvina Dean

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Description: The youngest passenger on board the Titanic, she was its last remaining survivor until she passed away in May 2009. ALS, one page on floral stationery, 5.75 x 8.25, January 5, 2004. Letter to an admirer. In part: "My mother and brother survived the Titanic disaster, and there are 2 other survivors, one in England, the other in U.S.A. but I don't keep in touch with either of them. They have never wanted it." In fine condition.

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B. V. Dean, Eva Hart, and Edith Haisman

Lot 118: B. V. Dean, Eva Hart, and Edith Haisman

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Description: Vintage picture postcard of the Titanic Engineer's Memorial in Southampton, 5.25 x 3.5, signed on the image side in blue and black ballpoint by survivors B. V. Dean, Eva Hart, and Edith Haisman. Scattered light rubbing to finish, mild silvering to darker areas, and pencil notations and soiling to reverse, otherwise fine condition. This postcard was mailed and postmarked less than a month after the Titanic Engineer's Memorial was unveiled in front of over 100,000 people on April 22, 1914, in Southampton, England.

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Millvina Dean, Walter Lord, and Frank Aks

Lot 119: Millvina Dean, Walter Lord, and Frank Aks

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Description: FDC with a cachet honoring the 1964 Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, signed in black felt tip "Millvina Dean," in black ink, "Sincerely, 1/12/81 Frank 'Phil' Aks, Titanic Baby 10 months," and also signed in black ink by author Walter Lord. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light soiling.

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Edith Haisman

Lot 120: Edith Haisman

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Description: Three items: a White Star Line Ltd champagne label, made to commemorate Haisman's 100th birthday, signed in black ink; a 100th birthday commemorative postcard, postmarked October 25, 1996, signed in blue ink; and a commemorative cover, with a color cachet of Haisman honoring her 100th birthday, signed in black ink. Also included is a color image of the Titanic signed in black ink by survivor Millvina Dean in honor of Haisman's birthday. All four are matted and framed together with a small plaque to an overall size of 12.25 x 25. Light brushing to champagne signature and cover signature fairly light, but still legible, otherwise fine condition.

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Edwina Troutt MacKenzie

Lot 121: Edwina Troutt MacKenzie

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Description: ALS signed "Edwina," one page, 5.5 x 8.75, March 26, 1979. In part: "Do you ever get delayed in what you want to do. Well I do. Telephone calls, rain (unexpected out of state visitors) I am wanting to get to the Post Office. When this storm stops I'll venture." In very good condition, with a pencil notation to bottom border and a uniform block of mild toning over text and signature.

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Eleanor Johnson Shuman

Lot 122: Eleanor Johnson Shuman

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Description: One of the last remaining survivors of the sinking of the Titanic (1910-1988). Sheet music to the song 'There's Something Nice About Everyone 'But' There's Everything Nice About You,' 8.5 x 11.5, signed near the bottom in black ink, "Eleanor Johnson Schuman, Titanic Survivor." Cloth matted and framed with an engraved plaque of Shuman's account of the sinking to an overall size of 18.5 x 28. In fine condition, with some scattered light creases.

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Elizabeth Shutes

Lot 123: Elizabeth Shutes

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Description: Survivor and governess to first class passenger Margaret Graham. Uncommon ALS signed "Elizabeth W. Shutes," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 6.5, no date (but circa 1939). Letter to Mrs. Park. In part: "I enjoyed Daisy Ashford to the bitter end...I saw the King too, and I became so thrilled I found myself...bowing to the Queen. There being no one else there, Her Majesty could do no less than return my salutations. Then back to sanity...I heard a tenemant [sic] child explaining...'That's the man that didn't have no country for four years.'" In fine condition, with some scattered light toning and soiling.

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Titanic

Lot 124: Titanic

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Description: ALS, in pencil, signed "Mother," two pages both sides, 6 x 9.25, The Cawthon letterhead, no date, but postmarked April 21, 1912. Letter from a mother to her daughter mentioning the sinking of the Titanic. In part: "Wasn't the sinking of the Titanic ship awful-poor little children and babies had to go down like rats-poor little things." In very good condition, with scattered blocks of toning. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.

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The Titanic and the Californian

Lot 125: The Titanic and the Californian

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Description: Library edition, First American edition, of The Titanic and the Californian, by Peter Padfield, The John Day Company, New York, 1966. Hardcover with plastic dustjacket.

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The Titanic Tragedy: God Speaking to the Nations

Lot 126: The Titanic Tragedy: God Speaking to the Nations

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Description: Rare blue hardcover, gold-lettered copy of The Titanic Tragedy: God Speaking to the Nations, by Alma White, Pentecostal Union, Bound Brook, New Jersey, 1912. Cover features a gold-printed silhouette of the Titanic. Hinge is cracked, but repaired.

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Tragic Story of the Titanic

Lot 127: Tragic Story of the Titanic

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Description: Blue-green hardcover copy of The Tragic Sinking of the Titanic, by Henry Fredericks. National Bible House, Chicago. 1912. Cover features an artist's rendition of the Olympic as the Titanic. Hinge and spine is separated, and cover bears dampstaining.

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The Wreck of the Titan or Futility

Lot 128: The Wreck of the Titan or Futility

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Description: Monumental red hardcover copy of The Wreck of the Titan; or Futility, by Morgan Robertston, The Quinn & Boden Co. Press, 1912. Original copyright dates to 1898, when this book predicted the Titanic disaster. Cover features an embossed image of a ship. Sunning to the spine.

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John Thayer

Lot 129: John Thayer

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Description: Signed book: The Sinking of the S.S. Titanic, April 14-15, 1912. Limited edition first edition of 500 copies (This being No. 441). Philadelphia: John B. Thayer, 1940. Hardcover, 6 x 9, 30 pages. Signed on the limitations page by Thayer, and signed and inscribed on the first free end page, "To Dr. Francis R. Packard with best regards from John B. Thayer, Nov. 11th 1941." In fine condition, with a strip of toning lightly affecting a couple words of inscription. This scarce relic is a private printing of the account give by Thayer's father, John Borland III, a first-class passenger who survived the cataclysmic wreckage of the White Star passenger liner, providing essential first-hand accounts used to reconstruct the events of that fateful night.

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William T. Stead

Lot 130: William T. Stead

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Description: Journalist (1849-1912) and assistant editor of the Pall Mall Gazette famous for his anti-vice crusade and founder of The Review of Reviews who drowned in the Titanic disaster. He is widely considered to be the founder of modern journalism. Signed book: The Last Will and Testament of Cecil J. Rhodes with Elucidatory Notes Edited by W.T Stead. London: William Clowes and Sons, 1902. Hardcover, 5.75 x 9, 198 pages. "To F. A. Vauderlip, with W. T. Stead's best wishes, July 9, 1902." In fine condition, with light pencil notation to top of signed page, and scattered toning, some from bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Book condition: G+/None. Green cloth-covered boards; joints beginning to split; edges worn with small tears in cloth; spine darkened; mild foxing, mostly to exterior and first/last few pages; several interior hinges cracked; previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown; small ink stamp to rear pastedown.

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Archibald Butt

Lot 131: Archibald Butt

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Description: Book: Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, Volumes I and II. NY: Doubleday, Doran, and Company, 1930. Hardcover, 6.5 x 9.75, 862 total pages pages. Book condition: VG-/None. Two volumes in blue cloth with gilt lettering on spines and gilted upper textblock edges. Both have mild wear to edges; staining and rubbing to exteriors; mild yellowing with some light foxing (mostly to textblock edges and first/last few pages).

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A Day in a Shipyard

Lot 132: A Day in a Shipyard

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Description: The World at Work: A Day in a Shipyard by Arthur O. Cooke. First US edition. NY: Hodder & Stoughton, c. 1912. Hardcover, 4.75 x 7, 87 pages. Intended as a guided tour for young adults of the shipbuilding process, it features three color artist's renditions of an unnamed Olympic (two of it in the ocean and one of the construction), as well as numerous technical diagrams and photos. Though not explicitly mentioned, the book is based upon the author's tour of Harland and Wolff's shipyard, which is also where the images are from. In very good condition, with cracked front hinge, foxing throughout, ownership signature and pencil notations to first free end page, and a couple tiny labels affixed to pastedowns.

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Bert Dean

Lot 133: Bert Dean

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Description: Titanic survivor (1910-1992) who was rescued along with his mother, Eva, and sister, Millvina. Signed book: The Sinking of the S. S. Titanic. Riverside, CT: 7 C's Press, Inc., 1974. Paperback, 5.5 x 8, 30 pages. Signed on the half-title page in blue ballpoint, "B. Dean, Titanic Survivor, 15-6-75." In fine condition, with mild toning to spine.

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The Unsinkable Mrs. Brown

Lot 134: The Unsinkable Mrs. Brown

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Description: The Unsinkable Mrs. Brown by Caroline Bancroft. Later printing. Boulder, CO: Johnson Publishing Company, 1975. Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5, 44 pages. Scattered rubbing and soiling to the covers, and a pencil notation to the half-title page, otherwise fine condition.

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The Titanic, by E. J. Pratt

Lot 135: The Titanic, by E. J. Pratt

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Description: The Titanic by E. J. Pratt. First edition. Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1935. Hardcover, 6.5 x 9.5, 42 pages. An epic poem about the life and death of the Titanic, which also features two photos of icebergs. In fine condition, with scattered marks and dings to the covers and spine, and trivial toning and soiling to a few pages.

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The Loss of the S.S. Titanic

Lot 136: The Loss of the S.S. Titanic

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Description: The Loss of the SS. Titanic by Lawrence Beesley. First edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. Hardcover, 5 x 7.5, 302 pages. Beesley presents a survivor's account of the Titanic's voyage, published just nine weeks after the disaster. In very good condition, with some wear to the top and bottom edges of the spine and covers, some light spotting to the cover, and scattered soiling to some pages within the book.

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Sinking of the Titanic

Lot 137: Sinking of the Titanic

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Description: The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters by Logan Marshall. First edition. L. T. Myers, 1912. Yellow hardcover, 6.5 x 9, 351 pages. Heavy toning and soiling to the covers, cracked hinges, and heavy rubbing to edges with boards exposed, otherwise very good condition.

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Sinking of the Titanic Prospectus

Lot 138: Sinking of the Titanic Prospectus

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Description: The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters [Prospectus] by Logan Marshall. Salesman sample. Philadelphia: American Book and Bible House, 1912. Yellow hardcover, 6.25 x 9. First page is a "Notice to Agents," in part: "This Prospectus is hastily prepared and is only intended to indicate what the complete book will be...Only a portion of the interesting photographs and artists' drawings are shown in this sample book." Bears no page numbers and chapters are incomplete excerpts; final eight pages consist of order forms for the final book, which were filled out by the original salesman in pencil. In very good condition, with scattered toning and soiling to covers, an ink notation to image on front cover, a few tears to pages, and rubbing to edges and spine.

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Archibald Butt: Both Sides of the Shield

Lot 139: Archibald Butt: Both Sides of the Shield

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Description: Both Sides of the Shield by Major Archibald W. Butt. Later printing. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1912. Hardcover, 5.25 x 7.75, 155 pages. Foreward by President Taft mentions Butt's heroic role in helping others as the Titanic sank. In fine condition, with light foxing and soiling to the first free end page and some rubbing to the spine.

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The Titanic Tragedy-God Speaking to the Nations

Lot 140: The Titanic Tragedy-God Speaking to the Nations

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Description: The Titanic Tragedy-God Speaking to the Nations by Alma White. Bound Brook, NJ: The Pentecostal Union, 1913. Green hardcover, 5.25 x 7.75, 211 pages. White argues that the Titanic disaster was caused by God in retribution for a sinful world. In very good condition, with a cracked front hinge, soiling to the lower portion of the front cover, and light damp staining to the bottom of the pages.

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W. T. Stead

Lot 141: W. T. Stead

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Description: The Americanization of the World by W. T. Stead. NY: Horace Markley, 1902. Hardcover, 5.25 x 7.5, 460 pages. In fine condition, with some mild toning and soiling to the pages, and a light ink stamp to the title page.

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'Titanic Steamship Disaster' Told by Survivors

Lot 142: 'Titanic Steamship Disaster' Told by Survivors

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Description: Ad by the International Bible House of Philadelphia recruiting booksellers for their new book, "'Titanic Steamship Disaster' Told by Survivors," 5.75 x 3.5, in part: "Agents can make $10.00 a day selling this new book, 'Titanic Steamship Disaster,' told by survivors. Enormous demand...About 2400 on board, 1685 of whom went down to watery graves...all other calamities pale into insignificance as compared to the Most Awful Catastrophe in History of Seas...we have the most complete, and the best illustrated book published from authentic accounts of survivors and eyewitnesses, and the agency offers you an opportunity of a lifetime for making money." In fine condition, with uniform toning.

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Nuskendimas 'Titanic'o'

Lot 143: Nuskendimas 'Titanic'o'

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Description: Uncommon Lithuanian booklet entitled Nuskendimas 'Titanic'o,' published in Worcester, MA, 1912, 17 pages, featuring a portrait of Captain Smith on the front cover. The last page is a large fold-out illustration of the Titanic sinking. In very good condition, with scattered creases and soiling, staining to the lower portions of the covers somewhat affecting appearance, some separation to the spine, and a few chips and tears to the covers.

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The Great Titanic Disaster

Lot 144: The Great Titanic Disaster

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Description: Two items: red hardcover copy of The Great Titanic Disaster, by Thomas Russell, Laird & Lee, 1912, featuring an artist's rendition of an angel holding a wreath over a sinking ship; and a paperback copy of the same book, featuring the same drawing, only larger, on the front cover. The hardcover version bears the imprinted message, "As the ship disappeared, the band played 'Nearer My God to Thee.'" The hardcover version features a cracked hinge, and the back cover and connecting spine of the paperback version is not attached.

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Sinking of the Titanic

Lot 145: Sinking of the Titanic

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Description: Two red hardcover copies of the Sinking of the Titanic and The Worlds Greatest Sea Disaster, Official Edition, National Bible House, Chicago, 1912, the first by Thomas Russell, and the second by Marshall Everett. The first book features an artist's rendition of the Titanic listing to port, bearing the imprint across the top of the cover, "Women and Children First!" The second copy's rendition captures the sinking ship with its stern up, featuring the imprint "Women and Children First!" Both featuring a "Price $1.00" imprint on the spine. Both books exhibit cracked hinges.

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Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Lot 146: Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

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Description: Two hardcover copies of The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, by Logan Marshall. Star Publishing Company, Chicago, 1912. The first book is a first edition, salesman's copy, bearing no page numbers in the index, with all chapters marked "000." An order form is affixed as the last page of the book, listing several names in pencil. The second copy is the book the salesman was selling. Each book exhibits a cracked hinge and dampstaining.

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Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Lot 147: Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

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Description: Two hardcover copies of the Sinking of The Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, by Logan Marshall. Universal Book and Bible House, Philadelphia, 1912. The first book is a first edition, salesman's copy, bearing no page numbers in the index, with all chapters marked "000." An order form is affixed as the last page of the book. The second copy is the book the salesman was selling. Each book exhibits a cracked hinge, and one exhibits dampstaining.

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Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

Lot 148: Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

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Description: Two hardcover copies of The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters, by Logan Marshall. Universal Book and Bible House, Philadelphia, and P.W. Ziegler Co., Philadelphia, 1912. Each book is a second edition, salesman's copy, bearing page numbers in the index. An order form is affixed as the last page of the books. Both books bear a cracked hinge, and dampstaining to one of the covers.

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Sinking of the Titanic Memorial Edition

Lot 149: Sinking of the Titanic Memorial Edition

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Description: Two hardcover copies, one blue and one green, of the Sinking of the Titanic: Thrilling Stories Told by Survivors, Memorial Editions, by J. Henry Mowbry, Minter Co., Harrisburg, 1912. Both copies feature an artist's rendition of the Olympic as the Titanic on the cover. Both copies have loose, but intact hinges, and green cover has sunning along the spine and left and bottom edge of the front. Accompanied by several vintage clippings regarding the Titanic.

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Story of the Wreck of the Titanic

Lot 150: Story of the Wreck of the Titanic

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Description: Two green, gold-lettered hardcover copies of the Story of the Wreck of the Titanic: The Ocean's Greatest Disaster, Memorial Editions, by Marshall Everett. P. A. Lindberg, Chicago. Both books feature the imprint, "Nearer My God to Thee," across the top edge. Covers feature an artist's rendition of the Titanic sinking, stern up, with lifeboats fleeing the scene.

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