The History of Yachting 1600-1815 by Arthur H. Clark, pub. 1904


Finely bound edition, with the bookplate of Boston 'copper baron' Thomas W. Lawson.

Clark (Arthur H.). The History of Yachting  1600-1815, 1st edition, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904

With 96 illustrations, mostly full-page gravure plates with captioned tissue-guards, original silk bookmark bound-in, top edges gilt, the remainder rough-trimmed, bound in contemporary navy-blue crushed half-morocco over cloth-covered boards by the London bindery of Root & Son, the spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and tooled decoration, octavo (24.5 x 16.5 cm)

Ex-libris Thomas W. Lawson (1857-1925) with his engraved bookplate. Lawson was a Boston stockbroker, author and President of the Bay State Gas Company of Delaware, and later made a considerable fortune as one of the founders of Amalgamated Copper. A keen collector of art and books, he also held an interest in sailing and had a yacht built of his own, Independence, to compete in the 1901 America's Cup trials but was barred by the New York Yacht Club. He jointly wrote The Lawson History of the America's Cup, published in 1902, and a spectacular seven-masted schooner was named after him - the largest sailing vessel without an auxiliary engine ever built. In his last years his investments were less sound and by the time of his death his circumstances were much reduced.

The bookplate with the imprint of Edmund Henry Garrett (1853-1929), an American book illustrator who also engraved many bookplates. Lawson had a peculiar fondness for the number three which is very much reflected in the design.

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