Tue, 2nd May 2017 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hibernia')

 
  Lot 79
 

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OCEAN CRUISER, 25TH DECEMBER 1879<br/>manuscript...

OCEAN CRUISER, 25TH DECEMBER 1879
manuscript on paper, six pen and wash, and one pen and ink drawings in the text, eight charming watercolours mounted, original blue roan gilt (a little rubbed) -- 13 x 7¾in. (33 x 20cm.)

A most entertaining 'magazine' in three parts and written mostly in poetry, including 13 limericks. In the course of the narrative, supposedly on her voyage to Chile, one member of the crew animadverting on astronomy notes that light travels at 186,000 miles per second (Einstein 185,000 miles per second). The book ends with a battle between the British on one side and the Chinese and Japanese navies in the other. Those later have travelled the Panama Canal! The watercolour drawings depict a 'bull fight' onboard the Shannon.

Sold for £335
Estimated at £300 - £500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
OCEAN CRUISER, 25TH DECEMBER 1879
manuscript on paper, six pen and wash, and one pen and ink drawings in the text, eight charming watercolours mounted, original blue roan gilt (a little rubbed) -- 13 x 7¾in. (33 x 20cm.)

A most entertaining 'magazine' in three parts and written mostly in poetry, including 13 limericks. In the course of the narrative, supposedly on her voyage to Chile, one member of the crew animadverting on astronomy notes that light travels at 186,000 miles per second (Einstein 185,000 miles per second). The book ends with a battle between the British on one side and the Chinese and Japanese navies in the other. Those later have travelled the Panama Canal! The watercolour drawings depict a 'bull fight' onboard the Shannon.