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The Bests of Sail, 36  BOOKPLATES, coffee table & FRAME worthy 1975 Ed of 1925 book,  LG Collectible HARDcopy,  wonderful condition

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I love it when I find a book that has wonderful information, whether scientic about the seashore & shells or of historical value, giving a picture of a time gone by. And it's even better when it is a beautiful book inside and out. You can display it and it becomes part of your decor with a title that transports you! I make a special effort to look for these. I have happened upon some more great books which I will be listing over the next few days.
First let me say up front that if you wanted to frame any of 38 great old ship paintings by Jack Spurling, you could remove them from the book and not loose any of the text and info as all prints are blank on the back.** (See more info about prints later in listing.) This book is truly a SEA treasure! The collection of superb paintings by Spurling is accompanied by Basil Lubbock's lively and authoritative text and is one of the masterpieces of maritime literature.
Reproduced from the covers of the legendary Bristish magazine Blue Peter, a collector's treasure long out of print, the paintings provide an authentic portrait of the great sailing ships from 1850 to the end of World War I. The text describes both the history of the ships as well as their lore and legend, recapturing in fine detail the romance, drama, and timeless beauty of the sea. With excerpts from ship's logs, sails, and rigging plans, list of captain and crew, and other fascinating details of day-to-day life on board, the reader can follow the course of famous ships on historic routes.
This book does have a dust cover that is in good shape with some yellowing around inside edges and a 1" tear at top front but the hard linen like cloth cover is so beautiful that you wouldn't want to use the dust cover, though of course I will include it. The hard cover is a muted Williamsburg like blue with gold lettering and ship silhouettes on front and binding. The book itself is in super collectible condition with the flaws being some slight yellowing on edges of book, the part you see when book is closed and you look at it from the sides. This is very minimal. Some of the pages have some yellowing and faint dirt smudges on the edges. On the prints, this is well outside of the border needed to frame and would not be an issue if you wanted to frame. The paper in this book has a very hardy and rich feel. The paper that has the book text on it is textured and very pretty. The paper that has the prints on it is smoother. Both are a light matte cream, not shiny, and the paper with the prints is slighter lighter cream than the text paper.
Binding is tight and pages have no rips or even bends that I see though I haven't looked at all 177 pages. Even the inside covers are stunning.
It is a hugantic book, measuring 12 3/8" by 10 1/4" by 1 3/8" thick and weighs over 4 lbs.
** The prints are not full page but are 6 3/4" by 8 3/4 ", which includes an embossed indented border that has the ship's name, date it was built, and kind of ship written underneath. The border with the title is like a built in matte so if you add another (wouldn't have to), you would have a nice size & beautiful presentation.** The book itself begs for a coffee table!
Perfect for the sailor, lover of old ships & maritime history. This book has a great nautical ambiance and would be perfect for a beach house or house in New England. Wonderful conversation piece. Even if you decide to put it on a shelf, the binding, it's lettering, and another ship silhouette are gorgeous!
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Note: I do have several other sailing ship books, bookends, and vintage home decor items with ship themes in my shop SeaSeaRider.

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The Bests of Sail, 36 BOOKPLATES, coffee table & FRAME worthy 1975 Ed of 1925 book, LG Collectible HARDcopy, wonderful condition


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: paper, ink, cardboard
  • Only ships within United States.
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