1873 · London
by Vanderdecken. (Samuel Ward Stanton)
London: Hunt & Co, 1873. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair. Ownership copy of American artist and art historian and Titanic victim Samuel Ward Stanton (1870 - 1912). First edition. 8vo, viii + 391 + advertisements, publisher's pebbled blue cloth, gilt stamped vignette of captain at the ship's wheel with rope border, similar pictorial and gilt titles to spine. Illustrated with 47 numbered plates, 5 of them foldouts. Rear cover and spine show or water damage with some edge-staining traversing internally onto the margins of a few signatures but not affecting text. All foldout plates in original folds. Internals better than good, still solidly bound. Signed by Stanton in pencil top of title page - Newburg May 1874 -with two bookplates of Stanton's. One is on the pastedown with a steam-going vessel. The other is a his full page library bookplate tipped in at the title page - in blue and red with pictorial of a clipper ship above, Neptune below and coral design (in an Arts & Crafts style) in the middle, with his name and date (1895), printed with "From the Librarie of Samuel Ward Stanton 1895 of which this book is number 164" (with the number handwritten-in). It appears Stanton designed the pastedown bookplate, as the picture of the steamer is similarly executed as his steamer drawings. The full page one has the initials R A W vertically arranged, in the lower right corner of the design. Stanton was best known for his drawings and paintings of American steamers, best recorded in his book "American Steam Vessels" (1895). A historian and artist, Samuel Ward Stanton (1870-1912) focused his work on American steam vessels. Born in Newburgh, New York, at age eighteen, he began reporting for the Seaboard Magazine. It succeeded the weekly Nautical Gazette, founded in 1871. His first drawings reproduced in the magazine were of scenes along the Erie Canal. Then it featured his views of American shipyards and the individual ship portraits that gave him fame. The World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 exhibited the majority of the full page drawings. Stanton received a medal and diploma, which read, 'A very finely executed and interesting collection of drawings which show with great skill and cleverness various types of war ships, mercantile ocean steamers, lake and river steamers and yachts. They are of general interest and show artistic merit and historical technical value." "Samuel Ward Stanton was an associate member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and in 1909, he served as an aid to the Committee for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. Stanton produced more than 1,000 images, primarily ink on paper of steamships from the northeast and great lakes regions. American Steam Vessels, published in 1895, represents a good source of information for many of the ships he drew. In 1912, Stanton sought to return home from studying at the Julien Academy in Paris. He planned to visit the Alhambra in Spain in preparation for mural work for the new Hudson River steamer, Washington Irving. On Wednesday April 10, 1912, Stanton boarded the Titanic at Southhampton, England bound for New York City. Like so many others aboard, Stanton died at sea after the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank." (Source: ShipHistory.org) For complete details about Stanton's booking on the Titanic go to https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/samuel-ward-stanton.html#link-and-cite.
(Inventory #: 011778)