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WOOD, Edward F. R.

Sailing Days at Mattapoisett 1870-1960.

Published: New Bedford, Mass.: For the Author, 1961

Stock code: 65121

Price: £300

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First and only edition, one of 350 copies printed for the author, this designated a “soiled copy” at the limitation leaf: the author’s own copy, marked up with his corrections. Wood was a banker who had summered in Mattapoisett since childhood, and whose researches into the town led to the present publication: “This history of sailing at Mattapoisett is the result of curiosity about the origins of the Mattapoisett Yacht Club, an organization which may justly claim a modest antiquity. Its traditional informality precluded the keeping of records, and little has been remembered from the past. A search of available sources reveals that sailing competition at Mattapoisett started in the eighteen-seventies, at the end of the whaleship-building era” (foreword). An attractive and uncommon little history that gives a sense of local loyalties in the East Coast yachting community.

Octavo. Original cream buckram, title in blue to upper board and spine. Frontispiece and 23 pages of illustrations. Covers yellowed, and marked, crossed through in red crayon, and with a label to the upper board “Corrections,” numerous ink and pencil emendations to the text, small piece lacking from leaf, minor loss of text, about very good.

Bibliography: Morris & Howland, p.159; Not in Toy.

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