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LOUBAT, Joseph Florimond.

A Yachtsman's Scrap Book...

or the Ups and Downs of Yacht Racing. Edited by …

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Published: New York: Brentano Brothers, 1887

Stock Code: 63989

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition. This copy inscribed on the first blank; "Colonel John Hay with the compliments of the editor, J.F. Loubat, New York, May 31st 1887." Uncommon early yachting memoir, just 10 copies in the US listed on OCLC, and a single copy in Europe in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Loubat was the son of Alphonse Loubat, a French entrepreneur who was prominent in developing urban transport systems in both New York and Paris. He was born in New York, 1831, but studied at the University of Paris, receiving a doctorate in law, emphasizing his sense of dual nationality by going on to join the American diplomatic service, participating in the 1866 mission to Russia led by the Assistant Secretary of State for the Navy, Gustavus Fox. He was involved in the organization of the 1867 World Exposition, and contributed to the founding of the Trocadero Museum, later the Musée de l'Homme. In the city of his birth he donated property to Columbia University, a donation which was key in the early expansion and development of the faculty. He died in Paris in 1927. He was also highly influential in the development of yachting in America and Europe. In 1874, his schooner Enchantress, designed by Robert Fish and originally owned by George Lorillard, competed against the Herreshoff-built Faustine, and several English yachts in a race from Le Havre to Southampton, winning tidily. Loubat eventually sold her in 1877, after many adventures in European and Russian waters. His book is among the earliest American yachting memoirs. John Hay was Lincoln's assistant private secretary from his election as president until 1864, then embarked on a diplomatic career - secretary of the legation in Paris 1865-7, Madrid 1867-8, and chargé d'affaires at Vienna 1868-70 - becoming US ambassador to the Court of St. James in 1897. In August 1898, Hay became President McKinley's Secretary of State helping to negotiate the Treaty of Paris of 1898, which ended the Spanish-American War. Hay continued as Secretary of State under Theodore Roosevelt, serving until his own death in 1905.

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Octavo. Original olive green pebble-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine and upper board, decorative bands in blind to both boards, sepia floral endpapers.


Engraved portrait frontispiece of Captain Robert Fish, 4 engraved double-page plates.


A little rubbed, hinges professionally restored, light marginal toning, a very good copy.


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