NY: Privately Published, 1932. With 29 Illustrations From Original Photographs. First Edition. Signed presentation from Williams on the front endpaper: “To Fred Fenger, his Mate and the Boatswain, in the hope that we shall all meet soon. Frances Coleman Williams. 1932.” A rare, privately-printed book about the voyage of the yacht Aloha by its owner Arthur Curtiss James [1867–1941]. James was a wealthy speculator in copper mines and railroads. He was the largest stockholder in the Phelps Dodge organization and he also became the largest private owner of railroad stock in the United States. James’ most prized possession was his barque-rigged 218-foot, 659-ton, sail and steam yacht Aloha. The Aloha was one of the largest yachts of its day and large sailing yachts were unusual at that time, as steam had become the preferred means of propulsion. The Aloha was built in 1910 and was acquired by the U.S. Navy during the First World War. The Navy returned the Aloha to James in January 1919. From 1921 to 1922 James took Aloha on an around-the-world tour and used her to visit Europe several times thereafter. Frederick A. Fenger was a yacht designer, sailor, and author. His main contribution to yacht design is his use of the dhow-form hull, the wishbone rig, and the main trysail rig. Fenger was an inventive designer and, while some of his innovations never became popular, they did enjoy a following. The wishbone rig recently had a revival of interest in commercially produce yachts. Fenger was particularly interested in rigs which would be manageable when sailing short-handed. In 1911 Fenger sailed the canoe YAKABOO in the Caribbean, and this collection include the log of the YAKABOO as well as a draft of his book written about the cruise, “Alone in the Caribbean.” With Fenger’s personal bookplate on the front pastedown. A rare title! Tall 8vo., decorative blue cloth, stamped in gilt 202 pages. The title may not have been published with a dust jacket; hard to say since there are no other copies for comparison. Item #57408
Very Good (covers bright with minor wear; contents clean & tight with very minor browning endpapers).