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(BOAT-BUILDING.) SMITH, Christopher Columbus, & Jay W. & John Edwin Clifford (sales manager).
Algonac, MI: Chris Smith & Sons Boat Co., Chris-Craft Corporation,, 1930. Landscape quarto (208 x 295 mm). Original simulated leather padded post-binder - "BurkArt processed" by the Burkhardt Co. Inc. of Detroit - painted and embossed logo and cover art of Chris-Craft runabout at speed, black moiré cloth doublures, containing 99 original photographs; [together with] 28 single-page mimeographed sales letters on headed stationery, originally sent to boat distributors and marine dealers, the intended recipients of these de Luxe catalogues, wet stamp of the Gifford Marine Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin to recto of the first image, portrait of Chris Smith, and verso of three other images. Housed in a black flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery. 2 leaves with carbon-copy typescript index on company letterhead; 99 silver gelatin photographs (197 x 254 mm) - featuring the full range of the boat-builder's renowned mahogany motor boats and hydroplanes, together with factory interiors showing the company's craftsmen at work, publicity shots, including the Chris-Craft display at the 1928 New York Boat Show - 76 of them linen-backed and bound in on white linen hinges, these mostly with inked numbers to the top-right-hand corner; and 23, originally loosely inserted, now bound in within archival sleeves, some of these with pencil annotations verso, a few with mounted typed press-release captions, many with the photographers' wet or embossed stamps verso, one of these loose photographs hand-coloured. A little rubbed, particularly along the edges with consequent loss of the si … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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