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LOUBAT, Joseph Florimond.
A Yachtsman's Scrap Book, or the Ups and Downs of Yacht Racing. Edited by
New York: Brentano Brothers, 1887. 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. A little rubbed, hinges professionally restored, light marginal toning, a very good copy. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Captain Robert Fish, 4 engraved double-page plates. 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 own … [Click Below for Full Description]
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