The Loss of the S.S. Titanic. The Story and its Lessons
The Loss of the S.S. Titanic. The Story and its Lessons

BEESLEY, Lawrence. The Loss of the S.S. Titanic. The Story and its Lessons.

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BEESLEY, Lawrence. The Loss of the S.S. Titanic. The Story and its Lessons. London, William Heinemann, 1912.

8vo. Original blue-purple cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt; pp. xi, 301, [3], photographic frontispiece with tissue guard, two photographic plates, two folding plates (sections and elevations of the ship); cloth a bit marked and fading to spine, light spoting to text, as ususal, a good copy of a scarce work; front free endpaper with strictly contemporaru ownership inscription Evelyn Howard Carlisle 15th July 1912 on front fly-leaf, cut out from a newspaper, a Titanic poem In Memoriam by Stephen Phillips, dated April 18th, 1912 in pencil loosely inserted.
First British edition of the first book by an eye-witness of the Titanic disaster written by a survivor who was picked up by the Carpathia in the early morning of the 15th of April, published a mere nine weeks after the sinking, in June 1912. 'He became an important witness to the events of 15 April 1912. Beesley could write, as this short extrect shows: 'Here again was something quite new to us: there was not a breath of wind to blow keenly round us as we stood in the boat, and because of its continued persistence to make us feel cold; it was just a keen, bitter, icy, motionless cold that came from nowhere and yet was there all the time; the stillness of it - if one can imagine “cold” being motionless and still - was what seemed new and strange'. This quality of prose was and is the main source and inspiration for film and fiction works trying to deal with the events.

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