First Edition of William K. Vanderbilt's West Made East With The Loss Of A Day; From the library of Steve Fossett
West Made East With The Loss Of A Day: A Chronicle of the First Circumnavigation of the Globe under the United States Naval Reserve Yacht Pennant.
Vanderbilt, William K.$1,400.00
Item Number: 98744
New York: Privately Printed, by Edmund Garrett, 1933.
First edition, number 82 of 200 specially bound copies. Quarto, original half blue levant morocco gilt over stamped boards, the upper cover with a motif of the Alva’s flag, illustrated endpapers, in original slipcase. Near fine in a near fine slipcase. Lavishly illustrated throughout by William Belanske.
A member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family, William "Willie" Kissam Vanderbilt II was a skilled sailor and yachtsman. Already extremely wealthy from a trust fund and from his income as president of the New York Central Railroad Company, on his father's death in 1920, "Willie" inherited a multimillion-dollar fortune. In 1925, he traded his luxury yacht Eagle for ownership of Fisher Island, Florida, a place he used as a winter residence. Between October 25, 1928 and May 16, 1929, Vanderbilt completed a voyage around the world on the diesel yacht Ara which took him to Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Galápagos Islands and the South Pacific, where he collected thousands of specimens of invertebrate and marine life and birds, as well as cultural artifacts. This work chronicles "the first circumnavigation of the globe under the United States Naval Reserve yacht pennant."