The cruise of the steam yacht North Star, a narrative of the excursion of Mr. Vanderbilt's party to England, Russia, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Turkey, Madeira, etc.
Boston: Gould and Lincoln, [etc.], 1854. 8vo, 353, 20 (ads) pp. with 2 engraved portraits, 9 full-page plates, engravings in text. Title-page printed in red and black with pictorial vignette, lightly foxed, old stamp to title, original green pictorial cloth gilt, backstrip restored, a very good copy. First edition. Rulon-Miller notes of his copy: John Overton Choules (1801-1856) was born in England and emigrated to the United States in 1824. He pastored several prominent Baptist churches throughout the northeast, and became well acquainted with many prominent Americans, especially Daniel Webster. In the Preface, the Rev. Choules explains the circumstances of this book: "Last February my valued friend, Mr. Vanderbilt, informed me that he proposed in May to take his family on a voyage to the principal seaports of Europe, in a steam yacht then building for that purpose; and he most kindly invited me to be his guest." His congregation indulged him, his friends encouraged him, and his fellow passengers "wished for a memorial of our four happy months spent in the North Star". Choules provides interesting commentary on all the sights and adventures.
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