Lot 205: Loss of the Steamship Lexington

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Lot 205: Author: N/A; Title: A Full and Particular Account of all the Circumstances Attending the Loss of the Steamboat Lexington, in Long-Island Sound, on the Night of January 13, 1840.; Place Published: Providence; Publisher: H.H. Brown; Date Published: 1840; Description: 32 pp. Woodcut frontispiece. (8vo) 22.5x14 (9x5½") original wrappers. First Edition.Midway through her routine voyage, the ship's smokestack caught fire, igniting nearby cotton bales. The fire was unable to be extinguished and the ship evacuated. The lifeboats were overcrowded and sunk almost immediately, leaving nearly all of the ship's passengers and crew to drown in the frigid water. Of the estimated 143 people on board, only four survived, having clung to bales of cotton among the debris. With a list of the passengers and crew "as near as could be ascertained". The frontis shows the vessel ablaze. Condition: Wrappers worn and chipped, evidence of prior binding at left edge; foxing throughout; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $200-300
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