- Author: Nanthaniel L. Stebbins
- Date: 1887
- Medium: Photogravure
- Condition: Very good, with some light foxing in margins
- Inches: 12 7/8" x 10 1/4"
- Centimeters: 33.01 x 26.28
- Price: $175.00
From American and English Yachts, Nanthaniel Livermore Stebbins (1847-1922), text by Edward Burgess (1848-1891). New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1887.
The steam yacht Alva was commissioned by and built for William Kissam and Alva Vanderbilt, and launched in October 1886. At 285 feet, the Alva was the longest private yacht in America by 35 feet, topping the yachts of J. P. Morgan, Jacob Astor and Jay Gould.
Nanthaniel Stebbins was a noted American marine photographer, whose surviving photographs document an important era in the development of American maritime activities, as sweeping technological and social changed revolutionized activity on the water, in military, commercial and leisure spheres.
In addition to selling prints of his images, he also produced a number of books of nautical images in his lifetime, including an important illustrated coastal guide, which was path-breaking in showing the practical uses for photography. His photography (and, on occasion, writing) also appeared in such well-known magazines as The Rudder and Yachting.
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