Lot 296 of 515:
Rare souvenir volume celebrating a pioneer of transatlantic communications  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Banquet Given to Sir John Pender, K.C.M.G., at the Hôtel Métropole, on Monday Evening, April 23, 1888.

Author:

Place:
London

Publisher:
(Printed by George Tucker at "The Electrician" Office on Fleet Street)

Date:
1888

Description:

[iii]-xxxvii, [3] pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece. 24 x 18 cm. Full navy blue morocco with elaborate nautical-themed gilt borders on upper and lower boards depicting ships' rope and line; silk patterned endpapers; all edges gilt.

Rare souvenir of a banquet given in honor of John Pender, a pioneer of submarine telegraphy. the book collects speeches, toasts, and telegrams detailing Pender's accomplishments and, through him, the development of worldwide underwater communications.

Pender, a native of Scotland, guaranteed the success of submarine telegraphy, at the time a new and untested technology. After many international failures installing underwater communications cables, Pender sunk all of his personal fortune into the depths of the Atlantic - and recovered it. His gutsy financial acument represented daring and perseverance in risky commercial endeavors. Pender ultimately snatched financial success in this new industry from the United States and handed it to the United Kingdom. For this action, he was knighted.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Spine rubbed and with some fading; brief wear at extremities; offsetting and tonight throughout; overall very good.


 
Item number:
306438a
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