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Rare period print of the yacht America after having just won the famous race...
Item # 671223
October 25, 1851
THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1851
* 1st America's Cup race
* Schooner Yacht "America"
The front page features a nice print of the yacht: "The America", which to our knowledge is the only period print of the racing yacht America having just won the historic race against 14 other competitors. A similar print appears is the Illus. London News but it was from before the race. It would be this yacht, in this 1851 regatta, that would give the famous race "America's Cup" its name.
The caption is interesting, reading in part: "We present our readers...with an engraving of the little vessel that recently struck John Bull with such amusing astonishment. 'Who's first?' was the universal question as to the result of the Regatta. 'The America'. 'Who's second?' "Nothing'. The America now sails under British colors; an English gentleman having purchased her to find out the secret, probably of her swift sailing...probably the British will practice at yacht-building until they find something that can beat the America; and then challenge the Yankees to another race. Well, Uncle Sam will be always read for them...".
As for the now-famous quote noted in the caption, legend has it that while watching the race, Queen Victoria asked who was second, and received the famous reply: "There is no second, your Majesty."
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, large folio size folded 3 times with mild wear at some folds with some perforation, some archival mending, more to page 2. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.
Category: Pre-Civil War