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"Famous Clyde Yachts"

From original watercolour paintings by Henry Shields, with descriptive notices by James Meikle.

(1888)
published by Oatts & Runciman, Glasgow & London

 

Original Chromolithographs (color lithographs)

Sheet Size: 14 x 19.75 inches

Image Size Varies, but usually 8 x 11 inches

Condition: Good to Excellent. Some prints have signs of foxing or other age-related defects. Please have a look at the enlarged photos for the best indication of each print's condition.

From the preface of "Famous Clyde Yachts":

For many years now Clyde Yachts and Clyde Yachting have been world-famous, yet, somewhat strange to relate, comparatively few books, dealing with the subject, have been written, and Famous Clyde Yachts is the outcome of a desire, on the part of the Publishers, to add a pleasant volume to the number. In it an attempt has been made, by means of picture and story, to present to the reader, in convenient and attractive form, a few of the salient features in the history of some of the more notable yachts of recent days, connected in one way or another with the Clyde.

It will be seen that (for the most part) the period dealt with is that lying between the beginning of 1880 and the end of 1887. Four boats built prior to 1880 have been given a place in our book – namely the "Cyprus," "Madge," "Neva," and "Viril" – because they were amongst the most notable of the boasts which ushered in the type so popular in after years.

The years traversed by Famous Clyde Yachts have been witness to a most gratifying increase of yachting on the Clyde — an increase which would seem to indicate a wider distribution of wealth and a laudable desire to spend a portion of it on a worth pastime. These years have been further rendered noteworthy by the gallant (though unsuccessful) attempts of the "Genesta," "Galatea," and "Thistle" to win the America Cup, and by the great and ever increasing popularity of the steam yacht. Although our book deals solely with "white wings," we may be allowed to make some allusion to the steam yacht, which now occupies such a conspicuous place in our pleasure navy.

In these days, when "time is money," more essentially than ever it was, it is perhaps only natural that men should wish to make their pleasures subservient to their business arrangements, and undoubtedly the steam yacht lends itself more readily to the furtherance of the desideratum than the sailing vessel possibly can, consequently we are likely to see the goodly fleet of steam yachts, which the Clyde boasts at present, augmented from year to year. At the same time we hope the love of yachting will always be strong enough, and the tastes of the yachtsmen varied enough, to keep the Clyde well found in both classes of boats.

It will be seen that no attempt whatever has been made to impart anything of a technical or scientific character to the book, the aim having been rather to make it a pleasant repository of a little of that which has contributed to make the yachting of the last few years so interesting.

An earnest endeavour has been made to have the work as accurate as possible, and in this connection we desire to tender our thanks to many owners of yachts, and other gentlemen skilled in yachting matters, for kindkly looking over proof sheets, and to express our indebtedness to many books and journals, most of which are named in the text.

The artist also desires to express his thanks to several gentlemen for kindly assisting him in his part of the work.

In conclusion, the book is sent forth accompanied by the sincere hope that it may be found a not altogether unworthy memorial of a stirring era in the history of a pastime which is mainly, life-giving, pure, and of good report.

December, 1887.


Darvill's Rare Prints is pleased to offer these exceedingly rare chromolithographs from "Famous Clyde Yachts," published in 1888. The chromolithography of these wonderful yachts is some of the best to be seen from the time period. Some foxing or other age toning may be present.
Some plates may have a slight "buckle" to the paper due to the print process used at the time. Please click on image for best indication of each chromolithograph's condition.

Vanduara - Famous Clyde Yachts 1888
Plate I
"Vanduara"
$425

Condition: very good, with light foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
and slight buckle to paper, also easily corrected by framing.

Wendur - Famous Clyde Yachts 1888
Plate II
"Wendur"
$450

Condition: very good to excellent, with light foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
and slight buckle to paper, also easily corrected by framing.

 

Marjorie - Clyde Yachts
Plate III
"Marjorie"
$450

Condition: very good to excellent, with light foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
and slight buckle to paper, also easily corrected by framing.

 

Clyde Yacht Neva
Plate IV
"Neva"
$395

(cropped to 14¼ x 11¾ inches)
Condition: good, slight buckle to paper

 

Lenore - Clyde's Famous Yachts
Plate V
"Lenore"
$425

Condition: very good to excellent, with light foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
and slight buckle to paper and uneven top trim, also easily corrected by framing.

 

Genesta Clyde Yacht
Plate VI
"Genesta"
$400

Condition: very good to excellent, with moderate foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
Small dark spot in upper right corner of image and slight buckle to paper.

 

Lenore - Famous Clyde Yacht
Plate XII
"Lenore"
$500

Condition: excellent

 

Henry Shields Neptune Clyde Yacht
Plate XVI
"Neptune"
$500

Condition: excellent, slight crease to extreme right edge of paper,
easily covered by mat. Slight buckle to paper as usual with this volume.

 

Famous Clyde Yacht Ulerin
PlateXVIII
"Ulerin"
$475

Condition: very good to excellent, with very light foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
Slight buckle to paper as usual with this volume.

 

Queen Mab Yacht
Plate XIX
"Queen Mab"
$475

Condition: very good to excellent, with very light foxing in margin, easily covered by a mat
Slight buckle to paper as usual with this volume.

 

Famous Clyde Yacht Vril
Plate XX
"Vril"
$425

Condition: good, slight buckle to paper and moderate foxing.

 

Cypress Clyde Yacht
Plate XXI
"Cyprus"
$500

Condition: excellent, very slight waviness to paper.

Cocker and Nora Clyde Yacht by Henry Shields
Plate XXII
"Cocker" and "Nora"
$475

Condition: very good to excellent, buckle to paper.

 

Olga Yacht by Henry Shields - Clyde Yachts
Plate XXIII
"Olga"
$500

Condition: very good to excellent, very light foxing in margins,
easily covered by matting.

 

Shona and Delvin Clyde Yacht by Shields
Plate XXIV
"Shona" and "Delvin"
$500

Condition: very good to excellent, slight buckle to paper

Doris Clyde Yacht
Plate XXV
"Doris"
$475

Condition: very good to excellent, faint foxing in margin

 

Clyde Yacht Ina
Plate XXVI
"Ina"
$475

Condition: very good to excellent, faint foxing in margin

 

Olivette yacht - Clyde by Henry Shields
Plate XXVII
"Olivette"
$550

Condition: excellent, very faint foxing in margin

 

Coila and Ariel
PlateXVIII
"Coila, Ariel "
$425

condition: very good, dark spot in sky from original printing?,
slight foxing in margin. No text available.

 

Mollie, Clutha, Princess Ida, Acorn yachts
Plate XXX
"Clutha, Mollie, Princess Ida, Acorn"
$475

condition: very good to excellent, slight marginal foxing,
no text available.

 

Nellie, Corette, Lala, Mascotte, Dandie yachts
Plate XXXI
"Dandie, Mascotte, Corette, Nellie, Lola"
$400

condition: good, foxing in margin and extending to upper border of image,
no text available.

 

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