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Defective Copy - selected rambings of a book junkie

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5.10.18. Lot 175 at Henrey Aldridge & son on October 20 is an extremely rare broadside poster advertising Third Class tariffs on the ship's return voyage from New York to Europe. It pictures a photograph of the ship, (actually pictured is the Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship, which looked practically identical and was often used for promotional material), an interior view of a Third Class cabin and the Third Class dining facility. Its scarcity can be explained in that after the Titanic sank on April 15th, 1912, White Star Line destroyed as many of these posters as they could. ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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