Columbus Outdone. An Exact Narrative of the Voyage of the Yankee Skipper Capt. Wm. A. Andrews.
Enoch Morgan's Sons, ( 1893), New York
198 pp. b/w plates, maps, facsimiles, some folding.
This is one of the daffier, and rarer, single handed transatlantic accounts. It concerns Andrewss 1893 voyage in a 14-foot, canvas-covered folding sneakbox, from Atlantic City to Palos, Spain. This took place during the Worlds Fair. Its purpose was to promote Sapolio, a cleaning product. “Artemus Ward” of course, was the pen name for Charles Farrar Browne, who landed this gig as “Advertising Manager” for the PR firm Enoch Morgan’s Sons, who had the Sapolio account. See Toy 486, who lists Andrews’s 5 small boat voyages, and cites only a reprint of the present work, confirming that it is quite scarce in this first edition. Light wear to spine ends and corners, but very good condition, with text and plates clean, binding sound.