Chicago: Privately Printed, 1929. Hardcover. 4to. Tan and blue cloth with calf spine label. (Ca. 200pp). Title page in black and red, tipped-in frontispiece, tipped-in illustrations, map endpapers. Good plus. Tight and handleable, and internally near fine and bright, though binding is a bit age toned, faintly edgeworn and the outer ½ (only) of front board dampstained; boards are (typical of this title) lightly bowed. Item #40847
Fairly attractive first edition of this daily account of all events and navigational calculations, beautifully printed on lovely, heavy rag paper with initial capitals rubricated in red and red running heads. Limited to 100 copies, this #25 was numbered and signed by Borden, who inscribes it "To my daughter Ellen with the love and / affection of his father / John Borden." Borden (1884-1961) was among Chicago's wealthiest, having made his fortune with the Yellow Cab Company and other businesses; he was also famed as an explorer, yachtsman and polo player. Daughter Ellen (1907-72) was a celebrated debutante and socialite who married future Illinois governor and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson II in 1928; their divorce in 1949 while he held office raised eyebrows. A choice association copy of this quite scarce volume.