Beachcomber Bill’s copy
To Galapagos on the Ara 1926: the events of a pleasure-cruise to the Galapagos Islands and a classification of a few rare aquatic findings, including two specimens of a new species of shark never caught before and here described for the first time.
Mt. Vernon NY: Privately printed by William Edwin Rudge, 1927.
One of 500 specially bound copies of a total edition of 900. With 30 color plates of fish by William E. Belanske, folding map and numerous photographic illustrations. 1 vols. Lg 4to. Beachcomber Bill’s copy. Original blue handmade paper over boards, blue levant morocco spine, t.e.g. Fine copy, lacking box Item #265821
A fascinating account of this social and scientific expedition, and a monumental example of fine book production.
William E. Belanske’s copy with two photographs aboard the Ara, one of which is used in the present work:
The Ara at Tagus Cove, p.  in the published book.
“Beachcomber Bill” and Charlie “Whale shark” Thompson, Galapagos I’d’s, Pacific Ocean, 1926, “Some Dolphins”
Belanske accompanied Vanderbilt on many of the cruises and painted dozens of ichthyological watercolors to illustrate the books. A great association.
Price: $1,250.00 Free International Delivery