Ashford Press, Southampton, 2nd. Ed., ((1st thus) 1986. Limited Edition of 1500 Numbered Copies of which this is # 1217. Xv + 402 pp., frontis + 88 other photo-ills, plans, etc. (some cold. plates). White buckram ; blue title-piece to spin e; gilt; richly gilt decorative front cover ; all edges gilt ; blue silk bookmarker sewn in ; transparent d.j. 29 x 19cm. FINE A beautiful facsimile of a book originally published in Boston in 1902 and which can be regarded as the ‘official’ history of the most famous yacht race in the world up to 1901. Within its 18 chapters the authors describe the invitation from England to compare the speed of vessels in 1850 which resulted in the construction of the AMERICA visited by Queen Victoria. They go on to describe the establishment of The America’s Cup as an international trophy – 1857-1870 ; the second challenge and wrangle of 1871 ; the Canadian challenges 1876-1881 ; England’s dispatch of a Cutter which was defeated in 1885 ; Scotland’s dispatch of a challenger and the defence of the cup by a third Boston boat in 1886 ; Lord Dunraven’s second effort to win the cup which ended with a cloud over the sport in 1895 ; Lord Dunraven’s charges of fraud and the Hearing that followed in 1895-1896 ; the challenge from Thomas Lipton meets with defeat in 1898-1899 ; and Lipton defeated again in 1901. These and many other aspects of this great race are examined and described in detail. The book is illustrated with 89 photographs and plans (some in colour) and the book is attractively bound. LIMITED EDITION OF EARLY HISTORY OF THE AMERICA’S CUP. FINE COPY.