Sparkford, 1st.ed., 1993. 384 pp., 78 photo & other plates, 16 diagrams & 4 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The controversy surrounding the role of the S/S CALIFORNIAN in the TITANIC disaster has rumbled on since 1912 and fascinated the author from that period to his death in 1989. The question still arouses endless speculation and argument the world over. Could the CALIFORNIAN have gone earlier to the rescue of the stricken liner ? Leslie Reade, an Oxford graduate, began his own long, meticulous investigations in the early 1960s to discover the truth about the ship and her master, Captain Stanley Lord. This book is the result of that research and includes examination of all the prime documents, interviews with key figures, and what he claims to be conclusive evidence and the most probable solution as to what happened on that fateful night. Illustrated with 78 photographs and other plates, 16 diagrams and 4 maps. FINE copy.