Although questioning the accuracy of Mr. Mar schall's mise en scene may seem like nit-picking, it offers insight into our documentation of the doomed vessel: it was in passenger service for only four days and we know its every move. But objectivity about the Titanic is never easy: however dispassionately we discuss its flawed construction or its master's imprudence or, indeed, that veritable cornucopia of heartbreaking what-if's, its loss remains to this day a festering wound. That something so new, so powerful and so exquisitely wrought could succumb to an eight-second sideswipe with ice seems incomprehensible; that 1, should have perished because of avoidable error is unacceptable.
It is this glaring aberration in the rightness of things that keeps the Titanic's image as brightly burnished today as the brass atop the forward mooring capstans, eight decades after the ship thundered beneath the surface off Cape Race, Newfoundland. Patently destructible in life, the Titanic has proved indestructible in memory.
All this is by way of introducing a new Titanic book. Do we need another? Resoundingly, yes: "Titanic: An Illustrated History" is a lavish, color-filled production more than justifying its formidable price. Every Titanic author tells, perforce, a tale already told. Yet Don Lynch, the historian of the Titanic Historical Society, has produced not only a complete chronology of the Titanic from first plans and construction to the submarine photographs taken of its wreckage, but also fresh premonitory frissons of disaster.
At sunset on the final Sunday, Bruce Ismay, the line's managing director, perches sociably near Mrs. Arthur Ryerson's deck chair, flourishing a telegraphed ice warning from another White Star liner, the Baltic.
And after that deceptively mild scrape of ice against steel, Mr. Lynch skillfully conjures up the ensuing chaos, including spurious reassurance from crewmen.
Life belts were unnecessary, suggested one. Another shouted ambiguously to milling passengers: "Leave everything.
It is only a precaution and you can all return to your staterooms. There is sporadic foxing throughout, although there are no other markings or inscriptions within, and the pages are crisp and complete. Tightly bound and charming.
Grant Richards, London, This volume offers an early chronicle of Titanic's plight based on firsthand accounts collected in the weeks after the disaster and was published only 37 days after the sinking. Contents, replaced protective tissue to the illustrated frontispiece, replaced paste downs and free front and rear end paper, slight marking to the title page, scattered browning to some pages otherwise clean and tightly bound.
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Used - Very Good. It is what everyone is thinking and talking about who sits at those luxurious tables, loaded not with sea-fare, but with dainty  and perishable provisions for which half the countries of the world have been laid under tribute. Many had no hold, or lost the hold they had, and these slid down the steep smooth decks, as people slide down a water chute into the sea. Conspiracy theories. And that is all we can know or imagine about them; but it is probably more than most of the fortunate ones on the snowy upper decks cared to know or imagine.
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