Zabriskie, George A.
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: William Phips, Concepcion
Size: 5.5″ x 8.25″
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by The Doldrums, Ormond Beach, Florida (1944), in hardback with a dust jacket. This appears to be a very limited printing that was privately published and given as a Christmas present to a select few friends. There are several varieties of this book, but each copy carries the hand-written name of the recipient on Page 2 (but is not necessarily signed by the author). Copies that are bound with 3/4 leather over cloth are signed by the author on Page 2, and have a color plate of a Spanish Galleon between pages 4 and 5. The most prevalent variety of this book is not signed by the author (but does have the hand-written name of the recipient), and has black & white plate of a Spanish Galleon between pages 4 and 5.
Description: This short book summarizes the life of William Phips and his successful salvage of the “Concepcion” off the coast of Hispaniola in 1687. The author was President of the New York Historical Society from 1939-1947. He was a great enthusiast of fine books and book binding and issued this Christmas keepsake from his Florida home.