A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911. signers.
A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911
A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911
A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911
A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911
A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911
A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911

A “WHO’S WHO” GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS THAT VISITED OR SAILED ABOARD ISAAC STERN’S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT VIRGINIA; Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York’s legendary merchant, Isaac Stern, with "Ten Thousand Miles in a Yach" by Richard Arthur which chronicled its trip up the Amazon River in 1911

Various locations: 1900-1910. Hardcover. The Virginia’s guest register is a bound leather book measuring approximately 8.5” x 10.5” with approximately 250 gilt-edged pages. About 75 of those pages are filled with notes, signatures, and drawings by visitor and passengers who sailed upon the yacht. The cover is adorned with enameled metal ornaments in the shape of New York and Manhattan Yacht Club burgees. The frontispiece appears to be hand-painted and shows the same two burgees with text reading “Steam Yacht Virginia”. All of the entries are in iink. In nice shape.

The Virginia was an incredibly luxurious 441-ton steam yacht built in 1899 at Bath, Maine for the New York department store magnate, Isaac Stern.

Entries in its guest book begin in February of 1900 and contain greetings, well-wishes, thank-yous, sketches, and signatures of about 400 people from around the world. I noticed notations from Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, England including the Isle of Wight, Germany, Greece, India, Turkey, and the U.S. East Coast in a variety of languages including Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, and Japanese. Some signatures are from diplomats, consuls, foreign ministers, military officers, and, no doubt, quite a number of wealthy businessmen, financiers, and socialites. Many of the entries refer to attendance at specific events like the Hudson-Fulton Celebration including its Naval Parade, the International Yacht Race of 1903, and Yale-Harvard Races. The last entry in the guest book is dated September 25, 1910, just before Stern’s death.

The accompanying first edition book, Ten Thousand Miles in a Yacht, chronicles a trip on the Virginia organized by “Commodore” E. C. Benedict, a New York financier, who chartered the vessel from Stern to make the cruise with ten friends and a crew of 33 officers and men between November 1904 and January 1905. (Benedict felt his own yacht was not up to the voyage.) Apparently Stern retained the guest book during the voyage no entries were made during that time. Very good. Item #009646

Contemporary newspaper articles suggest that after Stern’s death, Benedict purchased the vessel after first chartering it once more from Stern’s estate to undertake a second Amazon River voyage, and eventually purchase the vessel. F. K. Vanderbilt, the grandson of Cornelius, purchased the yacht in 1916, and during World War One, it was acquired by the U.S. Navy on a free-lease, renamed the U.S.S. Vedette, and deployed on patrol duty escorting convoys in the Atlantic, where it rescued survivors from a torpedoed Greek ship as well as a disabled French seaplane and its crew. Following the war, the yacht was returned to Vanderbilt.

Isaac Stern and his brothers, sons of German-Jewish immigrants opened a one-room dry goods store in Buffalo, New York in 1867, and moved their operation to New York City, not far from Washington Square Park, the following year. They relocated to 22nd Street near Madison Square Park and continually enlarged their business until it became an enormous and elegant six-story department store known for selling a wide range of goods from working-class merchandise to elegant Parisian fashions for New York’s wealthiest women. Stern’s eventually acquired a number of defunct Gimbles and Gertz stores throughout the region after it was purchased by the Allied Stores Corporation. Allied Stores was, in turn, acquired by Federated Department Stores which in 2001 converted most Stern’s stores into Macy’s or Bloomingdale's and closed the rest.

A unique first-hand testament to the life of the ultra-rich in the early, pre-World War One years in New York City.

Price: $1,500.00