"THEY SAID, 'NOTHING SERIOUS IS THE MATTER'… I DID NOT REALIZE IT, THE WHOLE TIME, EVEN TO THE LAST MOMENT… I WOULD NEVER BELIEVE SUCH A THING COULD HAPPEN": 18 DAYS OF SENATE TESTIMONY FROM 86 WITNESSES REGARDING THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC, 1912 OFFICIAL SENATE PUBLICATION
(TITANIC) (UNITED STATES SENATE). "Titanic" Disaster. Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Commerce United States Senate. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1912. Octavo, original tan cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Scarce first edition of the full published report of the Congressional hearings that immediately followed the sinking of the Titanic, including the transcript of testimony of all 86 witnesses, along with three folding maps.
"The world has never let the night of April 14, 1912, pass into oblivion… It remains an incredible story—a colossal confluence of bad luck, bad timing and bad navigation. 'The three most written-about subjects of all-time,' speculates historian Steven Biel… may be 'Jesus, the Civil War, and the Titanic'" (Newsweek). Over the course of 18 days, the testimony of 86 witnesses was entered into record, including the testimony of key witnesses such as Bruce Ismay, Managing Director of the White Star Line; Guglielmo Marconi, owner of the company that provided wireless telegraphy to the Titanic and the Carpathia; Charles Lightoller, Second Officer of the Titanic; Captain Arthur Rostron, Captain of the Carpathia, who responded to the Titanic's distress signal, and many other surviving passengers and crew. Pencil owner signature.
Text clean, light soiling to cloth, spine slightly darkened. A very good copy. Quite scarce.