ALAN VILLIERS - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED 03/12/1935 - HFSID 29865
Sale Price $432.00
His signed ink drawing of the Joseph Conrad, the ship in which he sailed around the world. Signed during the voyage!
Original Art signed: "With every good wish, Alan Villiers/Ship Joseph Conrad/(ex. George Stage)/March 12, 1935", 4¼x6 album leaf. Born in Australia, Allan Villiers (1903-1982) ran away to sea at age 15, becoming an accomplished seamanon merchant, whaling, and historical vessels, known for his particular love of sailing ships. In 1934, Villers purchased a Danish training vessel, the Georg Stage, renamed it the Joseph Conrad (in honor of another author and accomplished sailor). With an amateur crew, he embarked on a 57,000 mile, two-year voyage around the world, crossing the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. The Joseph Conrad is now on exhibit at the Mystic (Connecticut) Seaport and Museum. During World War II, Villiers was commissioned in the Royal Naval Reserve, and earned the Distinguished Service Cross for dangerous missions which included the Dunkirk evacuation, convoy duty, and command of groups of landing craft in the Sicily and Normandy amphibious landings. Villiers wrote dozens of books, all about the sea and those who sailed it, and was a frequent contributor to National Geographic. In 1957, Villiers captained the Mayflower II, a replica of the original pilgrims' vessel and replicating their historic voyage of 1620, Binding holes at upper margin. Fold crease not near signature. Ink date (unknown hand) at lower left. Fine condition.
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