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Youngest Titanic Survivor Millvina Dean Signed Titanic Book

A copy of Susan Wels' "Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner" signed by survivor Millvina Dean. [Alexandria, VA]: Time-Life Books; Tehabi Books, 1997. A square Quarto, [22], 206pp including an Index. Signed on the dustjacket front cover, "With all good wishes from Millvina Dean, youngest Titanic survivor. June 17th 2001." Photo hardcover binding with a printed glassine dustjacket. The book traces the entire Titanic story, from its construction in the early 1900s, to the tragic wreck in 1912, to present-day exploration and salvage operations. Told through beautiful color images and extensive research, with excerpts from actual passenger diaries, replicas of items recovered from the ship itself, and interviews from Titanic experts such as P.H. Nargeolet. Light shelf wear and small edge tears to the dustjacket. Boldly signed. Book is in near fine condition.

At the age of just 2 months, Millvina Dean was taken aboard the Titanic as a third-class passenger with her father, Bertram Frank Dean, mother Georgette "Etta" Dean (née Light), and older brother Bertram Vere Dean, then 2 years old. The family had not been booked aboard the Titanic but, due to a coal strike, they were transferred onto it and boarded at Southampton, England. Millvina's father, who felt the ship's collision with the iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912, told his wife to get dressed and take the children above deck while he stayed behind. While Etta was able to escape with the young Bertram and Millvina onto a lifeboat, Bertram would sadly not survive. Without anywhere to go, Etta ultimately left the United States and returned to England with the children when it became clear that her husband's body would not be recovered. In her later years, Millvina Dean participated in several Titanic-related documentaries, exhibitions, and personal interviews. However, she refused to see James Cameron's 1997 film and would go on to criticize the Doctor Who episode "Voyage of the Damned" for its references to the disaster.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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