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BOB'S FOLLY. Fulton, Livingston And The Steamboat.

Bowman, Travis M.

ISBN 10: 0615235182 / ISBN 13: 9780615235189
Published by Friends of Clermont:, 2008
Condition: Fine- Soft cover
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95 pages, illustrated in color. "As gentlemen living during the period of the Enlightenment, Chancellor Livingston and Robert Fulton were expected to serve government and to improve society through science and reason. As steamboats became a regular sight on the Hudson River, sailing captains began staging near-fatal "accidents" with the steamboat."Livingston wrote Fulton: "Present accidents are all trifles, only let her not be sunk.Next year we will carry all the passengers on the Hudson and starve the skippers of Albany." FINE- SOFTCOVER. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 026541

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Title: BOB'S FOLLY. Fulton, Livingston And The ...

Publisher: Friends of Clermont:

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine-

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In this fascinating, richly illustrated history of the steamboat, Travis Bowman delineates the epic collaboration between the handsome but not entirely successful artist and inventor, Robert Fulton, and the Hudson River Valley aristocrat, Robert R. Livingston. On a sultry summer day in 1807, Fulton and Livingston shocked the world when they sailed their fire-breathing contraption, their devil in a sawmill up the Hudson, stopping at Livingston's villa, Clermont, on their way to Albany. Their invention would revolutionize travel, and set the stage for the Industrial Revolution.

Bowman, a historian who is the former curator at the Clermont Historic Site in Germantown, N.Y., writes far more than dual biographies: he lays out the history of the steam engine, the tales of competitors on the Hudson River run -- sailing captains who would stageaccidents to stop the steamboats -- and who waged a vital legal battle to stop the Fulton-Livingston steamboat monopoly, setting precedent that stands to this day.

Bobs Folly is a must-read for anyone interested in maritime history, in inventors and in American art and science in the period between the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Romanticism.

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Travis M. Bowman was the curator of collections at the Clermont State Historic Site from 2001 to 2007. During his last year there, he directed Clermont's loan exhibition on Fulton, Livingston and the invention of the steamboat. He now works for the New York State Historic Preservation Office.

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