The Cruise of the Fleur-De-Lys in the Ocean Race, written by Lewis A. Stimson, is a small handheld sky blue book that was meant to be read, not in masses, but, for a niche audience of interest. The book presents implicitive evidence that suggests this, physical and textual.
The first piece of physical structure and layout of the book that suggests this is meant to be a small leisure read of an adventure, rather than a mass produced piece of literature, is the simple factual layout of the book. It presents all information in neat fashion with little flare. The typeface and font are relatively bland, not ornate, with not very many textual additions. The book is presented with a pamphlet meant to advertise the racing event in which the crew participated, which in some ways commemorates the experience.
Another small piece of physical evidence is the faded
gold lining of pages on the outside of the book.
These gold pages are a simple way of attempting to suggest the book is of some higher value. Additionally, the map in the back of the book presents itself as an extremely simple and basic explanation of the journey.This map was meant for a visual aid in the telling of a tale, rather than for actual future use.
The map attempt to provide evidence to the storyline, but has no evidence it can actually physically be of use. This suggests that it was made more for the men involved in the experience it was written about, and their social circle, rather than any typical member of society. Furthermore, the placement of the paired pamphlet to the event indicates that this piece of writing is meant to signify the memorialization of the race.
This book, presented in a purely informational fashion, was meant to commemorate an experience. Textual evidence points towards this, as was discovered in the last blog entry, because the book was privately printed. Rather than go through the hoops of finding funding in order to publicize the book and such, the wealthy author decided to privately fund print his piece himself. He meant to tell the tale of himself as well as his well-off friends in a superfluous fashion in order to commemorate and marvel in their achievements.
It was printed that the entire event was presented by his Empirical Majesty the German Emperor. This conveys classist ideals where royalty and rich are held to the highest importance. Moreover, the content states that the event was held between an organization of different exclusive yacht clubs between the United States and Europe, the club of the boat in this book anecdote being the New York Yacht Club. This textual evidence suggests that the audience of this book is meant to be the rich upper class, as they were truly the only ones able and affluent enough to take part in the experience, and are generally the only members of society that pay attention to event such as a private yacht racing function. The text within this book indicates that it is meant for an audience of an exclusive and money-based society.