by Dan Lynch, with paintings byKen Marschall. Hyperion, $60.00. The sinking of the unsinkable Titanic is such a striking example of the penalties of hubris that it maintains the status of legend. This illustrated history of the ship contains contemporary photographs as well as Mr. Marschall’s able paintings, while the text covers all the familiar anecdotes of courage and cowardice, introduces some little-known episodes, leaves in abeyance the question of the near presence of a ship that ignored the Titanic’s distress calls, and concludes with an excellent account of the discovery of the wreckage in 1985. Dr. Robert D. Ballard, who led the discovery team, has provided a brisk introduction. Titanic buffs will find the book irresistible. Nonbuffs risk addiction to this endlessly fascinating disaster.