The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins; Being an Account of his Visit to the Flying Islanders, Taken from his own Mouth, in his Passage to England, from off Cape Horn, in America, in the Ship Hector. By R. S., a Passenger in the Hector. Improved Edition. American Trade Binding, Fantasy Fiction, Robert Paltock.

The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins; Being an Account of his Visit to the Flying Islanders, Taken from his own Mouth, in his Passage to England, from off Cape Horn, in America, in the Ship Hector. By R. S., a Passenger in the Hector. Improved Edition.

Boston: Published for the Trade, 1835. An early American edition; the first American edition appeared in 1828. 12mo, original blue cloth spine, decorated printed blue-green boards, printed paper label, 263, [1] pages. Woodcut frontis and vignette title page with the additional imprint, Boston: Published by George Clarke, 1837. Fragile boards somewhat rubbed and a little soiled, spine and label a bit sunned and worn; a little scattered foxing; a very good copy. Item #19104

“In preparing the present edition of ‘The Adventures of Peter Wilkins’ for the press, the Editor has omitted certain gross passages, which however tolerable at the period when the work was first published, are by no means suited to the present improved state of public sentiment and taste.” An early and attractive handy edition of one of the great fantastic imaginary voyages, first published in 1751. These 263-page popular editions seem to have been published in Boston starting in 1829; the inserted vignette title with the 1838 George Clarke, as well as the diversity of imprints on various Boston editions noted on OCLC, suggest a consortium of local booksellers at work.

Price: $125.00