New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1854. First edition. 8vo (7.63 x 5.25 inches), original blind-stamped green cloth, gilt lettering, 432 pages. Frontispiece and pictorial title page. Rather nautically damp-stained along several margins and somewhat to the cloth; spine and board edges sunned, some light wear and rubbing; a little scattered foxing; a good copy only. Item #20294
An anthology of six sea yarns from various sources, including John W. Gould’s “Cruise of a Guineaman” (piracy and slave-trading off the African coast), first published in the Knickerbocker in 1835, and two from the English nautical author James Hannay. Wright II, 2414. Gift inscription dated Nov. 15, 1854 on the front free endpaper.