Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea. Richard Henry Dana.
Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

New York: Harper Brothers, 1840.

12mo, (6 1/4 x 4 1/4 ins.), 483pp. Original beige muslin printed in black, rebacked retaining the original spine and endpapers. Preserved in a half brown morocco slipcase lettered in gilt. Generally a very good and well-preserved copy inside and out. Light very early pencil signature at the front of J.P. Adams.

§ First Edition, first Issue, with dot over the "i" in the word "in" on copyright page, and the unbroken running head on page 9. First state of BAL's binding type 'B' with list of titles in the Harper's Family Library ending at number 105 (later states end at 121 and 129). "If not the most widely read book on California, certainly this ranks extremely high on such a list. The author sailed up and down the California coast, trading for hides, from January 1835, until May 1836. He possessed not only extraordinarily keen powers of observation but a fine facility for expressing his ideas in writing, which makes this volume an excellent and very readable record of his experiences." (Zamorano 80). BAL 4434. Cowan p.156. Graff 998. Howes D49; Zamorano 80 #26.
Note: this copy is comparable to but considerably better than the recent copy sold at auction for $6600. Item #124566

Price: $6,500.00

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