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46
[Dana, Richard Henry]
TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF LIFE AT SEA. NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, 1849
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,625 GBP
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46
[Dana, Richard Henry]
TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF LIFE AT SEA. NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, 1849
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 1,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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[Dana, Richard Henry]
TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF LIFE AT SEA. NEW YORK: HARPER & BROTHERS, 1849
12mo, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE (see footnote), original tan muslin cloth stamped in black (lower cover with Harper's Family Library, nos.1-105 listed) [binding B, state 1], uncut, in a modern morocco folding box, text spotted, binding slightly worn, rebacked retaining original spine
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Provenance

early presentation inscription "George R Gaither | A Christmas Gift | From his aunt Julia Bradley | 1840"

Literature

BAL 4434B; Grolier, American 46  

Catalogue Note

"One of the first and freshest, because of its plain factual nature, of American accounts of the sea, the book has added importance because ... Dana journeyed up into the California cattle country, of which he gives us our only trustworthy account before the 1849 gold rush" (Grolier, American).

It is generally accepted that there were two printings of this work dated 1840. This copy is the first issue: on the verso of the title there is a dot over the letter i in the word in, first line of copyright notice; on p.9 the running head is unbroken. There are two types of binding found with this work, but neither takes precedence (this "B"). This copy has an early presentation inscription dated Christmas 1840 (the work is first recorded on 19 September of that year). 

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