TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF LIFE AT SEA. Richard DANA.

TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF LIFE AT SEA

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840. First Edition. Hardcover. First Issue with all the points: dotted "i" in copyright notice, perfect running head at page 9, "CVI" on back-strip, and list on rear cover ending with 105; in the First State of the B binding of tan muslin. This copy has been beautifully rebacked with a new spine neatly matching the original. Dana's first book, his account of a year-and-a-half voyage from Boston to California, the Sandwich Islands, and back to Boston. One of the most famous accounts by an American of early California and the Pacific. BAL 4434; COWAN p.156; GRAFF 998; HOWES D49; ZAMORANO EIGHTY 26: "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." Dana sailed from Boston to California by way of Cape Horn. Herman Melville, from WHITE-JACKET: "If you want the best idea of Cape Horn, get my friend Dana's unmatchable TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST. But you can read, and so you must have read it. His chapters describing Cape Horn must have been written with an icicle." Light, even foxing but generally a cleaner copy than normal, nicely rebacked. Near Fine. Item #020278

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