Two Years Before The Mast

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Author: Richard Henry Dana Jr.
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Hard Cover

c.1900 Edition. First published 1840.

Publisher - Ward, Lock & Co. London.
Cover is hard bound in blue cloth with gilt stamped title on cover. Corners and spine ends are bumped.
No Dust Jacket is present.
End Papers are intact, black.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece: Title page protected by tissue leaf. 
Main Text Body - 284  Pages.
Fine and clean.   

Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight but gutter is cracked but intact.  Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.

Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840.

While at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles which affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana, rather than going on a Grand Tour as most of his fellow classmates traditionally did (and unable to afford it anyway) and being something of a non-conformist, left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim. He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the Alert (which left California sooner than the Pilgrim).

He kept a diary throughout the voyage, and, after returning, he wrote a recognized American classic, Two Years Before the Mast, published in 1840, the same year of his admission to the bar.

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