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Dana's Two Years Before the Mast 1840  

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

Dana, Richard Henry

New York

Harper & Brothers



483 pp. (16mo) 15.5x9.5 cm (6x3¾") original printed tan cloth. Custom morocco backed clamshell case. First Edition, Second Printing.

Second printing, according to BAL (but the third issue as listed by Howes), with dot over the "i" in the word "in" on copyright page missing, broken running head on page 9; in the second state of BAL's "B" binding, with Harper's Family Library list on the rear cloth going to number 121. "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. Early owner's homemade bookplate on front paste down and name in pencil on front free endpaper, Edward P. Thwing, 1841. BAL 4434; Cowan p.156; Graff 998; Howes D49; Zamorano Eighty 26.

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Front cover stained, some wear; foxing throughout; very good.

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