Lot 341 of 541:
William Dane Phelps Fore & Aft 1871  

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Fore and Aft; or, Leaves from the Life of an Old Sailor. By "Webfoot"

[Phelps, William Dane]


Nichols & Hall



359 pp. Frontispiece & three plates after sketches by Billings. (12mo) 17.5x11 cm (6¾x4½"), original embossed terra-cotta cloth, spine & front cover lettered & decorated in gilt. First Edition.

"[Phelps] was actively engaged in the 'Commodore Jones war,' as he terms it, and his various narratives are of great importance, although occasionally presenting minor inaccuracies. His chapter on 'The Hudson's Bay company' is one of the few sources of information regarding the operations of this great corporation in California" (Cowan). Howes states that: "Only a few copies had been issued when fire destroyed the plates." Cowan, p. 482. Graff 3271; Howes P290.

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Fading to spine, ends worn; very good.

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