Perils & Adventures On The Deep [1864]


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T. Nelson & Sons, London, 1864. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. J. Stephenson (illustrator). 1st Edition. xiv; 320pp + frontispiece; 7 full-page engravings by J. Stephenson plus various in-line illustrations & decorations.

Professionally rebacked, maintaining original boards and endpapers (possibly missing ads at rear?).

Numerous adventures at sea described in wholly entertaining fashion.

Includes very early recount of the fate of James Morrill [sic – Ferguson 13022 & 13023 explains correct spelling Murrells] who, having abandoned the stricken barque “Peruvian” on a raft and washed ashore 42 days later at Cape Cleveland (now the City of Townsville, Queensland) was taken in by a community of Aborigines and co-existed for 17 years until emerging from the wilds in January, 1863. The only telling of the tale (prior to this publication) was by Murrells himself in a 24pp pamphlet entitled “Sketch Of A Residence Among The Aboriginals Of Northern Queensland For Seventeen Years”, printed in 1863 [Ferguson 13022].

Presentation inscription (dated 1869) from Eliza Woodruff of Fontainebleau House, St Kilda (presumably Headmistress of Mrs Woodruff’s Ladies School).