First Printing of the Dana Classic

    [Richard Henry Dana, Jr.]. Two Years Before the Mast; a Personal Narrative of Life at Sea. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1840.

    First edition. Tan muslin binding (variant "B"), in the second state, as indicated by the catalog listing of the Harper's Family Library on the rear board. The "i" on the copyright page (for the word "in") is dotted, and the heading on page nine is unbroken, indicating this copy to be of the true first printing. Sixteenmo. 483 pages.

    Original printed tan cloth over thin boards. Some minor staining to the boards. Small closed tear to rear free endpaper. Inked name of previous owner, Moses L. Hale of Boston. Binding tight and text block clean, a superb, robust copy of this fragile book. In simple conservation solander box with gilt lettering to spine. Very good.

    "This account of California in 1835 and 1836 surpassed in popularity all other books relating to that state" (Howes).

    BAL, 4434. Howes, D49. Sabin, 18448.

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