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    The Varied Adventures of a Scottish Sailor

    John Nicol. [John Howell, editor]. The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner. Edingburgh: William Blackwood/ London: T. Cadell, 1822. First edition. Twelvemo. viii, [iv], 215 pages. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Nicol by W.H. Lizars. Half calf over marbled paper covered boards with blind stamped ornamental borders, rebacked with old spine laid on top, four raised spine bands with gilt rules, blind stamped floral devices and a gilt lettered leather title label in compartments, marbled endpapers and edges, reading ribbon. Boards lightly rubbed, leather on front cover near spine cracking, leather on spine crazed; hinges lightly cracked, armorial bookplate of "Paul Reilly Thompson" on front pastedown with small raised bumps, holograph pencil bookseller's notes on verso of front free endpaper, some foxing, occasional light soiling, frontispiece and title page browned, image offset on title page, stain along inner margin from reading ribbon between pages 178 and 179 with bleedthrough to adjacent pages, unobtrusive browning spot near head of spine between pages 133 and 140; else in very good condition.
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    "Nicol [1755-1825] was a seaman on the Proteus and Surprise during the American Revolution. Serving on various vessels from 1776 to 1801, he made several voyages to the South Seas and New South Wales. He gives an intriguing account of his visit to the Hawaiian Islands and of life on a South Sea whaler. He served with Captain Portlock (q.v.) during the voyage to Hawaii and the northwest coast and mentions that the chief who killed Captain Cook stayed on their ship for three weeks. In 1789 Nicol was on the Lady Juliana, a transport taking 245 female convicts to New South Wales, and he gives an interesting account of his experiences. The editor, John Howell (q.v.), apparently prepared Nicol's narrative from his verbal statements, using the mariner's own words as nearly as possible." - [Hill, 1225].



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