W. H. Collingridge, 1st.ed., N.D. (c.1840s). Iv + 312 pp., profusely illustrated with woodcuts. Gilt & blind brown decorated cloth ; a.e.g. 14 x 11cm. Very neatly re-bound with original cloth laid down. V.G.+. Although written for younger readers, probably during the 1840s, this book offers something for readers of all ages. Illustrated with a wealth of period woodcuts, the story-teller examines the construction, fittings and rigging of ships of this era. He describes his own sea-life and his adventures aboard the PRINCE OF WALES of 1763-1783 ; disasters and shipwrecks, Arctic voyages, storms at sea, service under Lord Hood, early steam vessels, pilots, a meeting with young Nelson, press-gangs, pirates, etc.