Richard Bentley, 3 vols., 1st ed., 1836. Vol. I : Xii + 301 pp., engrvd. frontis + 2 other engraved plates. Vol. II : Viii + 300 pp., engrvd. frontis + 2 other engravings. Vol. III : Viii + 344 pp., engrvd. frontis + 2 other engravings. All uniformly bound in contemporary half-calf ; black calf title-pieces to spines ; gilt; marbled boards. 19 x 12 cm. Minor wear & rubbing to bindings ; half-titles not bound in ; o/w V.G.+. Edited by Captain Frederick Marryat but written in a different style by his friend Edward Howard (1793-1841) biographer of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith. The author served in the Royal Navy and was shipmate of Marryat and followed him ashore to begin a new career in literature. Sub-editor of the Metropolitan Magazine, Howard produced a number of books, Sir Henry Morgan and Rattlin the Reefer being the most successful. This is a 'three-decker' set of the First Edition of 1836. For several generations many people thought that this naval yarn was the work of Marryat, it was thought to be that good. Partly autobiographical, it follows the fortunes of the 'hero' from his youth to his entry into the Navy during the Nelson era, and the life of a midshipman aboard a wooden man-o'-war at sea, in the West Indies, etc. Illustrated with nine engravings and bound in contemporary half-calf.