THE SEAMAN’S FRIEND ; CONTAINING A TREATISE ON PRACTICAL SEAMANSHIP, WITH PLATES ; A DICTIONARY OF SEA TERMS ; CUSTOMS AND USAGES OF THE MERCHANT SERVICE ; LAWS RELATING TO THE PRACTICAL DUTIES OF MASTER AND MARINERS.

Dana, R. H. Jr.


£250.00




Boston, Charles C. Little & James Brown. New York : Mark H. Newman, and E. & G. W. Blunt. Philadelphia : Carey & Hart. 4th ed., 1845. 223 pp., 4 engrvd. plates. Original brown blind-decorated cloth ; gilt. 20 x 13cm. Neatly re-backed with original spine laid down ; light foxing ; o/w V.G. Contemporary full-page green paper advertisement pasted in at front showing that this book was purchased from John Kehew at his Navigation Store, 69 North Water Street, New Bedford (which also sold navigational instruments, charts, etc., listed here in some detail). Head of advert engraved with compass rose, sextant and woodcuts of 3 sailing ships. Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882) was educated at Harvard but shipped as a common sailor on a voyage round Cape Horn resulting in his classic piece of sea literature, Two Years Before the Mast published in 1840. This success was followed a year later by this treatise (published in England under the title of A Seaman’s Manual) on practical seamanship ; dictionary of sea terms, customs and usages of the Merchant Service ; laws relating to the practical duties of masters and mariners ; and other topics including seamen’s wages, passengers, mates and subordinates, etc. It was first published in 1841 - appearing in both America and England at the same time - and was extremely popular with both American and British seamen aboard square-riggers for much of the second half of the 19th century. The four engraved plates show (1) The Spars and Rigging of a Ship. (2) A Ship’s Sails. (3) The Frame of a Ship. (4) Seven different Rigs. With interesting 1845 advertisement.


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