MASTERMAN READY; or, The Wreck of the Pacific. Written for Young People.

London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1841-2. First Edition. Hardcover. Among the first historical adventures written for young readers, Masterman Ready was written in response to The Swiss Family Robinson (1812) by Johann Wyss. As a sailor of long experience, Marryat was annoyed that Wyss had portrayed being shipwrecked as a romantic adventure and he disapproved of the ignorance regarding flora and fauna displayed by Wyss. The Seagrave family in Marryat's novel have to overcome many hazards, beginning with the initial storm which wrecks the ship and injures the passengers. Frontispieces, with textual wood engravings. Lacks the publisher's advertisements. 12mo, three volumes. In the original cloth bindings, with a blind-stamped design to each panel and gilt titles on the spine. Occasional mild soiling to the contents, with an ink gift inscription from a father to his son dated 1844 to each front flyleaf. There is an unobtrusive production error (a slight ripple in the cloth) to the third volume. The spines are moderately sun faded and leaning just a touch, with some negligible wear to the corners and tips; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #68485

Price: $350.00

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