MASTERMAN READY; OR, THE WRECK OF THE PACIFIC. WRITTEN FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

Marryat, Captain Frederick.

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New-York: D. Appleton & Co., 1841. 186 pages + 2 pages of publishers ads. Woodcut frontispiece. Twelvemo, 6 x 3 3/4 inches. Embossed black cloth with title in gilt; light wear and minor foxing. With an 1842 inscription from a teacher to her student. (Item ID: 1999)


First American edition for children. Marryat (1792 - 1848) was an English writer who specialized in tales of the sea. In MASTERMAN READY he "shows steadfast character, humble courage and devotion to duty which win our deepest respect. The story has to do with shipwreck and a desert island, but it is no mere imitation of ROBINSON CRUSOE, for it has strong individuality of its own." - Meigs. A CRITICAL HISTORY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.


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