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Two Years Before The Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life At Sea
by Dana, Richard Henry, Jr.
New York, American Publishers Corporation

Measures 7x5 inches Weighs 14 ounces

Condition: Fair
Delicately decorated cover and spine, with gold spine text.
Gutter shows at front, and first leaf is the title page.
Aged thoroughly though appears fully intact. Tan pages some have small closed tears.
A bit of foxing throughout.
Soiled cover.

I AM unwilling to present this narrative to the public
without a few words in explanation of my reasons for pub­
lishing it. Since Mr. Cooper's Pilot and Red Rover, there
ljave been so many stories of sea-life written, that I should
really think it unjustifiable in me to add one to the number
without being able to give reasons in some measure war­
ranting me in so doing.
With the single exception, as I am quite confident, of
Mr. Ames' entertaining, but hasty and desultory work,
called " Manner's Sketches," all the books professing to
give life at sea have been written by persons who have
gained their experience as naval officers, or passengers,."
and of these, there are very few which are intended to be
taken as narratives of facts.
Now, in the first place, the whole course of life, and
daily duties, the discipline, habits and customs of a man-
of-war are very different from those of the merchant serf
vice; and in the next place, however entertaining and well
written these books may be, and however accurately they
may give sea-life as it appears to their authors, it must still
be plain to every one that a naval officer, who goes to sea
as a gentleman, "with his gloves on," (as the phrase is,)
and who associates only with his fellow-officers, and hardly
f peaks to a sailor except through a boatswain's mate? must

Two Years Before The Mast A Peronal Narrative of Life at Sea by R.H. Dana undated Antique 1900's Book Hardcover Red


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