Edward Trelawny really did lead the life of a reckless Romantic hero, and in this autobiography he felt free to embellish upon his experience with no less brilliant abandon. Freedom to do what one chooses, no matter the cost or consequences, is the overriding theme of Adventures of a Younger Son, in which Trelawny tells of his struggle for ...
Edward Trelawny really did lead the life of a reckless Romantic hero, and in this autobiography he felt free to embellish upon his experience with no less brilliant abandon. Freedom to do what one chooses, no matter the cost or consequences, is the overriding theme of Adventures of a Younger Son, in which Trelawny tells of his struggle for independence from his domineering father, of his going to sea (he had fought pirates with the British Navy in the South Seas; here, though, he becomes one), and of his love for the daughter of a Greek rebel chieftain. The wonderfully exciting story Trelawny has to tell is made all the more memorable by his vigorous and unpretentious prose and gift for bold description -- qualities that contribute a gritty realism to even the most spectacular of his inventions.
G+ No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A new illustrated edition with an introduction by Edward Garnett. Red cloth with gilt lettering. Some staining to covers and spine otherwise text block is clean and tight; binding firm.
Good. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Original publisher's pictorial red cloth. 8vo. Portrait frontis with tissue guard, 521pp. Illustrated. Folded facsimile of autographed letter of Trelawny. Binding soiled, worn, and front joint split at top and bottom. Spine appears to have been glued. Contents with front hinge cracked, prelims foxed. The majority of the text is clean. A fair to good working copy.
Very Good Minus. 8vo-over 7? "-9? " tall Red cloth, 477pp. Edited and introduced by William St. Clair, this work, first published in 1831, was originally thought to be an autobiography, but it's mostly fictional and something of a classic in English literature. Clean, tight, sound copy. Library discard, as is. White library labels on spine; corners slighlty bent. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Stamping and card pocket on rear free endpaper.
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