Excerpt from Redburn His First Voyage: Being the Sailor-Boy Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-Gentleman, in the Merchant Service "Wellingborough, as you are going to sea, suppose you take this shooting-jacket of mine along; it's just the thing - take it, it will save the expense of another. You see, it's quite warm; fine long skirts, ...
Excerpt from Redburn His First Voyage: Being the Sailor-Boy Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-Gentleman, in the Merchant Service "Wellingborough, as you are going to sea, suppose you take this shooting-jacket of mine along; it's just the thing - take it, it will save the expense of another. You see, it's quite warm; fine long skirts, stout horn buttons, and plenty of pockets." Out of the goodness and simplicity of his heart, thus spoke my elder brother to me, upon the eve of my departure for the seaport. "And, Wellingborough," he added, "since we are both short of money, and you want an outfit, and I have none to give, you may as well take my fowling-piece along, and sell it in New York for what you can get. - Nay, take it; it's of no use to me now; I can't find it in powder any more." I was then but a boy. Some time previous my mother had removed from New York to a pleasant village on the Hudson River, where we lived in a small house, in a quiet way. Sad disappointments in several plans which I had sketched for my future life; the necessity of doing something for myself, united to a naturally roving disposition, had now conspired within me, to send me to sea as a sailor. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Frank T. Merrill. Near Fine in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt, illus. in gilt, ivory and black. Slightly rubbed corners and spine extremities, text block edges a bit dulled by age, one area of dried glue residue on upper front pastedown (possible removal of book plate? ), otherwise nearly as issued. Scarce light blue dust jacket shows minor loss at spine extremities and corners, with spine panel somewhat toned, still presents well in mylar. xi, 314,  pp., illus. w/ 4 plates. Note that on the listings of other titles by Melville published by St. Botolph, printed opposite the frontipiece and on the rear panel of the dust jacket, the prices have been blacked out and, in one case (Moby-Dick), overstamped, a condition that seems original to issue. One volume in a uniform St. Botolph editon of Melville's works, issued in the same year as the first edition of Billy Budd, spearheading the scholarly revival of interest in Melville in that era.
Erased signature on the front endpaper. Chipping of spine to text block and heavy spotting of cloth. Marginal old dampstaining throughout. A Good or better copy of one of Melville's less common titles. Original brown cloth, 390 pages. BAL 13660. Second state with extended ads, although Schwartz claims the configuration of ads here indicates the first issue. In all only about 4500 copies were printed with about 300 of those destroyed in the 1853 Harper's warehouse fire.
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