Very Good. Hardcover. National Maritime Museum / HMSO, 1982, 1st edn. edited by Simon Braydon and Robert Songhurst, with dust cover, in mint condition, still in original HMSO case; royal blue cloth; opening chapter on background to emigration, then 53pp verbatim diary, then additional material by the editors, 9 halftones on art paper, 1 map; On 21 September 1874, Joseph Sams, a nineteen-year-old Londoner, embarked at Gravesend on the Northumberland as an emigrant bound for Australia. Hardly anything is known of Joseph Sams before his embarkation and the last glimpse we have of him is as he steps out into 'the great and prosperous city of Melbourne'. Nonetheless, one short period in Joseph Sams' life, the eight-week voyage from England to Australia, is vividly recorded in the Diary he kept of the passage. How the Diary survived and found its way back to England is a mystery but when Captain Simon Braydon bought it in 1964-auctioned with other miscellaneous items for ten shillings-he soon recognised that here was an account transcending the biographical interest of the obscure Joseph Sams. He was a spirited, intelligent and genial young man, as the evidence of the Diary makes clear. But what counts is that his experience, conveyed in his own words with such startling freshness, was that of the many hundreds who made the long and sometimes hazardous voyage to a new life. The late Captain Simon Braydon and his friend Robert Songhurst have supple mented this illustrated edition of the Diary with useful information on nineteenth-century emigration to Australia and the results of their own research on Joseph Sams and the Northumberland. 8½x5¾"......We ship daily from our warehouse. Over 350, 000 customers served online! Our feedback reflects our service....'Quick delivery and book was exactly as described', 'Great service-thank you! '
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