1846 Rare Book in Naval Binding - POOR JACK by Captain Marryat Illustrated by Clarkson Stanfield.
Author: Captain Frederick Marryat. (Clarkson Frederick Stanfield, illustrator).
Title: POOR JACK.
Publisher: London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9.5 " X 6 ".
Pages: x-384 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good full red leather naval binding with gilt decorative paneling (hinges fine, slightly scuffed, and worn - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Very nice binding!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, some foxing or staining - as shown, ex-libris of Robert J. Hayhurst, who inherited and improved a successful group of retail pharmacies, John Hayhurst & Son, based in Nelson, Lancashire, and became an avid collector of naval history). All edges gilt.
Illustrations: Complete with the 46 beautiful illustrations by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield.
Estimate: (USD 200 - USD 250)
The book: Rare and very attractively bound early edition of Poor Jack -- a novel by the English author Frederick Marryat, published in 1840.
It tells the story of Thomas Saunders, a sailor's son and neglected street urchin struggling to survive in Greenwich, London in the early 19th century. ("Poor Jack" was the title given by the waterfront boys, or mudlarks, to their chief.) In a rags-to-riches story, Saunders eventually rises by his own efforts to become a pilot on the Thames, makes his fortune, and retires to the life of a wealthy squire. The novel has interesting descriptions of domestic life among the naval lower ranks and contains many anecdotes of seafaring life.
The author: Captain Frederick Marryat (10 July 1792 – 9 August 1848) was a British Royal Navy officer, a novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He is noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story, particularly for his semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy (1836), for his children's novel The Children of the New Forest (1847), and for a widely used system of maritime flag signaling, known as Marryat's Code.
The illustrator: Clarkson Frederick Stanfield RA RBA (3 December 1793 – 18 May 1867) was a prominent English marine painter, often inaccurately credited as William Clarkson Stanfield.
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