1920 Rare Book beautifully bound by ASPREY - PETER SIMPLE by Captain Frederick Marryat.
Author: Captain Frederick Marryat.
Title: PETER SIMPLE.
Publisher: London, Asprey & Co. Ltd., Booksellers, and Publishers, New Bond Street, no date (circa 1920).
Language: Text in English.
Size: 7.5 " X 5 ".
Pages: 436 pages.
Binding: Attractive and near fine full Morroco leather binding with gilt decorative paneling by ASPREY (hinges fine, slightly scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Very nice binding!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight and clean, rare foxing or staining - mainly on the margin of the last endpaper - as shown). All edges gilt.
The book: Rare and very attractive fine edition bound and published by ASPREY of Peter Simple. Peter Simple is an 1834 novel written by Frederick Marryat about a young British midshipman during the Napoleonic wars. It was originally published in serialized form in 1833. The novel describes the naval career of a young gentleman during the period of British Mastery of the seas in the early 19th century. The hero of the title is introduced as 'the fool of the family', son of a parson and heir presumptive to the influential Lord Privilege. This forms a subplot among several others that run alongside the main narrative which mainly concerns the young man's journey from adolescent to adulthood amidst a backdrop of war at sea.
One of the key components of the tale is Peter's relationship with the various shipmates he meets, mainly an older officer who takes young Simple under his wing and proves invaluable in his sea education, and also a post captain who suffers from Münchausen syndrome, among others.
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 signalling, known as Marryat's Code.
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1920 Rare Book beautifully bound by ASPREY - PETER SIMPLE by Captain Frederick Marryat. Price List