A.L. Burt Company publishers; hardbound with red boards and gilt lettering on spine, "The Home Library", no copywright date in book, only dated by author as "Boston, July, 1840" after Preface.
book in relative good condition with front cover a little loose. Some foxing of pages; no dust jacket.
On August 14, 1834, nineteen-year-old Richard Henry Dana Jr. made his way to Boston Harbor in search of a two-masted brig called the Pilgrim. An archetypal Brahmin—dad was a poet and essayist, granddad had been chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, great-granddad was one of the original Sons of Liberty—Dana had been a promising student at Harvard College until measles inflamed his corneas and he could no longer read without pain. He resolved to effect a “cure, if possible, by an entire change of life.” Discarding the dress coat and silk cap of an undergraduate, he donned the duck trousers and tarpaulin hat of a sailor...