Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Wreck of the Glide, with Recollections of the Fijiis, and of Wallis Island. James Oliver, William G. Dix.
Wreck of the Glide, with Recollections of the Fijiis, and of Wallis Island
Wreck of the Glide, with Recollections of the Fijiis, and of Wallis Island
Wreck of the Glide, with Recollections of the Fijiis, and of Wallis Island
Wreck of the Glide, with Recollections of the Fijiis, and of Wallis Island

Wreck of the Glide, with Recollections of the Fijiis, and of Wallis Island

New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1848. First edition. Hardcover. Sm. octavo. 203pp. Original blind-embossed brown cloth with title in gold on spine. Frontispiece of a b/w reproduction of a drawing showing Wallis Island. "The Glide, owned by the late Joseph Peabody, Esq., and commanded by Captain Henry Archer, sailed from Salem for the South Pacific, on the twenty-second day of May, 1829. Her crew were mostly young men, some of whom were entering, for the first time, on a sailor's life, exchanging the comforts of home for the rough berth and coarse fare of the forecastle, and the courtesies of friends for submission to the authority of the quarter-deck. As we sailed slowly out of the harbor, little did our joyous crew think, that the Glide was taking her final departure from that port, where she had so often arrived, laden with the treasures of other climes for her wealthy proprietor, and that, as we passed the lighthouse, some of our number would never be cheered by seeing it again"....so begins James Oliver's captivating twenty-five chapter account of his experiences of the impending disaster. The ship struck a reef on March 21, 1831, and dragged its anchor for 8 miles until it finally wrecked on the Fijian Island Vanua Levu. A shorter eleven chapter version of this work was published two years earlier. Age wear and staining on cloth, head and tail of spine and bottom corner of front board chipped. Hinges starting. Repaired closed tear on free front endpaper. Bottom corner bumped slightly affecting pages throughout. Binding in fair, interior in overall very good condition. Scarce. g. Item #27722

Price: $500.00

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