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Macmillan and Company, London, 1899. Hardcover, 7¾" x 5" (no jacket issued). Untrimmed bottom & foredges, dumped corner, minor stains throughout (it IS a century old, after all). Book in GOOD condition. Dark-blue cloth-bound boards with gold title to spine and front cover (within blind-embossed device), drawing as frontispiece ("It was a bleak, gloomy day in January when I first beheld her"), and seven other full-page drawings. The author, fifteen years a seafarer from age 12, offers his first-four-years sea-going auntobiography as a 'Britisher on British ships' as a 'serious attempt' to challenge the 'undisputed sway' to the American 'Two Years before the Mast'. He tells of the West Indies, a mutiny, Australia, a ship-wreck, being becalmed - "I have set forth the truth impartially, as far as I have been able". Interesting.