Rare First Edition of "Captain Nathaniel Brown Palmer – An Old Time Sailor of the Sea" by John R. Spears, copyright 1922, the McMillan Company, New York. 252 pages of text and Preface by the author. Hard-cover book printed on high rag content quality paper, with a light brown cast. Text intersperse with numerous illustrations. Measures 7-1/2" x 5" x 1-1/2".
No dust-cover is provided with this volume. A brief synopsis clipped from the original dust-cover flap is glued inside the cover on the paste-down end-page. The free end-page is signed and dated by the original owner "Amos R. Wells, 12-29-25" and by a subsequent owner, "William F. Spragg, 4-21-1961, North Street, Norfolk, Mass."
Nathaniel Brown Palmer, 1799 – 1877, was an American seal hunter, explorer, sailing captain, and ship designer, born Stonington, Connecticut. As a skilled and fearless seal hunter, Palmer achieved his first command at the early age of 21, seal hunting in the Antarctic during the Southern hemisphere summer of 1820–1821. Palmer and his men became the first Americans to discover the Antarctic Peninsula, and Palmer also co-discovered the South Orkney Islands archipelago. In mid-life he switched to captaining fast sailing ships transporting express In 1843, Captain Palmer commanded the Paul Jones on her maiden voyage from Boston to Hong Kong, arriving in 111 days. Palmer also suggested and designed ship improvements, becoming a co-developer of the mid-19th century clipper ship. After ending his sailing career, Palmer returned to Stonington, establishing himself as a successful owner of clipper ships sailed by others. He died in 1877, at the age of 77.
PHOTO NOTE: The stark nature of some of the images is a photo distortion, which enhances colors, and alters the softer muted textures of the actual book. Photos also tend to exaggerate creases and flaws, which are often much less noticeable in person than they appear in the photos.
CONDITION: Only slightly used, and in excellent condition for its age. Volume is complete, clean and tightly bound. Covers are firmly attached. Cover boards show very light surface wear. Edges, corners and spine cover are very clean, with only light wear. Corner tips are slightly crushed; with very little rounding. Cover boards are very clean.
Interior text pages are complete, clean, unmarked and are generally un-damaged. The corners of several illustration pages are coffee stained on the edges of the white borders, but the images are not involved. Very slight spine separations at pages 82 and 178. All major flaws are shown in the photos.
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