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Book Description

Folio, 33cm, [3],c. 56 ff (of which c.20ff blank) Original blue paper-covered boards (worn; loss of paper covering to corners and edges; boards almost detached), black roan spine (defective), printed paper upper cover label completed in ms. A pre-printed log in ruled columns containing short but a very spirited and entertaining manuscript log of two short holiday voyages more in the form of a diary rather than actual log taken in the schooner yacht Daring in 1877 & 1879, which belonged to Sir Charles Harvey, 2nd Baronet of Crown Point, Norfolk. The first from Falmouth to Great Yarmouth over the period 19th July to 9th August and the second from Lowestoft to Margate. Seven men crewed the first trip, the narrative written primarily on versos only, which included Sir Charles, E.J.Howes, the captain, J.Reade, Benjamin Payne and others. Howes uses traditional log style descriptions from the 23rd to 26th then becomes steadily more descriptive, quoting Byron’s Don Juan on marriage and becoming all sentimental at the sight of newly weds, Mr & Mrs Ernest James, joining the boat at Ryde. On the 27th the young Mrs James loses patience with sailing, particularly after she and her husband had to persuade a steam tug captain to take her out to the Daring when landing at Dover. Problems strike on the 30th with the mate laid up with Rheumatoid gout and Mr James is bearing the loss of his wife well. Later they arrive at Lowestoft and all decamp to the Suffolk pub. On the 2nd of August, Sir Charles with his wife and daughter come aboard and Howes wryly observes that “...they have all that this world can give them, good health, wealth & rank and youth to enjoy they do not seem much more contented than their poor friends the James’ who have nothing.” The second trip repeats Sir Charles and E.C.F.James and adds C.W.Long and W.T.C.Wigston and includes various humorous and very basic pencil sketches of scenes such as “James coiling a rope after his trousers were mended” and lyrics to two songs “The Amateur Cruise” and “Capstan Song”. A good copy (one early quire almost detached). [Ref: 1665] £120
Author MANUSCRIPT.
Date [1877-79].

Price: £120.00

Offered by Alastor Rare Books

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