Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longmans. London. 1841 - 2.
FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. Illustrated throughout each volume with frontis and vignette wood engravings by the Author. Sadleir writes in his bibliography of 19th Century fiction that Taffrail, the writer of sea stories, informed him that Marryat himself drew the illustrations for this book, or at least supplied the sketches from which the drawings were finally prepared. A very good copy in the publishers original bindings of dark grey cloth with blindstamped illustration, possibly Captain Osborne, to each board, surrounded by a double ruled border. Spines with blind ruling and gilt lettering. This set has the later issue of volume one with the lettering stating Vol 1. on the first volume. Coated yellow endpapers, nice and tight without any of the cracking usually found. Bound by Westleys & Clark and with their printed label at the back of volumes 1 & 2. Adverts to volumes one and two dated 1842 & 3. Some chipping and bumping to the spines but still overall a very good attractive copy of Marryat's uncommon first book for children.