Alow and Aloft. On Board and On Shore

Rochester: William Alling, 1842. First Edition. Cautionary temperance tale (aren't they all?) following the exploits of Mr. B, who is first introduced to us in the little village of H. as the drunkard husband of beleaguered Mrs. B. After a night of boozy brawling, followed by his wife's brush with death, Mr. B makes his way to New York City, where, after another bout of heavy drinking and passing out on a dock, he makes his way onto a London-bound packet as a member of the crew. Descriptions of London and a journey to South America conclude with Mr. B's promotion to Captain. 16mo (15cm.); publisher's full sheep, gilt-ruled spine, black gilt spine label; viii,176pp. Boards a bit scuffed, lacking front free endpaper, light foxing throughout, else Very Good or better. Unusual variant of this maritime temperance novel, with the table of contents continuing through p. viii (usually blank) and the text ending on p. 176 rather than p. 179 (see WRIGHT I 1013).

Price: $275.00

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