New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. First Edition. Octavo (19cm); dark green cloth, stamped in blind, gilt on spine; dark brown endpapers; 14-235pp, pp. Spine cocked, slight chipping to crown and heel; mild soiling, some rubbing and wear to extremities. Textblock foxed and somewhat stiff; bindings shaken, with visible threads throughout; ownership signature on front endpaper. Very Good.
Charles Nordhoff was born in Erwitte, Germany (Prussia at the time) and came to the United States when he was a child. As a young man, he spent several years at sea, eventually circumnavigating the globe during his service with the Navy. Afterwards, he worked as a journalist and author; in 1868, he produced this collection of previously published short stories of New England shore life. However, it was not without some consternation: Prefaced "To The Stupid Reader", Nordhoff spits some hot fire towards the contemporary trend of authors trying to pass off their short story collections as singular novels.