Baltimore: Warner & Hanna, 1810. First American Edition. 12mo (17cm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, with red morocco spine label; 335,pp. Two volumes bound as one (as issued by the publisher); each volume with its own title page. Early ownership markings in pencil. Leaf T6 (pp 229/230) defective, with substantial loss at center of leaf, costing about a paragraph of text on each page. Else a quite sound and attractive copy, lightly foxed throughout.
Anna Maria Porter (1780-1832) was the younger sister of novelist Jane Porter and, though less-known, was the more prolific and precocious of the two, publishing her first two books of Tales at the age of twelve. The current work is Porter's second mature novel, a naval romance set in the Napoleonic Wars. First published in London in 1805, this American edition is notably uncommon; not found in commerce, OCLC notes nine physical holdings in the U.S.