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21 April 1997
[DANA, RICHARD HENRY, Jr.]. Two Years Before the Mast. A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea. New York: Harper, 1840. 12mo, original printed tan muslin, heel of spine and fore-corners a bit worn, split along half of rear outer joint, chip in front free endpaper, the usual text foxing; cloth slipcase. FIRST EDITION of the author's first book, FIRST STATE of BAL's Binding B, FIRST PRINTING. BAL 4434; Cowan (I), p.62; Cowan (II), p. 156; Adams Herd 642; Reese 28; Graff 998; Howes D49; Hill, pp. 78-79; Zamorano 80, no. 26; Grolier American 46: "One of the first and freshest...of American accounts of the sea, the book has added importance because...Dana journeyed up into California cattle country, of which he gives us our only trustworthy account before the 1849 gold rush."
Provenance: W. Smith Craft, pencilled ownership inscription dated 1841 on front free endpaper.
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