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A HISTORY OF SHIPWRECKS AND DISASTERS AT SEA

FROM THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES in two volumes

Constable's Miscellany Volume 78
Volume I: THE NORTHERN AND POLAR SEA
Constable's Miscellany Volume 79
Volume II: THE ATLANTIC AND SOUTHERN SEAS

by Richard Sampson.

Published in 1833 by Whittaker, Treacher & Co., London and Waugh & Innes, Edinburgh

Condition: A maroon cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine, volume I has some insect damage to the bottom of the spine and about 1 cm. along the bottom of the back board but on the bottom edge of the front board it only extends a fraction past the hinge. The text block appears to be unaffected by the afore-mentioned insect damage and although there is some spasmodic spotting/foxing to mainly the first few pages the vast majority are in excellent condition. The text block is tight and generally bright and all edges are gilded. It may be that, for some reason, the Preface has been removed from volume II.

Condition VERY GOOD.

These volumes are 93 mm. by 146 mm. and 24 mm. thick.

£125.00 plus Postage..

Image below showing volume II open at page 213. Image is a little light but it can be seen there is no foxing and this is typical of the vast majority of both volumes' pages.

Image showing volume II open at page 213. Image is a little light but it can be seen there is no foxing and this is typical of the vast majority of the volumes' pages. Constables Miscellany – Shipwrecks and disasters at Sea volume II covers Toby of London, Speedwell(1719), Prince, Daddington, Utile, Peggy, Grosvenor, Centaur, Dutton, Nautilus, Commerce wrecks.

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When the cursor is over the image the title pages can be seen and the spotting/foxing is apparent although it is generally confined to the very first few pages, in fact both title pages and their versos are the worst affected pages in each volume. The tail of the spine of volume I has suffered some loss, probably insect damage in the past, the extent of which can be seen in the illustration below.

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Contents -Volume I

CHAPTER I.
Intrroductory Remarks - Scantiness of detail in most of the older Narratives of Shipwrecks, as in the account of the Loss of the Nobility of East Friesland, in 900, and Prince William, son of Henry I., 1120 - Account of the Shipwreck; of Nicolo Zeno, 1830, and that of Pietro Quirino, 1431
CHAPTER II.
The brothers Cortereals, 1500; sufferings of the crews of the Minion and Trinity from famine, 1536 ; Sir Hugh Willoughby frozen to death, 1553 ; Loss of Sir Humphry Gilbert, with the Delight and Squirrel, 1583; Barentz, Heemskirk, and De Veer's shipwreck in Nova Zembla, 1595; fate of John Knight, 1606.
CHAPTER III.
Hudson abandoned by his crew, and lost, 1610 - Munk's disastrous voyage, 1619 .
CHAPTER IV.
Pelham's Narrative of the Eight Seamen of the Saltitation, 1630
CHAPTER V.
Captain James's Narrative of his Sufferings in 1631
CHAPTER VI
Fate of seven Dutch seamen in Spitsbergen and Mayen's Island, 1633, 1634 - Loss of a Dutch Whaler, 1639 - of forty-one Englishmen on the ice, 1646 .
CHAPTER VII. Dr. Johnson's deliverance, 1648
CHAPTER VIII.
Loss of Dutch Whalers—The Speedwell, 1678 - Allen Geare's Narrative, 1706
CHAPTER IX.
Shipwreck of the Nottingham Galley on. Boon Island, 1710. Loss of Knight and Barlow, on Marble Island, 1719
CHAPTER X.
Behring's shipwreck and death, 1741 - Four Russian sailors left four years in Spitsbergen, 1743 Loss of a Russian crew on the Aleutian Islands, 1758 .
CHAPTER XI
Loss of the St. Lawrence,1780
CHAPTER XII
The Loss of the Lady Hobart, 1808 - Narrative of Captain Fellowes

Contents - Volume II

CHAPTER I.
The Shipwreck of the Toby of London on the Barbary coast, 1593 - Destruction of the New Horn by fire, 1618 .
CHAPTER II.
Misfortunes of Captain Norwood, 1619
CHAPTER III
The Shipwreck of a Spanish vessel, in 1675, on the coast of America .
CHAPTER IV.
Wreck of the Speedwell, 1719, at Juan Fernandez—Burning of the Prince, 1752
CHAPTER V.
Wreck of the Doddington, 1755—Of the Utile, 1761—Famine in the Peggy, 1765 . .
CHAPTER VI_
Peter Viand's Shipwreck, 1766 - Madame Dunoyer's abandonment in an open boat by pirates, 1766
CHAPTER VII.
The Grosvenor East Indianian, 1782
CHAPTER VIII.
Loss of the Centaur, 1782
CHAPTER IX.
Sufferings of David Woodward and five Seamen, 1793—Loss of the Dutton, 1796—Of the Nautilus, 1507
CHAPTER X.
Loss of the American Ship Commerce,1815

 

 

 

 

 

 

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