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Poor Jack by Captain Marryat 1840


Title: Poor Jack
Author: Captain Marryat
Publisher: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans.
Publication Date: 1840
Format: Hardback
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. Discoloured, faded cover and spine, ripped decorative end-paper, loose binding in places, watermark to top edge of frontispiece page otherwise clean pages.

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Reader's note

A fantastic First Edition of Poor Jack - a novel by the English author Frederick Marryat, published in 1840. It tells the story of Thomas Saunders, a sailor's son and neglected street urchin struggling to survive in Greenwich, London in the early 19th century. In a rags-to-riches story Saunders eventually rises by his own efforts to become a pilot on the Thames, makes his fortune and retires to the life of a wealthy squire. The novel has interesting descriptions of domestic life among the naval lower ranks and contains many anecdotes of seafaring life. This wonderful edition has illustrations including a frontispiece by Clarkson Stanfield. This vintage book is one among a bounty of stunning classic literature vintage books and obscure gems on our second hand bookstore!