A STRANDED SHIP: A STORY OF SEA AND SHORE, by L. Clarke Davis - 1869 [1st Ed] *ephemera*


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A Stranded Ship: A Story of Sea and Shore

by L. Clarke Davis 

Presumed First Edition after search. New York: G.P. Putnam & Son, 1869.

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Antiquarian binding features green covers with blind-tooled lines along edges, and rounded spine with gilt lettering and design. 
  • Covers display commensurate overall wear with general rubbing, notably along shoulders, as well as mild bumping to corners, more to head corners, and some small areas of exposed boards, notably at corners.
  • Spine exhibits overall rubbing, with softening of ends and pronounced rubbing to head, with fading to gilt design. 
  • Binding is overall secure, showing some gaps at gutter, at copyright page, between pages 118 and 119, and publisher's ad page. (See photos)
  • Dark brown endpaper has some hard-to-see pencil.
  • Ephemera is well preserved, exhibiting gentle toning and some pencil writing along foot of page, as well as two splits along fold from edges, 1.5" on left and 1.25" on right, on a total width of 6". (See photos)
  • Interior displays gentle toning throughout, with rare smudges and minimal foxing. 
  • Textblock edges exhibit commensurate toning, as well as some scuffs, and darkening along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20190807

175 pages. 5 x 7.25 inches.

Handsome antiquarian binding features green covers with blind-tooled lines and rounded spine with gilt lettering and design.

"The old historic town of Cambridge, which was yet old when the fight at Concord was only a story of yesterday - old in its gigantic elms, in its college-halls, in its legends of the Mayflower - was older yet as its streets and houses lay hushed and deserted under the June sun of its annual Commencement-day. On none had that day's sun risen warmer or brighter than on the student Luke Connor, to whom had fallen the honours of his class. On none would it go down more darkly, or the stormy night following descend more mercilessly." (beginning of ch.1) This is a story of fate and the changing fortunes of Providence, told as a novel of sea and shipwreck.

L. Clarke Davis (1834-1904) was born near Sandusky, OH. A writer, he turned his attention to journalism, and became an editorial writer for various Philadelphia papers. In the year of the publication of "A Stranded Ship" he took the management of the Philadelphia "Inquirer". He was also responsible for laws regulating the admission of lunatics into asylums in Pennsylvania and the improvements in their conditions of life. He was the author of numerous short stories and essays on the dramatic art. (information taken from the Find a Grave website)

Includes a note by the author at beginning of volume and a page of books by the same publisher at end.

EPHEMERA: includes a period book review in single sheet form from 1869. (marginal note to ID review)

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