Translated by George M. Towle. Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1875. Original blind-stamped terra-cotta cloth decorated in gilt.
First American Edition (and first edition in English).~An interesting account of the fate of a ship and its people, who were lost crossing the Atlantic. Setting out from Charleston, S.C., everything promised a speedy and pleasant voyage, and the passengers exchanged congratulations. A few days later and the dreadful cry of "fire" is heard! They fight the flames like heroes, but the ship is doomed. Hastily constructing a raft, they embark upon it, entrusting themselves to the mercies of wind and wave... [from an early promotional piece, cited in T&M]~This small, unillustrated volume was issued in Osgood's "Saunterer's Series" like TOUR OF THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS and DOCTOR OX beforehand (but is somewhat scarcer than those two); it was published in the Spring of 1875. Sampson Low's British edition, titled THE SURVIVORS OF THE CHANCELLOR, did not come out until November of that year (albeit in a much more attractive format). Though not mentioned on the binding or on the title page, this volume also includes the tale "Martin Paz."~This copy is in terra-cotta cloth stamped in gilt; we have also had green with gilt, blue with gilt, brown with black, and black with red (no known priority, though the gilt-stamped ones probably came first). This is a bright, near-fine copy (rear endpaper beginning to crack, very light rubbing at the extremities). Taves & Michaluk V014; Myers 47. Item #10602