The Shipwreck, A Poem... The text illustrated by additional notes, and corrected from the first and second editions, with a Life of the Author, by James Stanier Clarke. William FALCONER.
The Shipwreck, A Poem... The text illustrated by additional notes, and corrected from the first and second editions, with a Life of the Author, by James Stanier Clarke...
The Shipwreck, A Poem... The text illustrated by additional notes, and corrected from the first and second editions, with a Life of the Author, by James Stanier Clarke...

The Shipwreck, A Poem.
The Shipwreck, A Poem... The text illustrated by additional notes, and corrected from the first and second editions, with a Life of the Author, by James Stanier Clarke...

London: Printed for William Miller... by T. Bensley, 1804.

Large octavo, with three steel-engraved plates and five finely engraved vignettes; a very large copy with wide margins in a splendid straight-grained red morocco binding (attributed to Edwards of Halifax) with elegant neoclassical gilt tooling.

"Largest Paper", binding attributed to Edwards of Halifax

A splendid copy: an early hand has noted in ink "Largest Paper" at the start, probably indicating a special issue of this edition of William Falconer's celebrated masterpiece. This superb copy is in a splendid contemporary binding that the book's previous owner, the collector John Hely-Hutchinson, attributed to the famous Edwards of Halifax. Significantly, this copy was at an earlier time in the library of the bibliophile Frances Richardson Currer, and has her bookplate. Crowned the 'head of all female book collectors in Europe' by Thomas Dibdin, Currer's estate at Eshton Hall near Skipton was close to the workshop of Edwards of Halifax and certainly this splendid binding has his characteristic skill and finesse.

A splendid copy: an early hand has noted in ink "Largest Paper" at the start, probably indicating a special issue of this edition of William Falconer's celebrated masterpiece. This superb copy is in a splendid contemporary binding that the book's previous owner, the collector John Hely-Hutchinson, attributed to the famous Edwards of Halifax. Significantly, this copy was at an earlier time in the library of the bibliophile Frances Richardson Currer, and has her bookplate. Crowned the 'head of all female book collectors in Europe' by Thomas Dibdin, Currer's estate at Eshton Hall near Skipton was close to the workshop of Edwards of Halifax and certainly this splendid binding has his characteristic skill and finesse.
Originally published in 1762, The Shipwreck is a poem in three cantos chronicling the voyage of the Britannia from Alexandria to Venice and its shipwreck near Cape Colonna on the Greek coast. Falconer was a professional mariner who successfully combined a working knowledge of the sea within the tradition of romantic poetry. There is a generous appendix explaining the operation of a sailing vessel during a violent storm. One poignant reason for the popularity of Falconer's book was that he was himself lost at sea when the Aurora was shipwrecked after leaving the Cape of Good Hope in 1769.
Falconer's nautical knowledge is evident in his detailed footnotes explaining terms employed in the poem and also in his Marine Dictionary published in 1769. This edition also contains a biography of Falconer by James Stanier Clarke, fellow of the Royal Society and popular maritime writer. The fine and detailed illustrations, both plates and vignettes, are after drawings (now in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich) by Nicholas Pocock, the leading British maritime painter at the turn of the century.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Price (AUD): $2,750.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504386

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