Hartford, 1813. 419pp. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Tanning and foxing. Contemporary bookplate facing titlepage. Good. The present copy has a list of twenty-nine subscribers from East Hartford tipped to the final text leaf. Many notable and famous shipwrecks are described, including a number on American shores. However, this work is most notable for its account of the famous fight between the Chesapeake and the Shannon off Boston Harbor on June 1, 1813. The battle is described in detail, and Capt. Lawrence's famous words of defiance, "Don't give up the ship," appear here for the first time. The account of the conflict is the last entry before the subscribers list, and it is likely that this was printed very shortly after the engagement. HUNTRESS 174C. HOWES R190. SABIN 69380. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 29640. (Inventory #: WRCAM5980)
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