ANTIQUE SAILING MANUAL Maritime Sailboat/Yachting/Whaling ENGRAVINGS PLATES 1819

VERY RARE, ORIGINAL 1819 FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF "THE YOUNG SEA OFFICER'S SHEET ANCHOR". This important 19th century work was written by Darcy Lever and published by M. Carey & Sons, Philadelphia. Classic maritime treatise was long considered an authoritative instruction manual on practical seamanship, particularly rigging. Profusely illustrated text is embellished with 113 engraved plates containing more than 600 illustrations of every conceivable aspect of rigging and seamanship. No date is given on this First American Edition though it is generally thought to have been issued the same year as the 2nd London Edition (1819). Second American Edition was issued at New York in 1827. (Scroll down for more pictures.)
The present copy bears the ownership inscription of noted New Bedford, Massachusetts merchant Samuel Rodman, Jr. (1792-1876). Rodman outfitted and financed numerous whaling voyages and funded activities of local cotton-making firms. Built in 1827-28, The Samuel Rodman, Jr. House still stands as one of "New Bedford's great whaling mansions". His diary, which he kept from 1821 to 1859, is one of the most remarkable surviving relics depicting daily life at the height of the whaling era (ref New Bedford Whaling Museum). When seen, this desirable treatise is often lacking plates and/or text however the present copy
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