Two Years Before the Mast – Richard Henry Dana 1947 | Heritage Press


  • Author: Richard Henry Dana; Hans Alexander Mueller illustrator
  • Publisher: The Heritage Press, 1947
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: Illustrated

First Heritage Press edition thus. Pictorial cloth, spine sun faded, binding tight, square, internally fine, unmarked. Illustrated with many wonderful engravings by Hans Alexander Mueller. Near Fine in Near Fine original slipcase.

Richard Henry Dana referred to this book as “a voice from the sea”. It influenced Conrad and Melville, and has become a maritime classic that has inspired legions of men with a passion for the sea.

Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 aboard the brig Pilgrim on a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. (Hence the city name Dana Point.) Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor’s wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

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