Boston: Privately Printed, 1876. Original cloth. First Edition. 8vo. (vii) 382pp + 5pp List of Vessels. Press of J. Wilson. Original dark maroon cloth; gilt lettering to spine; black endpapers. Wear to extremities; tears to spine ends; spotting to boards; front hinge partially cracked; minor foxing otherwise good plus. Item #6192
Autobiography of a Boston merchant who developed a passion for ships early in his life and eventually commanded his own ship at the age of 26. He travelled the world, spending a great deal of time in China where he engaged in trading of various goods, including opium. His tales also touch on his time in California first in 1825 and then later in the mid to late 1800s. It was during this period, while in New York, he built a steamer of iron, brought it to California where it became the first steamer to run on the Sacramento River.