Ryde, Isle of Wight: Printed and Published by E. Hartnall, Arcade, 1841. Hardcover. 64mo size, 120 pp., bound in wood boards from the wreckage of the ship. Very good +. Item #210121013
"I was stationed at the third gun from forward, on the starboard side of the lower gun deck. I said to Carrol, who was second captain of the gun, 'I say, let us try to get our gun out without waiting for the drum, for the sooner we right the better.' We bousted out our gun, which had run in admidships; but the ship heeled over so much that, do all we could, it ran in again upon us, and at the same time the water make a heavy rush into the larboard lower deck ports. 'The ship is sinking, Carrol,' cried I, 'lay hold of the ring-bolt and jump out, we shall all be drowned!'. He made for the ring-bolt, and caught it, climbed out of the port, and jumped out into the sea. I never saw him afterwards..."
One of the stories recounted in this small book, bound in wood from the wreckage of the boat, of the sinking of His Majesty's Ship the Royal George, with the resultant loss of 800 lives. The Royal George was ten years in the making and upon completion was the largest warship in the world, boasting 100 guns. She saw service in the Seven Years' War, but sank while undergoing routine maintenance on August 29th, 1782. There were subsequent efforts to raise the ship, but none were successful, and the wreckage was finally destroyed in 1840.
There are other versions of these recountings online, however, this version is scarce in the marketplace; although OCLC locates approximately 22 copies, as of this writing, there are no other copies available online.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in wood boards apparently taken from the wreckage of the ship, leather spine with gilt lettering and decorations, all edges gilt, a total of four engravings including the frontispiece, light blue front endpaper and light yellow rear endpaper; 64mo size (3.5" by 2"), pagination: [1-5] 6-120.
___CONDITION: Better than very good, the wood boards clean and without wear although they have warped, straight corners, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the front hinge lightly cracked but holding well, a couple of scattered spots of toning, and a very small (less than a few millimeters) abraded area in the upper fore-edge margin of the leaf for pp. 117-118.
___CITATION: OCLC no. 4589590.
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