Date Published: 1844 to 188?
Captain Frederick Marryat was a Royal Navy officer, a novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He is noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story, particularly for his semi-autobiographical novels and for his children's novels. He is probably one of the most important authors to write historical naval fiction books.
The collection contains 4 items, dating from 1844 to 188?, specifically 1 book with laid in signed note and 2 ephemera.
The Settlers in Canada. Written for Young People. London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1844. (4), -356 pp. 32pp ads ; (4), -374 pp. (1). 2 volumes. in green cloth, quarter bound in black leather, silver stamping on the spines of the author’s surname, title, vol. number, and date of publication. Frontispiece in each volume. Minimal scuffing to corners, faint foxing, new endpapers, otherwise a clean, tight set, very good condition.
TPL 7755; Sabin 44700; Lande 1963; Osborn I, p. 280; Sadleir 1597. First edition, but in this copy, there is a 32 pp. catalogue, dated July 1845 bound in at the end of vol. I. Affixed to the front endpapers is a cheque signed by Florence Marryat (Captain Marryat’s daughter; Victorian author and actress), 30 June. Frederick Marryat visited Canada and the United States in 1837-8. The Settlers in Canada is a children's novel describing the adventures of an immigrant family (the Campbells) who settle in the wilderness near Lake Ontario in the 1790s.
• A cut portion of a conclusion of an ALS, reading: “also to get another Servant, so I shall put it off till my return & I have every thing in order. | My kind love to all of you & you my dear Mother ever truly [Captain] F Marryat”;
• ALS written by Florence Marryat, 20 July [188?], to Mr. Lewis, re her rendition of “Billy Rose”.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.