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"Two Years Before the Mast" — Two volumes in a slipcase

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Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea is a memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882) about his two-year voyage as a common sailor on the brig Pilgrim, a merchant ship, from Boston to California in 1834.

Dana left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim. He returned to Massachusetts two years later. He kept a diary throughout the voyage, and, after returning, he wrote this classic. The term "before the mast" refers to the quarters of the common sailors, in the forecastle, in the front of the ship. 

Our boxed set is published by The Ward Ritchie Press, Los Angeles, 1964. Two volumes in slipcase, publisher's full illustrated cloth, maps on endpapers. Illustrated with B&W maps, several B&W and color reproductions and photographs, and several drawings by Robert Weinstein.

The slip case is in good condition and the books are in excellent condition.

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