Goodridge. Charles Medyett. Narrative of a Voyage to the South Seas, and the Shipwreck of the Princess of Wales Cutter, with and Account of Two Years Residence on an Uninhabited Island. Exeter.W. C. Featherstone. 1843. Fifth Edition. 8vo. Green cloth blind stamp motif to front and back, gilt titles to spine. Tissue guarded frontis with Authors ink signature along top blank margin, title, printed copy letter dated 1944 from St James Palace acknowledging Queen’s receipt of the book , Preface , index , Opinions of the Press , Subscribers List , pp172, with two tissue guarded full page engravings, Errata slip. Manuscript gift inscription on front free endpaper dated 3rd July 1845 to James Ranken Fergusson and William Ranken Fergusson from. their Papa. Baronet James Ranken Fergusson’s father was Sir William Fergusson, BT., F.R.C.S., F.R.S. (1808–1877) a notable surgeon pioneering much work in repair of limbs rather than amputation and developed surgery to aid the cleft palate. James Ranken Fergusson would have been 10 years old at the time of this gift. The subscribers list is very comprehensive including arctic explorers William Scoresby and Admiral Sir Erasmus Ommanney. Covers a little bumped at edges. All pages and illustrations tight and bright with a good strong letterpress imprint. This is a simple narrative of a shipwreck, survival and later rescue to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) where the author lived for some time. A good book with an interesting provenance, telling more than one tale. Please contact me at enquiries(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)rozhulse.com if you would like to more about this item.
Cat. No. 92998 £200