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JENNINGS, Hargrave.

My Marine Memorandum Book.

Published: London: T.C. Newby, Parry & Co., 1847

Stock code: 62077

Price: £1,250

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First edition, second issue, two years after the first, with cancel titles. At the age of 15 Jennings “contributed several anonymous sea-sketches” (ODNB) to the Metropolitan Magazine under the editorship of Frederick Marryat. He is now better known as an occultist, the author of a supposedly authoritative history of the Rosicrucians, and numerous works on phallic worship. The present work is described by Sadleir as “a hotch-potch of a book. Vol. I consists of nineteen chapters of a single narrative – in fact the story Felicia Wayland or the Cuba Merchant … Vols. II and III contain a series of stories and sketches about sailormen and life at sea.” Whatever the content this is an uncommon piece, OCLC lists just 7 copies, COPAC adding one further, at Oxford, not in BL.

3 volumes, octavo (194 114 mm) Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. Ex-subscription library copy – Gillies of Edinburgh, with their attractive letterpress bookplates to the front pastedowns – a little worn, spines professionally restored, no half-titles, occasional spotting, but overall a very good copy.

Bibliography: Sadleir 1323, but dated 1845.

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