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RUSSELL, Charles Watts.

Log of the "Bayard" from London to Bombay.

Oundle: by Alfred King, for private circulation only, [c.1870] Stock Code: 143475
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First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies traced in libraries world-wide (Oxford and British Library). The Bayard was a three-masted sailing ship built by Liverpool shipbuilders T. Vernon and Son in 1864. It was acquired by the Sun Shipping Company in 1868, the year of the author's journey, undertaken seemingly for health reasons. There are daily entries from his arrival onboard in November until shortly before landfall at Bombay in early March the following year. He punctiliously records the route (via Cape Verde and Trinidad), winds and sailing conditions, and any contact with other merchant vessels, as well as sightings of whales, porpoises and birds. He quotes liberally from English poetry and his own verse, and describes his leisurely routine as "breakfast over by half-past eight, loiter about for an hour or so, then settle to reading till nearly one - when we dine; a nap generally succeeds - chatting and walking about till 4-30 or so, then read till tea-time, six - a quiet half-hour on deck after, and in the evening I write my log, (as now) read and talk with the Captain" (pp. 4-5).

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Octavo. Original grey cloth, rebacked with blue cloth backstrip lettered in gilt on spine, blind rules to covers enclosing enclosing gilt title to front, new endpapers.


Tips bumped and worn, light browning, remains very good.


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