First illustrated edition. x12 + 487 pp, 10 b/w 6 color illustrations. Corners bumped, minor edge wear, a little yellowing to top edge. Jacket shows a fair amount of edge wear and chipping, esp. to front cover. 1 1/2" chip missing from lower middle of spine. Some rubbing, darkening. Overall a clean, attractive copy of this historical novel based on a famous real-life Yankee clipper.
"A novel of old New York, of its small town group, family feuds and business competition-a re-creation of the days of the great and beautiful clipper ships, and of the life of the Sea Witch, most beautiful of them all. A novel of the golden age of shipping [between 1846 and 1856] with its arrogant captains and proud craftsmen, of three brothers of violently opposed temperaments, of the love of a woman cutting counter to their loyalty to the sea. The setting swings from New York to China and San Francisco, along the seaways of the world-a drama of love and hate, turning always on the inexorable effect of a jealous ship upon the lives of those who drove her."; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall