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WILLIAMS, William) (EAGLES, John, Rev.)
The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, a seaman.
John Murray. 1815. FIRST EDITION. 4 vols. 12mo. Half titles, 6pp ads vol. II. Contemp. full tree calf, brown leather labels; spines & leading hinges a little rubbed & worn, label vol. I sl. chipped and replaced upside down. A good sound set. Leading pastedowns inscribed 'Mrs Gaskell' and with small Sandwell booklabels with 'from Mrs Rouse' in ms. Wolff 7238. Described by Cambridge University Library as 'An anonymous narrative, edited by John Eagles, based upon incidents in the life of William Williams, whom Thomas Eagles, the father of the editor, has befriended.' Wolff notes that Williams wrote this novel between 1747 and 1775 making it the first novel to be written in America. The novel, which is autobiographical, is set in the Caribbean, where Williams had been shipwrecked. The narrator finds his way to a remote part of Costa Rica where he lives with the native people, marrying two of them. Byron wrote of The Journal of Llewellin Penrose that 'I have never read so much of a book at first sitting in my life. He kept me up half the night, and made me dream of him the other half'. William Williams was also an artist and, together with his more illustrious apprentice Benjamin West, was responsible for the only known portrait of the Quaker abolitionist Benjamin Lay, painted just before his death in 1759. The inscriptions 'Mrs Gaskell' and 'From Mrs Rouse' are in different hands; there appears to be no connection with the author Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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