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A Summer Cruise on the Coast of New England.
Boston: Crosby and Nichols, 1864 - Octavo. Original brown daipered cloth, title gilt to spine, blind panels to the boards, brown surface-paper endpapers. A little rubbed, and the spine slightly sunned, light browning, overall a very good copy. First edition. A very difficult book to find in anything approaching collectable condition, Bruns describing it as rare. Toy is somewhat perfunctory; "A cruise in 1858 in a chartered 17-ton sloop. The boat, with a crew of two, cost $7.50 a day." But this is a well-written and highly appealing account, DAB refers to it as a "breezy book," and one of the first accounts of leisure cruising on the East Coast, a "voyage" that took Carter from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Bar Harbor, Maine. The author is an interesting figure, "his formal education was rather fragmentary he had known extreme poverty (DAB);" he was for a time W.H. Prescott's private secretary; he organized the Free-Soil party convention at which "a brief platform drafted by Carter was adopted, together with the name 'Republican' suggested by him"; worked with George Ripley and Charles A. Dana on the first edition of the American Cyclopedia; and at the time of publication was Washington correspondent of the New York Tribune. Carter died in 1879 "worn out by his ceaseless activity." Bruns, Angling Books of the Americas, p.89; Morris & Howland, p.27 *; Sabin 11122; Toy 1028 [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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