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Songs of the Late Charles Dibdin; With A Memoir - T. Dibdin (Compiler), G. Cruikshank (Illustrator)

1850 - Henry G. Bohn, London - Third Edition
‘I be one of they sailors who think ‘tis no lie,
That for every wherefore of life there’s a why,
That fortune’s strange weather, a calm or a squall,
Our berths, good or bad, are chalk’d out for us all.’

A melodious collection of patriotic sea songs, composed by British writer and dramatist, Charles Dibdin, who according to
The Spectator in 1863 is considered to be ‘the only man who ever wrote sea songs that accurately delineate the sailor’s peculiarities of disposition’. Delightfully illustrated with several full page engravings, including frontispiece, by George Cruikshank, and featuring a memoir of Charles Dibdin, Addenda by Thomas Dibdin, Songs from the Works of the Charles Dibdin the younger, and a list of subscribers. 
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The Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. - Charles Dickens

1844 to 1848 - Chapman & Hall [or] Bradbury & Evans, London - Mixed first and early editions
A beautifully bound five volume set of Dickens’ Christmas Stories, fine copies housed in a custom made slipcase. With illustrated title pages, full plate and in-text illustrations throughout.

‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humor and good cheer’. - David Purdue.
 
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John MacGregor (”Rob Roy”) - Edwin Hodder

1894 - Hodder Brothers, London - Second Edition
The comprehensive biography of the father of modern kayaking - John MacGregor (1825-91), known as ‘Rob Roy’.

Son of General Sir Duncan MacGregor, his schooling followed his fathers postings which included Canterbury and Dublin he graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, having shown a talent for mathematics. His ambition to become a missionary was blocked after an argument with a superior who was a second-generation Polish immigrant who argued that MacGregor losing his temper and expressing anti-Polish sentiment was unbecoming of a missionary and he began a career as a Barrister but being of independent means he was able to follow his passion for travel.

MacGregor was a champion marksman but turned to boating when a railroad accident left him unable to hold a rifle steady. He designed his own boat, modelled after Indian canoes, 15 feet long, 28 inches wide, nine inches deep and weighed 80 pounds (36 kg) to be used with a double-bladed paddle. He named the boat Rob Roy after the celebrated Scottish outlaw of the same name, to whom he was related. During the 1860s, he had at least seven similar boats built and he sailed and paddled them in Europe, the Baltic and the Middle East.

MacGregor was a moderate, but very devout, Christian (he was in fact secretary of the Protestant League no less and believed in a ‘muscular Christianity’ based around exploits like kayaking), and was chairman of the Humane Society. He moved in high circles counting Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson among his friends, both of whom he persuaded to take up paddling. More than anything, MacGregor was instrumental in social reform in Victorian London, by association with another important friend, the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. Together they set up the Shoe-Black Brigade to offer better education prospects to the sort of wastrels that Dickens wrote about and would take MacGregor to see on his famous long, London walks.
 
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The Boy's Book of Pirates and the Great Sea Rovers - George Alfred Williams

1913 - Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York - First Edition
‘Unlike most of the adventurers, who became buccaneers by force of circumstances, Morgan deliberately selected the prefession, and studied piracy with great deliberation. He was so imbued with the spirit of this life that it was not long before he rose to great prominence...’

A rather scarce book, containing eleven full page illustrations with stunning colour and vitality, this work which was written and illustrated by the great Dicken’s illustrator George Alfred Williams delighted audiences with tales of the exciting, gruesome, and gripping history of piracy, chronicling it’s rise from the birth of circumnavigation to the chaotic heyday of the 19th century.
 
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