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The Pathfinder - or - The Inward Sea - James Fenimore Cooper

1903 - Macmillan and Co., London
The third in the series of Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. Cooper takes his main character, here called the Pathfinder (Natty Bumppo) and examines his role as an explorer for British Colonial forces in the forests and islands around the Great Lakes. The story is a classic historical adventure romance and Bumppo falls in love, for the first and only time in the five novels, only to see his choice fall in love with another man - a younger man and good friend of Natty's. Probably the best of the five novels. [Whiting].

With illustrations by C.E. Brock.
 
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The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe, J. B. Watson (illustrator)

1901 - George Routledge and Sons, London - Illustrated Edition
‘I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted...’

Finely bound and profusely illustrated edition of Robinson Crusoe, with four additional colour plates and 52 black and white illustrations by J. D. Watson.

Storms, shipwrecks, pirates, enslavery, escapes, battles, who could want for more in an adventure? However, this is only the beginning of Robinson Kreutznaer’s story. Once again shipwrecked and castaway, spending years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. On coming home to poverty, Crusoe decides to journey overland to Brazil (finally realising that sea travel usually results in lengthy detour), encountering further challenges...
 
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The Wind In The Willows - Kenneth Grahame

1926 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - Nineteenth Edition (First published 1908)
An early edition in the original binding of Kenneth Grahame’s timeless children’s tale, with frontispiece illustration by Graham Robertson.

‘And you really live by The River? What a jolly life!’

‘By it and with it and on it and in it,’ said the Rat... ‘It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.’
 
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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
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‘Captains Courageous’ - A Story of the Grand Banks - Rudyard Kipling

1897 - Macmillan & Co. Limited, London - First English Edition
The only one of Kipling's novels to be cast in an American setting, Captains Courageous endures as one of literature's most cherished and memorable sea adventures. Harvey Cheyne, spoiled millionaire's son, tumbles overboard from a luxury liner only to be rescued by the crew of a Gloucester fishing schooner. Thus begins the boy's second voyage into the rugged rites and ways of sailors.

A lovely bright copy, with 22 full page illustrations including frontispiece by I. W. Taber.
 
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Swallows & Amazons - Arthur Ransome

1930 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Rivière.

‘I can see it being read aloud on a thousand sandy beaches and as a special treat in bed to inspire further ideas for the morrow's adventures. Mr. Ransome's delightful children show how easy it is with a touch of the right sort of imagination to capture all the thrills of "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe" without going further afield than the next cove. All you need is a boat, a parrot, a black spot, a sea-chest (preferably covered with foreign labels), molasses, a smattering of seamanship and nautical language, a thunderstorm, and an enemy. The enemy is most important. Mix these ingredients judiciously and you get as fine a setting for voyages of discovery as ever inspired a Jason or a Raleigh.’ - S.P.B. Mais,
Daily Telegraph, August 1930. 
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The Boy With The U.S. Fisheries - Francis Rolt-Wheeler

1912 - Lothrop, Boston - First edition, first printing
‘Just as to save life is greater than to destroy it, so is the true savior of the seas the Fisheries craft, not the battleship...’ – From the author’s preface

A handsome copy of this entertaining and informative story of the life, adventures and perils of commercial fisherman in America during the early twentieth century, and based on first hand accounts from the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries.

Features fifty-two illustrations, principally photographs taken by the Bureaus of the United States Government.
 
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Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. With a Memoir of the Author. - Jonathan Swift

1864 - S. O. Beeton , London - Illustrated Edition
‘Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.’

A finely bound edition from one of the world’s best satirists, profusely illustrated with colour coloured chromolithographic frontispiece and illustrated title page and over 300 black and white engravings by W. L. Thomas from drawings by J. G. Thomson.

An iconic and surrealist narrative, and a savage parody on man and his institutions. On publication it was described in a letter from English poet John Gay to Swift as being
‘universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery’ 
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