Two Years Before The Mast. A Personal Narrative - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Hans Alexander Mueller (illustrator) 1947 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - Number 350 of 1, 500 copies. First edition illustrated by Mueller A finely bound limited edition, signed and numbered by the illustrator. With an introduction by William McFee. Illustrated throughout with colour wood engravings by Hans Alexander Mueller.

‘Dana had to withdraw from Harvard when measles weakened his eyesight; in order to regain his health; he shipped to California as a sailor in 1834. His book has become a classic account of the life and adventures of an ordinary seaman in the American merchant service, as well as the best account of the hide and tallow trade in California.’ Together with its clear picture of California in the years prior to the influx of American settlers in the 1840’s,
Two Years Before The Mast is considered invaluable for its descriptions of San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. ‘Dana later became U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, was nominated to the Court of Saint James, and legally represented any negroes arrested in Boston pro-bono.’
  ‘If not the most widely read book on California, certainly ranks extremely high on such a list. The author sailed up and down the California coast trading for hides from January, 1835, until May, 1836. He possessed not only extraordinarily keen powers of observation but a fine facility for expressing his ideas in writing, which make this volume an excellent and very readable record of his experiences. It has gone through many editions and has been translated into several foreign languages. In 1869 the author bought out an edition with added material including an account of a second visit to California twenty-four years after his first." Herd 642: "The book contains much material on the hide and tallow industry of California, which was the reason for the cattle industry of that state in its early years.’

‘This classic of American literature contains the best account of the early hide trade of California. Cattle were plentiful in California in this period, but there was no market for the surplus of beef. Hence, the industry revolved around the hide and tallow trade.’

References: Cowan 156. Dobie 101. Howes D49. Merrill's Aristocrats. Six Score 28. Hill,
Pacific Voyages, 78. Grolier 100. Zamorano 80 26.

Quarto (binding size 27.1x18.5cm), pp. [4] xx [2] 351 [1] [4].
  Finely bound in half burgundy morocco over matching cloth, spine lettered ruled and decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, others trimmed, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine in fine binding.   Ref: 110142   Price: HK$ 3,000