Masterman Ready by Captain Marryat
or, The Wreck of the "Pacific"
by Captain Marryat
George Routledge and Sons, (Author's Edition), c1890s - early 1900s, black and white illustrated frontispiece, hardcover with blue decorative boards and spine
Fair Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing, bumping and chipping to edges and corners, some wear to spine and covers, end-papers cracked, text block cracked at 2/3rds, foxing to fore-edges and page edges (see photographs)
"The Seagrave family (how aptly named) are on a stout ship en route for Australia. In a storm the ship is struck by lightning, set on fire, and dismasted. The crew make off in the ship's boats. and the family are abandoned on board the sinking ship, along with an elderly seaman, Masterman Ready. But she doesn't sink, instead drifting to the shelter of an uninhabited island, where they scramble ashore, and set up a habitation. How they get on, what ordeals they have to endure, and how they are eventually rescued, is the substance of the book."