Boston: M.H. Keenan, 1885.
First edition thus. 30 pp. 24mo. Staple-bound in original printed wrappers, small loss to upper wrapper. Not in Morris & Howland; cf Toy, 509 for 1899 NY edition. Item #301990
After serving on whalers for the better part of twenty years, Crapo found life ashore difficult. His fish market went out of business and with little to do, he turned his attention back to the sea, thinking that if he could cross the Atlantic in a small boat, it would solve both the lack of money and the lack of glamour in his life.
Crapo's account of the relatively uneventful voyage is augmented by reprinted notices from the New York Times and the Daily Chronicle. The seas were rougher than expected and they sighted a pod of whales, but otherwise the lack of sleep was greatest hardship. Nonetheless, after 49 days at sea, he and his wife were greeted with great fanfare in both England and home in America.
It appears that there was more than one edition of this little chapbook printed to record Captain and Mrs Crapo's journey across the Atlantic. We know of a New York printing published in 1877. This Boston edition is the rarer of the two and includes information on Crapo subsequent to the Atlantic crossing, namely his account as one of the survivors of the schooner Gustie Wilson that foundered and was lost in a storm en route from New York to Jacksonville.
The inclusion of a rare cabinet photograph of the couple makes this a desirable item.
Price: $400.00 Free Domestic Delivery