The Golden Ocean by Patrick O'Brian 1st / 1st 1957
First US edition and first print published by The John Day Company in 1957. This is a very good ++ copy. The wrapper is in very complete order with no chips or tears. The front panel is bright and retains its colour. The back panel has light foxing marks and there are also faded foxing marks to the textblock. The pages are clean and there is no previous owners handling wear or ink. Overall a very good ++ copy.
The Golden Ocean tells the story of a novice midshipman, Peter Palafox, who joins George Anson's voyage around the world beginning in 1740. The story is written much in the language and spelling of the mid-18th century. Palafox learns naval discipline and how to determine his ship's position at sea as part of a large berth of midshipmen on HMS Centurion. His friend Sean O'Mara joins with him, considered his servant initially by officers and put among the seamen, rising in rank as he shows his abilities, to bosun's mate.
The book contains a wealth of period detail, and includes historical figures, like Anson, the midshipman Keppel, Mr Walter, the chaplain to Anson and kind guide and keeper of the purse for Peter Palafox, and captains of other vessels in the squadron. A rare US 1st edition.