Richard Henry Dana - Two years before the mast

This seminal work was first published in 1840 (New York: Harper & Bros., 483 p. 12mo., tan cloth boards - BAL's binding variant B1.)

We hold, amongst other editions, two copies of this work, republished by Houghton Mifflin in 1911; this edition was the first with illustration by E. Boyd Smith and contains a new chapter by the author's son "Seventy-six Years After," an appendix prepared in 1911. (It also includes the chapter "Twenty-four Years After" prepared by Dana to accompany the "author's" edition published in 1869.) It was probably first published with a "windowed" dust jacket. [N.B. There was also a two volume edition limited to 350 copies.]

There are however variations in our copies of this edition: one measures 8 3/4" and has a red title on the t.p., the other 8 1/4" with a black title (see images below.) Any explanation of these publishing differences would be appreciated.

Two years

Dana, title page of "smaller" edition

Two years

Dana, Two years before the mast

Two years

Dana, title page of "taller" edition