On Special Service A Tale of Life at Sea by Gordon Stables Armstrong and Son Publishing circa late 1800's Decorative Binding Hardcover

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This is a good hardcover. A.C. Armstrong & Son Publishing, circa late 1800's. There is NO publication date given inside this edition, given A.C. Armstrong published during the late 1800's, assumed circa date. This copy is clean inside. There is only a hint of foxing inside front and back endpapers, pages inside appear clean. Pages have light natural tanning from age but overall are very good. The binding is tight and straight. Sixteen illustrations grace the pages including a frontispiece w tissue guard. The red cloth binding is decorative, embossed with sailor on deck standing on cannon overlooking the sea. The illustration continues along the spine with a sailor jumping into the sea off ship under a sea moon. The red cloth binding is good given age and the silver tipping along the cover illustrations is remarkably mostly intact with light rubbing. There is some wearing at corners and edges but overall this is a very good copy. Crown octavo size, or 5" x 8" with 362 pages. The illustrator is unknown and not listed.

William Gordon Stables was a prolific Scottish writer and medical doctor in the Royal Navy. His adventure stories were written for adventurous boys of the times. Most of his work is boys' adventure fiction and many are seafaring adventures and polar adventures. With sixteen illustrations, this tale of adventure on the high sea is an engaging work of historical fiction for young readers.

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