Before the Mast and After
The Autobiography of a Sailor and Ship-Owner
First edition, fourth impression, hardback, rebound in half-leather with five raised bands, gilt decoration and contrasting title label to spine, and gilt crest to upper board. Page edges marbled. 22 × 14cm, 300pp.
Not signed but this copy has the impressive bookplate of a school prize from The Duke's School, Alnwick.
The autobiography of the shipping magnate and grandfather of historian Steven Runciman, who described his grandfather as as "a Geordie of Scots descent who ran away to sea at 11, was a master mariner by 21 and founded a shipping line". Illustrated with photographs.
An attractive copy in good condition. There is some fading and scuffing to the spine but the contents are in very good condition.
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