"The First and Last Voyage of the Sea Cadet: A Simple Nautical Narrative. F. E.", a verse narrative illustrated with some ninety illustrations in watercolour and wash, [c.1844] Estimation 2000-3000, sold for £ 11'250 @ Bonhams
AUSTRALIA - NAVAL
"The First and Last Voyage of the Sea Cadet: A Simple Nautical Narrative. F. E."; a verse narrative of some 1,500 lines, opening: "With the Summer's breeze, he hastens away/ From the scenes of his childhood's happy hours..."; illustrated throughout in watercolour and wash with landscape and seascape views plus vignette studies of flora and fauna; together with a prose preface, in which the author explains how the poem was inspired by the memory of his son, and explanatory notes at the end (Note 4 suggesting a date of composition of 1844); plus a later note of provenance: "This Book Was Written by My Friend Leeut [sic] Evans/ CTJ", c.120 pages, some leaves coming loose and some thumbing, etc., but overall in attractive condition, contemporary black morocco gilt, spine torn, some scuffing, 8vo, [c.1844]
The illustrations, nearly ninety in number, include three views of Sydney (the North Head, the Cove and Port Jackson, and Anchorage). They are executed in a meticulous, charmingly naïve style, with touches of gum arabic or similar added to lend extra brightness and depth.
The title should read 'The First and last Voyage or (and not of) the Sea Cadet'.