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C. S. Forester (Editor)

Editorial: Michael Joseph, London, 1954
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN WETHERELL Edited with an Introduction by C. S. Forester. Michael joseph, London 1954 First edition. 276pp Illustrated Hardback. This copy is in very good condition bound in red cloth with bright gilt titling to the spine and decorative cartouche to the front. The price clipped dust wrapper has a little edge wear but is other wise fine. First published in 1954, The Adventures of John Wetherell, is part of a much larger manuscript professing to be a diary kept by seaman John Porritt Wetherell, a native of Whitby, England who was born in 1780 and died sometime after 1834. John Wetherell's records of his nautical life have been long sought after by readers interested in this period of history, and fortunately C. S. Forester acquired the manuscript and selected the most well-written and unforgettable passages for publication in this book. The Adventures of John Wetherell focuses on the period when he was pressed into service on the HMS Hussar and was held captive as a prisoner of war in Givet, France after the Hussar was shipwrecked. For many, life on board ship during the early 19th century was almost unendurable, and although John Wetherell served under a particularly brutal captain, his situation was not atypical. In contrast, life as a prisoner of war, though no picnic, had it's advantages. Though prisoners in Givet often suffered from lack of exercise, most had enough to eat and a place to sleep and were able practice, their trades (or learn new ones) and do business with townspeople, learn subjects like French, navigation, and music, form bands, and even marry. Over 2300 British seamen survived over 10 years of imprisonment in Givet and were marched back through France with their divisions, billeted in small towns – the prison band often performing wherever they stayed – before eventually returning to England and the homes and lives they treasured so dearly. An observant and sensitive account, John Wetherell's diary is a tribute to the fortitude and spirit of those courageous seamen. Ref BB3 Size: 276pp. N° de ref. de la librería 009817

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Editorial: Michael Joseph, London

Año de publicación: 1954

Encuadernación: Hardback

Ilustrador: John Wetherell

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

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