Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1860. 136pp. including numerous wood engravings in the text. Contemporary blindstamped cloth. Covers moderately soiled and worn. Pen and pencil inscriptions on front and rear pastedowns. Front and rear free endpapers excised. Title page slightly soiled, scattered foxing and occasional staining. A good copy. Item #WRCAM38018
Apparently scarce later edition of this final installment of Peter Parley's "Series of Tales, designed to instruct children in Geography and History. The other volumes are America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Islands in the Pacific." First published in 1831, this popular title was reprinted at least ten times prior to this 1860 edition. This enchanting children's book covers a wide range of maritime subjects including oceans, seas, the parts of a ship, types of vessels, a cabin boy's story, whales and whaling, pearl divers, coral fisheries, sponges, and sea monsters. The volume ends with the story of the Pacific voyager La Pérouse. OCLC records only copies at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Texas A&M University. OCLC 2679892.