Item #1214 'Captains Courageous': A Story of the Grand Banks. Rudyard Kipling.
'Captains Courageous': A Story of the Grand Banks
Rudyard Kipling First Edition set in North America

'Captains Courageous': A Story of the Grand Banks

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1897. First edition. Original cloth. Duodecimo. viii, 245 pages [ii ads]. Bound in blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spines and upper boards, all edges of textblocks gilt, dark green coated endpapers. Faint scattered foxing to preliminary and postliminary leaves. Prior owner name penned at top of half title, and dated Nov. 1897. A bright and attractive copy, near fine overall.

Story of a boy washed overboard from a steamship and rescued by a fishing schooner off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The accident, rescue, and subsequent work on board the fishing boat transform fifteen year old Harvey Cheyne, Jr. from spoiled brat to a mature and ambitious worker when reunited with his parents. This was the only of Kipling's books to be set entirely in North America. Theodore Roosevelt praised "Captains Courageous" in his 1900 essay "What We Can Expect of the American Boy."

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