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George Byron Merrick archives the entire landscape of steamboat life he experienced in the mid-1800s. Beginning as a cabin boy he worked his way up to cub pilot on the mighty Mississippi. Merrick's narrative includes animated stories about gamblers, shipwrecks, and steamboat races with amusing descriptions of river life and steamboat operations.
9.5 inches tall. 323 pages., appendices, index, frontispiece. Illustrated with maps, portraits, period photographs. Top edge gilt. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate handling wear. Corners mild bumps. Previous owner’s bookplate on front paste-down.[Howes M539]
[This work was edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites, but he is uncredited.]