KIT BAM'S ADVENTURES; Or, The Yarns of an Old Mariner. Illustrated by George Cruikshank.
Price: $125.00 USD
Place Published: Boston
Publisher: Tickner and Fields.
Date Published: 1856.
Edition: First American Edition
Condition: Very Good
Book Id: 302686
First American edition. 12mo, original green cloth stamped in blind on front panel, decorated in gold on the spine. 360 pp., yellow coated end papers. Frontispiece & 3 additional plates by Cruikshank on heavy stock. Some mild internal staining, inner front hinge neatly repaired, light soiling to the cloth; a very good copy.
¶ Fantastic adventure. Wild yarns told to two children by a retired sailor. "A series of narrated adventures which make the book a cross between a fairy tale, an imaginary voyage and a lost race romance. Many strange peoples and creatures are encountered, some from myths (including the mer-people). There is also a race of invisible people , one of whom the narrator marries." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II (1994). In one passage (pp. 343-347), Kit encounters Frankenstein's monster in the Arctic wastes. The London edition was published by Grant and Griffith in 1849, this American edition is reset. This copy came from John Ruyle; there was a copy in Stuart Teitler's Lost Race collection.