Memoirs of a Seafaring Life. By William Spavens. Illustrated by Gabriel Bray. Illustrated Edition. Folio Society. London, 2000.

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William Spavens was a British officer in the Royal Navy during the 1790s. His memoir is a rare glimpse into the lives of the deckhands and officers from the era. Most nautical histories were written by aristocratic members of society or high-ranking Navy personnel, but through Spavens we learn the day-to-day realities of seafaring life. It is an astounding memoir. This illustrated edition by the Folio Society pairs the text with original watercolors by Gabriel Bray, an artist on the HMS Pallas in the 1770s. While the two men certainly never met, there could not be a better pairing of text and image than Spavens’ prose and Bray’s watercolors. For any naval history collector, it is an essential volume.

This illustrated edition is in fine condition. In the original buckram spine and back board, fine. Front board wonderfully illustrated, fine. Text block fine on Balmoral wove paper. Former owner’s bookplate affixed to front pastedown. In the publisher’s original slipcase, fine.

A fine collector’s copy of the Memoirs of a Seafaring Life.

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Memoirs of a Seafaring Life. By William Spavens. Illustrated by Gabriel Bray. Illustrated Edition. Folio Society. London, 2000.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 5 in