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Two years before the mast: a personal narrative of life at sea, Vol. 2 58 editions

Cover of: Two years before the mast by Richard Henry Dana
About the Book

Two Years before the Mast is but an episode in the life of Richard Henry Dana, Jr., yet the narrative in which he details the experiences of that period is, perhaps, his chief claim to a wide remembrance.

His services in fields other than literary occupied the greater part of his life. Dana was a well known and respected lawyer, a stalwart abolitionist, and an advocate for the rights of common sailors. He and his wife, Sarah, had many friends among New England's cultural elite, including Henry Wadsworth and Fanny (Appleton) Longfellow and the artist Washington Allston and his wife, Martha Remington (Dana), who was Richard's aunt.

Two Years before the Mast appeared in 1840, while its author was still a law student. Though at the time it created no great stir in the United States, it was most favorably received in England, where it paved the way for many pleasant and valuable acquaintances. The following year, Dana produced The Seaman's Friend, a treatise on practical seamanship. Later, he wrote a a short account of an 1859 trip to Cuba in 1859. He was a copious letter-writer and kept journals of his travels and every day life. Yet, long before his death, he had seen the narrative of his sailor days recognized as an American classic.

Time has not diminished its reputation. We read it today not merely for its simple, unpretentious style, but for its clear picture of a life at sea previous to the era of steam navigation and for its graphic description of conditions in California before visions of gold sent the long lines of "prairie schooners" drifting across the plains to unfold the hidden destiny of the West.

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1965, Harper & Row
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1907, T.Y. Crowell & co.
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1930, The Lakeside press
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1950, Doubleday
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1981, Penguin Books
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1911, MACMILLAN
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1840, Harper
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1841, E. Maxon
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Microform in English
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1946, World Publishing Company
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1895, Henry Altemus
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1980, Mayflower Books, Macmillan
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1926, Macmillan
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1911, Houghton Mifflin company
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1936, Random House
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1927, J.H. Sears & company, inc.
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1924, Macmillan Co.
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1869, Houghton, Mifflin and Co.
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Microform in English - New ed. / with subsequent matter by the author.
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1946, The World publishing company
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1995, Reader's Digest Association
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1947, Limited Editions Club
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1869, Fields, Osgood & co.
Two years before the mast.
in English - New ed., with subsequent matter by the author ...
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1936, Modern Library
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1992, Westvaco
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1911, The Macmillan company
Two years before the mast
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1911, Houghton Mifflin Co.
Two years before the mast, Vol. 1
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1944, Espasa-Calpe Argentina
Dos años al pie del mástil
in Spanish
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April 15, 1969, Dutton Adult
Two Years Before the Mast
Hardcover in English - New Impression edition
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2009, Random House Publishing Group
Two Years Before the Mast
E-book in English
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July 9, 2007, BiblioBazaar
Two Years Before the Mast (Large Print Edition)
Paperback in English
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March 29, 2001, Adamant Media Corporation
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Paperback in English
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1842, Harper & brothers
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February 4, 1972, Dutton Adult
Two Years Before the Mast
Hardcover - New Impression edition
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1937, Collier
Two years before the mast
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July 9, 2007, BiblioBazaar
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Paperback in English
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January 19, 2001, Adamant Media Corporation
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Paperback in English
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1949, The Literary Guild of America
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1964, Ward Ritchie Press [distributed exclusively by Lane Book Co., Menlo Park, Calif.]
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1954, Globe Book Co.
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1909, The Macmillan, Co.
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2000, Signet Classic
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1911, Houghton Mifflin
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1998, G.K. Hall
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2002, Digital Scanning, Inc.
Two Years Before the Mast
E-book in English
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2009, The Floating Press
Two Years Before the Mast
E-book in English
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1911, Houghton Mifflin
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1911, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
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1911, Macmillan
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1947, Heritage Press
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in English
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1954, Blackie
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in English - [Abridged ed.]
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1941, Heritage press
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1977, Franklin Library
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1895, H. Altemus
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1899, D. Appleton and Co.
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Hardback in English - [Aldine ed.]
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Publish date unknown, Nelson
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1984, Franklin Library
Two years before the mast
in English - A limited ed.
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1948, Dodd, Mead
Two years before the mast.
in English

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