Taber, Isaiah West. Hard Cover. London: Macmillan & Co., 1897. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by Isaiah West Taber. First edition. Publisher's dark blue cloth, with sailor illustrations and wave rulings stamped in gilt to the front board and spine, lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, coated black endpapers. A very good or better copy, with some wear and rubbing to the extremities, mostly at spine ends, contemporary former owner pencil signature to half-title, light scattered foxing throughout. A bright and attractive copy. Originally published serially in McClure's Magazine beginning in November 1896, Captains Courageous is a story about Harvey Cheyne, the marooned son a wealthy railroad magnate who is rescued by fishermen off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. After being tossed overboard an ocean liner, Harvey meets Disko Troop, captain of the small fishing boat We're Here, who refuses to take the young man back to port, but agrees to take him on as part of the crew. Over the course of the novel, Harvey befriends the captain's son Dan, who helps the arrogant millionaire develop into a hard-working, honest young man who is self-reliant and content with living simply. This first edition of Captains Courageous in book form contains twenty-two plates of black and white illustrations by Taber, including a frontispiece.