Captains Courageous: A Story of the Grand Banks
Taber, Isaiah West. Hard Cover. London: Macmillan & Co., 1897. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated with a frontispiece and twenty-two black and white plates by Isaiah West Taber. First edition, first printing. Publisher's blue cloth stamped in gilt to front board and spine, all edges gilt, black coated endpapers; original off-white dust jacket with boating illustration to front panel, list of Kipling's works to rear panel, lettered in blue. Fine with a tiny bookseller's stamp to front pastedown, exceptionally bright gilt; very good unclipped dust jacket with a bit of thumbsoiling to front panel, some toning to spine, curved closed tear to upper portion of spine, minor chipping to spine ends, a few small closed tears to front and rear panels, and corners lightly chipped. Overall, a gorgeous copy, in its exceptionally scarce first issue jacket. Housed in a custom blue slipcase with folding chemise. Originally published serially in McClure's Magazine beginning in November 1896, Captains Courageous is a story about Harvey Cheyne, the marooned son of 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.