VOYAGE IN THE YACHT SUNBEAM - Lady Brassey, 1st 1890 VICTORIAN SEAFARING OCEANS
A VOYAGE IN THE YACHT 'SUNBEAM': OUR HOME ON THE OCEAN FOR ELEVEN MONTHS
Book Details + Condition: J.W. Henry (Chicago). First Edition, 1878 (ND). Hardcover with gilt-decorated boards. By Lady Brassey. With illustrations "chiefly after drawings by the Hon. A.Y. Bingham". Fascinating engravings, photographs, and fold-out maps are provided. 479 pages. Firm binding; rubbed corners and edges; light wear to boards, with a bit of discoloration to rear, and some darkening to decorated spine; chafed spine ends; interior is clean and free of markings. Annie, Lady Brassey (1839-1887) was an English travel writer and philanthropist best known for her vivid accounts of ocean journeys undertaken with her family. Her husband was a Civil Lord of the Admiralty who made many ocean voyages by steam yacht to test this new technology. Annie Brassey's description of these travels led to her becoming a best-selling author. This volume, first published in 1878, contains her lively and detailed account of her family's circumnavigation in the Sunbeam, the first circumnavigation of the world by a steam yacht. Written in the form of a diary and based on letters sent to her father, this volume mixes exotic descriptions with lively accounts of domestic life on board, and was immensely popular. The book illustrates the attitudes of middle-class Victorians to exotic locations and cultures.