Title In The Trades, The Tropics & The Roaring Forties By Lady Brassey. With 220 Illustrations engraved on wood by G Pearson and J. Cooper after Drawings By R. T. Pritchett .
Publisher London: Longmans, Green, And Co., 1886 . 0
Seller ID 44322
Second Edition with Lord Brassey's business card and personal dedication !. In a very good original illustrated binding. 8vo. 7.75" x 5.25" x 1.25". pp.14/pp.452 . Brown illustrated boards with bright gilt titles. Rear board slightly discoloured. Edges lightly rubbed and bumped. Spine dulled . All page edges gilt. Original brown endpapers. Lord Brassey's business card inserted before the title-page: "Mrs O'Dowell. Patua With Lord Barssey's Kind regards 1894. 24 Park Lane. Normanhurst Court." Clean text throughout, well illustrated with numerous illustrations and one folding coloured map: "Chart Showing Track of the Yacht "Sunbeam" From Sep. To Dec. 1883." . A well preserved copy of this scarce publication. *** Anna "Annie" Brassey (née Allnutt), Baroness Brassey (7 October 1839 – 14 September 1887) was an English traveller and writer. Her bestselling book A Voyage in the Sunbeam, our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months was published in 1878. The daughter of John Allnutt, she married the English Member of Parliament Thomas Brassey (knighted in 1881 and became Earl Brassey in 1886), with whom she lived near his Hastings constituency. The couple had five children together before they travelled aboard their luxury yacht Sunbeam. The yacht was said to have been named after their daughter - Constance Alberta - who was nicknamed Sunbeam; she died of scarlet fever aged four, on 24 January 1873. The golden figure head of the yacht depicting her is at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK. A Voyage in the Sunbeam, describing their journey round the world in 1876-77 with a complement of 43, including family, friends and crew, ran through many English editions and was translated into at least five other languages. Her accounts of later voyages include Sunshine and Storm in the East (1880); In the Trades, the Tropics, and the Roaring Forties (1885); and The Last Voyage (1889, published posthumously). She had published privately earlier works including A Flight of the Meteor, detailing two cruises in the Mediterranean on their earlier yacht Meteor and A Voyage in the Eothen a description of their travels to Canada and the United States in 1872. She was also involved with the publication of Colonel Henry Stuart-Wortley's 1882 Tahiti, a Series of Photographs. In July 1881 King Kalakaua of Hawaii, who had been greatly pleased with her description of his kingdom, was entertained at Normanhurst Court, and invested Lady Brassey with the Royal Order of Kapiolani. At home in England, she performed charitable work, largely for the St. John Ambulance Association. Her collection of ethnographic and natural history material were shown in a museum at her husband's London house until they were moved to Hastings Museum in 1919. There are also several photograph albums and other ephemera held at Hastings Library. However, the vast majority of her photograph albums are now housed in the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. The collection of 70 albums, each containing 72 to 80 thick board pages, is said to be a preeminent example of the historic travel albums. These albums contain works by Brassey and others she collected, including those of commercial photographers. Lady Brassey's last voyage on the Sunbeam was to India and Australia, undertaken in November 1886 to improve her health. On the way to Mauritius, she died of malaria on 14 September 1887, and was buried at sea.