FALCONER, William. ~ The Shipwreck; A Poem: In Three Cantos. [London]: Albion Press, for James Cundee, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster Row; and Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe, Poultry. 1810
8vo (158 × 95 mm), pp. ix, , 166, , plus a frontispiece, 1 folding plate and 7 plates. Light spotting to preliminaries. Contemporary full calf, with gilt decorative border, gilt spine and bookplate. Slightly rubbed and bent at top of spine, minor wear to top corner of lower cover, but overall an excellent copy.
A new edition with memoirs of the author and beautiful engravings, first published in 1762. A long poem, written by the Scottish author Falconer, an ingenious writer who was made an orphan at a young age. Due to this he spent the majority of his life as a sailor in a low position. It was here that he wrote this epic poem about a shipwreck, which gained him the patronage of the Duke of York.