Anecdotes of a Life on the Ocean, being a Portion of the Experiences of Twenty-Seven Years' Service in many Parts of the World.
COWANS David (1871.)
£750.00 [First Edition]
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First edition. Frontispiece. 8vo. Fine original red pictorial cloth, gilt, with errata slip. viii, 198pp. Montreal: Pr. by John Lovell,
Cowans travelled extensively throughout the globe, but in particular in Canada, India, South America and the Arabian Gulf. In his narrative he pays particular attention to life under sail and its perils: fire on board ship, man overboard, hurricanes etc.etc. There is also a highly coloured account of a race across the Atlanic won by 90 minutes.
Of particular interest though is his account of a visit to the Sultan of Muscat (pp112-133). Cowans describes the harbour and town of Muscat in some detail, but he devotes most of his narrative to his audience with the Sultan, with whom he was most impressed. " a man of about forty-five years of age, with a frank open countenance, and decidedly faire complexioned, he looks exceedingly well in his white flowing robes and magnificent turban" Not in Macro.
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