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The Halsewell Shipwreck (1786)
The halsewell shipwreck (1786).
The halsewell shipwreck (1786).
The halsewell shipwreck (1786).

Schiffbruch des Halsewell. (=Engraved title.)

(German & English text:) Umständliche Erzählung von dem Verlust des Halsewell, Ostindischen Kauffartheischiffe Kapitän R. Pierce, das den 6ten Januar 1786 an der Küste von Dorsetshire scheiterte. / A Circumstantial Narrative of the Loss of the Halsewell East-Indiaman Capt. Richard Pierce, which was wrecked at Seacombe in the Isle of Purbeck, Friday the 6th of January, 1786.

Hamburg, J. G. Herold, 1794. 17 x 9,3 cms. [22] pp. (incl. engraved title depicting the shipwreck) + 220 pp.

Contemporary half calf, marbled sides. Slight wear but an attractive copy, neat old inscription: "F. A. Lidströmer till O. A. O. Lidströmer", and the latter’s signature repeated twice. A few neat corrections in the English text.

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Text in both German and English. ”Zweite” and ”Twenty-Second” edition respectively. The Halsewell was an East Indiaman that was wrecked on 6 January 1786 at the start of a voyage from London to Madras. She lost her masts in a violent storm in the English Channel, and was driven onto the rocks below a cliff on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England. Of over 240 crew and passengers, only 74 survived. The shipwreck shocked the nation. The King visited the scene of the tragedy. The wreck of the Halsewell was the subject of poems, paintings and an orchestral symphony. Many years later Charles Dickens described the wreck in a short story.

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