Best Shipwreck Book Ever: ‘The Mariner’s Chronicle’

Just about everyone loves a good shipwreck book. For the time period I’m researching–the long nineteenth century–there were many shipwreck books. By 1806, Americans could choose from over 200 shipwreck book-length shipwreck narratives, including Archibald Duncan’s seminal anthology The Mariner’s Chronicle. Thanks to the wonders of Google Books (which never ceases to amaze me) you can read an 1835 edition here. The first edition, published in six volumes between 1804 and 1808 by James Cundee in London, is arguably the first important English-language shipwreck anthology. It’s the ur document for the countless shipwreck narratives that have inundated the Anglo-American world ever since. It also has some fantastic engravings, like the two below. Enjoy!

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