BRASSEY, Lady Annie. In The Trades, The Tropics, & The Roaring Forties. London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1885.
8vo. Highly decorative publisher's pictorial cloth binding, gilt title and vignette of S.S. Sunbeam central to upper board, rest of the boards depict a West Indian island, gilt title to spine; pp. xv, 532; numerous woodcut illustrations to text and 8 decorative colour-printed maps with pictorial framework, including 2 large and folding, pictorial title; one corner scuffed, minor wear to extremities, apart from offsetting from endpapers resulting in spotting to adjacent pages, a good copy of this sumptuous Victorian book production, old ownership inscription and two bookplates to front endpapers.
First edition. This is the penultimate of Lady Brassey's five accounts of the voyages made by her family in the Sunbeam, her husband's 531-ton steam yacht. On this particular journey, subtitled "14,000 Miles in the Sunbeam in 1883", the Brasseys visited Madeira, Trinidad, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Azores. One of the best-illustrated yachting accounts ever published.