Item #1309 Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839
Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839

Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, 1830-1839

Gravesend, England: 1830-1839. Four Men In a Boat – Voyage of the “Rambler”, Commonplace Book, “Campbell’s Journal”, Gravesend and Vicinity, England, 1830-1839, 4 x 6 inches, 58 leaves.

Dark green embossed boards; gilt lettering to spine; edges and corners worn, bumped; binding tight; interior pages contain manuscript entries, pencil and ink drawings, and watercolor paintings. Very good condition.

This book contains 47 pages of illustrations, most of them humorous or satirical, but also includes numerous skilled and beautiful renderings of landscapes, architectural studies, and fantasy themes. In addition there are approximately 60 pages of manuscript text. One of the pieces is dated 1832 and signed by Henrietta Camilla Jackson, a Jamaica-born English novelist best known for her anti-slavery novel “Cousin Stella; or, Conflict”, and mother to renowned engineer Fleeming Jenkin. She was married to Captain Charles Jenkin, who signed another piece in this volume.

The main theme running through this little book is an illustrated account of the voyage of four men and a sloop yacht named “Rambler” from Gravesend to London. It is a sequential narrative, and intentionally humorous, full of catastrophe and narrow escapes – most of them caused by the poor judgment, stupidity, and laziness of the captain of the ship, Captain Campbell. There are 21 illustrations documenting the voyage of the “Rambler” and her crew, skilfully drawn in black ink. The Dramatis Personae are listed as Fred Edmund & Edward Clarke, and William Campbell; the list itself comprises six pages of caricatures (the Eds are always eating, Fred is always witty – until he isn’t), misadventures, and accidents as they bumble their way up the Thames. This book is likely one of a kind, filled with an engaging story and illustrations at turns humorous and breathtaking. Very Good. Item #1309

Price: $975.00