Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1841. Second edition. Hardcover. Item #43159
The narration of the fantastic adventures of James F. O'Connell. As an adolescent, O'Connell shipped out probably as a cabin boy for Australia and New Zealand, and then shipwrecked on the Caroline Islands. Stranded there for five years, he became heavily tattooed and became one with the natives. Rescued, through a circuitous route made it to New York where, due to the tattoos, he was thought of as an outcast. He then became part of P.T.Barnum's circus to become the U.S.'s first tattooed showman. 265 pages with a five-page appendix presenting an imperfect glossary of the language of the Carolinas. Frontis and one interior illustration present. Bound in full dark brown leather with four raised bands with black leather title label pressed on. Newer endpapers. Margin staining on two initial sheets, occasional fox marks. A very good copy.