1838 1ed Shipwreck of Stirling Castle Australia James Fraser Voyages Illustrated

CURTIS, John

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The Stirling Castle was a Scottish ship who is remembered for its fateful voyage where it wrecked near Queensland, Australia. Commanded by James Fraser, this ship was on an excursion toward Singapore where they ran aground on the reefs. Those that survived the wreck were taken into camps by local Aboriginal people of the Butchulla tribes.

 

‘The Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle’ is a rare account of the wreck and the events of the survivors. Written by John Curtis, this book describes the tortures endured by the survivors, including Fraser’s wife Eliza. In addition to describing the wreck and the local tribes, Curtis describes the landscape of Australia and Amboyana Islands, account of ‘kangaroo dogs’ (dingo), influence of the British government and British missionaries in Australia, along with impressive full-page engravings depicting events of the voyage. One notable engraving is an illustration of Captain Fraser being stripped naked and speared.

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1838 1ed Shipwreck of Stirling Castle Australia James Fraser Voyages Illustrated

 

The Stirling Castle was a Scottish ship who is remembered for its fateful voyage where it wrecked near Queensland, Australia. Commanded by James Fraser, this ship was on an excursion toward Singapore where they ran aground on the reefs. Those that survived the wreck were taken into camps by local Aboriginal people of the Butchulla tribes.

 

‘The Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle’ is a rare account of the wreck and the events of the survivors. Written by John Curtis, this book describes the tortures endured by the survivors, including Fraser’s wife Eliza. In addition to describing the wreck and the local tribes, Curtis describes the landscape of Australia and Amboyana Islands, account of ‘kangaroo dogs’ (dingo), influence of the British government and British missionaries in Australia, along with impressive full-page engravings depicting events of the voyage. One notable engraving is an illustration of Captain Fraser being stripped naked and speared.

 

Item number: #6964

Price: $750

 

CURTIS, John

 

Shipwreck of the Stirling Castle : containing a faithful narrative of the dreadful sufferings of the crew, and the cruel murder of Captain Fraser by the savages. Also, the horrible barbarity of the cannibals inflicted upon the Captain’s widow … To which is added, the narrative of the wreck of the Charles Eaton, in the same latitude. Embellished with engravings, portraits, and scenes illustrative of the narrative

 

London : Published by George Virtue, Ivy Lane, and sold by all booksellers, 1838. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • vi, 376, iv-viii, [5]
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~8.5in X 5.5in (21cm x 13.5cm)
  • Extremely rare with auction estimates and price comparisons at over $2,500

 

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6964

Categories

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

CURTIS, John

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete