Morrisania, New York: Henry B. Dawson, 1865,
Third Edition, enlarged. One of 50 quarto copies, this copy being "K" signed on the copyright page by the publisher, Henry B. Dawson. There were also 100 octavo copies. quarto, three-quarter green leather and green cloth with five raised bands and matching marbled endpapers. T.e.g. xxii, 201 pp.; plus extra-illustrations. Henry B. Dawson, Item #31512
"Captain Dring was a frank, out-spoken, and honest seaman, the author of this little work, and had no disposition either to conceal the truth or to misrepresent it. His 'Recollections,' therefore, are entitled to that respect which they have always commanded." Chapters include include General Description of the Jersey Prison-ship; Our Capture; Gun Room and Messes; Cook's Quarters; Our Situation; Working Party; Hospital Ships and Nurses; Interment of the Dead; Crew of 'The Chance'; Marine Guard; 'Dame Grant' and her Boat; Our Supplies; Our By-laws; Our Orator; Fourth of July; An Attempt To Escape; Memorial to General Washington; Exchange; Cartel; Our Arrival Home. With much additional material added by Henry B. Dawson. This particular copy is extra-illustrated with 30 bound in plates and etchings in addition to the original 5 illustrations and folding map. Presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the editor Henry B. Dawson, on the title page to the well known genealogist John Ward Dean and dated Feb 22, 1866. The spine of the binding is faded to tan, else fine and solid. Bound by James Macdonald of New York with his stamp on the verso of the front endpaper. James Macdonald (1850-1920) was born in Scotland and trained as a bookbinder. In 1873 he came to the United States and worked with William Matthews one of the pre-eminent binders. He left Matthews when he had saved enough money to start his own binding business. The Macdonald bindery, established in 1880, soon became one of the most sought-after binderies in this country.