The Wreck of the Maid of Athens Being the Journal of Emily Wooldridge 1869 - 1870
London: Geoffrey Bles, (1952). Laurence Irving. First Edition. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Pp. 160. With many good, striking engravings by Laurence Irving. Blue cloth with silver stamped device on front cover, lettering on spine. Bookseller tag (Fuller's Bookshop, Hobart, Tasmania) on front pastedown. Slight foxing on top edge, else fine in price-clipped d.j. with slight edge wear and rubbing. Very Good + / Very Good. Item #3540
Wooldridge accompanied her captain husband with a shipment of cargo from England to South America. The ship caught fire and the crew was stranded on Staten Island (no, not that one) off the eastern coast of Tierra del Fuego. After some privations they made a run for it in an open boat, alighting at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. An uncommon female shipwreck account -- excepting Caitlin Thomas's "Leftover Life to Kill." Dust jacket now housed in removable, clear, archival protector.