BOYD, Pliny Steele. Up and Down the Merrimac : A Vacation Trip. Boston : D.E. Lothrop Company, (copyright 1879). Pp [i]-vi,7-185,(4,ads),(3), frontispiece. 8vo, pictorial grey cloth, gilt panel to spine.
Toy 1314: "A rambling, facetious, descriptive and highly embroidered account of a rowing, towing, and sailing voyage in a dory up the Merrimac from Newburyport to Passaconaway Island, of camping there, and of the voyage home.".
New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
“And to gratify the gypsy, as well as to enjoy the luxury of discovery, and the fascination of peril, we took for our vacation trip a row and sail up the Merrimac – myself and two boys.” (p. 9).
Contents : 1. Preliminary. 2. The Start. 3. Rowing with the Tide. 4. A Thunder-Storm. 5. The Broken Oar. 6. Our First Sunday. 7. Onward and Upward. 8. Rowing Up Stairs. 9. Passaconaway Island. 10. Looking Toward Sunrise. 11. Solitude and Society. 12. Homeward Bound. 13. A Pinch of Salt. 14. The New Earth. 15. One Last Sunday. 16. Music in the Air. 17. Home Again.
Slightly cocked, spine ends and corners worn, bubbling to cloth, margins of leaves browned, gift inscription (dated 1892), else good. 50.00