COMMONPLACE BOOK—NAVAL. Commonplace book kept by a sailor on board USS Constitution who signs himself only "Luis C.F.F.,"
Lot 5395
COMMONPLACE BOOK—NAVAL. Commonplace book kept by a sailor on board USS Constitution who signs himself only "Luis C.F.F.,"
US$ 2,500 - 3,500
£1,500 - 2,100
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COMMONPLACE BOOK—NAVAL.
Commonplace book kept by a sailor on board USS Constitution who signs himself only "Luis C.F.F.," 8vo, 1822-1833, containing watercolor illustrations of Constitution on a moonlit sea, a schooner (perhaps the Alligator) moored near a fort in Havana, a paddle steamer, a 2-masted ship in rough seas, a guitar, a brush, a razor, a chapel, a memorial obelisk, roses, a harbor, a ruined castle, a Swiss view, and an angling scene, together with several manuscript poems and prose passages, period blindstamped roan, covers detached, several leaves loose.

Several parts of the text are of maritime interest: "Lines on the loss of the U. States Sloop of War Hornet made on sailing over ... the place where she is supposed to have foundered, taking down with her 240 souls, some of her officers having been old messmates of the Author's"; a couple of pieces on referring to the Ionian and Adriatic Seas (Constitution spent parts of the 1820s in the Mediterranean); "An American Story" relating to the Action of 9 November 1822, a naval battle fought between the USS Alligator and three piratical schooners off the coast of Cuba; "Dialogue between the Author and an Old Spanish Hospital when he was obliged one stormy night to seek shelter in St. Augustine, East Florida, 1830."
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