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SMILES, Samuel

A boy’s voyage round the world;

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including a residence in Victoria, and a journey by rail across North America. New York : Harper & Brothers, 1872. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (rubbed), bookplate to front pastedown, engraved frontispiece; pp xii, 14-289 (complete); 6 (index). First American edition, originally published in London in 1871. Ferguson lists only a later imprint.

The Scottish writer and reformer Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) edited this account of his own adolescent son’s voyage to Australia and North America in 1869-71. Samuel junior had contracted a lung disease and was sent on a long sea voyage by his father. The narrative is based on young Samuel’s letters home as well as his meticulously kept journal, and is probably the earliest known written account by a non-adult of a visit to Australia.