IRELAND, John; TELLER, Thomas (editor)
The Shipwrecked orphans. A true narrative of the shipwreck and sufferings of John Ireland and William Doyley who were wrecked in the ship Charles Eaton on an island in the South Seas.
New Haven, Connecticut : S. Babcock, . Series: Teller’s Tales, New Series, no. 5. Probably the first American edition. Square duodecimo, original decorative stiff wrappers (rubbed and darkened; short tears at fore-edge of upper wrapper; paper loss along spine), lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisement; front free-endpaper with ownership inscription dated January 1, 1846; title page with lithographed vignette (mild damp stain at top edge); 64 pp, illustrated with 8 full page lithographed plates; corners of leaves dog-eared, scattered foxing and few short edge tears; a fair, complete copy of a fragile and scarce children’s book. Ferguson, 4078a: “This ‘True narrative.’ published for juvenile readers is very rare.”
An account of the shipwreck of the barque Charles Eaton on the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York in 1834, and the subsequent fight for survival by two young boys, John Ireland (the cabin boy) and William Doyley (the son of a passenger). Ireland and Doyley were ultimately the only two souls to be rescued by Europeans; other survivors of the wreck were either murdered by local Aborigines or traded by them to neighbouring groups.