Japhat - In Search of a Father.

By Marriat

Printed: 1850

Publisher: Richard Bentley. London

Dimensions 12 × 17 × 2.5 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 12 x 17 x 2.5

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Red calf spine and corners with black title plate, raised and gilt banding, ornate decoration and gilt lettering. Red and brown marbled boards, end papers and page edges.

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Japhet in search of a father” is the name of a novel published in 1836 by Capt. Frederick Marryat, an English naval officer. It represents the efforts of a “foundling” (a child deserted by unknown parents) to find his father. Japhet’s father, “when finally found, turns out to be a testy old East India officer’.

Captain Frederick Marryat was an English novelist, a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children’s novel The Children of the New Forest. After trying to run away to sea several times, he was permitted to enter the Royal Navy in 1806, as a midshipman on board HMS Imperieuse. In 1829 he was commanding the frigate HMS Ariadne on a mission to search for shoals around the Madeira and Canary Islands. This was an uninspiring exercise, and between that and the recent publication of his first novel, The Naval Officer he decided to resign his commission and take up writing full time. Other works include The King’s Own, Newton Forster; or, The Merchant Service, Peter Simple, and The Three Cutters, Jacob Faithful, The Pacha of Many Tales, Japhet, in Search of a Father, The Pirate, The Phantom Ship, Poor Jack, Masterman Ready, Percival Keene, The Privateersman and The Mission; or, Scenes in Africa.

Together with William Cardell in England and Herman Melville in America, Marryat helped shape the genre of sea stories later popularized by Joseph Conrad, C. S. Forester, Dudley Pope, and Patrick O’Brian. In Ulysses (1987), Hugh Kenner notes the popularity of his fictions: “Though the allusion seems recondite now, we are to imagine that this was a boy’s book for Mulligan. Many Marryat titles abounded in cheap reprint as late as the 1930s

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