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(DRAWINGS--SHIP'S LOG.) Hodgson, William. Journal of a Voyage, from Bristol to the Mediterranean, Anno Domini 1819and Log-Book Kept on board the Astraea On a Voyage from London to the Mediterranean, Anno-Domini 1821. Bound volume of two manuscript logs consisting of 28 leaves of ink calligraphy recto and verso adorned with 35 fine watercolor drawings on wove paper watermarked "Y&M 1814" and approximately 50 blank leaves of the same paper. 4to, 13x8 inches, contemporary 1/2 roan over marbled paper boards, worn, leather decayed and chipped; light soiling, early repaired tear to title leaf; presentation inscription from Hodgson dated 1822. Vp and at sea, January-July 1819; March-April 1821
Content-wise the present logs are routine recordings of very matter-of-fact information such as direction, speed, weather and crew chores. However, with this log Captain Hodgson has created an exceptional artistic presentation: the fine calligraphy of his headers and the surprisingly accomplished watercolor drawings of his own ships and others interspersed throughout the log fashion a much more engaging and unique portrayal of the trading vessels' voyages through the Mediterranean.