Ober, Frederick A CRUSOE'S ISLAND: A Bird-Hunter's Story
New York: George H. Doran Company, (1898). (1898). Good
New York: George H. Doran Company, (1898).. (1898).. Good. - Octavo, pictorial green & blue cloth. The binding is rubbed & bumped. There are 2 short tears to the head of the spine & the tail is chipped & slightly frayed. Half-title, title, [x] & 277 pages. Black-and-white plates, including a frontispiece & 2 maps, and full-page & textual illustrations. The book is lightly cracked at page 235. There is dampstaining to the top edges of the rear pastedown & endpaper & index, with very light dampstaining to the top edges of the preceding 70 leaves. Good.
Frederick A. Ober describes his experiences of living alone on the island of Tobago in the Caribbean, which he determined was the island on which Defote's Crusoe was shipwrecked, rather than, as was commonly accepted at the time, the island of Juan Fernandez in the Pacific. In due course, Ober acquires his own Man Friday, one Thomas Ned, a native of the island who nurses him through a bout of fever and appoints himself Ober's servant.