This book was published in 1869, and is case-bound in green cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine and front cover. According to the book's preface, "The following is an adaptation of the work of an American author. As it stood it was unsuitable for English readers, yet it is written in so good and free and hearty a spirit, and has so thorough a salt-water sea-breezy smack about it, that its present Publishers were convinced that, with certain alterations, it would be sure to prove (though of a totally different character) not less acceptable to the rising generation than ‘Silver Skates,’ which appeared last year. I was so much pleased with the freshness and originality of thought, and the graphic seaside descriptions of my American Cousin (who is, however, no sailor), that I gladly undertook to edit his tale, and to make such alterations as were deemed necessary. I hope that he will pardon me for the liberties I have taken, and that the readers to whom I introduce his story will have no cause to complain."
Condition: there is a noticeable tear at the top of the book’s spine. The boards show some mild to moderate shelf-wear, rubbing, marking, and denting. The fore-edge shows some mild marking and staining. There is a bookseller’s sticker on the inside front cover, as well as one on the inside back cover. The binding has become slightly weak in places but is generally quite strong. The interior pages have some mild foxing in places, but they are mostly crisp and clean.