This book was the result of the efforts of a group of summer residents of Marion, in the corner of America a little North of Martha's Vineyard, near Cape Cod Bay. Marion was originally known as Sippican, and these 10 enthusiasts decided to collect as many as possible of the old tales relating to the area and its history. The tales encompass a wide range of subjects, from King Philip of Spain, Moby Dick and whaling generally, salt works, the Mary (sic) Celeste, and Henry James, and are enlivened by a wealth of B/W illustrations.
No details are available about the life of the author, Alice Austin Ryder.
Our copy is in good condition, minus a dust-wrapper, but bound in green cloth with still-bright gilt title etc on the front cover, and somewhat darkened gilt title on the spine. The spine is very faded, and all corners are lightly bumped (bottom front with a little damage). There are one or two small marks on the covers. Inside, the binding is firm, all pages are clean and bright, and the author's ink-written signature is on the halftitle page. The name of a previous owner, with a note of the book's provenance, is on the blank page between the front fep and the halftitle page. A map of the Sippican lands is on the front endpaper.