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BURTON, Alfred. (actually John Mitford)
Thomas Rowlandson.
Adventures Of Johnny Newcome in the Navy, A Poem, in Four Cantos: with plates by Rowlandson.

Johnny Newcome is a clergyman's son forced to join the Navy when his father loses all his money. He embarks on the HMS Capricorn and prospers under Captain Dale. "Johnny Newcome" was British slang for a raw recruit, Army, or Navy. Published under the pseudonym Alfred Burton, written by John Mitford (1782-1831), a British naval officer and poet best known for this work.

Londn: Simpkin & Marshall, 1818.
Tooley 406; Abbey 'Life in England' 330.
Londn: Simpkin & Marshall, 1818.

FIRST EDITION. Hand-coloured plates (16) by Thomas Rowlandson. Octavo original green blind stamp cloth to boards, spine with gilt letters and decoration (tips slightly worn / rubbed) [ii] +259pp +errata. Coat of Arms bookplate of 'Minto Wilson' to front pastedown, neat blind stamp ownership at the top of title page. Title & next page with some light foxing. An exceptionally nice copy in the handsome original covers with sailing ship blind stamps and all the fine hand-coloured Rowlandson plates. *Humorous story of life aboard a ship by a naval officer.* Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontis. A-Sleep at the masthead. 2. Leaving Home. 3. The Admiral had made it sunset, Sir! 4. Turning in-and-out again. 5. Sea-sick. 6. Sent to hear the Dog-Fish Bark. 7. Seized up in the Rigging. 8. Cobbed-Watch ! Watch! 9. Crossing the Line. 10. Sheerness Boat. 11. Plymouth Play-house. 12. Going to Ivy-Bridge. 13. In the Grocer's Shop. 14. Johnny and Maria. 15. Mast-headed. 16. The Captain's going out of the Ship - Gentlemen!