First printing. Palmer's life spanned most of the 19th century from his birth in Connecticut in 1799 to his death in 1877. As a young teenager, he was a blockade runner in the War of 1812, and by the age of 18, he was master of his own vessel. In 1819. he led an expedition in search of new sealing grounds and became the first American to see Antartica, and in the 1830's he began designing clipper ships. An uncommon biography written for older children by this important science fiction writer. SIGNED by Silverberg on the title page. Illustrated with black and white drawings by Alvin Smith. Suggestions for further reading, index. 160 pp. Near fine in sturdy illustrated boards in a good dust jacket (prev owner's name, corners slightly bumped and some short closed tears and associated creaing to the edges of the dj, but overall attractive in archival protector.) .
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