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ADVENTURES BY SEA OF EDWARD COXERE (190 pp.)—Oxford ($2.50).

Back in the century when the King James Bible was hot off the press, and England and Holland fought for New Amsterdam, Seaman Edward Coxere spun the hair-raising story of his life in simple-seaman's language, and sewed the quires shipshape in vellum. Rats alone chewed over the MS. until 1940, when it was unearthed by a London book dealer.

Adventures by Sea is more curio than classic, but it has the natural charm of a genuine, if unimportant, antique. Coxere (pronounced Coxery) was a cut above the average 17th Century Jack Tar (e.g., he...

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