(1898 - 1980)
Mead Schaeffer (July 15, 1898 – November 6, 1980) was an American illustrator active from the early to middle twentieth century.
The Adventures of Remi (1925)
Abandoned on the streets of Paris as a baby, Remi is raised by his foster mother until his foster father’s injury impoverishes the family and he is sent out on the roads as a travelling minstrel. After many adventures and making many friends, he finds his real family.
The Black Buccaneer (1928)
While guarding sheep on an island off the coast of Maine, Jeremy is kidnapped by pirates and taken to the West Indies. Read online at archive.org.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1928)
Unjustly imprisoned in the dungeons of the Chateau d’If, Edmond Dantes, befriends a fellow prisoner who reveals to him the location of a great treasure. When he at last makes his escape he has the means to wreak his vengeance on those who wronged him which he devilishly extends to others innocent of any offense as his cold and bitter resentment knows no bounds.
The Cruise of the Cachalot (1926)
This is the story of a cruise after sperm whales by a member of the crew. The scan is of an early reprinting. Read for free online at Internet Archive.
Jim Davis (1924)
Young Jim Davis accidentally stumbles on a smugglers’ den and is shanghaied into their crew, until after a series of hairbreadth adventures he finally escapes.
King Arthur and His Knights (1924)
This version of the story of King Arthur is taken from Malory by an expert in medieval literature.
Les Misérables (1925)
The novel takes place in France from 1815 - the end of the Napoleonic era - to the 1832 Paris uprising. According to Hugo, “The book which the reader has before him at this moment is, from one end to the other, in its entirety and details ... a progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty, from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God. The starting point: matter, destination: the soul. The hydra at the beginning, the angel at the end.”
Lorna is a daughter of the feared and hated clan of robbers - the Doones - nevertheless John Ridd falls in love with her and protects her from her would-be husband Carver Doone. The story takes place during the period of the Monmouth Rebellion. It was immensely popular in the nineteenth century.
Moby Dick or The White Whale (1922)
Moby Dick or The White Whale has a good claim to the title of The Great American Novel. Based on the story of the Essex, whaler, destroyed by a whale in the southern Pacific Ocean, Melville draws on his own experiences as a seaman. Read online at Hathitrust.
In this sequel to Typee, the narrator is taken off the island by a whaleman, but soon discovers the captain and mate are incompetent. Along with most of the crew he jumps ship in Tahiti and is briefly jailed as a mutineer. On his release he bums about the islands with a companion.
This is a history of the first of the United States Navy ‘super frigates.’ They were so strongly built that iron shot bounced off their sides in battle.
The Three Musketeers (1929)
Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan is on his way to Paris to seek his fortune as a member of the King’s Musketeers when he is assaulted and humiliated. On his arrival he almost at once manages to challenge three of the Musketeers, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos to duels. Before he knows what is happening he finds himself allied with the musketeers against the Cardinal’s men at arms.
Tom Cringle’s Log (1927)
This is a sea story of the British Navy in the Caribbean in the nineteenth century. It centers on action and runs pell-mell.
Loosely based on his own adventures, Herman Melville here tells the story of two American sailors who jump ship on the island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands and spend four months with the natives. While roundly condemned as fictitious at the time of publication, Melville’s companion Toby Greene later corroborated his account.
The Wings of the Morning (1924)
Miss Iris Deane is shipwrecked in the South China Sea along with the only other survivor, Robert Jenks, a cashiered British army officer who was working as a steward. The J.C. Winston edition has eleven color plates, the Doran edition only eight, but one of those is not in the Winston edition.
The Wreck of the Grosvenor (1923)
This novel of a mutiny aboard a ship bound for the Bermudas is often confused with an account of the actual sinking of a merchant ship off southern Africa in which, while most of the crew and passengers made it safely to land, the vast majority died of starvation. Read online at Hathitrust.