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A Story Of Seashore Life And Manners (1850)

Written originally in 1851 by George Higby Throop, under the pen name Gregory Seaworthy, Nag’s Head was actually the first book ever written about vacation life on the Outer Banks at a contemporary time. Written as a vaguely fictional memoir, it tells the story of Seaworthy as he vacations with a family from inland to the soundside resorts along Nags Head. It’s a different world, as people rarely venture to the beach, and no houses stand on the shore. Many places are still similar, as he describes the soundside life, Jockey’s Ridge, and the homes along the Nags Head sound.

This is a rare and old book, and important in how it describes the beach of long ago. I wanted to republish it, with footnotes explaining many of the descriptions that Throop uses, along with his penchant for quoting in Latin. This book includes photos, maps, and a series of appendixes written by me to explain the changes over more than 170 years.

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The links provided currently use and Amazon. Bookshop is an alterative to the Big A that provides both a trustworthy site to buy books, as well as helping to support independent book stores and authors, such as me. Bookshop uses Ingram, the major distributor to book stores, to fulfill the orders. Amazon offers the ease of purchase for its many users, and pays authors a high commission. As much as I would prefer you to order from local shops, I know that there is a need for convenience in purchases as well, and have provided links to both options. 

Please note that at this time, the Retro Edition of The Unmerciful Sea is only available through my site or through the single online retailer. This is due to its particular size and layout. I will be working on getting that book version available through Ingram soon. Nag's Head is only available through Amazon as well, for similar reasons. Both books can still be ordered by your favorite book store.

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