The Star-Crossed Woman - Maribelle CormackGeorge G. Harrap & Co., 1961, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several tears, some loss. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the cover: “Fact is blended skilfully with fantasy in this unusual sea story based upon scientific beliefs about the nature of time.
Mercy Goddard, a young American anthropologist with a deep knowledge of old seafaring matters, is a member of an expedition to the South Seas in search of a legendary island and proof that the Polynesians were of Asiatic origin. On the day of the autumn equinox the expedition experiences some very peculiar phenomena: the sun stands still, there are violent underwater explosions, and extreme changes in barometric pressure.
During a squall, which follows these events, Mercy is carried out to sea in a skiff. She awakes to find herself on board the whaler Bowditch, under the command of Captain Nate Soule. The year is 1821. Time has turned back and taken her with it.
Mercy’s problem is to talk and behave as a young lady of the period, and to conceal her knowledge of facts and events that were as yet unknown to the ship’s crew. To add to her difficulties, she and the captain fall in love.”