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The Luck of the "Susan Bell"

Walter Besant (1836-1901) was a British novelist and philanthropist, whose best work describing social evils in London’s East End helped set in motion movements to aid the poor.

The collection includes a signed holographic short story by Sir Walter Besant. The story is written in ink and contains his edits. The novel concerns the whaling ship "Susan Bell," and late 18th century life in Nantucket.