The book is entirely in comic verse aimed at being pure escapism.
It relates the adventures of three main characters in search of treasure; a sailor, his parrot and a monk.
The parrot, who has a wooden leg, actually speaks and indeed has quite personality, being able to do impressions and tell jokes.
The story starts with the sailor being shipwrecked, then shanghied by a 'press-gang.'
On route to China, the ship is blown off course.
Arriving in Carolina, the sailor meets the monk who tells of a hidden treasure. In their search for the treasure, they encounter Mexican bandits.
Overcoming the situation they find the treasure and start their journey back. Travelling by raft down a river they are captured by cannibals but escape, overcome rapids and waterfall and board a ship whose captain must first call at the Antarctic to rescue some explorers.
They encounter packed ice, are rescued by the explorers, face dangers in the form of a polar bear, Eskimos and wolves, meet a Mountie and help him catch his man, go through an episode with a bald eagle, the parrot is kidnapped and rescued with the help of a professor in a flying balloon; they are involved with Indians and gangsters, capture the elusive Loch Ness Monster, rescue the monk from the clutches of a maniac and eventually all ends well back in England.
In generally very good condition but does have a small stain to title page, as pictured. Some bumps to edges of dust jacket. Inscribed copy.