London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1877. Sixth Edition. INSCRIBED PRESENTATION COPY, SIGNED by Nightingale, all in pencil, on the half-title page. xxxi, [1 (blank)], 517,  pp. 8vo. 8-1/8" x 5-1/2". Modern binding of full brown calf, stamped in blind. Binding - Fine. Textblock - VG (tideline visible to top edge). Item #49092
Nightingale presents the book to "Nurse Webb", adding "delivered from ship wreck by our almighty Father's care & entering on a new post of usefulness at Lincoln Hospital". Followed by her full signature, and dated "Nov. 1878"
We know of this incident, for on August 16 1878, Florence Nightingale wrote to her local church pastor at Crich, Reverend Acraman, recounting the ordeal:
"Dear Sir, Four of our trained Nurses have been wrecked on their way home from Canada, where they had been nursing for us at the Montreal General Hospital & were returning for further Nursing employment under us. The steamer was wrecked upon a reef two days out from Canada, on July 2. All night she was beaten about & in danger of going to pieces. At day break the Captain lowered the passengers into a life boat, but she drifted out to sea & again they were with difficulty saved. For a whole week till the 28th they were on an island, whence an officer made his way to the nearest light house, swimming two rivers, (which the crew would not cross) or battened down in the hold of a small fish schooner, without food or air, in a terrific storm. On July 28 they were rescued by the Erl King, Capt. Ed. Scott, whose kindness we can never forget, bound for Glasgow where they landed safe on Aug 9.
Would you allow me to return thanks for them our four Nurses in your church next Sunday?
Their names are:
Might I say, in any terms you would be good enough to use:
Florence Nightingale desires to return the most humble & hearty thanks to Almighty God for four trained Nurses returning home (on duty) from Canada who were wrecked on July 21, were saved three times from a watery grave, & after severe sufferings for a week from exposure & hardship, were rescued on the 28th by a vessel bound for Glasgow & safely landed on August 9 thro’ a merciful Providence.
Pray believe me, Sir,
ever your faithful servt
Cf. "Parish life with a troubled Vicar: Crich 1875-1900"