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London: Smith Elder, 1898. Octavo, original blue cloth, with gold vignette on upper board; well illustrated, pages untrimmed;. An excellent copy of the first edition. A ripping yarn based on the author's experiences on board the Splendid of New Bedford, in whaling grounds off 'the Solanders, Vau Vau, South Pacific...
London: Smith Elder, 1898. Octavo, frontispiece and seven other plates and a folding map; in original blue cloth, with gilt vignette on upper board, quarter morocco case. First edition of this ripping yarn, based on the author's experiences on board the Splendid of New Bedford, in whaling grounds off 'the...
Le Havre: chez Hue Libraire, 1829.
Whaling in the southern oceanOctavo, [iv], 56 pp.; with two fine lithograph plates, one folding; period-style French marbled boards. Whaling in the southern ocean: a very scarce special printing. This is a separately paginated offprint, in other words partly reset from the periodical...
Paris: Moutard, 1782.
Pages' narrative of the search for a continent towards the South PoleTwo volumes, octavo, with ten folding engraved maps and plates; contemporary French marbled calf gilt; an excellent copy. First edition: the rare original account of Pagès's extensive narrative of travel and exploration, of most interest.....
Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1844.
New Hampshire whaling chapbookDuodecimo, 24 pp., woodcut vignettes, recent plain wrappers. Early chapbook on the American whaling industry, describing the types of whales and their respective yields in oil. Includes an abridged yet powerful description of the loss of the whaler Essex, accompanied...
Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
Greifswald: F.W. Kunicke, 1827. Folio, with engraved plate by G. Eduard Müller, some foxing; a good copy preserved in recent paper boards, blue morocco label to spine. A lovely copy of this rare work on the Minke Whale, here referred to by the now obsolete classification of Balaena rostrata Fabr.....
London: Edward Lacey, circa 1850. Octavo, handcoloured plates; in original wrappers with engraved vignette. A rare and charming natural history primer for children. This is number six of the Zoological Gallery, and illustrates twenty-four species of fish and amphibious animals. A spouting whale appears as the frontispiece.
France: circa 1820.
Whaling and its gruesome accoutrementsOriginal drawing in ink on paper, 220 x 290 mm., ms. notations in ink and pencil; in fine condition, mounted. A finely-executed nineteenth-century technical drawing showing the tryworks and various implements involved in on-board whale processing. This drawing, with its various manuscript...