Glimpses of the Whaleman's "Cabin."

BRONSON George Whitefield (1855.)

£4000.00  [First Edition]

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"WHALING IS THE MOST EXCITING, PERILOUS AND UNCERTAIN OF HUMAN PURSUITS."

First edition. Three full page woodcut illustrations & 2 vignettes. 12mo. A clean, bright copy in original limp brown cloth, with title stamped in gilt and decoration in blind. Professional repairs to spine and wrapper. Housed in recent black solander box with labels. 96pp. Boston, Damrell & Moore,

This whaling narrative recounts the voyage of the Aerial under the command of Capt. Charles G. Pettey. Departing Mount Hope Bay in search of fin-back, sperm and right whales, it toured the North Atlantic whaling grounds of the Azores and Cape Verde Islands and then headed south to Tristan de Acunha and St Helena (which included a visit to Napoleon's tomb) before returning along the east coast of South America.

 

Beginning with a general introduction to whaling and comments on the existing literature, Bronson rightly remarks "it is one thing to look into the blubber room, another to work there..." Clearly influenced by Herman Melville, whom he references, he writes in a high style and produces both an account of the voyage and a meditation on whaling and life at sea. He rails against the press-ganging of men to crew whaling voyages, alikening it to slavery, and provides brief dissertations on "cutting-in" and "trying out".

 

Not in Jenkins. Rare. OCLC locates just four copies at AAS, Princeton, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and the Sails library network.

Stock Code: 202011

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