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Halsey, Eli P.
[ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LOG BOOK KEPT BY AMERICAN MERCHANT SEAMAN ELI P. HALSEY, RECORDING HIS TRIPS BACK AND FORTH TO CHINA ON TWO DIFFERENT SHIPS OWNED BY JOHN JACOB ASTOR JUST AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE WAR OF 1812, WITH EXCELLENT CONTENT ON THE RECENTLY REOPENED CHINA TRADE AND CHINESE CULTURE]
[New York and Canton, China, plus various locations at sea, 1817. [488]pp. Folio. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards. Significant wear and rubbing to binding, some marbled paper on front board perished. Front hinge cracked and binding cracked in a few places within, a few gatherings detached, some later leaves chipped or browned at edges, costing minimal text at fore-edge and obscuring some text. Overall, in good condition. An unusual and extraordinary American merchant seaman's log book kept by crewman and then Third Officer Eli P. Halsey, reporting in great detail on two voyages from New York to Canton, China and back again for John Jacob Astor between 1815 and 1817. Halsey has written in pencil on a front flyleaf, "The Log Book of Eli P. Halsey." Within the log book, Halsey has recorded the typical sailing conditions, positions, and locations, but has also enhanced his narrative with sailing maneuvers, descriptions of onboard activities by various crewmen, and a wide variety of commentary regarding the recently-concluded War of 1812, the history of the Dutch East Indies, encounters with Chinese locals in Canton, the cargo procured from and delivered to China (including a massive amount of opium, which was illegal at the time), the pitfalls of trading with Chinese shopkeepers, the "cruel & unnatural" custom of Chinese female foot binding, and more. This log provides an important look at the nascent American trade with China during a moment of growing international activity for the young nation. ^The log book opens with a long, full-page commemoration of the news … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company [United States]
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