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Whaling]; Bennett Frederick Debell
NARRATIVE OF A WHALING VOYAGE ROUND THE GLOBE FROM THE YEAR 1833 TO 1836. Comprising Sketches of Polynesia, California, The Indian Archipelago, Etc. With an Account of Southern Whales, The Sperm Whale Fishery, and the Natural History of the Climates Visited.
London Richard Bentley 1840. 2 volumes. First Edition. Illustrated with two aquatint frontispieces, a folding map and a number of textual illustrations. 8vo, handsomely bound in three-quarter dark blue morocco to style over marbled paper covered boards, the spines with gilt rules separating the compartments, two compartments lettered and numbered in gilt, one compartment with red morocco lettering label gilt. xv, 402; vii, 395 pp. A handsome copy, very well preserved, the bindings in excellent condition, tight and strong and without wear, the text-blocks clean and pleasing to the eye, the illustrations and maps complete and in good order, old library stamps to the title-pages, illustrations and first textual leaves. FIRST EDITION AND A BOOK BECOMING INCREASINGLY RARE AND DIFFICULT TO FIND COMPLETE. Herman Melville thought this the best book on whaling in the South Seas. On an extensive journey, the author visited the Sandwich Islands, Honolulu, Diamond Head, Pauoa, Manoa and Kalihi, He relates visits to Pitcairn Island and Bounty Bay, Polynesia, Tahiti, Christmas Island and a host of other locales, islands and countries. There is much on the peoples, the customs, economies and social mores and especially on the whaling voyage, the natural history of the whales, the fishes and birds and the relevant botany. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. [Newburyport, MA, U.S.A.]
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