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CRUISE OF THE CACHALOT, Round the World After Sperm Whales
London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1898. Scarce First Edition of the Author's First Book. With frontispiece and 7 additional illustrations on plates and with a folding map. 8vo, publisher's original royal blue cloth gilt lettered on the spine and with a whale in gilt on the upper cover. xx, 379 pp. A very fine, bright, handsome and clean copy, with none of the common spotting or toning at all, the cloth vivid and fresh, a bit of minor refurbishment to the meeting of the rear pastedown and free-fly. SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF A CLASSIC OF WHALING ADVENTURE. Kipling had this to say of it: "It is immense--there is no other word. I've never read anything that equals it in its deep sea wonder and mystery...." Bullen was first mate on the Cachalot and the book covers his adventures on his first whaling mission from being stuck in New Bedford with no ship to witnessing an epic battle between a sperm whale and giant squid in the East Indies. A very interesting glimpse into a way of life lost to time.
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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