Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex.
Book Id: 5332
Golden Cockerel Press. (Chase, Owen et al). Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex of Nantucket which was destroyed by a Whale in the Pacific Ocean in the year 1819. Told by Owen Chase 1st mate, Thomas Chappell second mate & James Pollard, captain of the said vessel. Golden Cockerel Press, London 1935, limited to 300 copies. Introduction & 12 wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. Orig. two-tone cloth binding, a very good copy. Prospectus loosely inserted. Gibbings' introduction expounds on the importance of this narrative, offering it as the 1st authentic account of a ship being rammed and sunk by a whale and also an account of the crews' survival in an open boat for double the length of time that Bligh was adrift. An important whaling item published in uniform size & format with Morrison's "Journal of the Bounty", published at the same time.