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. Golden Cockerel Press, Owen Chase, Thomas Chappel, George Pollard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1935. Limited edition. Hardcover. In the original dust jacket with wood engraved illustrations by Robert Gibbings, all with the original tissue guards opposite all of the wood cuts throughout the book. Wrapped in a binder's plain brown dust jacket, protected with mylar cover.

The narrative is described as the first 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. The story was the inspiration for Melville's Moby Dick. Adrift at sea in small boats, only 5 men out of 21 survived, having turned to cannibalism. Three further crew members sought shelter on an island and were later rescued. An important whaling item.

Small folio (8 x 12 3/4"), 88pp. Original "sail-type" binding of yellow and green cloth. Teg, foredge and bottom edge uncut, bookplate from Harvard College Library on inside cover and "released" stamp. Dust jacket with chip at top edge of front panel. A bright and clean copy, no rubbing. OCLC: 1891043. Very good + condition. Item #26138

Price: $650.00