I’m a complete wreck. Not so much from agonizing though last night’s Patriot’s win, more from listening to the morons on Moron Talk Radio talk about it all day. So I’ll be keeping this blog entry short…
Got my five boxes of rare books and ephemera off to California, a feat not particularly monumental in itself, but noteworthy this year because of what was in those boxes. A mere thirty-eight books. The rest was ephemera and manuscripts. We’ll see how that sort of stuff flies on the left coast.
Manuscript. Log of the Whale Ship Equator, 1831 – 1832. Small folio, unpaginated. 47 pages of manuscript entries. 12 whale stamps. The “Equator” was a venerable 262 ton bark built in New Bedford in 1818. On this, her sixth voyage, she was commanded by Benjamin Riddell. She departed New Bedford on July 10, 1831 and returned home from the Pacific with 1500 barrels of sperm oil on April 23, 1833. They made the Azores in August and struck their first whale shortly thereafter. The “Equator” rounded Cape Horn with difficulty, but she was in the Pacific by October, and catching whales off the coast of Peru by November, 1831. They put in at Paita on December 1, then headed west along The Line, with good results. They were in the Society Islands in March 1832, which is where this journal ends. The journal keeper records weather conditions, sails set, ships spoken, and whales sighted, taken and lost, with concise descriptions of captures. There are 17 whale stamps, from four different blocks. On the last page of this journal (another 50 – 75 pages have been cut out) the journal keeper goes on a rant about all the oil lost by the waist boat and the captain’s boat owing to a bad line and bad conduct. The front and rear pastedowns contain lengthy lists of whale ships spoken and and amount of oil each carried at the time. Bound in quarter calf over marbled boards. The pages are clean and the entries are legible, though the keeper’s spelling is atrocious. According to Sherman’s “Whaling Logbooks and Journals” there are no journals of this voyage on record. It’s only half a log of a classic Pacific whaling voyage, but it’s only half the price. $2750
Since then I’ve been working my fingers to the bone cataloging cheap polar books in the ongoing purge of material that’s piled up over the years at Ten Pound Island Book Co. Boxes full of good, solid 19th and 20th century books about the Arctic – with a combined retail value of about $1.89. I plan to put out an Internet catalog of these books tomorrow. It’s going to be called CHEAP FREEZE.
On a related front, I just got my first monthly check from Dogtown Books today. Last month I gave him about 700 books and three large cartons of ephemera pertaining to local history. The arrangement was for him to sell them and split the gross with me. And now we’re off to the races.
Almost $90! Can’t imagine where I’m going to spend it.
Sorry for ending on a melancholy note, but one of the other items in my el cheapo catalog is a complete run of catalogs by my old friend and mentor Ed Lefkowicz. Or maybe not so melancholy – for him, anyway. He’s flourishing as a professional photographer in Brooklyn.
Ephemera. Maritime Dealers’ Catalogs – 1950s – 2000s. A full run of Lefkowicz catalogs, bulletins, and occasional mailings, with many duplicates. Also catalogs from Alfred and Carola Paine, Cross Hill Books, Nautica, Howland & Co., and Goodspeed’s. Shipping on this lot at cost. The lot $50