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.
Bennett, Frederick Debell.
Richard Bentley, ( 1840), London
Two volumes. 8vo, 21.5 cm. xv, 402 and vii, 395, (1) pp. b/w plates, folding chart, illustrations.
One of the classic whaling books. No less an authority than Herman Melville says, There are only two books in being which pretend to put the living Sperm Whale before you, and at the same time in the remotest degree succeed in the attempt. Those books are Beale’s and Bennett’s… (Moby Dick, Chapter 32). Bennett was a scientist on the whaleship “Tuscan” whose purpose was to investigate the sperm whale fishery and find ways of making it more efficient. In the course of his travels he visited Pitcairn Island and gives an account of the mutiny on the Bounty. He also stopped at Tahiti, the Marquesas and Hawaii, and he spends much of the narrative dealing with the ecological, historical and sociological aspects of the Polynesian inhabitants Hill, 113. Forbes 1192. Hunnewell, p. 24. Judd 19, Jenkins, p. 80, Forster 7. This is a brilliant set of the first edition, bound and signed by George Bayntun in antique-style full brown morocco with raised bands, gilt spine lettering and decoration, and all edges gilt. Internally fine condition.