Narrative of the Loss of Whaling Brig William and Joseph, of Marthas Vineyard.
Charles C. Mead, ( 1848), Boston
19cm. 52 pp. b/w woodcut plates.
… the sufferings of the crew for seven days… on a raft in the Atlantic Ocean; with an appendix containing some remarks on the whaling business, and description of the mode of killing and taking care of whales. The first edition of this work is virtually unobtainable (except that we’ve managed to obtain one. See next item.) This is the second edition, also rare, of a fascinating shipwreck narrative, which includes a synopsis of the authors whaling career. Dexters ship was wrecked in the Atlantic. Although the crew was saved, the ship was lost. It was uninsured, and Dexter wrote his pamphlet in an attempt to recover up his losses. Huntress 357 C. Jenkins p. 94, citing this second enlarged and improved edition. The five plates are clean and fresh. Bound in original printed wrappers, which are worn along backstrip and corners. Back wrap lacking. Text and plates in very good condition.