Narrative of the Loss of Whaling Brig William and Joseph, of Marthas Vineyard.
Samuel M. Dickinson, ( 1842), Boston
23.5 cm. 54 pp. b/w woodcut plates and illustrations in text.
This is the rare first edition 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 recoup his losses. Huntress 357 C. Jenkins p. 94 (citing only the second edition). This first edition is in a larger format – about 2 inches taller – than the second edition. Its five woodcut plates are clean. They’re the same ones that grace the second edition, but they are printed here in a larger scale. Also, this first edition contains woodcut illustrations in the text that are not present in the second edition. Bound in later plain wrappers. Some minor paper repair and scattered light foxing and staining on pages. Text and plates in very good condition. Housed in a clamshell box with gold lettering and black leather cover label.