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INCIDENTS OF A WHALING VOYAGE. TO WHICH ARE ADDED OBSERVATIONS ON THE SCENERY, MANNERS AND CUSTOMS, AND MISSIONARY STATIONS, OF THE SANDWICH AND SOCIETY ISLANDS, ACCOMPANIED BY NUMEROUS LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTS.

Olmsted, Francis Allyn:

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New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1841. 360pp., including in-text illustrations, plus twelve lithographed plates (including frontispiece). 12mo. Original black blindstamped cloth, rebacked in black cloth, spine gilt. Corners expertly repaired. Scattered light foxing, even tanning, some persistent dampstaining (mostly confined to lower gutter). Occasional pencil underlining or marginalia. A good copy, complete with all the plates. One of the earliest accounts of the Pacific whaling industry, and an important narrative of a voyage to Hawaii and Tahiti. Olmsted, a recent graduate of Yale, shipped aboard the North America, a New London whaler and "temperance ship" in 1839. They hunted whales in the Atlantic and off the coast of South America and then set sail for Hawaii. Olmsted later proceeded on his own to Tahiti. The excellent plates are based on Olmsted's own drawings, and those showing aspects of whaling activities are considered especially valuable. The plate of Hawaiians surfing is one of the few nineteenth-century depictions of that sport, and there are also views of churches in Hawaii (old and new). Forbes calls for only eleven plates, though this copy has the complete complement of twelve. "The most popular description of the whaling industry previous to.Moby Dick.certainly to be listed among the Pacific classics - Day." Plagued by ill-health Olmsted died in 1844, still quite young. "One of the great classics of life on a whaling voyage, and it includes an important account of the author's visit to Hawaii" - Forbes. HILL 1261. FORBES 1312. DAY, PACIFIC ISLANDS LITERATURE 50. O'REILLY & REITMAN 1041. HUNNEWELL, p.59. HOWES O75, "aa." SABIN 57239. SMITH O19. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 41-3941. Bookseller Inventory # 1225

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Title: INCIDENTS OF A WHALING VOYAGE. TO WHICH ARE ...

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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