Lot 20: Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship 'Essex' (Golden Cockerel Press, 1935)
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
[Golden Cockerel Press] CHASE, Owen (and others): Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship 'Essex' of Nantucket which was destroyed by a Whale in the Pacific Ocean in the year 1819. Told by Owen Chase, First Mate; Thomas Chappel, Second Mate; and George Pollard, Captain of the said Vessel. Together with an Introduction & Twelve Engravings on Wood by Robert Gibbings.
London, Golden Cockerel Press, 1935. Small folio (315 x 200 mm), 88 pages with wood-engraved illustrations protected by loosely inserted tissue-guards. Contrasting green and yellow cloth (meeting in a breaking wave-form pattern a third of the way from the bottom edge); top edge gilt, others uncut; cloth a little rubbed and marked; a very good copy.
Number 60 of only 275 copies. These eyewitness accounts of the wreck of the 'Essex' furnished the inspiration for Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick'.