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MURPHEY, Charles.

A Journal of a Whaling Voyage on board ship Dauphin, of Nantucket.

Mattapoisett, Mass: The Atlantic Publishing Company, 1877 Stock Code: 146856
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Colourful verse narrative in quatrains of a Pacific whaling voyage, the present edition with a frontispiece and four plates. Another edition with no woodcuts was also published in 1877, both of which were also issued in paper wrappers. Although no priority is assigned Forbes notes that the present illustrated variant is the less common of the two.

Charles Murphey was third mate on the Dauphin whaler out of Nantucket, captain Zimri Coffin (the title verso lists six of her officers), which sailed on 4 September 1820, returning in July 1823; her voyage took in the Galapagos and Hawaiian Islands (1822) and Forbes notes that the poem records visits to Lahaina and Honolulu. She also rescued two survivors of the renowned Essex tragedy, Captain George Pollard and sailor Charles Ramsdell, whose ship was sunk by a sperm whale - the crew resorting to cannibalism. Highly uncommon, just under two dozen copies cited institutionally, although none located in British or European libraries; four only listed on auction records over a span of eighty years.



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Description

Octavo, pp. 39. Original green cloth, titles to front board in gilt within frame blocked in blind, plain endpapers.

Illustrations

With 4 pp. advertisements at end. Frontispiece and 4 other plates.

Condition

Cloth scuffed at extremities with light marking, front inner hinge cracked, contents remaining firm, foxing throughout, occasional creasing to leaves and tiny nicks to edges; a very good copy of this fragile publication.

Bibliography

Forbes 3193; Forster 71; Jenkins p. 129; not in Sabin.

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