Alexander, to which Scoresby was loyal, and also a full story of the drowning death of harpooner Bill Carr. [With]: Manuscript medical recipe book. [Hudson River Valley, 19th century]. Half-sheep and marbled boards (worn, some pages excised, torn). (2) " /> [WHALING JOURNAL]. <I>A Memoir of the Life of Thomas Scoresby of Whitby, 1804</I>. Manuscript memoir detailing the adventures and retrospections of a young whaler in the North Atlantic over nearly 25 years: through his voyages, survival of shipwrecks, family life and later emigration to America, 1819-1843. <I>110 pages penned in ink on ruled paper, recto and verso. 4<V>o. (198 x 155 mm.)</I> Quarter-sheep and marbled boards (worn, minor browning and staining). Compass-decorated title page and many ink illustrations of whales, whaling implements and harbor scenes within text. Scoresby's narrative is full of action and often romantic and includes his stops in New York and Charleston (thoroughly fleeced in the former and almost married in the latter). He writes of his youthful adventure at sea: "After being four weeks out from L[iver]pool we encountered the most awfully sublime Thunder Storm, I stood by the companion hatchway & silently surveyed the contending elements. I could compare it to nothing but the description given us in the Holy Writ, the DAY of JUDGEMENT. I pull'd off my stockings & unlosing my Kneck Kerchief let the rain have free access between my cloths & my body." Contains many vivid descriptions of the characters he encounters including a one-armed captain (whose missing hand was replaced by a hook, especially useful for clinging to flotsam), a seductive widow, a benevolent Methodist preacher and, especially, a murderous assailant in Edinburgh whom Scoresby takes for the infamous body-snacher Burke who asphyxiated his victims and sold their corpses to anatomy classes. There is an interesting drawing of the Round Robin mutineer's letter from the <I>Alexander</I>, to which Scoresby was loyal, and also a full story of the drowning death of harpooner Bill Carr. [<I>With</I>]: Manuscript medical recipe book. [Hudson River Valley, 19th century]. Half-sheep and marbled boards (worn, some pages excised, torn). (2) | Christie's