SMITH, Thomas W. A Narrative of the Life, Travels and Sufferings of... his travels during eighteen voyages to various parts of the world during which he was shipwrecked. Boston: Published by W. C. Hill, 1844. 8° (185 x 115mm). Contemporary sheep, gilt. EXTREMELY RARE FIRST EDITION.
The Kentish sailor's voyages which included seven whaling voyages to the Pacific, sealing in the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Shetlands 1816-1820, and his eventual arrival in New Bedford on an American whaler, settling there in 1832. One of the earliest accounts of the South Shetlands. Rosove 312. Howes 679. Huntress 159.
William STOCKWELL. The Eventful Narrative of Capt. William Stockwell... and of his Adventures and Achievements in the Whale Industry. Cincinnati: Printed by S. Ward & Co., 1840. 8vo (205 x 140mm). Frontispiece and 9 woodcut plates. Later half sheep, (worn, lacks front endpaper, errata leaf defective). Provenance: The Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, her book label on frontispiece recto. RARE FIRST EDITION of this Yorkshireman's voyages under the flags of England, America and France, on all seas, suffering repeated impressment, imprisonment, piracy and shipwreck, and engaging in Grand Banks fishing and Greenland whaling. He sailed on the whaler 'Aurora,' with Captain Sadler, out of Hull, and also with William Scoresby. Not in Hill, Sabin, Howes, or Arctic Bibliography. (2)