BROWNE, John Ross (1817-1875). Etchings of a Whaling Cruise, with notes of a Sojourn on the Island of Zanzibar. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. 8°, (239 x 156mm). Frontispiece and 11 steel or wood-engraved plates. Original blind-stamped black cloth gilt, (spine lightly faded). FIRST EDITION in fine condition of the author's first book, in advance of his travels to Upper and Lower California, written to exemplify the harsh life of the sailor and conditions at sea as much as the rigours of a whaler's life. Influenced by Dana, his account is one of the few of life on a whaler in the 1840s. Hill, p. 36.
David HUMPHREYS. Letters... to the Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, London; containing some account of the Serpent of the Ocean, frequently seen in Gloucester Bay. New York: Kirk & Mercein, 1817. 12°, (185 x 116mm). Uncut in original printed blue boards, rebacked with new endpapers. FIRST EDITION. A rare work on the enormous sea snakes in Gloucester Bay and Long Island Sound. Sabin 33807.
William B. WHITECAR. Four Years aboard the Whaleship. Embracing cruises in the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Antarctic Oceans, in the years 1855, '6, '7, '8, '9. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1860. 8°, (192 x 123mm). Original blind-stamped tan cloth gilt, (covers faded or rubbed, spine re-laid, new endpapers). FIRST EDITION. New Bedford whaler in Austalian and New Zealand waters. Howes W373. Not in Ferguson.
[Chapbook]. Stories about The Whale; with an Account of the Whale Fishery and of The Perils Attending its Prosecution. Concord, N.H.: Rufus Merrill, 1850. 12°, (159 x 103mm). Woodcut title-page vignette, initials and 4 woodcut vignettes including a full-page view of the 'Essex.' Unbound as issued, (soiled).
Henry LEE. The White Whale. London: R.K. Burt, 1878. 8° (215 x 140mm). Printed yellow wrappers. FIRST EDITION of one of the earliest attempts to exhibit a live whale in an aquarium, a 9ft. Northern Beluga Labrador whale. (5)