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    Frank T. Bullen. The Cruise of the "Cachalot" Round the World After Sperm Whales. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1898.

    First edition. Octavo (8 x 5.25 inches; 203 x 133 mm.). xx, 379, [1] pp. With eight plates and a folding map.

    Publisher's blue cloth, pictorial centerpiece (a sperm whale) stamped in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt, brown coated endpapers. Except for some light wear to board extremities, a near-fine copy.

    A beautiful copy of Bullen's celebrated account, and a serious contender for the premier American work on whaling before the canonization of Melville in the early twentieth century. Both books have been compared and contrasted -- and defenders of Bullen's account have sparred with fans of Moby Dick - ever since the publication of The Cruise of the "Cachalot" in 1898.

    Wolff 916.


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