Whales and Whaling

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1150Coming Soon!DetailsNarbrough, John1694
Early 17th century engraved whaling scene
Narbrough, John
1694
$300.00Narbrough--JohnEarly-17th-century-engraved-whaling-sceneEarly foldout engraved bookplate (1697) depicting a whaling scene to illustrate Friedrich Martens' observations on northern whaling. Attractive antique print shows multiple whaling ships and ships boats engaged in harpooning, fighting, and flensing whales. A fine gift. <br></br> The view lends insight into the methods used to hunt whales in the early 17th century in the whaling grounds of the far northern lattitudes like Greenland and the island of Spitsbergen, Norway. For example the ship at far right is shown tied off to an iceberg, a practice noted by Narbrough in the text. <div class="indenttextblock"> "When they sail some Miles into the Ice, where there is pretty large Ice-fields, they joyn their Ships to them with great Ice-hooks, fastned to strong Cables, where they lie at Anchor, several Ships about the same Ice-field, but they rather chose to be alone, because they are an hindrance to one another in Whale catching, and the hunting of them from one to another maketh them shie. (Online: http://darwin-online.org.uk/converted/Ancillary/BeagleLibrary/1694_Narborough_A813.html")</div> </br> Originally published in 1694 to accompany "The First Part of the Voyage into Spitsbergern and Greenland.", this record of recent voyages made by Sir John Narborough, Abel Tasman, John Wood and Friderich Martens. Narborough's journal records his voyage to the Straits of Magellan and his interest in the lands and peoples he encountered from 1669 to 1671. <br></br> This fine antique print illuminates Friedrich Martens' (1635 - 1699) observations on Spitsbergen and whaling in northern waters in 1671.
1156Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1744
A Whale Female and the Windlass whereby the Whales are brought on shore
Anonymous
1744
$275.00AnonymousA-Whale-Female-and-the-Windlass-whereby-the-Whales-are-brought-on-shoreFine antique copper-plate engraving of a dead whale lying on the Greenland shore prior to flensing. A worker has marked a grid on the whale and is about to begin work removing the blubber with a large flensing tool. Shore-based flensing or cutting of the whales flesh was the method used by Nantucketers during their early shore fishery . As the fishery moved offshore flensing was conducted by bringing the whale alongside the whaling ship. Illustrates Monck's "Account of a Most Dangerous Voyage to Greenland". <br></br> Shows windlasses, a sled, anchor, and flensing tools used to haul the carcass ashore and remove the whale's blubber. <br></br> Originally published in 1619, this state is from Churchill's Collection of Voyages & Travel (1744) vol. I. Page 444.
1157Coming Soon!DetailsAnonymous1744
Antique Greenland offshore whaling engraving
Anonymous
1744
$275.00AnonymousAntique-Greenland-offshore-whaling-engravingFine antique copper-plate engraving of the ships and boats engaged in the whaling process ca 1620. Illustrates John Monck's "Account of a Most Dangerous Voyage to Greenland" based on his voyage in 1619 and 1620. <br></br> Monck described the scene: <div class="indenttextblock"> "The manner of catching and killing of the whales is performed thus: As soon as they spy a whale either from the shore or ship they put out three chalops manned with six men each, among whom is one being called the Harpuner, is the person who is first to wound the whale with his harpun." [Note: A chalop or shallop is a light sailing boat mainly used as a fishing tender]. </div> </br> Originally published in 1619, this state is from Churchill's Collection of Voyages & Travel (1744) vol. I. Page 442.
1182Coming Soon!DetailsWilhelm, Gottlieb Tobias1808
Antique engravings of whaling and walrus hunting.
Wilhelm, Gottlieb Tobias
1808
$150.00Wilhelm--Gottlieb-TobiasAntique-engravings-of-whaling-and-walrus-hunting-A group of two antique copper-plate engraved pages containing scenes that show how mariners have exploited the aquatic environment for food or for the acquisition of wealth. <br></br> The upper print depicts a shore-based whale butchery and oil rendering location. In the foreground workers strip blubber from the dead whale lying in the shallows; a large fire burns nearby where the blubber would be boiled down to oil. Workers tend the fire and fill numeous wooden barrels with the whale oil, and at the end of the scene horse and wagon are shown to suggest the transfer of the oil barrels to another location. <br></br> The lower plate depicts a ships crew in a small rowboat firing upon a herd of walrus. While some of the crew fires their long guns other crew members use their oars to maintain the boats position and steady the rocking boat. <br></br> From G. T. Wilhelm's Encyclopedia of Natural History: Mankind. Augsburg, 1804. Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelm (1758-1811) was a Bavarian clergyman and naturalist known as the German Buffon
1183Coming Soon!DetailsWilhelm, Gottlieb Tobias1808
Antique copper-plate engravings of whales
Wilhelm, Gottlieb Tobias
1808
$150.00Wilhelm--Gottlieb-TobiasAntique-copper-plate-engravings-of-whalesA group of two antique copper-plate engraved pages containing charming depictions of several species of whales. These species are noted in manuscript on the page near each whale. <br></br> From G. T. Wilhelm's Encyclopedia of Natural History: Mankind. Augsburg, 1804. Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelm (1758-1811) was a Bavarian clergyman and naturalist known as the German Buffon
1192Coming Soon!DetailsManby, George William1823
Journal of a Voyage to Greenland, in the year 1821
Manby, George William
1823
$1,200.00Manby--George-WilliamJournal-of-a-Voyage-to-Greenland--in-the-year-1821An arctic whaling classic. Scarce second edition (1823) of this illustrated account of the whaling ship Baffin’s voyage with Captain Scoresby. The main purpose of the voyage was to test a new harpoon design by Scoresby. The voyage took them first to Spitzbergen, along the coast of Greenland, to Iceland and then home. <br></br> George Manby accompanied Captain Scoresby on the voyage into the northern Greenland Sea aboard the whaling ship Baffin. Manby creates a vivid picture of Arctic whaling as it was practiced during the early part of the 19th Century. Scoresby invented a harpoon gun and is also remembered for his life-saving apparatus. Numerous woodcuts in the text of whales, narwhal, and other arctic creatures. <br></br> With a fine hand-colored folding map "A General Map of the Polar Ice in the Greenland Sea and Track of the Ship Baffin in the Summer of 1821 by G.W. Manby (14" x 10"). Contains 20 uncolored lithographic plates illustrating the voyage. Five plates "Drawn on stone by J.D. Harding" are larger and folded: <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Striking a Whale with Third Harpoon</li> <li>A Whale Upsetting a Boat</li> <li>Lancing a Whale</li> <li>A Bear Attacking A Boat</li> <li>A Boat Going on the Tail of a Fish</li> </ul> </div> In 1819 William Scoresby moved to Liverpool from Whitby where he built (1820) and commanded the whaling ship "Baffin". In 1822 Scoresby mapped the East coast of Greenland. The "Baffin" finally sank in 1830 when 19 out of 90 ships in the whaling fleet were lost in bad weather in the Davis Strait. Scoresby's plans, together with this scale model of his ship are in the Whitby Museum, Yorkshire, England.<a href="http://www.whitbymuseum.org.uk/hpmimages/index1.htm " target="_blank"> (Internet. 2016.)</a> <br></br> Printed for G. and W.B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane, London. 225 pages including an appendix illustrated with woodcuts of harpoons and lance heads.
1170Coming Soon!DetailsLochtefeld, John1995
On the Back of the Broad Sea
Lochtefeld, John
1995
$400.00Lochtefeld--JohnOn-the-Back-of-the-Broad-SeaLate 20th or 21st century etching "On the Back of the Broad Sea" by Nantucket artist John Lochtefeld. Signed in pencil by the artist at bottom right. A beautiful piece in Very Good condition. <br><br/> In Lochtefeld's dream-like scene two humpback whales glide in the depths below a four-masted sailing ship with all sails set. <br><br/> Lochtefeld operates a studio and gallery on the island of Nantucket where he has worked since 1969. Lochtefeld's work is influenced by the architecture, nature and history of Nantucket. <br><br/> Number 64 from a series of 260.