2002, 2003, 2007 · (Lisbon)
by Vieira, João A. Gomes.
(Lisbon): (Medialand), 2002, 2003, 2007. Viera, curator of the Flores Museum, has assembled an unsurpassed gathering of images and text devoted to Azoreans and the sea, particularly as it involves whaling and working craft. The first book is a survey of indigenous watercraft, from the earliest vessels through those used in shipping and whaling, to pleasure and fishing craft. The second volume deals with Portuguese scrimshaw artists in the Azores and Madeira, and how they influenced and were influenced by the trade that was so important to Azorean economy. This includes lists and biographies of scrimshaw artists, and many examples of their work. The third and largest volume is a history of the role of the Azores in American whaling. This includes first-person accounts, historical narratives, a wealth of facts and figures, and the impact of the Azores as seen from the American side. All three volumes were designed and produced to the highest production standards, featuring hundreds of vintage photographic images, engravings, and paintings - some rarely seen in America. Text in Portuguese and English. All three volumes in fine condition with very good dust jackets.. Three volumes, 4to, 30.5 cm. 191, (1); 199,(1); 419, (1) pp. b/w and color plates. (Inventory #: 42821)