signed first edition 8vo., white wraps in decorative dust jacket; 18 pages
1954 · Hanover, New Hampshire
by WOOD, Captain Albert
Hanover, New Hampshire: Friends of the Dartmouth Library, Dartmouth College, 1954. Limited Edition of 1,000. Signed presentation from George C. Wood (a descendant) on the front endpaper: "For Jimmie Cook with a backlog of forty-two years of valued friendship. Greasy Luck! George C. Wood. April 18, 1955." "Greasy Luck" is an old nautical term for a successful whaling voyage. Captain Albert Wood was one of a few people ever to survive being bitten by a sperm whale. He wasn't expected to live, but he did. But he was not the first to survive a similar fate: Job Sherman fell into a sperm whale's mouth in 1860, Peleg Nye in 1863, and Albert Wood in 1847. A November 1880 issue of New Bedford's Shipping News tells of Wood, at the bow of a whaleboat floating over an angry sperm whale, losing his balance and tumbling headfirst into the mouth. He landed straddling the lower jaw, cutting his thigh to the bone and with a wound on his back and to his head. Wood's house is now a bed & breakfast at 29 India Street in Nantucket, Massachusetts. While 1,000 copies of this book were printed, it is unaccountably scarce! This copy has three pages of typed poetry laid in- author unknown. 8vo., white wraps in decorative dust jacket; 18 pages. Edited by George C. Wood. Illustrated From Woodcuts By J.J. Lankes.. Very Good (covers nice; contents clean & tight; minor edgewear (few tiny tears internally repaired with clear, archival tape) d/j.
(Inventory #: 57367)