Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company / The Riverside Press, 1938. First Trade Edition. Hardcover. Good/Poor. Contents tight and free of extraneous marks but with age toning to pages and some pages with a bit of foxing. Plates VG - glossy paper seems to have held up better. Dj in 3 pieces with shiopping, tears, and a piece missing from back. Pieced together and in a Brodart cover.. Brick cloth with gilt lettering. Four gilt flat bands and five beautiful gilt images of whales and a porpoise, all on spine. Decorative end papers. 158 pp. followed by a section of more than 100 bw illustrations on glossy white paper. Color frontis, 16 color plates, and 12 bw illustrations. Color-illustrated dj. in Brodart sleeve. "The Yankee Whaler contains hitherto unpublished matter, such as the log-book of the sloop Manufactor, the oldest whaling log in existence. Here is new light on those much-mooted points, the invention of the schooner and the breathing of the whales; and much whalemen's lore concerning methods of attack and the behavior of the quarry. Here are all tlhe details of whaleship construction, rigging and navigation, gear and craft, and much more." Written and illustrated by Clifford Ashley, artist and whaleman.
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