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The Marine Sale

July 20, 2017

Lot #86
DepartmentLog Books
Sold For$47,500.00(hammer price)
 $57,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedAugust 4, 2017


Wonderfully written and illustrated journal covering four voyages, the first and second aboard the schooner Rienzi and the third and fourth aboard the brig Lewis Bruce. The first voyage began February 17, 1847 and ended August 14, 1847; the second began April 13, 1848 and ended September 29, 1848; the third began April 11, 1849 and ended September 27, 1849; and the fourth began April 8, 1850 and ended October 26, 1850. Includes approx. 85 drawings of ships, whaleboats, whales and other sea life, whaling scenes and coastal views. One page with a watercolor and pencil ilustration of a whaleboat on davits and pencil illustrations of all the equipment onboard a whaleboat, identified with a numbered key. One page provides a Register Of The Schooner Rienzi Crew 1847" with names, positions, places of residence and ages, as well as a weekly meal plan. A similar list of crew is provided for the Rienzi's 1848 voyage. From the September 20, 1850 entry: "the starboard Boat rowed up against the wind and sea, and fastened to her, a large whale we called her a hundred barreller, she run quick when we first got fast, then drove to we got one lanse at her and she have a think spray of blood, then she took to running and sounding, the waist Boat could not get up with us, she sounded 15 or 20 times, we got severall lances in aft in her but done her know[no] hurt, two hours after we fastened a snarl came to the logerhead, which carried the Boat under, then we cut, out but came up after a short time we was taken of by the Waist Boat which happened to be nere by, we lost 3 oars one lance two irons one hundred and fifty fathoms of line, besides several articles of clothing we hoisted a light in about 20 minutes the vessel came along and we took up our boats, kept sail on all night and worked to windward on different tacks, so ends this day, Lattin 33'45" Long in 42'30". Three-quarter calf binding with marbled boards. Approx. 13.5" x 8.25". Includes custom clamshell slipcase."


Even toning. One page with slight tear at lower edge. One page torn out.

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