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Lot #36
DepartmentLog Books
Low Estimate$7,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedOctober 2, 2019

Description

FABULOUS TRAVEL JOURNAL OF MILO CALKIN, WHO SERVED ABOARD A NANTUCKET WHALESHIP
Inscribed on first page To his esteemed, and valued friends, & relatives in Elizabethtown, N.Y. the following Chapter of Accidents, incidents, and other events, taken down as they occurred during ten years of travel by land, and sea; is respectfully dedicated by the author" and signed "Milo Calkin". An engrossing and highly legible account, interspersed with nine exceptional watercolor and pencil drawings, including a whale and other sea life, "Ice Islands in the South Atlantic", a whaling scene with stoved boat, a "Neptune's Greeting" for having crossed the equator, etc. Early pages recount his childhood, making mention of his poverty and the many floggings he received. "On the 23rd day of September 1833 I cut loose from my moorings, and set out to seek my fortune, and go up and down in the Earth. I reached Nantucket and attached myself to a Whale Ship bound into the Pacific Ocean. This I was advised to do by my Physician, who said I might take my choice either to go to Sea, or go to the Grave, ...". He became crew of the whaleship Independence and notes the whaler Lydia burned at sea and the ship Susan was damaged by fire. Included are wonderful passages about whaling, including the capture of a whale, being in a whaleboat, icebergs in the South Atlantic and a stoved boat incident, as well as descriptions of natives and savages in the South Seas, whaling off the coast of Japan, and the return home to Elizabethtown. Octavo volume in paper wraps. Includes contemporary slipcase.
Provenance:
Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, with blind embossed collection label on cover and at least one other page.
Gifted by Barbara Johnson to the consignor.
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Condition

Some tears and toning.

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