BENNETT, FREDERICK DEBELL. 18361897.
Narrative of a Whaling Voyage Round the Globe, from the Year 1833. Comprising Sketches of Polynesia, California, the Indian Archipelago, Etc. With an Account of Southern Whales, Sperm Whale Fishery, and the Natural History of the Climates Visited. London: Richard Bentley, 1840. 2 volumes. With 2 aquatint frontispieces and a folding engraved map. 8vo. Modern blue half morocco and marbled boards, top edges gilt. Corners showing, spines very lightly sunned.
First edition. Bennett sailed on the English whaler Tuscan, which was also carrying several members of the London Missionary Society. The ship stopped at Pitcairn, Tahiti, and the Marquesas, and made three stops at Hawaii during the course of the voyage (Forbes). One of two works on the whale that Herman Melville considered to be of any value. Ferguson 2936; Forbes 1192; Hill p 22; Howes B-357; Sabin 4726.