Note: Many of my clients are scholars and researchers seeking specific information related to their field of interest. For their convenience I include the following details directly from this book. BOOK OF THE OCEAN And Life On The Sea: Containing Thrilling Narratives and Adventures of Ocean Life in All Countries, From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Published in 1853 by Alden, Beardsley & Co. Auburn; Wanzer, Beardsley & Co.8 x 5 cloth hardcover. Illustrated with 60 woodcut engravings. Exterior as shown in photo with slight wear and minor discolorations. Small repaired splits in cloth at top left edge of spine. Text is clean and complete. A few pages have bottom outer corners chipped off, does not affect text or illustrations. One signature stands proud but remains well-attached. No loose or missing pages. Overall a very desirable example of this extremely rare mid-19th-century maritime title.
This is an old and very rare book called THE BOOK OF THE OCEAN. It is quite possibly the largest compilation of authentic shipwreck and seafaring accounts published in the 19th century. The numerous accounts, frequently told in the words of witnesses and/or survivors, vividly chronicle devastating shipwrecks tragic losses of life at sea extraordinary survivals in lifeboats and upon the shores of uninhabited islands fatal encounters with savages tales of mutinies run-ins with pirates whaling adventures including the frightening encounter between the Essex of Nantucket and a vengeance-seeking whale in 1820, a true story that inspired Herman Melvilles Moby Dick and was dramatized in the recent Ron Howard movie In the Heart of the Sea.
Youll even find a chapter on Americas favorite frigate, the U. Constitution, immortalized by the nickname Old Ironsides.
Originally published as a two-volume set (so scarce I have never laid eyes upon one), the complete texts of both books were later bound into a single volume, which you see offered here today. This incredible volume of nearly 700 pages is also embellished with 60 dramatic woodcut engravings depicting exciting scenes from the shipwrecks and misadventures chronicled in these eighty chapters. Shipwreck may be ranked among the greatest evils which man can experience. It is never void of danger, frequently of fatal issue, and invariably productive of regret. It is one against which there is the least resource, where patience, fortitude and ingenuity are in most cases, unavailing, except to protract a struggle with destiny, which, at length, proves irresistible.But amidst the myriads unceasingly swallowed up by the deep, it is not by the numbers that are to judge of the miseries endured. Hundreds may at once meet an instantaneous fate, hardly conscious of its approach, while a few individuals may linger out existence, daily in hope of succor, and at length be compelled to the horrible alternative of preying on each other for the support of life. Neither is it by the Narratives about to be given that we are to calculate on the frequency of shipwreck. It is an event that has been of constant occurrence since a period long anterior to what the earliest records can reach.
In England it is calculated that about 5000 natives of the British Isles yearly perish at sea. This perpetual exposure to peril, however, materially contributes to the formation of character, and hence are sailors preeminently distinguished by courage, endurance, and ready invention. Habituated to the instability of the ocean, they make little account of danger, and are invariably the first in matters of the most daring enterprise. Incessantly subjected to toil, they labor long and patiently without murmur, and the prompt and vigorous measures which are indispensable to their security, teach them the immediate application of whatever means are within their power.
A natural desire to know the fate of their fellow creatures seems implanted in the breast of mankind, and the most powerful sympathies are excited by listening to the misfortunes of the innocent. To record some impressive examples of calamity, or unlooked for deliverance, is the object of these pages; and it will be seen of what astonishing advantage are the virtues of decision, temperance, perseverance and unwavering hope in moments of extreme peril and despair. To give you a more thorough description of the thrilling contents of this extremely rare antique book, I have prepared some helpful details below, starting with a description of every chapter.
Further down this page, you can see some of the striking illustrations for yourself. I hope youll take a few moments to have a look.
Shipwreck of the Frances Mary , Sailing from St. Johns, New Brunswick to Liverpool in January, 1826.
Burning of the Kent , East Indiaman, bound to Bengal and China, By an Eye-Witness, February, 1827. Steam Frigate Fulton at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1829. Explosion of the Steamboat Helen McGregor on the Mississippi River, 1830. Description of a Storm At Sea.Wreck of the Brig Commerce on the Western Coast of Africa in 1815, And the Slavery and Sufferings of the Crew on the Desert of the Sahara. The Fatal Repast A Ships Crew and Passengers, Poisoned. Adventures of Madame Denoyer of Cape Francis in Santo Domingo. Cazneau, Captain of the Brig Polly , on a Voyage to Santa Cruz in December 1811. The Main-Truck, or a Leap For Life. The Frigate Constitution , Commonly Called Old Ironsides. Narrative of Captain Lincoln, Who Was Taken By Pirates off Cape Cruz in 1821 and Left , with His Crew, to Perish on a Desolate Island. The Eddystone Light House, Plymouth Sound, England.
Forty-Five Days Sufferings The Narrative of Captain David Harrison of the Sloop Peggy on a Voyage from Fayal in the Azores, in 1769. Wreck of the Cumberland Packet in a Hurricane at Antigua, September 1804.
Loss of the Brig Sally in 1767. Sufferings of Ephraim Howe of New Haven, Connecticut, Who Set Sail for Boston in a Small Ketch in August, 1676. Voyage from Halifax to Bermuda.
Loss of the Transport Harpooner near Newfoundland in 1818. A Tale of the Sea. Loss of the Lady Of the Lake While Sailing from Belfast to Quebec in 1833. An Occurrence At Sea Aboard the Vibelia Transport en route to Halifax from Liverpool in 1824.An Account of the Whale Fishery, with Anecdotes of the Dangers Attending It. Loss of the Brig Tyrrel off the Coast of North Carolina, 1759. Wreck of the Rothsay Castle Steamer which Sailed from Georges Pierhead Thronged with Passengers in August 1831. Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa on the Arguin Bank off the Coast of Africa, by Madame Dard, One of the Sufferers, 1816. Loss of the Aenaes Transport and the Stranding of Survivors on a Frozen Island off of Newfoundland in 1805. Loss of the Halsewell East Indiaman, on the Coast of England, 1785. An Account of Four Russians, Abandoned on the Island of East Spitzbergen, 1743. The Mutineers, A Tale of the Sea The Liverpool Packet Gold-Hunter , in 1828. Fate of Seven Sailors Left on the Island of St. Seamen Wintering in Spitzbergen, 1633. An Escape Through the Cabin Windows. Loss of the Nautilus , Sloop of War on a Rock in the Archipelago, 1807. The Ordeal of the Wrecked Seamen of the Magpie Following their Shipwreck on the Coast of Cuba.
Adventures of Philip Ashton, Who After Escaping from Pirates in 1722, Lived Sixteen Months on a Desolate Island. Burning of the Prince , a French East Indiaman, Outward Bound from Port LOrient in February 1752. Wreck of the Schooner Betsy on a Reef of Rocks near Malaysia, 1805. Preservation of Nine Seamen in a Small Boat, Surrounded by Islands of Ice.
Captain Rosss Arctic Expedition Commanding the Isabella and Alexander , to Attempt the North-West Passage from Davis Strait and Baffins Bay, into the Frozen Ocean and Thence Into the Pacific, 1818. Loss of the Catharine , Venus , and Piedmont Transports, and Three Merchant Ships off the Coast of England, 1795. Loss of the Duke William Transport off the Coast of Ireland in 1758.Naval Battles of the United States. Remember folks, this is an 1853 original. This book is 166 years old.
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