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Incidents of a whaling voyage, to which are added observations on the scenery, manners and customs and missionary stations of the Sandwich and Society Islands

Date: 1841
Dimensions:
Overall: 32 x 198 x 120 mm, 0.45 kg
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00001366
Place Manufactured:New York

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    Description
    Book titled 'Incidents of a whaling voyage, to which are added observations on the scenery, manners and customs, and missionary stations, of the Sandwich and Society Islands, accompanied by numerous lithographic prints'. By Francis Allyn Olmsted.


    History"Olmsted’s aspiration was to write a description of whaling “proportionate to its adventurous character and importance,” and in this he succeeds. He makes no pretense at any point to being a sailor, and he offers the reader solid observations of life aboard an American whaleship. Likewise, his illustrations are the first pictures of whaling to appear in an American whaling narrative. Neither Cooper nor Dana attempted to illustrate their works, but Olmsted felt that the illustrations were more important than the text itself for accuracy.
    Olmstead acknowledges that some of the statistical data in his chapters on whales and whaling were acquired after his return, and, like Beale, he quotes large passages from other scholars of the day.
    Similar to Beale’s lengthy descriptions of the inhabitants of various Pacific island groups, Olmsted digresses from his whaling narrative text to take a light-duty anthropological view of the natives of the Hawaiian Islands, paying special attention to missionary activities. "
    (http://sites.williams.edu/searchablesealit/o/olmsted-francis-allyn/)

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    Primary title: Incidents of a whaling voyage, to which are added observations on the scenery, manners and customs and missionary stations of the Sandwich and Society Islands

    Web title: Incidents of a whaling voyage

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