SCORESBY, William.

Memorials of the sea.


Memorials of the sea.

London [but printed in Exeter]: James Nisbet and Co., 1835.

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A fine Irish country house copy from the library of Frances, Viscountess Lorton of Boyle in the County of Roscommon.

Rare first edition. Not in T.P.L. or Lande. WorldCat locates B.N. only.

Includes an account of the Mary Russell murders, in which the captain of the ship, which sailed from Barbados for Cork in 1828, dreamt that there was going to be a mutiny and murdered his two passengers and most of the crew. Upon his arrival he was put into an asylum until his death forty-five years later. The other “memorials” in this work relate to the Arctic, the loss of a whaler, Iceland, and a hurricane.

Scoresby (1789-1857) was the son of a Whitby whaling captain and accompanied his father to the whaling grounds around Greenland as a boy. He made his name in 1820 with the publication of The Arctic Regions, the first scientific account of the Arctic seas and lands.


First edition. 12mo , [2], [vi]-x, 394pp., contemporary half calf, spine gilt, green label.

Provenance: Frances, Viscountess Lorton, book label.


Plimer 413; Sabin 78175


Stock ID: 92881