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SIGNED vintage maritime book The Sea-Hunters by Edouard A. Stackpole, RARE 1st ed 1953, inscription by famed New England author/whale expert

SIGNED vintage maritime book The Sea-Hunters by Edouard A. Stackpole, RARE 1st ed 1953, inscription by famed New England author/whale expert

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There is no other book like this one.

If you've heard of Moby Dick then you might know of this book already, but check it out anyway: Edouard A. Stackpole's "The Sea Hunters," published in 1953. Stackpole is a veritable Melville when it comes to this book and the rest of the 28 he wrote during his lifetime -- he was a ridiculously prolific writer on whales and the history of them, whaling, the sea and oceanic adventure stories. He's been called a "Whale expert" and from 1931 when his first book was published to 1974 when his last was, Stackpole established a name for himself as one of the most well-known nautical authors in all of history, to this day. After all, the writer was descended from a history of whalers, and you know they tell you to write what you know.

This book 'The Sea-Hunters' specifically is one of his most well-received and well-known works, as the NY Times wrote in a review when the book came out: "Everything Herman Melville couldn't cram into Moby-Dick is now crammed into 'The Sea Hunters'." I believe they meant that as a complement :)

The most fascinating part about this book and its author for me is I live RIGHT where he lived and sailed--for anyone who knows Groton, Connecticut is one of the most prominent submarine and naval bases in the world, and Mystic, Connecticut where he lived most of his life is just on the border, sharing the coast and its saltwater-y American history.

If you have any interest in the Navy, you will already know Groton and Mystic, two shoreside towns in New England that are the veritable center of maritime history, and this is absolutely why Stackpole lived and wrote in Mystic despite having been born in Nantucket. Just walking through the downtown in Mystic and seeing the massive drawbridge raise everyday so the many boats can pass, as I do, you feel the sea not only on your skin but in your bones, and Stackpole tried to, and did, recreate this in his books.

He was also curator of New England's famous Mystic Seaport Museum for over ten years, during which time he wrote 'The Sea Hunters.' This is important, as it explains why this book is so fantastic and packed with astounding factual encounters, journeys and histories. He was a researcher and a historian as well as a writer, and he was definitely a sailor at heart.

The book is about, as it says on the inside dust jacket cover, "voyages and discoveries in the Great Age of American Whaling," so it showcases all his knowledge that was passed down through his family and then some. It is a history book of sorts, more of a nonfictional account that reads like fiction because it is so awesome (in the sense of actual awe) in its contents. Stackpole pieced his writings together in the best way including within the actual book "old log account books and journals" and other helpful ephemera.

The novel follows "the dramatic adventures" of New England whalemen in a way that no other book ever did, or has done since. "Sources of American maritime history have been combed with the seeing eye of the enthusiastic researcher" to create this, and you can tell as you go through the book, "exactly as the men themselves ventured the length and breadth of the Seven Seas."

One last interesting note is the book "discovers many firsts" and "relates the real story of the beginning of Cape Horn whaling and of the explorations and discoveries in the Pacific." Most importantly it documents for the first-ever time the discovery of Antartica by sealers, with proof and detail that make that chapter all the more spine-chillingly interesting.

Stackpole has signed this book himself, noting he signed it "on board" at sea on July 28th 1977, which makes me really want to keep it, and I may well decide to so you might want to buy this right now. :) The inside cover kind of puts it best when it concludes that 'The Sea Hunters' "will become indispensable in the libraries of all lovers and students of Americana," because it is, and it has.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Sea-Hunters - the Great Age of Whaling
-Author: Edouard A. Stackpole
-Format: Hardcover, dust jacket, first edition, signed (authentic)
-Condition: Nearly mint, but with writing inside on first page, but that's the authentic author's signature and note so that makes it even more valuable not less - dust jacket shows wear and rips that's the only thing, but that's to be expected with lovely old books, and it's rare to have old books with their dust jackets at all!
-Publisher: Bonanza Books: New York
-Copyright: Edouard A. Stackpole 1953
-Date published: 1953
-Date signed: July 28, 1977
-Provenance: I got this from a nautical themed vintage/antique store in Mystic Connecticut the other day, November 2016. All the books were related to the sea and boating, fishing, etc, and I came across this by accident, with no idea it was signed by the INCREDIBLY famous Mystic man himself :) So lucky! Crazy how things end up where they do.
-Pricing: I priced this because of the author's signature and note and the fact it has its dust jacket, but mostly for all the reasons you can gather from my description. It's just one of a kind!
There is no other book like this one.

If you've heard of Moby Dick then you might know of this book already, but check it out anyway: Edouard A. Stackpole's "The Sea Hunters," published in 1953. Stackpole is a veritable Melville when it comes to this book and the rest of the 28 he wrote during his lifetime -- he was a ridiculously prolific writer on whales and the history of them, whaling, the sea and oceanic adventure stories. He's been called a "Whale expert" and from 1931 when his first book was published to 1974 when his last was, Stackpole established a name for himself as one of the most well-known nautical authors in all of history, to this day. After all, the writer was descended from a history of whalers, and you know they tell you to write what you know.

This book 'The Sea-Hunters' specifically is one of his most well-received and well-known works, as the NY Times wrote in a review when the book came out: "Everything Herman Melville couldn't cram into Moby-Dick is now crammed into 'The Sea Hunters'." I believe they meant that as a complement :)

The most fascinating part about this book and its author for me is I live RIGHT where he lived and sailed--for anyone who knows Groton, Connecticut is one of the most prominent submarine and naval bases in the world, and Mystic, Connecticut where he lived most of his life is just on the border, sharing the coast and its saltwater-y American history.

If you have any interest in the Navy, you will already know Groton and Mystic, two shoreside towns in New England that are the veritable center of maritime history, and this is absolutely why Stackpole lived and wrote in Mystic despite having been born in Nantucket. Just walking through the downtown in Mystic and seeing the massive drawbridge raise everyday so the many boats can pass, as I do, you feel the sea not only on your skin but in your bones, and Stackpole tried to, and did, recreate this in his books.

He was also curator of New England's famous Mystic Seaport Museum for over ten years, during which time he wrote 'The Sea Hunters.' This is important, as it explains why this book is so fantastic and packed with astounding factual encounters, journeys and histories. He was a researcher and a historian as well as a writer, and he was definitely a sailor at heart.

The book is about, as it says on the inside dust jacket cover, "voyages and discoveries in the Great Age of American Whaling," so it showcases all his knowledge that was passed down through his family and then some. It is a history book of sorts, more of a nonfictional account that reads like fiction because it is so awesome (in the sense of actual awe) in its contents. Stackpole pieced his writings together in the best way including within the actual book "old log account books and journals" and other helpful ephemera.

The novel follows "the dramatic adventures" of New England whalemen in a way that no other book ever did, or has done since. "Sources of American maritime history have been combed with the seeing eye of the enthusiastic researcher" to create this, and you can tell as you go through the book, "exactly as the men themselves ventured the length and breadth of the Seven Seas."

One last interesting note is the book "discovers many firsts" and "relates the real story of the beginning of Cape Horn whaling and of the explorations and discoveries in the Pacific." Most importantly it documents for the first-ever time the discovery of Antartica by sealers, with proof and detail that make that chapter all the more spine-chillingly interesting.

Stackpole has signed this book himself, noting he signed it "on board" at sea on July 28th 1977, which makes me really want to keep it, and I may well decide to so you might want to buy this right now. :) The inside cover kind of puts it best when it concludes that 'The Sea Hunters' "will become indispensable in the libraries of all lovers and students of Americana," because it is, and it has.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Sea-Hunters - the Great Age of Whaling
-Author: Edouard A. Stackpole
-Format: Hardcover, dust jacket, first edition, signed (authentic)
-Condition: Nearly mint, but with writing inside on first page, but that's the authentic author's signature and note so that makes it even more valuable not less - dust jacket shows wear and rips that's the only thing, but that's to be expected with lovely old books, and it's rare to have old books with their dust jackets at all!
-Publisher: Bonanza Books: New York
-Copyright: Edouard A. Stackpole 1953
-Date published: 1953
-Date signed: July 28, 1977
-Provenance: I got this from a nautical themed vintage/antique store in Mystic Connecticut the other day, November 2016. All the books were related to the sea and boating, fishing, etc, and I came across this by accident, with no idea it was signed by the INCREDIBLY famous Mystic man himself :) So lucky! Crazy how things end up where they do.
-Pricing: I priced this because of the author's signature and note and the fact it has its dust jacket, but mostly for all the reasons you can gather from my description. It's just one of a kind!

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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