E.C. Williams

A Selected Bibliography


Bibliography of materials relating to Capt. Edward C. Williams and "Williams’ Panorama of a South Sea Whaling Voyage" held at the Kendall Institute, New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Williams, E.C. (Capt.) Life in the South Seas. History of the Whale Fisheries. Habits of the Whale. Perils of the Chase and Method of Capture… By Capt. E.C. Williams, deleneator (sic) of Williams’ Panorama of a South Sea Whaling Voyage. New York: Polhemus & De Vries, 1860. 22.5 cm. 32 pp. Original pale pink paper wrapper with cover title and title page. 2 copies.

Williams, E.C. (Capt.) Life in the South Seas. History of the Whale Fisheries, Habits of the Whale, Perils of the Chase, and Method of Capture;… By Capt. E.C. Williams, delineator of Williams’ Panorama of a South Sea Whaling Voyage. New York: John F. Trow, 186[1]? 15 cm. 68 pp. with 9 color illustrations tipped in. Frontis. See Ingalls # 294. ODHS copy lacks wrapper and title page. Inscribed "Presented by Capt. E.C. Williams, June 28, 1862."

Williams, E.C. (Capt.) Life in the South Seas. History of the Whale Fisheries, Habits of the Whale, Perils of the Chase, and Method of Capture;… By Capt. E.C. Williams, delineator of Williams’ Panorama of a South Sea Whaling Voyage. New York: John F. Trow, 1862. 15 cm. 68 pp. Original pale pink paper wrapper with cover title and title page. Frontis. 2 copies.

MSS notebook compiled by E.C. Williams that appears to be his manuscript notes preparatory to narrating his panorama which was variously titled Life in the South Seas, Grand South Sea Whaling Voyage and Celebrated Representation of a South Sea Whaling Voyage that described the history of the whale fisheries, habits of the whale, perils of the chase and method of capture. It toured through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine between May, 1858 and March, 1866. 25 cm. [250 pp.], Boards detached. Inscribed on front free end paper "E.C. Williams, Rochester, NY." 2003.74

Series of 10 prints under the old KWM # PS 182 appear to be wood engravings photo-transferred to a lithographic process and are meant to be book illustrations tipped into the pamphlet by Capt. E.C. Williams entitled Life in the South Seas: History of the Whale Fisheries, Habits of the Whale, Perils of the Chase, and Method of Capture. New York: John F. Trow, 186[1]?

Another set on two uncut pieces of stock (see illustrations):
 E.C. Williams

Correspondence and notes between Charles Foster Batchelder and Francis B. Lothrop regarding the chronology and dates of the panorama including newspaper clippings from the cities and towns where the panorama appeared and biographical notes from the collection of the Rochester Public Library in Rochester, New York. Special thanks to Buzz Baker, Local History Specialist at the Rochester Public Library for providing obituaries for Edward C. Williams and other biographical material. See: ODHS call # BII 255