Illustrated Whaling Narratives: A Selective Bibliography


Ashley, Clifford W. "The Blubber Hunters," Harper’s Monthly Magazine. Vol. 122, 1906.

Ashley, Clifford W. The Yankee Whaler. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1926.

Beale, Thomas. The Natural History of the Sperm Whale. London, 1839.

Bernhard, Kilian.  The Voyage of the Schooner Polar Bear: Whaling and Trading in the North Pacific and Arctic, 1913-1914. Edited by John Bockstoce. New Bedford, Mass. New Bedford Whaling Museum by the Old Dartmouth Historical Society; [Anchorage]: Historical Commission 1983.

Brown, Mrs. Helen E. A Good Catch; or, Mrs. Emerson's Whaling Cruise. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1884.

Browne, J. Ross. Etchings of a Whaling Cruise. New York: Harper & Bros. 1846.

Bullen, Frank T. The Cruise of the “Cachalot” Round the World After Sperm Whales. London: MacMillon, 1897.

Cheever, Reverend Henry T. The Whale and His Captors. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1850.

Clewline, Capt. (Copyright by George Munro.) The Boy Whalers. New York: George Munro’s Sons, Publishers, 1875.

Colnett, Captain James. A Voyage to the South Atlantic and Around Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean for the Purpose of Extending the Spermaceti Whale Fisheries…. London, 1798.

Comstock, William. The Life of Samuel Comstock, The Terrible Whaleman.Containing an Account of the Mutiny and Massacre of the Officers of the Ship Globe of Nantucket…. Boston: James Fisher, 1840.

Cuvier, M. F. De L’Histoire Naturelle des Cétaces. Paris: Librarie Encyclopedique de Roret, 1836.

Davis, William M. Nimrod of the Sea: or, The American Whaleman. New York: Harper & Bros. 1874. (Repr. North Quincy, Mass.: Christopher Publishing House, 1972.)

Davis, William M. “Huntsmen of the Seas,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. December 2, 894, pp. 650-659.

Delano, Reuben. The Wanderings and Adventures of Reuben Delano, Being a Narrative of Twelve Years’ Life in a Whale Ship. New York: H. Long & Brother; Worcester: J. Grout, Jr., 1846.

Hall, Elton Wayland. Sperm Whaling from New Bedford: Clifford W. Ashley's Photographs of Bark Sunbeam in 1904. New Bedford, Mass. (18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, 02740): Old Dartmouth Historical Society, ca. 1982.

Hearne, Henry R.; and William J. Hearnes Brooklyn City Directory for 1850-1851. Brooklyn, NY: Henry R. and William J. Hearne, 1850.

Holden, Horace. A Narrative of the Shipwreck, Captivity and Sufferings of Horace Holden and Benj. H. Nute; Who Were Cast Away in the American Ship Mentor, on the Pelew Islands in the Year 1832…. Boston: Russell, Shattuck and Co., 1836.

The Little Picture Bible, Containing Interesting Stories from the Old and New Testaments. New Haven: S. Babcock, 1841. [Although this is not specifically a whaling narrative, it contains important images.]

Jardine, Sir William. On the Ordinary Cetacea or Whales, The Naturalists Library, Mammalia, Vol. VI. Edinburgh, 1837. [Although this is not specifically a whaling narrative, it contains important images.]

Leslie, Sir John; Robert Jameson; and Hugh Murray. Narrative of Discovery and Adventure in the Polar Seas and Arctic Regions. Edinburgh: 1835.

The New-England Primer Enlarged: An Easy and Pleasant Guide to the Art of Reading Adorn’d with Cuts. Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1843.

Olmsted, Francis Allyn. Incidents of a Whaling Voyage. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1841.

The Sailor’s Magazine and Naval Journal. Vol. 9. New York: The American Seaman’s Friend Society, 1839.

Scammon, Charles Melville. The Marine Mammals of the North-Western Coast of North America…Together with an Account of the American Whale-Fishery. San Francisco: John H. Commany & Co. 1874. (Repr. New York: Dover, 1968; Toronto: General Publishing, 1968; London: Constable & Co., 1968; also repr. Riverside, California: Manchester Publishing, 1969.)

Scoresby, William Jr. An Account of the Arctic Regions, with a History and Description of the Northern Whale Fishery. Edinburgh, 1820.

Starbuck, Alexander. History of the American Whale Fishery, from Its Earliest Inception to the Year 1876. (Report of the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries, Part IV. Washington, 1878.) Repr., 2 vols., with a new preface by Stuart C. Sherman. New York: Argosy Antiquarian. 1964. [Although this is not specifically a whaling narrative, it contains important images.]

Thomes, William H. The Whaleman’s Adventures in the Sandwich Islands and California. Chicago: Henry A. Sumner and Company, 1884.

Wilkes, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. Philadephia: Lea and Blanchard, 1945. [Although this is not specifically a whaling narrative, it contains important images.]