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Men and Whales, Ellis, Richard
1 Ellis, RichardMen and Whales
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1991 0394558391 / 9780394558394 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 9.25" x 11.25" 
First printing. Oversize book with black cloth spine and teal papered boards with gold spine titling and whale illustration stamped on cover. Illustrated endpapers. 542 pages. 300 black & white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is clean, tight, no wear, with two small insignificant scuffs on back cover. Interior pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is bright, crisp, no tears, with minor crinkling at tops/bottoms of flap folds. Very fresh, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Marine writer-artist Richard Ellis provides "the first comprehensive history of the whale's turbulent--and always controversial--relationship with humankind." The history begins with the Basques of tenth-century France and Spain, considered the first "commercial" whalers, and includes the 18th-century British and Dutch whalers who decimated the Greenland whale population; the birth of the whaling industry in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa; the Yankee sperm whale fishery of New Bedford and Nantucket; the destruction of the blue and fin whales in the Antarctic; and whaling in Norway, Japan, Canada, the Azores, and Indonesia. He discusses both the massive slaughter throughout history and the movement to protect whales, and includes sections on whale-watching, whales in film, whales in captivity, and even the influence of the book" Moby-Dick." Many of the drawn illustrations in the book are drawn by Ellis, including all of the maps. A beautiful and authoritative volume. Please note that extra shipping fees may be required for this large, heavy book. 
Price: 27.00 USD
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Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red, Hough, Clara Sharpe
2 Hough, Clara SharpeLeif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red
New York Century Co. 1926 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 7.5" Tall 
Green cloth with gilt spine titling and illustration, and illustration of a Viking ship blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 346 pages. Book is in very nice condition; clean, binding tight and square, gilt titling unfaded. There is a small stamp on the front pastedown-"The City News, Akron , Ohio". A story description cut out from the jacket flap is pasted onto the front free endpaper. ~~ Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. In this work of historical fiction she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Eirik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who with his brother Thorwald, embark on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn. Copies of this novel are quite scarce. WorldCat shows 24 copies held by institutions worldwide. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Leif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red, Hough, Clara Sharpe
3 Hough, Clara SharpeLeif the Lucky: A Romantic Saga of the Sons of Erik the Red
New York Century Co. 1926 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good - 7.5" Tall Signed by Author
Green cloth with gold spine titling and illustration, and Viking ship illustration blind-impressed on front cover. Blue illustrated endpapers. 346 pages. Book is in very good condition; binding secure and straight, gold titling unfaded, bottom corners and base of spine rubbed with one small closed 1/4" tear at spine base. Interior pages are clean and unmarked. Signed by the author on the title page. Dust jacket is price-clipped; has several edge chips, mostly at head/heel of spine and flap folds; some age soiling on the white back panel.~~ Clara Sharpe Hough (1893 - ?) was a newspaperwoman who, with her husband Charles Hough, owned the Falmouth Enterprise (MA) newspaper for many years. She was also an author of fiction books. In this work of historical fiction she draws from the adventure and romance of the Old Norse Sagas, specifically the Saga of Erik the Red and the Greenlander Saga. It tells the story of Leif, Erik's son, who embarks with his brother Thorwald on their seafaring adventures between Norway, Greenland and America in the year 1000. Rather than focusing on the eventual discovery of Vinland, as related in the sagas, this story embellishes Leif's romantic entanglements: his passion for Gudrid, but also his love affair with Brenda (Thorgunna in the saga), and the child borne out the affair. Though he leaves Brenda, she eventually sends the child to Greenland to be with Leif. He is then rejected by Gudrid and further complications arise involving his brother Thorwald and his friend Karlsefni. Amidst this drama, Christianity is also being introduced to the Greenland settlers. Hough weaves a spellbinding tale of love, pride, courage, and cruelty, but was criticized by one reviewer of the time, William Hovgaard, himself a published saga scholar, for representing Leif as much less honorable and heroic than in the sagas. Such is historical fiction, and a good yarn. A hard-to-find book: WorldCat shows 24 copies held by institutions worldwide. ~ This copy is distinguished by the author's full signature on the title page, making this a rare signed and jacketed copy of an already scarce title. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Norse Discoveries and Explorations in America, Reman, Edward
4 Reman, EdwardThe Norse Discoveries and Explorations in America
Berkeley, CA Univ. Of California Press 1949 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 5.75" x 8.75" 
First printing. Beige cloth with illustration of Viking ship on front cover. 201 pages. Map. Index. ~ Book is clean, tight, straight, with no wear, and interior pages unmarked. Dust jacket is nearly fine, with no edge wear, with mild toning to spine and a small red pen mark at bottom of front panel. Now in a clear archival cover.~~ This book presents in the first two chapters the 'Greenland' and 'Icelandic' versions of the Norse sagas relating to three Northmen voyages to America: those of Gunnbjorn Ulfsson, Eirik the Red, and Bjarni Herjulfsson, and a discussion of these voyages. The following chapters discuss the expeditions of Leif Eiriksson, Thorvald Eiriksson, and Thorfinn Karlsefni. This is an important period work which represents the current scholarship of the time. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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