Concord, New Hampshire: Rufus Merrill, 1852 on the cover and 1853 on the title page. Wraps. Complete with original buff cover and 24 pages. The title page features an illustration of the ship Essex. Wood engravings throughout. Tiny “VtHi discard” stamp at the bottom margin of the first text page. No repairs, just some light wear and soiling. Very good. Item #009154
From a 2008 description in a Swann’s auction catalog: “Apparently unrecorded edition of a juvenile chapbook of nautical tales and verse, including 2 items of Antarctic interest: ‘Story of the Sea,’ on pages 5-12, describing a whaling voyage into Antarctic waters; and "Jack Halliard," on pages 18-22, concerning a voyage to the South Shetland Islands. Overlooked by Spence. OCLC locates 2 copies of a variant dated 1854.” Additionally includes lyrics to two long, multi-verse songs: The Sailor Boy and The Sailor Boy’s Farewell. “Jack Halliard” is an abridgement of The Story of Jack Halyard by William S. Cardell originally published in 1824. Not as rare as indicated by Swann, but still very scarce. As of 2018, no examples of the 1852/1853 printing are for sale in the trade. ABPC and Rare Book Hub show four copies of this title have been sold at auction including the Swann auction that closed at $510. Three other examples have been sold in small lots of chapbooks ranging in price from $34.50 to $1,995. OCLC lists 17 institutions that hold examples of 1853 printings of this title but none with the 1852 cover.