Title: The Natural History of the Sperm Whale: Its Anatomy and
Physiology—Food—Spermaceti—Ambergris—Rise and Progress of the
Fishery—Chase and Capture—"Cutting in" and "Trying Out"—Description of
the Ships, Boats, Men, and Instruments Used in the Attack; with an
Account of its Favourite Places of Resort. To which is added, a Sketch
of a South-Sea Whaling Voyage.
Publication: London: John Van Voorst, 1839. 2nd ed.
Sealts Number: 52.
Association: Autographed, marked and annotated by Herman Melville.
Location: Houghton Library, *AC85.M4977.Zz839b.
Data entry for this edition performed by Joshua Preminger and Steven Olsen-Smith, Boise State University.
Lower leaf] ink inscriptions:
"Cuvier's & Colnet's outlines of the whale
"Beale's true outline, with the outline
of the head seen in front p. 22." 
"Three whales in various attitudes
p. 33." 
"Staving a boat in the air.
p. 173." 
"A fighting whale, belly up.
p. 154." 
3] pencil x.
10-17] erased pencil score. Bottom margin] pencil x and annotation:
"There is some sort of mistake in
the drawing of Fig: 2. The tail part
is wretchedly crippled & dwarfed, &
looks altogether unnatural. The head is good."
5-8] erased pencil wavy score.
17-24] erased pencil wavy score.
17-18] erased pencil x and circle.
26-27] erased pencil circle (not visible in enhanced image). Bottom margin] pencil x and annotation:
"White & green vortex in the blueas
when a ship sinks."
13-18] erased pencil circle.
19-23] erased pencil x. Bottom margin] erased pencil x and annotation:
"It may also be [it is] [?the whale's] act of
defiance, as a h[orse sha]king his mane,
for the waves then seem like the mane
of the monster."
9-12] erased pencil x and circle (only partially visible in enhanced image).
12] erased pencil underline. Bottom margin] erased pencil x and annotation:
"The [?] [?] what Vidocq in his 'Memoirs'
calls w[andering friar]s".
Top margin] erased pencil circled x and annotation:
"The p[aper-nautiluses] [?] like so
many s[two or three words]".
3-5] erased pencil x (not visible in enhanced image).
15-30] erased pencil wavy score (continued at 61.1-3, only partially visible in enhanced image).
26-27] erased pencil circled x (not visible in enhanced image). Bottom margin] erased pencil x and annotation:
"[two or three words] as many anchors as
Sinbad's ship did in the gale."
13-14] erased pencil underlines, checkmark and circle.
26-31] erased pencil score.
29] erased pencil circle and x. Bottom margin] erased pencil x and annotation:
"As when the water issuing [?] off from a
fountain [?] & slowly lowersso the
dying spout of the whale."
Upper leaf] pencil notes: "Naturalist's Library, Vol 6.th Vide LangsdorffCaptain D'Wolf, Brazil fishery, & page 342 Indian Fishery. Dib[?] [six to eight words] U. S. S Peacock stove by a whale, & finally stove by a rock. My old frnd
Com: Ap Catesby Jones".