The Whale and His Captors;
or, The Whaleman's Adventures
by Henry Cheever
Edited and with an Introduction by Robert Madison, and with an Afterword by Mark Bousquet
An important firsthand account of the golden age of whaling, Cheever's The Whale and His Captors became a source for Herman Melville late in the composition of Moby Dick. This is the first scholarly edition of the work, with an introduction, afterword, and annotations that place it not only in the canon of Melville studies, but as an important precursor work of eco-criticism.