More Scrimshaw Artists
Stuart M. Frank
The first-ever book of its kind, a major resource for scholars, curators, maritime enthusiasts, and collectors. With a foreword by the celebrated scrimshaw historian Norman Flayderman, and contributions by Joshua Basseches, Joost Schokkenbroek, and Dr. Janet West, it presents 500 carefully documented biographical sketches of the men and women in the American and foreign whale fisheries, and in the naval and merchant services, who produced scrimshaw at sea and ashore in the great age of sail from circa 1625 to 1930. Based on the collections of the Kendall Whaling Museum, Mystic Seaport, Peabody Essex Museum, Nantucket Whaling Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and 70 other institutional and private collections worldwide, it includes 29 plates illustrating dozens of examples; a glossary of terms, many defined in the whalers' own words from their shipboard journals; the Foreword, highlighting the significance of scrimshaw; and introductory essay tracing the history and evolution of scrimshaw since Medieval times; taxonomic and geographical indexes of artists; an index of repositories; an index of vessels; and an extensive bibliography of sources.