Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

paunch.” – HOLLAND’S PLUTARCH’S MORALS.

“The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are: among which the Whales and Whirlpooles called Balaene, take up as much in length as four acres or arpens of land.” – HOLLAND’S PLINY.

“Scarcely had we proceeded two days on the sea, when about sunrise a great many Whales and other monsters of the sea, appeared. Among the former, one was of a most monstrous size… This came towards us, open-mouthed, raising the waves on all sides, and beating the sea before him into a foam.” – TOOKE’S LUCIAN. “THE TRUE HISTORY.”

“He visited this country also with a view of catching horse-whales, which had bones of very great value for their teeth, of which he brought some to the king… The best whales were catched in his own country, of which some were forty-eight, some fifty yards long.

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