The marine mammals of the north-western coast of North America, described and illustrated: together with an account of the American whale-fishery. Charles M. Scammon.

The marine mammals of the north-western coast of North America, described and illustrated: together with an account of the American whale-fishery.

1874. San Francisco: John H. Carmany and Co.; New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1874.

4to, pp. 319, [1], v (index); lithographic frontispiece of a whaling scene in the California lagoon, 26 lithograph plates (6 double-p. all of whales ) by Britton & Rey, numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text (1 full-page, and counted as a plate in the list of illustrations). Original green cloth, gilt vignette on upper cover, gilt-lettered spine; some chipping and wear at spine ends, a few plates lightly spotted, but generally a good, sound copy, without cracked hinges and tissues present.

§ First edition, a wonderful book with amazing illustrations -- the frontispiece alone (whaling in San Francisco Bay!) is worth the price. At the back is a 4-page whaling glossary and a 7-page list of stores and other outfits for a first-class whale-ship, for a Cape Horn voyage. Cowan, p. 570; Hill 1530; Howes S-136; Jenkins, p. 143. Item #123251

Price: $1,750.00

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