14353 Rare and Important Whaling Book by Charles Scammon
The Marine Mammals of the North-Western Coast of North America........ Together with an Account of the American Whale-Fishery; San Francisco: John Carmony and Company, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1874.
This is a first edition of a very rare and important book. Captain Scammon began his study of the marine mammals of the Northwest Coast in 1852, concentrating on the various whale species, while on a sealing, sea elephant and whaling voyage. There are 27 plates, most from drawings by Scammon as well as numerous text illustrations. Following the Account of the Whale Fishery there is a useful Glossary of Words and Phrases Used by Whalemen as well as a List of Stores unique for a whaleship outfitting for a Cape Horn Voyage.
Original brown cloth binding with bright spine title and gilt image of a seal on the front cover. 319 pages. 11 in. x 9 3/4 in. Spine ends worn, front hinge is weak, very good interior with no foxing.
This original edition is extremely scarce, as many copies were destroyed in a fire following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.