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1 Ellis, RichardMen and Whales
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1991 0394558391 / 9780394558394 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 
First printing. Oversize book with black cloth spine and teal papered boards with gold spine titling and whale illustration stamped on cover. Illustrated endpapers. 542 pages. 300 black & white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is clean, tight, no wear, with two small insignificant scuffs on back cover. Interior pages clean and unmarked. Dust jacket is bright, crisp, no tears, with minor crinkling at tops/bottoms of flap folds. Very fresh, now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Marine writer-artist Richard Ellis provides "the first comprehensive history of the whale's turbulent--and always controversial--relationship with humankind." The history begins with the Basques of tenth-century France and Spain, considered the first "commercial" whalers, and includes the 18th-century British and Dutch whalers who decimated the Greenland whale population; the birth of the whaling industry in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa; the Yankee sperm whale fishery of New Bedford and Nantucket; the destruction of the blue and fin whales in the Antarctic; and whaling in Norway, Japan, Canada, the Azores, and Indonesia. He discusses both the massive slaughter throughout history and the movement to protect whales, and includes sections on whale-watching, whales in film, whales in captivity, and even the influence of the book" Moby-Dick." Many of the drawn illustrations in the book are drawn by Ellis, including all of the maps. A beautiful and authoritative volume. Please note that extra shipping fees may be required for this large, heavy book. 
Price: 27.00 USD
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