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Men and Whales, Ellis, Richard
1 Ellis, RichardMen and Whales
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1991 0394558391 / 9780394558394 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 9.25" x 11.25" 
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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Tarpon Tales: Lost Stories and Research 1889-1939, White, Randy Wayne with Carlene F. Baum
2 White, Randy Wayne with Carlene F. BaumTarpon Tales: Lost Stories and Research 1889-1939
Sanibel, FL Lost Stories 1990 First Edition Softcover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Stapled booklet with glossy pictorial wraps. Foreword by Randy Wayne White. 40 pages. Black & white illustrations. Fine, as new condition, clean, shiny. ~~ This small booklet contains reprints of three "long-lost" but interesting and historically significant stories about tarpon fishing in Southwest Florida. It is dedicated to W. H. Wood, who according to regional folklore, was the first to land a tarpon with rod and reel. In his Forward, White recounts the inconsistency of the written folklore and study of tarpon fishing, and states that the reason for publishing this book was "not only to preserve these pieces of sporting, scientific and historical literature, but also to underline Southwest Florida's important role in tarpon fishing. Because the sport was founded here, we feel those of us who enjoy the legacy also have an inherent duty to not only help protect and preserve the species, but also to protect and preserve its history." He also quotes from the original Fort Myers Press 1985 news article about R. H. Wood's catch. The first two pieces in this collection, "Tarpon Fishing in Florida," by Robert Grant (1889 ); and "A Winter's Sport in Florida," by O.A. Mygatt (1889), are illustrated with excellent lithographs. The third article, "On the Trail of the Tarpon," by Charles M. Breder, Jr. (1939), is about a tarpon research laboratory on Palmetto Key (now known as Cabbage Key). This wonderful piece of memorabilia for tarpon fishing lovers and Randy Wayne White fans is signed on the title page by White. Scarce. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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