Item #20320 Men & Whales at Scammon's Lagoon. David A. Henderson.

Men & Whales at Scammon's Lagoon

Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1972. First Edition. Octavo; 313pp, map endpapers; illustrations including folding map of early salt works (1884). Bibliography; map of New Spain in pocket at rear. A Fine copy in publisher's grey cloth w/map of Scammon's Lagoon; lettered in gold at spine. Edition limited to 700 copies printed by Grant Dahlstrom at the Castle Press. Baja California Travels Series 29. Item #20320
ISBN: 0870932292

As volume 29 of the Baja California Travels Series, edited by Glen Dawson and Edwin Carpenter, Professor David Henderson has prepared a study of hunting for the Pacific Gray Whale off the coast of the Peninsula, with particular attention to the area of Laguna Scammon (Scammon’s Lagoon). This book departs from the norm of the series in two instances: it is much larger than previously published titles, and it is not documentary in content but is rather a study based upon primary and secondary sources. The California Gray -- The lagoon on the desert coast -- Indian knowledge of whales and the lagoon -- Spanish accounts of whales, the Vizcaino Bay Region, and Scammon's Lagoon -- Pursuit of the California Gray, the lower coast, and the course to Scammon's Lagoon -- Charles Melville Scammon: Whaler, seaman, writer -- Epilogue -- Appendix: table 1 Catch and kill of Gray Whales in the California Herd: 1846-1874 ; table 2 Gray Whale catch and kill at Scammon's Lagoon: 1858-1873 ; table 3 Service of San Francisco whaling and sealing vessels commanded by Charles Melville Scammon. Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-302).

Price: $100.00

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