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Traces the complex history of humans and whales--from the aborigines to tenth-century Basques to eighteenth-century British and Dutch whalers to the Yankee sperm whale fishery and the whaling industry in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa
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The shadowy figure of Leviathan has haunted the dreams of humans for millennia, figuring in the folklore, literature, and religion of many cultures. Richard Ellis, a noted marine artist and the author of many popular books on oceanographic topics, here offers an in-depth but readily accessible study of the human quest to understand whales--a quest that often found expression in hunting them. The whale road led the ancient Basques, Ellis writes, to cross the Atlantic 500 years before Columbus; it spawned a great New England-based industry that helped the United States to become a seagoing power in the 19th century (and that produced one of America's greatest novels, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick); and it ultimately led to conflicts between nations, as some industrial powers sought to protect the great marine mammals while others continued to hunt them nearly to extinction. Ellis's book is among the finest in the library devoted to cetaceans; he packs an astonishing array of folklore, anthropology, history, and science into these 500 richly illustrated pages (and the photographs and drawings alone are worth the book's price). Noting with regret that "most of the accumulated knowledge of the animals has come from those who have killed them," Ellis overlooks nothing that even remotely touches upon these giants of the deep, and the well-written story that emerges is full of respect and affection for humans and whales alike. --Gregory McNameeFrom the Back Cover:
In Men and Whales, acclaimed marine writer and artist Richard Ellis presents the powerful, fascinating story of one of our most significant and complex relationships with nature. Tracking whaling from neolithic hunts to the world ban on commercial whaling - with fascinating natural and cultural history throughout - Ellis has given us the most comprehensive volume yet written on the subject. (9 X 11, 560 pages, b&w photos, maps, illustrations, charts)
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1991. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition (Stated). Published at $40.00. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 24410
Book Description Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing)l In a mylar jacket cover. Seller Inventory # 032239
Book Description Knopf, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110394558391
Book Description Knopf, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB011SJP6UA