I've spoken before about this book. It's one of my favorites. In writing about the natural history of these creatures, and in describing with complete accuracy and lack of moral judgment the brutal slaughter involved in the industrial harvest of these animals, Scammon is every bit as eloquent as Melville.
Charles M. Scammon (Melville was his middle name!) was a whaling captain turned naturalist. He wrote with authority, both of whaling history and the natural history of whales. With its skillfully-executed single and double-page lithographs of the major species, this is one of the most dramatic and attractive American whaling books. The frontispiece, "Whaling Scene in the California Lagoons" makes for quite an impressive beginning. Forster 713. Jenkins p. 143. Bound in green pebbled cloth as issued, with gold cover design and spine lettering. Backstrip professionally laid down. Internally very good condition. THE FRONTISPIECE IN THIS PARTICULAR COPY HAS BEEN HAND COLORED - to spectacular effect. (Inventory #: 43592)