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Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission, Volume XII, 1892

McDonald, Marshall, Commissioner, U. S. Fish Commission

Published by Government Printing Office, Washington, 1894
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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First edition. quarto, vii, 489 pp., plus b&w text figures, and 116 plates (of 117), lacking oyster beds map of Maryland. In original dark brown cloth with gilt spine title. A scarce, early collection of reports by the US Fish Commission, including articles on the fish or fisheries of Alaska, Texas and the Rio Grande Basin, New Jersey, Maryland, Pacific Coast, and others. *** Condition: Very light shelfwear and rubbing with bumped lower right corner on front board. Hinges sound and binding tight. Old ex-library bookplate on front pastedown (Glasgow University) but no other markings found in the book. Text and plates clean and bright. *** This volume contains 12 reports: 1) Bibliography of the Salmon of Alaska and Adjacent Regions, by Tarleton Bean; 2) Life History of the Salmon, by Tarleton Bean; 3) On the Viviparous Fishes of the Pacific Coast of North America, by Carl H. Eigenmann; 4) Description of a New Sucker (Pantosteus jordani) from the Upper Missouri Basin, by Barton W. Evermann; 5) The Fishes of Texas and the Rio Grande Basin, considered chiefly with reference to their Geographical Distribution, by Barton W. Evermann and William C. Kendall; 6) Report on the Salmon Fisheries of Alaska, by Marshall McDonald; 7) List of Fishes Collected at Sea Isle City during the Summer of 1892, by H. P. Moore; 8) Summary of Fishery Investigations conducted in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea from July 1, 1888, to July 1, 1892, by the U. S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross, by Richard Rathbun; 9) The Fyke Nets and Fyke-Net Fisheries of the United States, with Notes on the Fyke Nets of other Countries, by Hugh M. Smith; 10) Economic and Natural-History Notes on Fishes of the Northern Coast of New Jersey, by Hugh M. Smith; 11) The Oyster Industry of Maryland, by Charles H. Stevenson; and 12) A Review of the Embiotocidae, by Albert B. Ulrey and C. H. Eigenmann. *** This volume contains 2 papers of special note: Stevenson's "The Oyster Industry of Maryland" and Evermann and Kendall's "The Fishes of Texas and the Rio Grande Basin". Stevenson explains that the purpose of his paper is "to discuss all branches of the oyster industry of Maryland, from the operations of the oystermen to the preparation of the marketable products, the investigation being chiefly from an industrial point of view." This study was conducted during a period known as the "Oyster Wars" between Virginia and Maryland. Regrettably, a similar study and map was never prepared by the Fish Commission for the Virginia portion of the Bay. *** For Texas and the Rio Grande, Evermann and Kendall describe the purpose of their paper to "include all the species, both salt and fresh water, which have ever been reported from that region, so far as we have been able to learn. Geographically, the paper is made to include not only the State of Texas, but all those portions of Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico which belong in the hydrographic basin of the Rio Grande." The researchers identified a total of 230 species, of which 107 are illustrated on 50 plates, and of which 64 were known only to occur in Texas and Rio Grande waters. A further listing of 128 molluscs collected during the investigation are also given. The paper provides a valuable summary of historical and bibliographical references relating to fishes of the region dating from 1851 to 1892. The list of fishes provided by the authors for this region was the most comprehensive compilation published to date. Bookseller Inventory # 000433

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Title: Bulletin of the United States Fish ...

Publisher: Government Printing Office, Washington

Publication Date: 1894

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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