Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office. 1892.
Black and white plates, black and white folding maps, folding color charts, cxxviii+902pp, 9 1/4 x 6 inches, cloth covered boards (hardbound). Cover extremities lightly worn with a few small areas of soiling and softly bumped corners, front hinge broken but still attached, a few stamps to endpapers, dampstain to title page; light toning to text pages, good clean condition. The majority of the volume is comprised of a detailed and fascinating "Report on the Fisheries of the Pacific Coast of the United States" by J.W. Collins, addressing the specifics of all aspects of fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington, dealt with by location (county in California, rivers in Oregon and Washington), by type of fish, method of fishing, market etc. Details in include price of fish, weight of different kinds of salmon caught in Oregon, information on Chinese working in the canneries of Oregon, Chinese Junk Fishery in California ("chiefly among the islands and along the coast of Mexico, where they gather abalones from the rocks") with an image of a Chinese Camp, San Francisco Bay. Maps show fishing grounds. The other sections in the report are: Notes on Entozoa of Marine Fishes, with Descriptions of New Species by Edwin Linton; The Chemical Composition and Nutritive Values if Food-fishes and Aquatic Invertebrates by W. O. Atwater, etc. There are many black and white illustrations of fish, fishing, charts of various rivers and fisheries, color charts showing the Chemical Composition of Food-Fishes, etc. Item #42624