Good Literature; A Literary Eclectic Weekly Volume 3

Good Literature; A Literary Eclectic Weekly Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...if any of them get mixed up with a herd of bachelors they are easily let drop out; their fur is of no value. On arriving at the slaughter places the herd is allowed to cool, and then the killing begins; the labor of skinning is severe and trying even to experts; the hide has to be taken off at once. The skins are taken from the field to the salt-house, where they stay for two or three weeks, being pickled; after this they are taken and rolled into bundles of two skins in each package, with the hairy sides out and lightly corded. In this state they go by steamer to San Francisco, where they are counted for the tax, and from thence they are shipped to London. In a series of illustrative and supplemental notes to this volume, there are a number of very interesting details as to the Russian Seal Islands; as to the Fauna and Flora of the Pribylov Group; a digest of the data in regard to the fur seal rookeries of the South Atlantic and Pacific, and the number of skins taken therefrom. There is a translation of Veniaminov's account of the Russian seal industry at the Pribylovs, 1842; a meteorological abstract for the months from September, 1872, to April, 1873, which was an unusually severe winter; and a history of the organization and regulations of the Alaskan Commercial Company, under whose excellent management the sealskin trade is now carried on. In concluding a necessarily somewhat brief notice of this excellent monograph, we would congratulate Mr. Commissioner Spencer Baird on being the means of obtaining for men of science and of commerce so much valuable information, and we can scarcely give too much praise to Mr. Henry M. Elliott for his most artistic and praiseworthy history of the most interesting of all Pinnipeds. THE SCIENCE OF CHESS....show more

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  • Paperback | 816 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,429g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236605012
  • 9781236605016