The American Lobster. A Study of its Habits and Development. [Contained in] 'Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission', Volume XV , for 1895
Washington, Government Printing Office, 1896.
Quarto, pages 1-252 pages with 40 tables plus 63 pages of plates (one folding, 2 tinted lithographs, and 8 chromolithographs) comprising over 100 illustrations, all by Herrick.
Original blind-ruled black cloth a little marked, rubbed and flecked, with trifling loss in spots; lettering on the spine difficult to discern; endpapers and edges a little foxed; light tidemark on the bottom edge near the spine, slightly impinging on some inside corner margins (not least, 54 plates bound together as a group have a tiny tidemark at the foot of the inner margin, and eight of these plates have lost the tiny inner corner-tip by adhesion to the adjacent one); a very good copy.
Francis Hobart Herrick (1858-1940) was for many decades Professor of Biology at Western Reserve University, Ohio. His 'scholarly publishing career spanned over 50 years, 1883-1937. His early research focused on the American lobster in New England. His work revealed that over-harvesting egg-producing adult lobsters was threatening the species and risking destruction of the American lobster industry. During the early 1920s his close observations of the behavior of American eagles made Herrick a world authority on that subject, as well. He also produced the first scholarly biography of naturalist John James Audubon' (Case Western Reserve University website). This edition of the Bulletin runs to 475 pages, and contains another nine well-illustrated articles, the most significant of which is 'A Review of the History and Results of Attempts to acclimatize Fish and other Water Animals in the Pacific States' by Hugh M. Smith (94 pages).