1904 1st edition. Large 4to (200 x 263mm). Ppxii,328 + iv ads. 12 coloured plates. Binding A. Dark green cloth, gilt titles and vignette to upper board and spine, top edge gilt.
A natural history of the marine fish species found around the British coast. "The study of life in the seas has a practical bearing on British industrial supremacy that cannot perhaps be claimed for any other branch of zoology, for the arts of the stock-breeder and poultry-farmer have long since passed out of the domain of the laboratory into that of technical education. In our sea-fisheries, however, we have a great industry, already marvellously developed during the past fifty years, and capable, with proper care, of yet further growht and improvement in the near future. More and more is the administration of this industry dependent on the researches of the marine laboratory. The causes which lead to fluctuations in the the supply by prompting irregular and hitherto immeasurable migrations of important fishes from one coast to another; the meaning of 'over-fishing' and the nature of the measures necessary for its control; the difficulty in obtaining bait - these and other problems it is the business of the marine biologist to solve. This, the fifth volume of the 'Woburn Library,' makes no pretence to throw any new light on these matters. All that has been attempted is to summarise the habits and appearance, the distribution and the migrations of every fish yet described as 'British.'" Chapters include:- General facts about sea fish; Our fisheries: their practice and their control; The sharks and rays; The bass, breams, and red mullet; The mackerels, horse-mackerels, and allied forms; The gurnards, bullheads, and weevers; The gobies, suckers, and blennies; The conger eel; The grey mullets and atherines; The wrasses; The herring family; The flat-fishes; The cod family and the sand-eels; Some rare or uncommon fishes; The cultivation of sea fish.