[Gloucester]: Procter Brothers, Publishers, 1882.
Octavo (23 x 16 cm.), 274,  pages. Illustrated. Advertisements. ~ FIRST EDITION. An omnibus of information about the American seafood industry in the final decades of the 19th century, covering the fishermen and fishing industry of Gloucester, Massachusetts, at the tip of Cape Ann. The book contains lists of vessels operating; explains the value (economic, but also health-wise) of various types of seafood; tell harrowing tales of shipwrecks, storms and other dangers. The illustrations include a series of images depicting the practice of Gill Net Fishing for Codfish. Some of the advertisements are printed in two colors. A very near fine copy in brown dappled cloth, gilt-titled and -illustrated. Just a bit of sunning to the spine. [OCLC locates just five copies].