New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, (1988). First Edition. Hardcover. First US edition, folio size, 280 pp., signed by Jacques Cousteau. Near fine / Very Good. Item #13050904

Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) was a pioneer in the study of marine life, strongly advocating conservation through his scientific research, books, and films; his work is widely renowned, merging scientific rigor and exploration with a passion and love of the sea and its creatures. His documentary "The Silent World", adapted from his book of the same name, won the Palme d'or, the highest award given at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1956, the first documentary to win the award.

"Whales" is a comprehensive look at one of the ocean's most majestic animals; it delves into the evolution, behaviour, group relationships, and language of whales, as well as their depiction in literature and culture through the centuries. This volume is replete with photographs, most in colour, a stunning visual accompaniment to Cousteau's scholarly text.

___DESCRIPTION: Full blue cloth, white lettering on the front board and spine, endpapers with a colour photograph of a whale splashing into water, doublespread title page with black lettering and a colour photograph of a whale jumping out of water, photographs and illustrations in colour and black and white throughout; folio size (12" by 9.5"), pagination: [1-6] 7-280, signed by Jacques Cousteau on the page preceding the half-title page. In a paper dust jacket with a colour photograph wrapping around the front panel and spine, blue and white lettering on the front panel and spine, a colour illustration on the rear panel, colour photograph of Cousteau and description of the book on the front flap, author bios on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped but there is no price.

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright; top front corner is gently bumped, and there is a prior owner name on the front paste-down endpaper. The dust jacket is very good, unclipped, clean overall with bright colours, with a few spots of soiling to the rear panel, light toning to the spine, light wear to the head and tail of the spine and corners, and a prior owner name is written on the front flap.

___POSTAGE:  Please note that this is a rather large and heavy volume, therefore additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.

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Price: $120.00