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[Photo Album]: Elephant Seals in Southern California or Baja California
1905. Hardcover. Near Fine. Oblong large quarto. Measuring 13½" x 10½". String-tied flexible suede wrappers with "Photographs" on front board. 63 larger format (mostly 9" x 6") gelatin silver photographs. Very good album with modest wear, photographs are about fine with a little solarization in the margins of a few. The record of an expedition among the elephant seal rookery in either Southern California or the northern coast of Baja California. Anyone familiar with the coastline might be able to pinpoint the location, as there are several distinctive coastline shots and rock formations. Uncaptioned, with a single image bearing the photographer's name "Gallegos" in the negative. The first 20 of these beautifully composed images are of a medium size steam boat and its crew, and are largely devoted to the coastline and inland views. The remainder of the images are of the elephant seals along the shore, with several images of the sailors interacting with the seals, a few showing the male seals charging. Despite a building with a sign posted saying that capturing the seals is prohibited (in both Spanish and English), it seems that they do eventually capture, butcher, and eat one of the seals. A beautiful composed and photographed album.
Verkäufer: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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