Publisher: Pacific Grove, California: Pacific Biological Laboratories, 1929-1930.
Edition: First edition, first issue, of the second specimen catalogue issued by Ed Ricketts.
Bibliographical References: OCLC records three copies of this issue (Monterey PL, Moss Landing Marine Lab & UC Santa Cruz) and does not record any other edition or issue; however, this is one of 12 copies that surfaced eight years ago and were sold en bloc to the Brick Row Book Shop by a descendant of one of Ricketts' former partners, hence OCLC does not accurately reflect the actual scarcity.
Condition: Very slightly worn; fine.
Book ID: 25853
Description4to, original printed yellow wrappers, stapled as issued, 27 pages. Illustrated with photographs and drawings.
CommentsThe marine biological trade catalogue of the Pacific Biological Laboratories, operated by Ed Ricketts and immortalized by John Steinbeck. Ricketts first appeared as the model for the character “Doc” in Steinbeck's Cannery Row and later in Sweet Thursday, and he was the co-author of The Sea of Cortez with Steinbeck. The first catalogue of the Pacific Biological Laboratories was issued in 1925; this second one in 1929 (dated 1929-1930), and there was a second printing of this second catalogue, with a variant imprint. The Pacific Biological Laboratories’ catalogues are some of the earliest examples of the effort to define the ecology of the seashore, a movement in which Ricketts was a recognized pioneer.