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Whale. A.W. Malm "Monographie illustrée du baleinoptÞre trouvé le 29 octobre 1865 sur la côte occidentale de SuÞde" (Stockholm: P. A. Norstedt et fils, 1867)
41.5 x 29 cm
Photographica, 4 April 2011, Lot: 4313
Folio (415x290). (9), X-XXIII, (1 blank), (2, 1 blank), (1)-110 pp. 18 plates with 29 mounted albumen prints, 90x110, 120x160 and 220x160 (a few spots), 2 lithograph plates, 3 wood engravings in text.
Blue contemporary cloth, blindtooled borders, gilt title on upper cover, spine with gilt title, all edges gilt. (Bound by Chr. Haustedt in Stockholm).
This is one of the earliest books in Sweden, which was illustrated with original photographs. The photographs were taken the year before "Molins fontõn". The work is a comprehensive and costly scientific work, very rare and the most interesting work with original photographs that has been published in Sweden.
From "Ny Illustrerad Tidning", 1866, no. 27:
"Let it be known that this interesting work, soon to go to the press, will be printed in a large folio edition and will be provided with an abundance of photographs and wood cuts, the costliness of which entails the book's appreciated hundred pages not being sold without a high price (60 to 70 riksdaler). Consider thereto that a mere 50 copies are to be published in French".
This scientific work treats the "Malmska Hvalen". A magnificent young male blue whale was found stranded on the 29th of October 1865 at Backa, 10 kilometers from Gothenburg. The zoologist Malm did not want the whale dismembered. With three steam ships it was drawn free and towed ro the wharf of Lindholmens Mekaniska verkstad in Gothenburg. On the 4th of November 1865 photography and measurement of the whale was carried out. A wooden construction was built and after many setbacks the skin was put in place. The project came to be very expensive. The whale was on show in conjunction with the large exhibition in Stockholm 1866.