Summary of Content: Includes sections: A. ”An Inquiry into the decrease of the Food-Fishes” and B. ”The Propagation of Food-Fishes in the waters of the United States.” Printed by the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. An extensive history of fisheries (including the Grand Banks) and whaling from the earliest times. Includes in Part II, The History of The American Whale-Fishery from Its Earliest Inception to the Year 1876, by Alexander Starbuck, 768 pages. With ”Public Document. Free Senate US.” bookplate on inside front cover signed by Senator William B. Allison for G. C. Van Allen.