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Ellis, Richard 1938-

Overview
Works: 39 works in 235 publications in 7 languages and 23,242 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  History  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Illustrator
Classifications: QL121, 591.77
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard Ellis
The empty ocean : plundering the world's marine life by Richard Ellis( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and German and held by 1,838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Empty Ocean, acclaimed author and artist Richard Ellis tells the story of our continued plunder of life in the sea and weighs the chances for its recovery. Through fascinating portraits of a wide array of creatures, he introduces us to the many forms of sea life that humans have fished, hunted, and collected over the centuries, from charismatic whales and dolphins to the lowly menhaden, from sea turtles to cod, tuna, and coral. Rich in history, anecdote, and surprising fact, Richard Ellis's descriptions bring to life the natural history of the various species, the threats they face, and the losses they have suffered. Killing has occurred on a truly stunning scale, with extinction all too often the result, leaving a once-teeming ocean greatly depleted. But the author also finds instances of hope and resilience, of species that have begun to make remarkable comebacks when given the opportunity. Written with passion and grace, and illustrated with Richard Ellis's own drawings, The Empty Ocean brings to a wide audience a compelling view of the damage we have caused to life in the sea and what we can do about it. "--Publisher description
On thin ice : the changing world of the polar bear by Richard Ellis( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A profile of the habitat and life cycle of the polar bear covers he species' venerated position in Inuit culture, its reproductive habits, and the environmental factors that are compromising its ability to survive
Monsters of the sea by Richard Ellis( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history, natural history, and mythology of the oceans' most fantastic creatures"--Cover
Encyclopedia of the sea by Richard Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ellis's research has taken him all over the world, from Nantucket to Patagonia, from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Now, with more than 450 of his own illustrations, he takes readers from A to Z (abalone to zooxanthelae) in this one unprecedented volume of the sea. of color paintings. 471 illustrations. From one of the world's leading experts on the sea comes this ocean-sized compendium of aquatic life and lore. Richard Ellis, who is also recognized as America's foremost painter of marine subjects, gives us a masterful synthesis of years of investigation and tens of thousands of disparate sources. The result is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated, and highly readable reference on almost everything that is known about the sea. Ellis's research has taken him all over the world, from Nantucket to Patagonia, from Newfoundland to New Zealand. Now he leads us on a great journey: from the amazing diversity of the creatures of the oceans to the birds who inhabit the skies above them; from the little-known realms of marine geography to the men and women who have bravely explored them; from the fabulous legends the sea has inspired through the ages to the intriguing evolution of the tools of nautical navigation. With more than 450 of the author's own drawings and paintings accompanying the text, Ellis reveals the many wonders of the oceans, abalone, zooxanthellae, and everything in between. We learn about the peculiar behavior of Vampyroteuthis infernalis (the vampire squid from hell) and about Mocha Dick, the real sperm whale that may have inspired Melville's Moby-Dick; where the crown-of-thorns starfish gets its name and how the rare coelacanth, cousin to a species extinct for 70 million years, and one of the most mispronounced fish in the sea, was rediscovered. We visit lovely and exotic locations from Venice to Ni'ihau (Hawaii's forbidden isle), and consider both the fearsome kraken (a mythical sea monster often seen by Scandinavian clergymen) and the notorious real-life pirate Captain Kidd (whose hidden treasure was never found). Exhaustive, concise, and entertaining, the Encyclopedia of the Sea is invaluable as an all-inclusive, one-volume source for anyone interested in the sea, its inhabitants, and man's exploration of its mysteries
Aquagenesis : the origin and evolution of life in the sea by Richard Ellis( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life on earth began in the sea, and in this natural history, authority on marine biology and illustrator Richard Ellis chronicles more than three billion years of aquatic history. From the first microbes and jawless fishes that evolved into the myriad species we know today--sharks, whales, dolphins, and, of course, humans--Ellis reveals the deep evolutionary mysteries of the sea.--Publisher
The book of whales by Richard Ellis( Book )

20 editions published between 1980 and 2000 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated survey of 33 species of whales describing their dimensions, habitats, habits, courting rituals, intelligence and their relationships with each other and with other creatures
Dolphins and porpoises by Richard Ellis( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1996 in English and held by 1,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most comprehensive history and natural history of the 43 known species of dolphins and porpoises, this large and beautifully illustrated book discusses their anatomies, habitats, populations, feeding habits, and relationships with other sea creatures and with man
Men and whales by Richard Ellis( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author chronicles the history of whaling in both hemispheres, and discusses regulation and anti-whaling movements
Imagining Atlantis by Richard Ellis( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An investigation into the lost city of Atlantis traces the legend's development from the literature of the ancients to the popular culture of contemporary America
The book of sharks by Richard Ellis( Book )

19 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of sharks and examines the work of people who have studied, photographed, hunted, and written about them
No turning back : the life and death of animal species by Richard Ellis( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the reasons why specific species have become extinct, providing additional coverage of species that have been rendered extinct more recently and species that have been saved from extinction
The search for the giant squid by Richard Ellis( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and German and held by 1,114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An authoritative look at the biology and mythology of the world's most elusive sea creature".--Jacket
Deep Atlantic : life, death, and exploration in the abyss by Richard Ellis( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prior to John Ross's successful retrieval in 1818 of six pounds of worm-filled mud from the bottom of Baffin Bay, it was widely believed that no life could possibly flourish in the dark, cold, pressurized waters of the deep Atlantic Ocean. Subsequent expeditions - conducted on ships with trawls, in submersibles such as William Beebe's bathysphere and Jacques Cousteau's Deepstar, and by remote-controlled and robotic diving devices - have unveiled a mind-boggling
Tuna : a love story by Richard Ellis( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author of The Book of Sharks, Imagining Atlantis, and Encyclopedia of the Sea turns his gaze to the tuna--one of the biggest, fastest, and most highly evolved marine animals and the source of some of the world's most popular delicacies--now hovering on the brink of extinction. In recent years, the tuna's place on our palates has come under scrutiny, as we grow increasingly aware of our own health and the health of our planet. Here, Ellis explains how a fish that was once able to thrive has become a commodity, in a book that shows how the natural world and the global economy converge on our plates.--From publisher description
The great sperm whale : a natural history of the ocean's most magnificent and mysterious creature by Richard Ellis( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the sperm whale that provides information on the evolution, ecology, biology, anatomy, behavior, social organization, intelligence, diet, and other aspects of the species and discusses its clash with giant squid, the history of the whaling industry, and the author's experience saving a beached whale
Sea dragons : predators of the prehistoric oceans by Richard Ellis( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Russian and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Working from the fossil record, Richard Ellis explores the natural history of these fierce predators, speculates on their habits, and tells how they eventually became extinct - or did they? He traces the 200-million-year history of the great ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs who swam the ancient oceans - and who, according to some, may even still frequent the likes of Loch Ness."
Great white shark by Richard Ellis( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Swordfish : a biography of the ocean gladiator by Richard Ellis( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a comprehensive history of the swordfish, from prehistoric fossils to its present-day endangerment, and describes its adaptability and its relationship with humans
Big fish by Richard Ellis( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From Richard Ellis, America's foremost painter and chronicler of undersea life, comes Big Fish, a natural history of the largest fish on Earth. Blending art and science with historical, cultural, and personal stories, Ellis illustrates the giants of the sea, incorporating anecdotes, archival images, and photos related to legendary catches and discoveries. Along the way, we meet big-game fishermen like Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey, as well as naturalists and explorers. We also meet all manner of tuna, from bluefin and yellowfin to albacore and bigeye; billfish, from marlins to the mighty swordfish; and sharks, from the long-extinct Megamouth to the very much extant great white. Perfect for all those enchanted by the mysteries of the deep, Big Fish illuminates natural history with wit, charm, artistry, and humor
Physty : the true story of a young whale's rescue by Richard Ellis( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relates the adventures of a young sperm whale that gets beached near New York City, and is later helped by a group of helpful whale watchers
 
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Alternative Names
Richard Ellis illustratore statunitense

Richard Ellis US-amerikanischer Meeresbiologe und Autor

ریچارد الیس

Languages
English (174)

German (11)

Italian (7)

Polish (6)

Spanish (6)

Russian (1)

Czech (1)

Covers
On thin ice : the changing world of the polar bearMonsters of the seaEncyclopedia of the seaAquagenesis : the origin and evolution of life in the seaThe book of whalesDolphins and porpoisesMen and whalesImagining Atlantis