A rare work on Caucasian amphibians and reptiles

Nikolski, A. M. [Nikolsky, Nikolskii]

Presmykaiushchisi i zemnovodnyia Kavkaza (Herpetologia caucasica).

Published 1913
Item ID 77299

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Tiflis [Tbilisi], Tipografiia kantseliarii Namiestrika E.I.V. na Kavkazie, 1913. 8vo (23.1 x 16.0 cm). 272 pp.; four (groups of) text figures, three lithographed plates of which one in chromolithography. Near contemporary blind half cloth over marbled boards.

Important contribution to the very rich reptile fauna of the Caucasus mountains region, bordering Europe and Asia, by the Russian herpetologist Alexander Mikhailovich Nikolski (1858-1942). Nikolski was particularly interested in in systematics, faunal surveys, zoogeography and life histories (see Adler, who stated "[he] was the leading Russian herpetologist at the turn of the century"). One snake species, and one snake subspecies are new. Well-illustrated. In Russian, but the diagnoses of taxa in Latin. The title is in Russian and in Latin. Uncut. Label with handwritten title on front board; a former owner's name, "H. Erogalev [?] written in an old hand on the title, next to weak, private library stamp "H. E."; a few annotations in an old hand; paper a bit toned, as usual, a few, isolated spots, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Very rare. Adler I, pp. 68-69. Not in Nissen.

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