Roma, Centro Studi Africa Orientale, 1939-1940. In four volumes. Large 8vo (24.9 x 17.6 cm). 2,154 pp. [537, 719, 463, 435]; over 500 text illustrations; 23 [0; 16; 7; 0] plates, mostly coloured, one coloured map and one large, folded map. Uniform original quarter cloth over printed boards. Spines with large, printed labels.
An important scientific expedition to this province in southern Ethiopia, bordering Kenya, divided in several sections, mostly written by its chief editor, Edoardo Zavattari (1883-1972), viz. Condizioni biogeografiche e anthropiche (Volume 1), of anthropological and ethnographical interest, with many photos of people, tools, etc., as well as landscapes, geological observations and general chapters on birds, molluscs, etc.; Raccolte zoologiche, mostly on entomology, with many new species – in particular Coleoptera and Hemiptera – and birds, but also molluscs (including new species), Oligochaeta, ticks, etc. (Volumes 2 and 3; both very nicely illustrated); and Raccolte botaniche (Volume 4; with many page-sized illustrations of plants). First volume with the front hinge partly split near the top end; otherwise in near mint condition, clean and unmarked. Not in Nissen.