London, The Zoological Society of London, 1886. Large 4to (32.2 x 25.4 cm). 28 pp. [35-62]; seven very fine lithographed plates, one with a figure (of a snake) hand-coloured. Original printed front wrapper, and later rear wrapper.
A seldom-seen, important and detailed contribution to the herpetology of Solomon Islands, an independant island state northeast of New Guinea. Written by the Belgian herpetologist and ichthyologist George Albert Boulenger (1858-1937). "" (Adler). This paper was largely based on material collected by H. B. Guppy on board HMS Lark, in 1883-1884. The description includes that of many new species and even a new family, and affinities with the adjacent faunal regions are suggested. The plates are beautiful, with some very large figures. Later - matching - rear wrapper, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Adler I, pp. 55-56. Not in Cat. BM(NH).