Robert Mertens handwritten concept of a paper on snakes

Mertens, R.

[Original manuscript on the elegant sand racer, Psammophis elegans (Shaw), a snake from West Africa].

Published [1973]
Item ID 72178

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[Frankfurt am Main, 1973]. Handwritten on rectos (two discarded texts on versos) of six uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm).

The original manuscript of Robert Mertens's work titled " Psammophis elegans, eine bemerkenswerte 'Sandrenn-Natter' aus Westafrika", published in Salamandra volume 9, pp. 18-21. Professor Robert Mertens (1894-1975) was one of Germany's foremost zoologists and herpetologists during the 20th century. In 1919, after completing his studies, he became first assistant of the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt am Main. In 1920 he became curator for herpetology, and in 1934 head of the zoological section. Finally, in 1947 he became director. Mertens was not only one of the foremost herpetologists of his time, but also one of the most productive of all time. This manuscript reveals some of his methodology. First he carefully wrote a draft in blue ink, usually with few original additions and corrections, then he added new corrections and additions in pencil. All leaves in very good condition. Adler I, pp. 98-99; Schirner, 774.

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