Careful thinking and writing by Robert Mertens

Mertens, R.

[Original manuscript of his paper on the Cape platanna or Cape clawed toad, Xenopus gilli Rose and Hewitt]

Published [1970]
Item ID 72179
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[Frankfurt am Main, 1970]. Handwritten on rectos of eight uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).

The original manuscript of Robert Mertens's publication on an amphibian, Über den Kaprallenfrosch,Xenopus gilli. Published in Die Aquarium und Terrarium Zeitschrift[ DATZ], volume 23, p. 96. 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 made new corrections and additions in pencil. Most leaves are separately numbered, but one has an "a" number, containing inserted additions. All leaves in very good condition. Adler I, pp. 98-99; Schirner, 727.

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