Robert Mertens on speciation, in his own hand

Mertens, R.

[Original manuscript on the intraspecific variability in reptiles].

Published [1971]
Item ID 72187
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[Frankfurt am Main, 1971]. Handwritten on rectos (and a few versos) of 50 loose leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), including 48 ruled leaves and two of graph paper.

The original manuscript of Robert Mertens's work titled Zur Kenntnis der intraspezifischen Formenvielfalt bei Reptilien. 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 corroctions and additions in pencil. All leaves in very good condition. Adler I, pp. 98-99; Schirner, 747.

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