Tananarive, Pitot de la Beaujardière, 1942. Large 4to (28.1 x 22.5 cm). 193 pp.; 21 plates with explanatory text leaves. Original printed wrappers.
A fine, well-illustrated monograph, written by the French herpetologist Fernand Angel (1881-1950). "His work at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle in Paris began in 1905 as an assistent préparateur under Léon Vaillant" (Adler). Subsequently he became curator of the herpetology collection at the Muséum and remained in this position until his death. He specialized in herpetofauna of Madagascar and other French colonies, e.g., in Southeast Asia and Western Africa. The Malagasy herpetofauna is highly endemic, and especially chameleons are well represented. In this work, published in the series Mémoires de l'Académie Malgache, as fascicule 36, the herpetofauna of the Comoros, north of Madagascar is included. The plates are partly photographic, but mostly after fine, accurate drawings made by Angel himself. Uncut. With the widest possible margins. A very good copy. Adler I, pp. 106-107; Nissen ZBI, 122. Not in the Crane Library.