Hanoi, Gouvernement général de l'Indochine, 1942. Large 4to (32.0 x 23.0 cm). x, 547 pp.; 196 (groups of) text illustrations, four full-colour plates with explanatory text leaves. Original printed wrappers.
The magnum opus on amphibians, of the French herpetologist René Léon Bourret (1884-1957). Well-illustrated. The young (tadpole) stages of many frogs and toads, are illustrated, too. In total, 171 species of toads, frogs, and salamanders are extensively described and illustrated. This monograph includes chapters on distribution, biology, morphology, a key to the species, an historical review and a comprehensive bibliography. Published as sixth Mémoire in the rather obscure series, Mémoires de l'Institut Oceanographique [sic] de l'Indochine, edited by Armand Krempf and Pierre Chevey. Uncut. Light wear to spine ends, otherwise very good, clean. Adler I, p. 107; Adler III, p. 353. Not in Nissen.