Manuscripts and Letters

The original works of scientists and travellers, written and/or drawn

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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on the Cape platanna or Cape clawed toad, Xenopus gilli Rose and Hewitt]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1970]. Handwritten on rectos of eight uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€150.00
Careful thinking and writing by Robert Mertens
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on Grandidier's dwarf gecko, Lygodactylus tuberifer Boettger and its lectotype]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1970]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of eight uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€150.00
Great thoughts on a small lizard
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on the life and herpetological work of Leopold Fitzinger]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1973]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of 21 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€375.00
Robert Mertens on Leopold Fitzinger: an interesting manuscript
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on biological travels in central Australia]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1965]. Handwritten on rectos of four uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€180.00
Handwritten reflections of an important herpetologist
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on the development of salamanders from the Caucasus]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1968]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of two uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm), and two leaves (30.0 x 21.0 cm) of the same text, as typed manuscript.
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€150.00
A glimpse of Robert Mertens at work
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the variability of the dice snake, Natrix tessellata ].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1969]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of 14 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), and in pencil one one very large oblong (29.7 x 42.0 cm) graph paper sheet.
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€275.00
Robert Mertens at work: thoughts on snakes
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the true identity of the snake, Naja celebensis Ahl].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1961]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of three large, uniform, loose, ruled leaves (29.7 x 21.0 cm).
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€180.00
Robert Mertens's handwritten draft on a mysterious snake
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the variability of the striped kukri snake, Oligodon octolineatus (Schneider)].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1969]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of 23 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), a photocopy of a single leaf of G. A. Boulenger's Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum , volume II (1894) with a few annotations by Mertens; and another 14 leaves of several sizes, a few with printed text.
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€275.00
Robert Mertens at work: a revealing Robert Mertens pondering on Oligodon
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the intraspecific variability in reptiles].
[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.
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€375.00
Robert Mertens on speciation, in his own hand
Botanical...
Paradis, C.
Botanical manuscript with pencil-drawings of plants.
19th century French manuscript with 15 very accurate pencil-drawings with their descriptions in a very neat handwriting. No place, no publisher (ca. 1850?). Small folio (33 x 25.5 cm). Half calf over pebbled boards with gilt borders, embossed initials "C. P" on front board, spine with gilt floral pattern and title "Botanique". All edges gilt.
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€1,200.00
Fine drawings of beautiful plants, joined with fine calligraphy
Musterbuch...
[Pattern book]
Musterbuch für Stahldruck.
Unpublished [n.d., but ca. 1890]. Folio (32.5 x 21.0 cm). Ca. 300 pages, with over 2,500 finely hand-coloured decorative transfers in Art Nouveau and romantic styles. Black blind half calf over black boards. Front board with original, neatly handwritten label.
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€6,200.00
A masterpiece of ceramic illustrations
Käfer West...
Peetz, [F.]
Käfer Westfl. [Westfalens]: the manuscript of the never-published "Coleoptera Westfalica".
Unpublished, ca. 1928-1937. In two volumes. 8vo (21.6 x 13.8 cm). xvi, 402, [viii] pp., one map; xxii, 372, [xi] pp. Uniform original pebbled half cloth over marbled boards.
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€1,200.00
A large and detailed, unpublished manuscript on German beetles