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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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Robert Mertens at work: a revealing Robert Mertens pondering on Oligodon
Faune de l...
Nikolsky, A. M. [Nikolskii]
Faune de la Russie et des pays limitrophes fondée principalement sur les collections du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Petrograd. Reptiles (Reptilia). Volumes I-II. [Complete].
Petrograd, Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Petrograd, 1915-1916. Two volumes in two. 8vo (25.0 x 16.6 cm). 884 [534; 350] pp.; 133 [69; 64] text engravings, 17 [9; 8] plates. Uniform original printed wrappers.
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"His most comprehensive herpetological work" (Adler)
The great...
Oudemans, A. C.
The great sea-serpent. A historical and critical treatise. With the reports of 187 appearances (including those of the appendix), the suppositions and suggestions of scientific and non-scientific persons, and the author's conclusions.
Leiden, E. J. Brill; London, Luzac, 1892. Large 8vo (24.7 x 17.1 cm). xv, 592 pp.; 82 wood engravings. Publisher's red cloth with gilt title on the front board and spine.
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Early cryptozoology by a teacher of Maurits Escher
De voornaa...
Ouwens, P. A.
De voornaamste giftslangen van Nederlandsch Oost-Indië. Met een verhandeling over de verschijnselen en over de behandeling van giftigen slangenbeet door Dr. G. W. Kiewiet de Jonge.
Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1916. Large 4to (31.6 x 24.9 cm). Half title, title-page, pp. 3-22, [i]; 19 lithographed plates of which 17 in full colour. Contemporary green cloth with original green printed front wrapper mounted on the front board.
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A seldom-seen, beautifully illustrated work on the poisonous snakes of the Malayan Archipelago
Pfurtscheller, P.
Ophidia. Tropidonotus natrix . [Grass snake]. Tab. 18.
Wien, Pichler's Witwe & Sohn, ca. 1910. Very large (140 x 130 cm) broadsheet. Lithographed on two half-sheets, combined into one. Printed in chromolithography on one side.
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A very rare large, pictorial wall chart depicting the morphology and anatomy of the grass snake
Animaux ve...
Phisalix, M.
Animaux venimeux et venins. La fonction venimeuse chez tous les animaux, les appareils venimeux, les venins et leurs propriétés, les fonctions et usages des venins, l'envenimation et son traitement.
Paris, Masson, 1922. In two parts. 8vo (23.5 x 15.3 cm). xxv, 656 pp.; xii, 864 pp.; 17 plates (five in colour), 521 figures. Contemporary uniform half calf over marbled boards. Gilt title on the spines.
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"Marie Phisalix magnum opus" (Adler): rare and well-illustrated work
The Fauna...
Smith, M. A.
The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Published under the authority of the Secretary of State for India in Council. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. I. Loricata, Testudines. Vol. II. - Sauria. Vol. III. Serpentes. [All published].
London, Taylor & Francis, 1931-1943. Three volumes in three. 8vo (22.5 x 15.5 cm). [I(1931): xxviii, 185 pp.; 42 text figures, two plates; II (1935): xiii, 440 pp., 93 text figures, one unnumbered and one numbered plate, several maps; III (1943): xii, 583, (vi) pp., 166 text figures, very large, multi-folded map in two colours]. Original uniform red blind stamped cloth with gilt title on the spines.
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A rare, complete set of what is "still the most definite work on the region" (Adler)
Synopsis d...
Strauch, A. [A.]
Synopsis der Viperiden, nebst Bemerkungen über die geographische Verbreitung dieser Giftschlangen-Familie.
St.-Petersbourg, Académie Impériale des Sciences, 1869. Folio (30.9 x 23.9 cm). Title page, 144 pp., two finely engraved plates. Near-contemporary burgundy half buckram over reptile-skin boards. Black leather label with gilt title on the spine.
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Import contribution to ophiology by Russia's first eminent herpetologist
Thornton, R. J.
Stapelias. [from the Temple of Flora ]
London, the author, 1812. Single sheet (38.5 x 29.1 cm) on thick wove-paper; printed surface ca. 30 x 19 cm. Mezzotint, with original hand-colouring.
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Rich in detail: a fine but ominous plate from the work that brought about the author's demise
Etudes méd...
Viaud-Grand-Marais, A.
Etudes médicales sur les serpents de la Vendée et de la Loire-inférieure. Deuxième édition.
St. Germain, L. Toinon, 1867-1869. 8vo (24.8 x 16.0 cm). 260 pp.; some woodcuts in the text. Printed wrappers.
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A very rare work on French poisonous snakes
Beiträge z...
Wiegmann, A. F. A.
Beiträge zur Zoologie, gesammelt auf einer Reise um die Erde, von Dr. F. J. F. Meyen. Siebende Abhandlung. Amphibien.
Breslau and Bonn, Academia Caesareae Leopoldino-Carolinae, 1835. Large 4to (29.5 x 22.5 cm). Title page, pp. [185]-268, 268a-d; ten finely engraved plates of which five are delicately hand-coloured. Contemporary marbled boards. Cloth spine with gilt title. Marbled endpapers.
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Extremely rare - with the plates coloured - treatise on amphibians and reptiles
Die Reptil...
Wolterstorff, W. [G.]
Die Reptilien und Amphibien der nordwestdeutschen Berglande. Unter Mitwirkung von E. Cruse, W. Henneberg, Klöber, H. Kloos, P. Krefft, J. Sömmerling, Fr. Westhoff u. A.
Magdeburg, Walther Niemann, 1893. 8vo (20.1 x 13.3 cm). [iv], 242 pp.; 17 text engravings. Contemporary grained half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt title. Marbled edges.
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A very rare work on the herpetology of north-western Germany