Reptilia Musei zoologici Vratislaviensis. Recensita et descripta. [OR] Deliciae Musei zoologici Vratislaviensis. Fasciculus primus. Continens Chelonios et Batrachia.
Item ID 70376
Lipsiae [Leipzig], Leopold Voss, 1829. Folio (40.5 x 25.5 cm). Half-title, double title page, 106 pp. including dedication page and second half title; 17 finely engraved plates of which 13 delicately hand-coloured. Contemporary pebbled half cloth over dark grey marbled boards. Later printed label on the spine. A very rare work by the German herpetologist and entomologist Johann Ludwig Christian Carl Gravenhorst (1777-1857). The work was published under two different titles, both present here. The alternate title, "Deliciae..." suggests that it was to be part of a larger series. This, however, is all that has been published. Nevertheless, it contains a wealth of information, including the descriptions and illustrations of many new and lesser-known species of amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders) and turtles from Gravenhorst's private collection, which he donated to the Museum of the University of Breslau (now Wrocław), of which he became the director. The illustrations and descriptions are very detailed. The species dealt with are from various parts of the world; according to Vanzolini, three South American turtles, including at least one new species, are included. Plates I-III and V are not coloured, as always. Uncut. With the widest possible margins (i.e. text slightly larger than plates). A few small spots and smudges to the lower margin of a few text leaves. Otherwise a very good, clean and unmarked copy. Adler I, p. 28; Nissen ZBI, 1682; Vanzolini I, p. 43. A great copy of an exceedingly rare and scientifically important herpetological work