The reptiles of western North America. An account of the species known to inhabit California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, British Columbia, Sonora and Lower California. Volume I. Lizards. [AND] Volume II. Snakes and turtles. [Complete].
Item ID 21727
San Francisco, CA, California Academy of Sciences, 1922. Two volumes in two. Large 8vo (26.3 x 18.0 cm). 1,028 pp.; 128 plates. Uniform publisher's cloth. Spines with gilt titles. A rare fine set of this important monograph on the reptiles of California and adjacent regions, dealing with a zoogeographical rather than a geopolitical unit. This is the magnum opus of the American herpetologist John Van Denburgh (1872-1924). According to Adler, "As Holbrook's " North American Herpetology " (1842) did for eastern North America, Van Denburgh's magnum opus " The Reptiles of Western North America ," in two large volumes (1922), laid the foundation for the present-day herpetological studies in the American West". The illustrations - on glossy paper - and descriptions are excellent, and so are these copies: without any markings whatsoever. A near mint set in a nice and solid binding. Adler I, p. 72; Crane Library, AC93. A rare fine, bound set