Author Van Denburgh, J. 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].
Published 1922
Item ID 21727
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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