China. Ergebnisse eigener Reisen und darauf gegründeter Studien. Vierter Band. Palaeontologischer Theil. Enthaltend Abhandlungen von Dr. Wilhelm Dames, Dr. Emanuel Kayser, Dr. G. Lindtröm, Dr. A. Schenk und Dr. Conrad Schwager.
Item ID 71335
Berlin, Dietrich Reimer, 1883. 4to (28.2 x 20.8 cm). xvi, 290 pp.; 15 text engravings, 54 fine, lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves. Original pictorial cloth. Spine with gilt title and black vignette (Chinese dragon). Front board with gilt and black pattered borders, gilt title and black landscape with dragons, turtle with epitaph, and mountains. Bevelled edges. Brown endpapers. Marbled edges. One of the most important contributions ever made to the geological literature of China, based on the surveys and explorations made by the German geologist and geographer Paul Wilhelm Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen (1833-1905), and written by the foremost German palaeontological researchers. The fine illustrations depict hundreds of new species of Brachiopoda, corals, Foraminifera, etc., etc. Von Richthofen coined the word "Seidenstraße" (Silk Road), and was an uncle of the World War I flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, best known as the "Red Baron" (Wikipedia). The complete work contains five volumes and one atlas (1877-1912), and is utterly rare. The only complete set auctioned after WWII brought GBP 47,500 (Sotheby's, 2015). Very slight rubbing to spine ends; old Czech library stamps on front free endpaper recto and title, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Cleevely, World Palaeontology Collections, p. 245; DSB 11, pp. 439-440; Nissen ZBI, 6668. Not in Ward and Carozzi. The rare and important palaeontology part of this seminal work on China