Author Erlanger, C. von Eine ornithologische Forschungsreise durch Tunesien. Mit 15 farbigen und 2 schwarzen Tafeln, 1 Textbild, 1 nach photographischer Aufname gefertiges Schwarzdruckbild, einer Karte und 2 Verbreitungslisten.
Published 1898-1899
Item ID 71746
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Berlin, Friedländer [Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft], 1898-1899. 8vo (22.1 x 14.3 cm). 611 pp. [377-497; 213-532, 1-105, 1-65]; 26 numbered plates; mostly chromolithographs or hand-coloured collotypes (two plain lithographs), one unnumbered collotype plate ( Lagerplatz bei Oase Gabes ), one large multi-folded coloured map. Mid 20th-century gilt-bordered half morocco over grained morocco. Spine with for raised bands, gilt-rolled ornamental bands at head and foot and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Original printed wrapper bound in. A seldom-seen work as it was published in the rare Journal für Ornithologie . This is a consolidating offprint, combining the two separate parts in which it was published. Carlo Freiherr von Erlanger (1872-1904) travelled through Tunesia in 1893, and again in the winter of 1896-1897 in the company of Carl Hilgert, Paul W. H. Spatz and Johann Holtermüller. He died one day before his 32nd birthday, being an early victim of an automobile accident. Plate numbering follows the Journal, as follows: IV-V (both plain); VI-XIII (full colour and hand-coloured); V-IX (full colour). According to the legend, the latter actually consists of two plates, IX.I and IX.II, but are bound in as six separate plates (not separately counted by us); XIII-XIV; II-IV; XI-XII; X; XV-XVII. This shows that the title is incorrect - there are 26 numbered plates (27 if IX.I and IX.II are counted separately), as well as an unnumbered photographic plate inserted in the text section, and one very large, folding, unnumbered map. The Verbreitungsliste mentioned in the title deal with mammals (author Paul Matschie), and reptiles (by Otto Boettger and Gustav Tornier). Short tear near the adhesion point of the large Tunesia map; a few weak spots and light marginal toning, but mostly quite clean. The colouring bright. A very good copy. This work rarely appears on the market or in auctions, the last auction record dates from 1993 and it is unclear if that was as complete as this one. Neither in Nissen IVB, nor in Zimmer.