Great thoughts on a small lizard

Mertens, R.

[Original manuscript of his paper on Grandidier's dwarf gecko, Lygodactylus tuberifer Boettger and its lectotype]

Published [1970]
Item ID 72180

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[Frankfurt am Main, 1970]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of eight uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).

The original manuscript of Robert Mertens's publication on a Madagascan gecko, titled Über Lygodactylus tuberifer und seinen Lectotype, published in Senckenberiana Biologica 46, pp. 467-469. Professor Robert Mertens (1894-1975) was one of Germany's foremost zoologists and herpetologists during the 20th century. In 1919, after completing his studies, he became first assistant of the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt am Main. In 1920 he became curator for herpetology, and in 1934 head of the zoological section. Finally, in 1947 he became director. Mertens was not only one of the foremost herpetologists of his time, but also one of the most productive of all time. This manuscript reveals some of his methodology. First he carefully wrote a draft in blue ink, usually with few original additions and corrections, then he made new corrections and additions in pencil. Most leaves are separately numbered, but the fourth has an "a" and "b" number, apparently replacing an earlier leaf 4, with additions. The last leaf has some additional notations on its verso. All leaves in very good condition. Adler I, pp. 98-99; Schirner, 665.

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