Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of captain George S. Nares, R.N., F.R.S. and captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N. prepared under the superintendence of the late Sir. C. Wyville-Thomson, Knt., F.R.S., &c. and now of John Murray. Zoology. Volume IV. Report on the deep-sea medusae dredged by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76.
Item ID 73441
London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1882. Large 4to (31.9 x 25.3 cm). cv, 154 pp.; 32 lithographed plates (mostly chromolithography) with explanatory text leaves, 16 wood-engravings in the text. Original green, blind stamped cloth boards with bevelled edges. Spine with gilt title. Black endpapers. From the famous series, The Zoology of the Challenger Expedition , volume IV, part XII. Written and illustrated by Ernst Haeckel who, with his fine drawings of invertebrates, inspired the Jugendstil/Art Nouveau movement. Since the Challenger voyage was the first serious deep water expedition, the work contains numerous new species. Rebacked with the original spine cover laid down. In this volume we also find the obituary and list of publications of Sir Charles Wyville-Thomson, chief promoter of the Challenger expedition, and two other contributions: one on the anatomy of the petrels by W. Forbes, with some chromolitigographed plates, and the other by W. Theel on the Holothuria (sea cucumbers) collected by the expedition. The latter with 46 fine lithographed plates. Library label on the front pastedown. Half-title and a few other leaves foxed, small, marginal dampstain to a few plates, otherwise clean. Rare, especially when complete, and far superior to the later reprint. Nissen ZBI, 4754. Ernst Haeckel's work on jellyfish which inspired the Jugendstil and Art Nouveau movements