A very good copy of the text to this important book. No plates included except the portrait of the author and one uncolored plate of a Samoan.
Marginal page repair on leaf 53/54 and plate I (very minor, see photos). Foxing on endpapers with a few spots on the titlepage and first two pages. A Very Good copy. Herpetology Mexicana was the earliest significant post-Linnean treatise on the lizards and crocodilians of Mexico. The first 21 pages of the book details Wiegmann's system of classification of the "Sauri,"– Lizards and Crocodiles. This section was initially published earlier in 1834 under the title "Systematis Saurorum Prodromus, e specimens herpetologiae Mexicanae primo seorsim editus." The second part of the book consists of Weigmann's taxonomic treatment of the lizards and crocodiles of Mexico. Included are the descriptions of 32 new species of lizards, some of which had been briefly described earlier in Oken's Isis. Descriptions of seven new genera are also given, including Heloderma. All of the descriptions are based on specimens collected by Ferdinand Deppe and Count von Sack in the 1820s. In 1969 the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles reprinted this work in a smaller format with black and white plates and an introduction by Edward H. Taylor — from which the information above can be found along with additional information about the collection and Wiegmann. This book is one of the most difficult herpetological books to be found today with very few copies coming on the retail market in the last 60 years. In addition to it's scarcity, This large folio (12.5' x 18.75' or 31.75 cm x 47.5 cm) book is especially appealing because of its taxonomic importance and the ten beautifully hand-colored lithograph plates.
Bory de Saint-Vincent, Jean Baptiste Geneviève Marcellin. 1804. Voyage dans les Quatre Principales Iles des Mers d'Afrique. Atlas. F. Buisson, Paris, 4 p. 56 plates.Twenty folding plates, some quite large.Original wrappers with some repairs and spine reinforced. Inside with some occasional foxing and spotting. In a newer cloth slipcase. An impressive atlas of plates from Bory de Saint Vincent's voyage to explore the principle islands in the African seas. Most plates depict landscapes or plants, with one plate of fish, one of a turtle, one map, and a few of invertebrates
Morch paper on pages189-207, with one engraved plate. This is the complete issue and also contains four papers by Edward D., Cope: On the Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica On the Batrachia and Reptilia collected by Dr. John M. Branford during the Nicaraguan Canal Survey of 1874 Report on the Reptiles brought by Professor James Orton from the middle and upper Amazon and western Peru Note on the Ichthyology of Lake Titicaca
The Four Cope papers are on pages: 93-154; 155-157; 159-183; 185-188, 6 plates. This is the complete issue and also includes: Morch, O. A. L.: A descriptive catalogue of the Scalidae of the West India Islands. pages 189-207, 1 plate. Several new species described in this volume.
The Toldt paper is on pages 43-53. This is part of the complete issue. Other contents areCognetti de Martiis L.: Eine neue Opithodrilus-Art aus BrasilienReiser O.: Liste der VogelartenReiser O.: VogelSiebenrock, Friedrich: Schildkröten von BrasilienSiebenrock, Friedrich: Die Brillenkaimane von BrasilienSpandl H.: Das Zooplankton des Paranagua-Sees
Reiser papers on pages 55-105; 107-252, 1 color plate, 2 maps This is part of the complete issue. Other contents are: Cognetti de Martiis L.: Eine neue Opithodrilus-Art aus Brasilien Siebenrock, Friedrich: Schildkröten von Brasilien Siebenrock, Friedrich: Die Brillenkaimane von Brasilien Spandl H.: Das Zooplankton des Paranagua-Sees Toldt K.: Dir Chiropterenausbeute
Cognetti de Martiis paper on pages 41-42. This is part of the complete issue. Other contents are: Reiser O.: Liste der Vogelarten Reiser O.: VogelSiebenrock, Friedrich: Schildkröten von BrasilienSiebenrock, Friedrich: Die Brillenkaimane von BrasilienSpandl H.: Das Zooplankton des Paranagua-SeesToldt K.: Dir Chiropterenausbeute
Lea paper on pages 5-66, with 21 lithographic plates. This is part of the complete issue and includes: Cope: On the structure and distribution of the genera of the arciferous Anura. pages 67-112.
Lea paper on pages 113-187, with 3 lithographic plates. This is part of the complete issue and includes: Cope: On the families of the Reniform Anura. pages 189-206, 1 plate
Cope paper on pages 189-206; 1 plate - the plate is from the Cope paper in 6(1). This is the complete issue and includes: Lea, Isaac: New Unionidae, Melanidae, etc., Chiefly of the United States. pages 113-187, 3 plates.
Cope paper on pages 67-112. This is part of the complete issue. Also includes: Lea, Isaac: New Unionidae, Melanidae, etc., chiefly of the United States. Pages 5-65, with 21 lithographic plates.
Pages 1-39, 3 plates. Complete issue of this journal. Other contents are: Cognetti de Martiis L.: Eine neue Opithodrilus-Art aus Brasilien Reiser O.: Liste der Vogelarten Reiser O.: Vogel Spandl H.: Das Zooplankton des Paranagua-Sees Told k.: Dir Chiropterenausbeute
viii, 144, 7 hand-colored plates. Facsimile reprint with hand-colored plates. Limited to 100 signed & numbered copies. This is number 14/100. This special facsimile has been painstakingly produced to equal the original in quality and presentation. Each of the seven plates have been individually hand-colored by Lara Carroll. Plate seven was also printed by hand lithography. The entire book is printed on 100% cotton, mould-made paper imported from England.In 1832, Prince Maximilian and his artist, Carl Bodmer embarked on an expedition through North America to compare the Indians and natural history to those of South America which the prince had explored earlier. Their Journey would take them deep into the interior of North America, to Fort McKenzie, near present-day Great Falls, Montana. After returning to Europe in 1834, Prince Maxmilian spent the rest of his life studying his collections. This book is his major contribution to North American herpetology and is illustrated with seven beautifully handcolored plates of turtles and salamanders by Carl Bodmer.
Title, xxviii, 329 p.; xii, 373, 10 folding plates. First French edition, greatly expanded from the 1767 edition. Fontana's extensive research on snake venom is considered the beginning of modern toxicology."A contribution to comparative zoology by one of the foremost anatomists of the eighteenth century" - Wood. p. 344
(10), viii, 116, 48 engraved plates (24 handcolored each with an uncolored key plate), 1 colored, engraved frontis. A very clean copy of the most well known and most desirable book on amphibians. Some plates trimed close effecting plate numbers on colored plates xiv, xix & xx, and uncolored plates xix, xx, xxi, xxii and a small portion of image (head of a dissectng pin) on both versions of plate xix. Faint dampstain on upper, inside corner of text pages 59-74 and a couple of the plates in this section. "The present volume is one of the classics of amphibiology. The illustrations are of the finest and the whole work is admirably done. The title and text appear both in Latin and german and there is a preface by A. von Haller—altogether a very valuable, early contribution to the literature of the batrachia." — Wood, 1931. August Johan Roesel was born into an Austrian noble family in Augustenburg, near Arnstadt, Germany on March 30, 1705. Following the early death of his father, his godmother, the reigning princess of Arnstadt-Schwarzburg, assumed responsibility for his education. She encouraged his artistic ability and in 1720 he was apprenticed to his uncle, Wilhem Roesel von Rosenhof, a well known painter. Four years later Rosel went to Nuremburg to continue his art training under the supervision of Johan Daniel Preisler. In 1726 Rosel went to the Danish court in Copenhagen to paint portraits and minatures. His paintings were so well received that he was asked to settle in Denmark. Unwilling to stay in Denmark he returned to Germany in 1728. During his journey back to Nuremberg, a high fever forced him to to stay in Hamburg for four-weeks. While in Hamburg, an aquaintance brought him a copy of Maria Sybilla Merian's book, Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium (1705). This book inspired Roesel to do a similar study of German species. After returning to Nuremburg, Roesel began studying the local fauna in his spare time. After years of study, the first part of his Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung was published (1740). The book was praised for its outstanding illustrations, but Roesel also defined insects systematically and divided them into natural groups. Today he is considered the Father of German Entology. Insects were not the only animals Rosel was studying, and in 1753, the same year he added von Rosenhof to his name, the first part of his Historia Naturalis Ranarum Nostratium/Die natürliche Histoire der Frösche hiesigen Landes was published. This book was completed in 1758 and Abrecht von Haller contributed a preface to the work. The text of this book is in parallel columns of Latin and German, thus the double title. At a time when most zoological texts contained mere descriptions of animals (e.g., Catesby 1731-43. The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands; Seba 1734-1765. Locupletissimi rerum Naturalium Thesauri; or Linnaeus 1759. Systema Naturae), Roesel von Rosenhof described the natural history of amphibians in great detail. He could probably be considered the Father of Herpetological Natural History. Roesel von Rosenhof had begun a companion volume on lizards and salamanders, but in early 1759 a stroke paralyzed his left side. He died shortly after on March 27, 1759. (Adler, 1989; Gues, 1975) Nissen ZBI 3464, BMNH p. 1720, Wood p. 541, Engelmann p. 422, Agassiz p. 211, Savage p. 655, Waterhouse p. 341
xxviii, 70 p., (2), 26 plates (plus 36 plates from the Ophiologie volume). Plates are: Amphibians 7 plates; Turtles 6 plates; Lizards & Crocodilians 13 plates; Snakes 36 plates. "The Encyclopédie Methodique is a modified version of Diderot and d'Alembert's great encyclopedia. It comprises 196 volumes, issued between 1782 and 1832. Herpetological matters are dealt with by Dauberton and by Bonnaterre." (Vanzolini)The two herpetology sections by Bonnaterre rely heavily on Lacepède, which is openly copied in parts. This work is a good example of late eighteenth century popular natural history. The engravings are generally copied from other works, but still hold some interest today. Being printed before pulp was used to make paper, the archival quality of this book is excellent and it remains in very good condition today.