Ostéographie des Monotrèmes vivants et fossiles…. ECHIDNA, Paul GERVAIS.

Ostéographie des Monotrèmes vivants et fossiles…

Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1877-, 1878.

Four lithographed plates measuring 552 x 362 mm., one coloured; with accompanying text comprising two unopened quarto gatherings, both plates and text separately preserved in the publishers blue printed titling wrappers.

Monotremes by the great French scientific publisher

Beautifully preserved monograph on the New Guinea echidna, with four large lithographed plates of the highest standard.

Beautifully preserved monograph on the New Guinea echidna, with four large lithographed plates of the highest standard.

The first is coloured and illustrates the echidna in profile, with details of the paws and snout. The other three plates are osteological. Both the plates and accompanying text are complete (the wrappers of the text volume noting the work will comprise three fascicles when finished). The monograph is from the press of Arthus Bertrand, notable for publishing many of the great French voyage accounts of the nineteenth-century, including Peron and Freycinet, Duperrey and Hyacinthe de Bougainville.

The author, Paul Gervais, was a French zoologist and palaeontologist who studied at the Paris Museum of Natural History. He later held chairs at the Faculty of Sciences in Montpellier and the Sorbonne. This monograph was published shortly before his death in 1879 and is complete as issued.

Price (AUD): $7,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504877

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