Tha Fauna of South Africa: Mammals Volume 1 and Mammals Volume 2. W. L. Sclater.

Tha Fauna of South Africa: Mammals Volume 1 and Mammals Volume 2

Hardcover, London: R. H. Porter, 1900. First Edition. Very Good. Two volumes. Octavo, pp. Xxx, 324; xii, 241. Volume 1: 80 illustrations in the text, 1 fold-out map in color, bibliography, systematic index. Volume 2: 70 illustrations in the text, systematic index, full Index to both volumes, 28 pages of publisher's ads. Bond in publisher's green cloth with gold cover decorations and spine titles. Top page edges gilt. Both volumes have previous owner's bookplate on their front pastedowns. Volume 1 binding cracked at front gutter and is somewhat loose although still sound and all pages present. Bumped at both ends of spine. Age spotting to side page edges. Volume 2: binding tight, book is perhaps unread. Age spotting to side and bottom page edges. Both ends of spine bumped. A few small white spots to edge of front cover. W. L. Sclater (1863-1944) was a British Zoologist who moved to South Africa with his wife in 1896 and became the curator of the South Africa Museum. While he was curator Sclater wrote these 2 volumes on the mammals of South Africa. The Fauna of South Africa is actually a 6 volume set - 4 volumes on birds written by Arthur C. Stark and edited by Sclater and these 2 on mammals written by Sclater. We offer the 2 volumes on mammals only. According to the introduction of this work, these 2 volumes on mammals are the first time a book attempted to include information on all the mammals of South Africa. One of the more valuable (for book collectors) features of this set is the Bibliography in volume 1 in which Sclater lists the previously published books he found most helpful in his research. The list includes many important exploration and sporting books. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. [Item #77598]

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