Herpetology of Missouri
By Hurter, Julius
Pp. 59-274; 7 full page plates (black-and-white photos, line-drawings). Early one-half brown leather over tan cloth, gilt-lettered on spine, decorated page edges, lg 8vo. From the Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, volume 20. According to Adler (History of Herpetology, vol. 3, 153-154), this work is first scholarly review of the herpetology of Missouri. It is also Hurter’s principal herpetological work. The volume covers 99 species: 19 salamanders, 16 frogs, 8 lizards, 38 snakes and 18 turtles. Hurter’s species accounts are filled with many personal observations demonstrating the author’s knowledge of the animals in the field. This book served as the standard summary of the topic for over one-half century (after Adler). This work has nice coverage of the turtles of and tortoises of Missouri which are featured in the black-and-white photos-plates. This herpetological review of Missouri is extremely rare because few copies of the Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis were printed. This volume is also from the research collection of herpetologist Lauren E. Brown with his signature on the title page.
|Publisher||Nixon-Jones Printing Co.|
|Publisher Place||St. Louis|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||Two pages (p. 168, p. 169) have old cello tape repairs along the top margin, there is some underlining in pencil and a few annotations in ink, light sunning to the spine; overall a bright and clean copy in near fine condition in an attractive binding.|