A Monograph of the Snakes of Japan, in 3 text volumes + Portfolio of color plates, in portfolio case with bone-clasped ties
By Maki, M.
Vol. 1 (English text): Pp. 240, 158 text-figures; Vol. 2 (Japanese text): Pp. 4 + 3 + 57, 75 text-figures; Vol. 3 (Japanese text): Pp. 248, 376 text-figures; + 86 fine color plates with attached original tissue guards in place in a folding cream-colored portfolio. Recent pale-blue cloth-covered folding portfolio case with bone-clasped ties and with orange printed author/title label on the front cover, thick lg folio. This is the rare first printing of this classic work on the snakes of Japan. The three text volumes and the 86 fine color plated are contained in one large portfolio case. The color plates represent some of the best illustrations of snakes produced in the 20th century. This work was published in Japan over a two year period. In 1931 the English text, selected accounts of the Japanese text and the first 39 color plates were issued; in 1933 the full Japanese text and the remaining color plates (numbers 40-86) were issued. Maki began writing this monograph in 1927 while he was earning his D.Sc. degree at Kyoto Imperial University. This monograph served as his thesis for the degree which was awarded in 1932 (Adler, volume 1, p. 109). This pre-war Maki is seldom offered for sale.
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|Number of Volumes||3|
|Condition Description||Two of the text volumes shows bumps to the outer corners, the plates all have their original tissue guards; a tight and clean copy in very good condition in a fine folding portfolio case.|