Tailed Amphibians of Japan
By Sato, Ikio
Pp. (2), 16, (1), 520; 31 full page color plates (each with a descriptive leaf of text), 149 text-figures, 1 double-page fine halftone plate of 17 stages of embryological development of a tailed amphibian, three full page maps (partly colored). Publisher’s original dark blue cloth, lettered in silver on the spine, front cover with silver vertical rule, in original cardboard slipcase lettered in black on the front cover and spine, sm 4to. The volume was limited to 1000 numbered copies, this is copy no. 344. This massive monograph covers the salamanders of Imperial Japan including Formosa (Taiwan) and Korea. According to Adler (vol. 1, p. 122-123), “this is a masterful treatise, with beautiful color plates, and includes systematics, life histories, embryology, and chromosome morphology.” The author, Ikio Sato, was Japan’s leading expert on salamanders and was Professor of Biology at Hiroshima University. “On August 6, 1945, while waiting for a streetcar to his laboratory, he suffered extensive radiation exposure during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and died six days later in Hiroshima City at the age of 42” (Adler, p. 122). Sato had been working on an English translation of his ‘Tailed Amphibians of Japan’ at the time of his death; unfortunately, that manuscript was burned when his home was destroyed in the bombing (Adler). Additionally, any copies of the monograph that Sato or his Hiroshima colleague had were also destroyed in the bombing making the work all the more scarce. The text is in Japanese with Latin names of species used through the volume. The color plates are very well done. No ownership marks and few signs of use.
|Publisher||Nippon Publishing Company|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||Light rubbing to the silver lettering on the spine, the title page is lightly tanned, the text is bright and clean as are the fine color plates, there is light edge wear to the slipcase; a tight copy in near fine condition.|