The Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica, Atlas Volume only

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The Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica, Atlas Volume only

By Cope, Edward Drinker

SKU# 17615

$ 400.00

Pp. (2), (1, explanation of plates); 6 full page black-and-white lithographed plates.  Original one-half black leather over black cloth-covered boards, front cover with gilt border decorations and with black leather title/author label outlined by gilt decorations, sm folio (13 x 10 inches; 33.5 x 23.5 cm).  This is the Atlas volume to the rare privately printed first edition that was limited to 50 copies only.  In this work, Cope describes many new species and new genera of reptiles and amphibians from Costa Rica; some are illustrated in this Atlas.  Laid in at front is a 3x5 inch card with a note in ink reading: “Cope’s own personal volume presented to Robert Sutcliffe on August 2, 1949 by Cope’s Grandniece, Mrs. Sangree.  As this work was limited to 50 copies only, printed privately by and for Edward Cope, it seldom comes up for sale.

Publisher privately printed
Publisher Place Philadelphia
Date Published 1877
Date Published Estimated No
Edition Limited edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Very good
Condition Description Tissue guards protecting the six lithographed plates are lightly foxed, endpapers renewed, light edge wear to leather corners, some rubbing to leather along the spine; overall a tight and clean copy in very good condition.
Limited Edition Yes