The Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica, Atlas Volume only
By Cope, Edward Drinker
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 from 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: “Presented to Robert Sutcliffe, August 2, 1949, by Cope’s Grandniece, Mrs. Sangree from Fairfield.” As this work was limited to 50 copies only, printed privately by and for Edward Cope, it seldom comes up for sale.
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|Condition Description||Tissue guards protecting the six lithographed plates are lightly foxed, endpapers renewed, damp-stains to the bottom inner and outer corners of the second plate to the sixth plate including the tissue guards, light edge wear to leather corners; aside from the damp-stains, this is a tight copy in very good condition.|