The Tailless Batrachians of the Japanese Empire

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The Tailless Batrachians of the Japanese Empire

By Okada, Yaichiro

SKU# 18256

$ 650.00

Pp. (2), 215; 29 full page plates (17 plates in color of frogs, 4 plates in black-and-white photos of tadpoles, 8 plates of anatomical line-drawings of frogs), 97 text-figures (mostly line-drawings).  Early green cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine, with the original printed pale-green wrappers bound in place, lg 4to (12 x 9 inches).  This fine Japanese monograph was first published in the Japanese language in 1930 under the title “Monograph of Japanese Tailless Batrachians.”  In 1931 Okada published the English version of the monograph, offered here, under a slightly different title “The Tailless Batrachians of the Japanese Empire.”  As this English edition was published for the foreign community, it is interesting to note that the term “Japanese Empire” was used.  In 1931, the Japanese Empire included Formosa (now Taiwan) and Korea.  Tipped in on the page facing the front wrapper is a tag labeled “With the Author’s Compliments, (signed) Y. Okada.”  This work was owned first by herpetologist Charles E. Burt with his name stamp on the front wrapper and title page and his name in gilt at bottom of the cloth spine.  It was later owned by herpetologist Kraig Adler with his small signature on the title page and his bookplate and name-stamp on the front facing endpapers.

Publisher Imperial Agricultural Experiment Station
Publisher Place Nishigahara, Tokyo, Japan
Date Published 1931
Date Published Estimated No
Edition First edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Near fine
Condition Description The green cloth binding shows some minor edge wear, the contents are very bright and clean; a near fine copy.
Limited Edition