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The snakes of Australia : an illustrated and descriptive catalogue of all the known species / by Gerard Krefft
Bib ID 631322
Format BookBook
Author
Krefft, Gerard, 1830-1881
 
Description Sydney : Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1869 
xxv, 100 pages, [12] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 27 cm. 
Notes

Includes indexes.

The first Australian reptile book.

Some issues are coloured.

Library has three coloured issues: GMM copy and both SRq copies. Variant colouring has been noted in different copies of Plate 10, Death Adder, although it has not been established whether they represent simultaneous issues in two states or earlier or later issues. All three of the Library's copies are coloured brown (representing the desert colouring of the inland species) rather than black (the coastal species). GMM copy more elaborately and precisely coloured, with red added to the tips of the head and the tail. The vegetation is also separately tinted, rather than done with the quick overall wash found in the other copies.

Library's SR copy half bound in black leather with five raised bands; Angus, Robertson & Shenstone, Melbourne booksellers' label pasted inside front cover; stamped Commowealth of Australia, Library of the Parliament and accessioned 1320, 27 July 1903.

Library's SR2 copy has red cloth binding; stamped Railway Institute Redfern, Sydney; tape repairs to pages 8-9.

Library's GMM copy signed Gregory M. Mathews; accessionsed E133363, 27 Jun 1940.

Library's FR F11247 (FC) copy uncoloured; bears bookplate of the Ferguson Collection, National Library Canberra; front cover detatched.

Cited In

Ferguson, J.A. Bibliography of Australia, 11247

Wood, C.A. Vertebrate zoology, page 422

Subjects Snakes -- Australia -- Identification.  |  Sea snakes -- Australia.

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