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- 'The Poisonous Snakes of India. For the Use of Officials and Others Residing in India'. London: J. & A. Churchill, 1878
- Paper, ink, leather
Large 8vo (9 11/16 x 7 1/4 in.; 246 x 183mm). 21 plates, 19 of which in color; foxing sometimes affecting plates, offsetting, one or two closed marginal tears to text leaves, plate 2 with small tear. Modern quarter red calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, gilt-lettered black labels to second and fourth, others with floral motif in blindstamp.
First edition, limited to 1000 copies. "The object contemplated in publishing this small work (which may be viewed as a supplement to Sir Joseph Fayrer's 'Thanatophidia of India') has been to place in the hands of the busy officials of India a handy-book, by means of which they may easily recognise any of the poisonous reptiles of the Peninsula." In fact, the plates present here were taken from Fayrer's 'Thanatophidia of India', and are reproduced in a smaller format. With very few exceptions the snakes depicted were drawn from life by members of the Calcutta School of Art.