The Reptiles of North America. A review of the Crocodilians, Lizards, Snakes, Turtles and Tortoises Inhabiting the United States and Northern Mexico

DITMARS, Raymond L.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1936. Profusely illustrated with photographs, and eight colour plates.
First printing of the revised and enlarged edition.
Quarto, gilt-lettered and gilt-decorated mustard-coloured cloth, top edge stained yellow. Slight fading of spine, owner's name in ink on front paste-down, else fine.

Twenty-nine years ago, under the title of The Reptile Book, the first edition of this book appeared as one of the bolumes of The Nature Library: it was not long before it became recognized as a national standard for the study and identification of the reptiles of North America. In a letter to his publishers Dr. Ditmars writes "The work of science is increasing. Exploration is steadily pushed to remote places, studies of animal structure and relationship go on, complications in scientific names are smoothed out, recognition of priority of original descriptions adjusted and names of new species and sub-species are added to the lists.
The task of revising this book has been a formidable one. …Twenty-eight new species of snakes have been discovered since the publication of the The Reptile Book, also forty-seven lizards and ten turtles. Many new sub-species have been named. All are included in this new volume. …". [See Wood p. 320 for The Reptile Book].

Price: $125.00
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