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Detailed description of the genus Tarsius, with 7 lithographed plates

BURMEISTER, Hermann.
Beiträge zur näheren Kenntniss der Gattung Tarsius, ... Nebst einem helminthologischen Anhange von Dr. Creplin.
Berlin, Georg Reimer, 1846. Large 4to (31 x 24.5 cm). With 7 lithographed plates (including 1 coloured by hand). Original publisher's printed green boards.
€ 250
First edition of a detailed work on the genus Tarsius (tarsiers) by the German zoologist Karl Hermann Konrad Burmeister (1807-1892). Today Tarsius species can only be bound on Sulawesi and a few other Indonesian islands. The work contains a historical introduction to the genus, which was first described by Buffon; a chapter on the tarsier's appearance, describing its fur and skeleton; and very detailed chapters on the animal's organs, muscular and nerve systems. The hand-coloured plate depicts a tarsier holding on to a branch, the other plates show its skeleton, muscles, nerves and organs, all with details.
Some foxing, mostly on the first and last few leaves. Binding rubbed along the extremities. Otherwise in good condition.
BMC NH, p. 290; Nissen, ZBI 757.
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