KREFFT, GERARD. 1830-1881. The Snakes of Australia; an Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of All the Known Species. Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1869.

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KREFFT, GERARD. 1830-1881.
The Snakes of Australia; an Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of All the Known Species. Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1869.

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KREFFT, GERARD. 1830-1881.
The Snakes of Australia; an Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of All the Known Species. Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1869.
4to (267 x 185 mm). xxv, 100 pp. 12 lithographed plates. Original printed boards rebacked with cloth. Custom clamshell case. Margin of title and of a few plates renewed, leaves and plates slightly toned with minor offset to a few plates, light soiling to boards.

FIRST EDITION of the first comprehensive study of Australian snakes. 700 copies were printed by government printer Richards, paid for by Krefft himself. From the preface: "Frequent experiments have enabled me to distinguish between venomous and dangerous venomous snakes; and it must be a source of congratulation that, with the many new discoveries in this branch of Natural History during the last ten years, not one really dangerous serpent has been added to our fauna."
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