The gigantic land-tortoises (living and extinct) in the Collection of the British Museum.

The gigantic land-tortoises (living and extinct) in the Collection of the British Museum. Albert C. L. G. Gunther.
The gigantic land-tortoises (living and extinct) in the Collection of the British Museum.
The gigantic land-tortoises (living and extinct) in the Collection of the British Museum.
The gigantic land-tortoises (living and extinct) in the Collection of the British Museum.

London: British Museum, 1877. Small folio, 55 uncoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, all edges speckled, inscribed for the Earl Enniskillen by the author, with the Earl's handsome circular bookplate. A superb copy.

William Willoughby Cole, third Earl of Enniskillen, FRS (1807-1886), known by his courtesy title of Viscount Cole from 1807 to 1840, was an Irish palaeontologist and Conservative Member of Parliament.

German-born British herpetologist Albert Karl Ludwig Gotthilf Günther (1830- 1914) was, along with his near contemporary Alfred George Boulenger, the most prolific reptile taxonomist with more than 340 descriptions to his name. He took over the position of Keeper of zoology at the British Museum (Natural History) after the death in 1875 of John Edward Gray.

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