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JOLY, Nicolas & LAVOCAT, Achille
[GIRAFFES]. Recherches historiques, zoologiques, anatomiques et paléontologiques sur la girafe, (Camelopardalis giraffa, Gmelin)
Imprimerie veuve Berger-Levrault, 1845. First Edition. Large 4to (306 x 231 mm). 2 ff., 124 pp. With 17 plates lithographed by Delor after drawings by Joly. Bound in modern blue percaline cloth by Lobstein-Laurenchet, red morocco spine label gilt, original front cover wrapper preserved. Separate printing of the "Mémoires de la société du muséum d'histoire naturelle de Strasbourg." Some foxing but an excellent copy. THE FIRST ANATOMICAL STUDY ON GIRAFFE. PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO THE TAXIDERMIST WHO UNDERTOOK THE ACTUAL 20-DAY DISSECTION. This Abyssinian female giraffe, named "Twiga" (the Swahili word for giraffe), was transported alive to Toulouse in 1843 at the age of approximately 3 years. She died on January 4, 1844, either from the harshness of the European climate or (as some said) nostalgia for her homeland. In any event, after she was dissected and studied by researchers she was cooked and eaten by multiple Toulousian families at the Feast of Epiphany (!) The circumstances of the anatomical examination of Twiga are remarkable. Her body was presented to the mayor of Toulouse, who made it possible to study her, as the giraffe was still largely unknown in Europe at that time. Although Twiga was not the first giraffe to have been dissected (as was reported by some contemporary newspapers), no extensive anatomical study had ever been conducted until then. Nicolas Joly, professor of zoology at the Faculty of Sciences, and Achille Lavocat, professor of anatomy at the Royal Veterinary School, spent 20 days examining the anatomy of the animal, during which time the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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