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Versuch einer Naturgeschichte des Hamsters. Göttingen and Gotha, Johann Christian Dieterich, 1774. 8vo. With a hand-coloured engraved vignette of a hamster on title-page, and 5 engraved folding plates, one of which finely coloured by hand. Contemporary brown paste paper over boards, red sprinkled edges.
BMC NH, p. 2048; Nissen, ZBI 4039. First edition of an extensive description of the hamster by the German naturalist Friedrich Gabriel Sulzer (1746-1830), dealing with the inner and outer anatomy (both are accompanied by a table with measures), way of life, habitats, hibernation, and price of hamsters.The plates are bound in at the end and depict different aspects of the anatomy and one hand-coloured illustration of a hamster. A modern edition was published in 1949, on occasion of its 175th anniversary and the demand by hamster fanciers.With an ownerships inscription and library stamp on first endleaf. Binding slightly rubbed and text with some occasional spots. Good copy.
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