St. Petersburg: MM Eggers et Cie, H. Shcmitzdorff & Jacques Issaky, 1869. 4to. vi; 127 pp. including table index. With 3 engraved plates. FIRST EDITION. Original printers wrappers; wide margins; uncut; some browning and brittle edges. Item #2797
First edition of this wonderful monograph on the hyrax, a rabbit-sized mammal native to Africa and Southwest Asia. Hyrax are hoofed mammals, actually the closest known relative of the elephant. Brandt (1802-1879), a German naturalist, describes the anatomy of the hyrax, which includes small hooves on its toes, and moist, padded soles that cling to steep surfaces by suction, making it an excellent climber. In addition, he treats many of the social aspects of the hyrax community.
Brandt was director of the Zoological Department at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences.