Studien uber die Entwickelung der Muskeln, Nerven, und der Skeletts der Extremitaten der niedern Tetrapoden
Moscou (Moscow): Typo-lithogra. de la Societe J. N. Kouchnereff et C-ie, 1908. 432 pages, plus six folding color plates. Published as nos. 1-3 of the Bulletin de la Societe Imperiale des Naturalistes de Moscou, Annee 1907. A widely cited work on the evolution of five-digit extremities in tetrapods. Uncommon. ISBN: 281AIB1042736.
First edition (first printing). Bound without the original wrappers in blue cloth and marbled-paper-covered boards.
From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance.
Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay "A Seahorse for All Races" Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: "Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book."
We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.