Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1956. First Editions. Quarto. Item #022372
In two volumes. xxix, 708pp. and xvii-1476pp. These two volumes cover everything that is now scientifically known about rattlesnakes, as well as the astonishingly vivid folklore that has developed around them. This set has been the definitive work on rattlesnakes for many years. Published under the auspices of the Zoological Society of San Diego, a full index of 73 pages (vol. 2) for convenient reference and illustrated with 243 illustrations combined within the two volumes. Bound in gray cloth lettered in green, spine lettering green in unclipped pictorial dust jackets. Vol. 1 with a scratch or crease to upper edge, some spots of rubbing along upper joint and minor spots elsewhere, Vol. 2. with light rubbing or wear to spine ends. A handsome set of this scarce first edition.