PETERS, Wilhelm Carl Hartwig (1815-1883). Naturwissenschaftliche Reise nach Mossambique ... in den Jahren 1842 bis 1848 ausgeführt, Berlin: Georg Reimer, [1852-1882]. 6 parts, folio and quarto, comprising:
Part 1. [Zoologie I]. Säugethiere, [Berlin, 1852]. 2° (506 x 340mm). 46 lithographed or engraved plates, 35 hand-coloured. (Lacking half title, some occasional spotting and dampstaining, heavy on plate XLI.) Unbound in modern cloth folio.
Part 2. [Zoologie II]. Vögel, [Berlin, n.d.]. 2° (503 x 334mm). 15 hand-coloured lithographed plates. (Lacking half title?, occasional light spotting.) Unbound as above.
Part 3. [Zoologie III]. Amphibien, [Berlin, 1882]. 2° (505 x 340mm). 33 lithographed plates, 4 part hand-coloured. (Lacking half title, occasional light spotting.) Unbound as above.
Part 4. [Zoologie IV]. Flussfische, [Berlin, 1868]. 2° (503 x 335mm) and 4° (320 x 240mm, text volume). 20 engraved plates, one coloured. (Lacking half title in folio, occasional light spotting, some leaves spotted and dampstained in text volume.) Uniformly bound as above.
Part 5. [Zoologie V]. Insecten und Myriapoden, [Berlin, 1862]. 2° (503 x 330mm) and 4° (320 x 235mm, text volume). 35 engraved plates, 4 coloured or part-coloured. (Lacking half title in folio, occasional light spotting.) Uniformly bound as above.
Part 6. Botanik, Berlin 1862-1864. 2 volumes, 4° (330 x 230mm). 61 lithographed plates. (Occasional spotting and dampstaining.) Uniformly bound as above. With an additional quarto set of 116 engraved and lithographed plates from the first 4 parts, 55 coloured. (Occasional mainly light spotting.)
A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THIS PIONEERING AND IMPORTANT SERIES ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MOZAMBIQUE. Part 2 (birds) is very rare; it is unlisted in BM(NH), Nissen and Stafleu & Cowan, who merely state it was never published. Professor of Zoology and director of the Zoological Museums at the Royal University of Berlin, Peters spent the early part of his career in South Africa, India and East Africa, and, inspired by the flora and fauna of Mozambique, published this work between 1852-1882. BM(NH) p.1555; Nissen ZBI 3139; Stafleu and Cowan TL2 7759.