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Rare description of elephant seal for sale by famous dealer Umlauff,
with 6 halftone photographs

[UMLAUFF, Johannes].
Ein Riese vom Südpol! Der See-Elefant (Macrorhinus elephantinus) des Museum Umlauff Hamburg. Schilderung seiner Lebensweise und wissenschaftliche Beschreibung.
Hamburg, Adolph Friedländer, ca. 1902. 8vo. With 6 halftone photographs of elephant seals (numbered I-VI), no. I repeated on the wrapper. Original publisher's printed paper wrapper.
€ 850
Rare description of an elephant seal, with photographic illustrations of elephant seals, meant to advertise a mounted specimen offered for sale by the private Museum Umlauff. As stated in the work, the specimen would be sold for a high price since it was a very uncommon species (in fact nearly extinct at that time, though the population has increased slightly since then). Its large size, moreover, made it very difficult to mount.
Johannes Umlauff was one of the largest dealers of the 19th century. His shop was established in Hamburg in 1868 and flourished for more than a century, closing in 1974. Its showroom served as a museum open to public.
Wrapper soiled, otherwise in very good condition.
WorldCat (2 copies, including 1 lacking the printed wrapper); for Umlauff: Lange, Echt. Unecht. Lebensecht. Menschenbilder in Umlauf.
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