Mammals of the World

WALKER, Ernest P. Mammals of the World.

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WALKER, Ernest P. Mammals of the World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press. 1964.

Large 8vo. 3 vols. Original grey-green cloth, gilt lettering in black panel to spines; pp. xlvii + 644, viii + 645-1500, xii + 769 (bibliography), illustrated throughout in b&w; very good.
First edition. The definitive reference book on mammals that has gone through numerous editions and is still published today, this work was started in the 1930s when Walker was assistant director of the National Zoo in Washington. The Washington Post called it a "landmark of zoological literature" whie Roger Tory Peterson described it as "An absolute treasure trove—a 'must' for the working naturalist as well as for any person who has curiosity about the world's mammals."