St. Petersburg: Tip. A. Benke, 1894. Item #1468
40 pp.: ill. In original illustrated publisher’s wrappers. Small fragments of spine and covers lost, numbers in red pencil on front cover, otherwise very good and clean.
Scarce. Fifth edition. First edition was printed in 1868. The subsequent editions came out in 1875, 1881, 1888, 1894 (fifth), and 1902.
This is the first-ever Russian manual on stuffing animals and dissection of skeletons.
The author of the manual, Russian taxidermist G. Morozov explains the necessity of the publication and its main goal in the preface to the fifth edition: ‘Given the lack of specific Russian literature on stuffed animals and skeletal dissection, I would like to introduce beginners to the basic rules and methods of this process’. The book consists of six sections: How to produce skin for stuffing stuffed animals and what tools are used? How to stuff birds? How to stuff mammals? About fish, Dissection of skeletons, and About collecting and preparing insects. In this ABC of taxidermy, the author provides a general description of the key stages of the process and focuses on a variety of topics, including how to insert eyes, fix legs and beak, cleanse the skin of blood and other stains, how to fasten different parts of the skeleton, etc. The book includes numerous black-and-white illustrations showing tools used in taxidermy, skeletons, and taxidermied birds and fish.
Overall, a rare insight into the early Russian taxidermy.
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