Albert Arthur Alexandre GIRARD (1860-1914).
[Drop-head title:] Revision des Cephalopodes du Museum de Lisbonne. [Lisbon: 1890]. Pp. 233-268, 1 photogravure plate. Original green wrappers (toned, margins brittle). [bound with:] [Drop-head title:] Revision des Cephalopodes du Museum de Lisbonne.. Additions. [Lisbon: 1890]. Pp. 33- 44. 1 mounted albumen print photograph of the underside of ‘Ommastrephes (Todaropsis) Veranyi’ [a synonym of ‘Todaropsis eblanae’, common name Lesser Flying Squid], on a thin card mount. (Text is toned, small marginal repairs.) Original green wrappers (toned, damage to margins). 2 works in one, octavo (9 ¾ x 6 1/2in; 248 x 165mm). Both stapled into a single cream paper wrapper. Provenance: author’s presentation inscriptions to both green upper wrappers, slightly shaved and difficult to read.
Author’s presentation copies of the off-prints: rare thus. There is a printed note on the mount of the photograph noting that the photograph was only issued with the off-print – it was not available in the issue which appeared in the ‘Jornal de Sciencias Mathematicas, Physicas e Naturaes, Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa.’
Girard was ‘born in New York … [but] came to Portugal very young, where he completed his studies and graduated in Engineering. Passionate about Natural History, he began his career at the Zoology Museum of the Polytechnic School in Lisbon. He started working for King D. Carlos, of whom he ended up being a scientific consultant. He was curator of the royal collections at the Palácio das Necessidades, always accompanied the King in his maritime investigations and organized exhibitions in Portugal and abroad to show the results of D. Carlos' oceanographic cruises. Girard's scientific merit is evident in his scientific articles and the handwritten notes he left’ (‘Shellers from the Past and from the Present’)
- Binding Condition: Acceptable
- Overall Condition: Acceptable
- Size: 9 ¾ x 6 1/2in; 248 x 165mm