1846 · Copenhagen:
by [Octopuses; Cirrina] REINHARDT, J. T. [Johannes Theodor] (1816-1882); V. [Victor] PROSCH (1820-1885).
Copenhagen:: Biano Lunos, 1846., 1846. 4to. 40 pp. 5 folding lithographic plates (1 in color). Old brown paper wrapper, preserving earlier green wrapper on lower cover. The text block and the set of plates are gathered separately (loose). Very good. RARE. "Cirroteuthis mulleri was described in 1836 by Professor D. F. Eschricht in a paper written in German and published in the Nova Acta Physico-Medica Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolinae Germanicum Naturae Curiosorum volume XVIII, part II, pages 625–634. This was the first cirrate octopod to be described. The description was based on a single specimen, collected at Jacobshavn (then a Danish colony, now Ilulissat) on the west coast of Greenland at about 69°N. The depth of capture was not stated. Eschricht received the specimen in the autumn of 1834; he did not mention the name of the collector and stated that his private collection held several specimens received from "friends in the Far North"." / "The paper by Reinhardt and Prosch was published in Danish in 1846, in "Det kongelige danske Videnskabernes Selskabs naturvidenskabelige og matematiske Afhanlinger," part 12, pages 185–224. Plates I and II were produced in 1844 by the collector C. N. Rudolph (1811–1882), a physician in Jacobshavn from 1839 to 1854. Plate I of the original publication shows the natural coloring of the animal, as mentioned in the text, whereas plates II–V are in black and white. The five plates are lithographs. In the original publication the lettering of Plates I–II is indistinct and has therefore been replaced in this publication. Scale bars have been inserted in the plates, to allow reproduction at a smaller size. The reprints are separately paginated from 1 to 40." [etc.] -- J. Knudsen. / Johannes Theodor Reinhardt (1816–1882) "was a curator at the Royal Natural History Museum, which was united with the University's Zoological Museum in 1868. He was a member of the 'Galathea' Expedition of 1845–47 and on three occasions he went on collecting trips to Brazil. In 1865 he was appointed a Professor of Zoology at the University of Copenhagen. Reinhardt was one of the earliest Darwinians in Denmark but did not publish much." / Victor Prosch (1820–1885) "was trained as a medical doctor and served as a ship's physician in his younger days. He later became a Professor at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College in Copenhagen, specializing in cattle breeding. His activity in this field was very important as Denmark changed from grain production to dairy farming at that time. Among his numerous papers are a few more on Cephalopoda and a note on the spouting of whales." -- J. Knudsen. / See: Knudsen, J.; Roeleveld, M. A. C. "J. T. Reinhardt and V. Prosch (1846): On Sciadephorus mulleri (Eschr.) — A translation into English." Bulletin of Marine Science, Volume 71, Number 1, July 2002, pp. 421-447(27). THIS PAPER [THE TRANSLATION] IS SUPPLIED IN PRINTED FORM.
(Inventory #: M14443)