Nauka, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #214385
291 pages. A Russian work on ontogeny and the development of animals. Published in the Problems of Developmental Biology series. *** A later book by Mina and Klevezal, looking at the development of teeth, was published in English as Recording Structures of Mammals: Determination of age and reconstruction of life history. Rost zhivotnyh is rather uncommon, with (apparently) no copies in OCLC or COPAC. First edition (first printing). Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed and signed by both authors: 'To Dr. Gould, with the best wishes from two deeply impresed readers of Ontology and Phylogeny.' This book was signed soon after Stephen Jay Gould's first book was published. *** From the Harvard office library of the paleontologist and leading advocate for evolution, Stephen Jay Gould. With a tipped in bookplate indicating the provenance. *** Intellectually, Gould understood the true nature of these bookplates, but the book collector in him appreciated them. In his essay 'A Seahorse for All Races' Gould writes about one of his prized possessions, a book from Charles Dickens' library: 'Dickens made no annotations, but a bookplate on the cover, presumably inserted as a come-on for a sale after Dickens' death in 1870, does prove that [he] kept and shelved the book.' *** We offer our Gould bookplates, printed letterpress in two colors, in the same spirit.