Wilder, Inez Whipple | The Morphology of Amphibian Metamorphosis

  • First edition, first printing of this rare volume by a Smith College zoology instructor. From the library of historian of science Keith Stewart Thomson (1938 - ), with his ink stamp on the front free endpaper.

    Inez Whipple Wilder began her career as a high school teacher before being hired at Smith, where she was promoted to full professor in 1922. Her research “involved the epidermal markings of mammalian palms and soles as well as the anatomy, embryology, and life history of amphibians” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1378). This volume, published as part of Smith’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations, is unusually attractive and finely printed for a work of academic zoology. It also includes a set of fantastic folding plates illustrating in detail the microscopic internal anatomy of amphibians undergoing metamorphosis, as well as illustrations from photos taken by the author in her laboratory.

  • Northampton, MA: Smith College, 1925.

    Octavo. Original buff boards with white cloth backstrip, printed paper label to spine. Frontispiece and 5 plates from photos, 2 engraved single-page plates, 2 engraved folding plates, diagrams within the text. Textblock unopened. Ownership ink stamp of Keith Stewart Thomson. Spine cloth just a little toned, a few small spots and marks on the binding. Excellent condition.