Berlin: Aktien-Verein des Zoologischen Gartens zu Berlin, , . First edition. Softcover. - Wegweiser durch den Zoologischen Garten Berlin 1940: Large octavo. 83, pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers featuring a young penguin on front cover, and a color map of the Berlin zoo on back cover. Edited by Ludwig Georg Heinrich Heck*, this 1940 illustrated guide to the Berlin Zoological Garden contains no less than 80 b/w photographic reproductions depicting various animals and zoo venues, as well as 2 full-page color photographic reproductions of a young orangutan, and a jaguar. Also includes 10 pages of vintage advertisements. Text in German. Wrappers and interior in overall very good condition.
- Wegweiser durch den Zoologischen Garten Berlin 1941: Large octavo. 85, pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers featuring a brown bear on front cover, and a color map of the Berlin zoo on back cover. Edited by Ludwig Georg Heinrich Heck*, this 1941 illustrated guide to the Berlin Zoological Garden contains no less than 82 b/w photographic reproductions depicting various animals and zoo venues, as well as 2 full-page color photographic reproductions of a shoebill (also known as whalehead or shoe-billed stork), and three wolves. Also includes 16 pages of vintage advertisements. Moderate shelf wear and rubbing along edges of wrappers. Lower corner of front cover slightly creased. Text in German. Wrappers in overall good, interior in good+ to very good condition. vg. Item #38907
* Ludwig Georg Heinrich Heck, called Lutz Heck (1892-1983) was a German zoologist, animal researcher, an animal book author and director of the large zoo in the German capital city ("Zoologischer Garten Berlin"). Together with his brother Heinz Heck, also a zoologist and director of the largest zoological garden in southern Germany, "Tierpark Hellabrunn" in Münich, he started a selective breeding program, which attempted – based on the knowledge of animal genetics of the time – to "recreate" wild animal species, that are today extinct, from various forms of the domestic animals whose ancestors they were (see "breeding back"). By their work they created breeds of cattle and horse - later named "Heck cattle" and "Heck horse" respectively, after their creators - that are today seen as not sufficiently similar enough to their ancestors to be called a successful resurrection, although Heinz and Lutz Heck believed to have "resurrected" by their efforts. During World War II Heck took part in the pillaging of the Warsaw Zoo, stealing the most valuable animals and taking them to Germany.