Folio. 11 x 17 inches. [iv] + 4 +  pp. + . Illustrated with 61 hand-coloured aquatint plates, engraved by John Clarke. Each plate accompanied by a page of description. Bound in full original dark blue morocco, with blind stamped and gilt decorative borders, red endpapers, skilfully rebacked, extremities slightly worn. Some offsetting to plates as usual, and a few leaves with small marginal closed tears. Otherwise a fine crisp copy. Perry's remarkable book was, when first published, subject of adverse criticism from some of the eminent conchologists of the day especially by J. E. Gray, G. B. Sowerby and L. A. Reeve, and particularly with regard to the generic and specific names and to the sometimes fantastic shell forms, with a bold application of improbable colours. Nonetheless many of its new taxonomic names are firmly entrenched in the literature of today. It is certainly one of the most enjoyably colourful shell books and the only one to be illustrated with aquatint plates. Most of the specimens illustrated came from various private museums, among them the outstanding shell collection of Elizabeth Bligh, which contained many beautiful and rare examples obtained through her husband, William Bligh of the Bounty. An important work on bivalves and univalves. A great many of the specimens are noted as coming from various parts of the Pacific, though there are none identified as having been collected in Hawaii. Twenty-three specimens are from New Holland and Van Diemen's Land, 10 from New Zealand, 15 from the 'South Seas', two from the Pacific Ocean, and one from Otaheite. NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE SHELLS NATURAL HISTORY 18TH CENTURY ILLUSTRATED NATURAL HISTORY/SCIENCE. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: CONCHOLOGY, OR THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SHELLS...
Publisher: Printed for William Miller, Albemarle-Street; by W. Bulmer and Co. Cleveland-Row, St. James's, London.
Publication Date: 1811
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