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Say, T.
American conchology or descriptions of the shells of North America illustrated by coloured figures from original drawings executed from nature.
1830. New Harmony, Indiana. Privately published (printed at The School Press, and The M Press), 1830-1837. 8vo (23.2 x 15.0 cm). Seven parts in one. 68 engraved and delicately hand-coloured plates (several augmented with gum arabic). 20th-century full morocco. Spine with four raised bands and gilt title; boards with blind-tooled border with clam-like corner pieces. Original printed wrappers to all seven parts bound in. = Very rare, complete, and unusually clean set of the work as published by the American naturalist Thomas Say (1787-1834), with the additional part issued by Conrad after Say's untimely death. "[I]t has become one of the most sought collector's items, except Audubon, that the nineteenth century produced in America. . it represents utilitarian, but beautiful printing at its best. The type is pleasing, the page lay-out symmetrical and the press work excellent. The colored plates surpass anything else produced in this country in delicacy and accuracy of detail" (Banta, p. 39). It contains 68 fine lithographic plates that are beautifully hand-coloured - each with accompanying explanatory text. Most of the drawing and colouring is by Lucy Say, and ranks among the best ever done, being far superior to that of many contemporary natural history illustrations in detail and subtlety. ALL the original printed wrappers are present. These are of great importance as they contain additional text, including corrections, additional descriptions and new synonymies not found elsewhere. "There was a more honourable motive behind the production of Thomas Say's American conchology … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg [Amsterdam, Netherlands]
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