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Histoire naturelle générale et particulière de tous les genres de coquilles univalves marines a l'état vivant et fossile, publiée par monographies ou description et classification méthodique de toutes les espèces connues jusqu à ce jour, représentées en couleur avec la figure et l'anatomie d'un assez grand nombre de mollusques nouvellement découverts.
Paris, privately published, 1835. Folio (44.0 x 30.5 cm). 13 fine lithographic plates by Prêtre, finely hand-coloured. Original printed wrappers.l This large-paper publication was the beginning of what was to be a complete treatise on the marine gastropods of the world. It deals with members of the family Columbellidae. Apparently, Pierre Louis Duclos (d. 1853) was fond of colourful, shiny shells, as in 1840 (five years later) he also published a part on the Olividae and Olivellidae. This was all that was published. Later, Duclos contributed to Chenu's, "Illustrations conchyliologiques ou description et figures de toutes les coquilles connues vivantes et fossiles..." series, which had an even grander scope but was also never completed. Again, Duclos treated the more glossy and colourful genera, such as Strombus, and Conus. The first names of Duclos were a mystery for many years until the Californian malacologist Scott Jordan discovered them in a letter. His year of birth is still unknown. The plates, by Prêtre, are among the best produced in the 19th century, in their accuracy of form and colour. A very good, complete copy of this first part, almost without foxing. Some dampstaining to lower margin of a few plates, not affecting the figures. The chipped wrappers are those of the genus Oliva, corrected in an old hand. Caprotti, p. 187; Nissen ZBI, 1170.
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