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Histoire naturelle générale et particulière de tous les genres de coquilles univalves marines a l'état vivant et fossile, publiéee 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, 13 fine lithographic plates by Prêtre, finely hand-coloured. Original printed wrappers.* This large-paper publication was the start of what was to be a complete treatise on the marine gastropods of the world. Except for a part on Oliva, published in 1840 after a five year delay, this was all that was published. Later, Pierre Louis Duclos (d. 1853) contributed to the the series by Chenu, "Illustrations conchyliologiques ou description et figures de toutes les coquilles connues vivantes et fossiles..." which had an even grander scope but was not finished either. 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. In accuracy of form and colour, the plates, by Prêtre, are among the best produced in the 19th century. A very good, complete set, almost without foxing (some light, marginal spotting to a few plates, some waterstaining to lower margin of a few plates, not affecting the figures. The wrappers are those of the genus Oliva, corrected in an old hand. Caprotti, p. 187; Nissen ZBI, 1170.
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