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A catalogue of the shells contained in the collection of the late Earl of Tankerville, arranged according to the Lamarckian conchological system; together with an appendix, containing descriptions of many new species...
London, E.J. Stirling for G.B. Sowerby, 1825. 8vo (223 x 140mm). pp. vii, (-viii), 92, xxxiv, (2, Proposals for publishing, by subscription... Species Conchyliorum), with 9 hand-coloured lithographed plates, a very good uncut copy in contemporary boards with new green cloth spine and label. First edition of this catalogue of shells in the Tankerville collection, numbering 2487 specimens, with Sowerby's appendix giving detailed descriptions of new species. The fine plates, which illustrate some of these new species, were lithographed by Hullmandel, presumably from Sowerby's originals as he was an accomplished artist./Charles Bennet, fourth Earl of Tankerville, 'formed a shell collection which became famous, particularly after his death when it was put up for sale. It exceeded even the Bligh collection in choice and rare shells for it included some of the best specimens from the Portland museum and a large part of the Calonne shell collection.../'The Tankerville collection contained several rare and valuable shells ... but most of them had previously belonged to other well-known collectors and, indeed, several can be traced back to the Cook voyages, the first and most productive of which had been completed over fifty years earlier. The Tankerville sale was virtually the swan song of the Cook material... ' (Dance). It was purchased by G.B. Sowerby, for an undisclosed sum between three and four thousand pounds; Sowerby then issued this catalogue as a prospectus for sale.//Dance 291.
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