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Species General et Iconographie des Coquilles Vivantes, Comprenant la collection du Museum d'Histoire naturelle de Paris, La Collection Lamarck, Celle du Prince Massena, (Appartenant maintenant a M. le baron Benjamin Delessert), et les Decouvertes Recentes des Voyageurs. - Incomplete Set, Seven Volumes: Famille des Ailees.; Famille des Canaliferes., Premiere, Deuxieme, & Troisieme Partie.; Famille des Purpuriferes., Premiere & Deuxieme Partie.; Famille des Turbinacees.
Paris: Chez Rousseau, Libraire / J.-B. Bailliere, Libraire 1873 - Edges rubbed with some loss and drying of leather, spines faded, bookplates of Thomas B. Wilson and Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia on front endpaper of each volume, foxed throughout though more lightly on plate pages than text. 1873 Half-Leather. Incomplete set of seven volumes. 8vo. Six volumes bound in half-leather - brown leather spines & corners, marbled boards, gilt titles. Fischer volume: navy blue leather spine, pebbled cloth boards with blind-stamped borders, gilt titles. French text. Fischer volume references a total of twelve. Volumes lacking here are: Famille des Enroulees (2 vols.); Famille des Columellaires; Famille des Plicacees; Famille Des Myaires. Includes 453 hand-colored plates (of the 902 total called for in the set). Despite listing the generas of turbo and troque on the title page, the Fischer volume does not appear to include treatments of these, or the associated plates called for (44 total). 'In the Delessert collection and that of the Natural History Museum of Paris Kiener had available the largest and most varied fund of conchological material on the continent. He soon put it to good use; and in 1834 he published the first part of his Species general et iconographie des coquilles vivantes (153). This exquisitely illustrated iconography, started before the Sowerbys and Reeve began to issue theirs, appeared at intervals up to 1879, when eleven volumes had been completed. All devoted to the illustration of marine gastropods with the exception of the tenth volume, which includes a monograph on the bivalve genus Thracia. The eleventh volume is the work of Paul Fischer (1835-1893). All the illustrations are by celebrated French engravers and artists of the day.' (Dance, Shell Collecting: An Illustrated History, p. 178). Dance 153. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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