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Spécies générales et iconographie des coquilles vivantes comprenant la collection du Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de Paris, la collection Lamarck, celle du Prince Masséna (appartenant maintenant A. M. B. Delessert) et les découvertes récentes des voyageurs. Famille des columellaires. I. Mitre (Mitra), volute (Voluta), marginelle (Marginella).
- Paris, Rousseau, and J. B. Baillière, 1841-1843. 4to (32.0 x 25.0 cm). Title page and half title, 234 pp., 99 finely hand-coloured engraved plates [120 pp., 34 plates (Mitra); 70 pp., 52 plates (Voluta); 44 pp., 13 plates (Marginella)]. Contemporary half cloth over marbled boards. Spines with gilt title. Marbled endpapers.l A very rare large-paper edition of this beautifully executed work of great scientific (taxonomical and nomenclatural) importance containing the descriptions and illustrations of many new and poorly-known shells. The larger quarto edition is more suitable to the fine illustrations by Duménil, Roch, Vaillant, Kiener himself, and others, as this work was meant to be of both scientific and aesthetic value. Nissen only mentions the 8vo edition, but on original wrappers from Kiener's time the work was stated to be available in "Grand in-8°, papier grand-raisin.figures coloriées. 6 fr.", AND "Grand in-4°, papier vélin satiné, figures coloriées 12 [fr]", i.e. twice as expensive. Louis Charles Kiener (1799-1881) made use of the famous Delessert collection and that of the Natural History Museum of Paris, the largest and most varied repositories of conchological material on the continent. "He soon put it to good use; and in 1834 he published the first part of his ‘Spécies’. This exquisitely illustrated iconography, started before the Sowerbys and Reeve began to issue theirs, appeared at intervals up to 1880, when eleven volumes had been completed" (Dance, A History of Shell Collecting). This volume covers a fairly coherent group of neogastropods, all with strong plicae on the columella, viz. the Mitridae, Costellariidae, Volutidae, Marginellidae and Cystiscidae. The fine, hand-coloured plates by Maubert, Roch, De la Haye, and others are among the most beautiful illustrations of muricids and ranellids ever published. Publication of these parts started in 1834 with Marginella and was completed in 1841 with the last part of Marginella, with Voluta and Mitra published in 1838-1839 (Faber, 2011). Slight rubbing to the boards, a few sections in the text spotted, but generally rather clean; a few plates with some spots, but mostly clean. The colouring strong yet subtle, often bright, enhanced with gum arabic. Caprotti, p. 197; Dance, p. 137; Faber, pp. 64-65; Nissen ZBI, 2183. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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