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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 enroulées. Genre Cone.
Paris, Rousseau, and J. B. Baillière, 1844-1850. One part in two (text and atlas). 4to (32.0 x 25.0 cm). Title page and half title, 379 pp.; 111 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary uniform 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 better suits the fine illustrations by Duménil, Roch, Vaillant, Kiener himself, and others, as this work was meant to be of a 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 set covers the complete Conidae (cone shells), divided over two volumes - text and atlas - as it is, by far, the largest section of Kiener's magnum opus. Many species are described here for the first time. Kiener listed the genus Conus under the "famille des enroulés", together with other groups with an elongate aperture and short spire. The fine, hand-coloured plates by Maubert, Vaillant, Roch, and others, including some by Kiener himself, are among the most beautiful illustrations of cone shells ever published. Publication started in 1844 and was completed in 1850 (Faber, 2011). Some rubbing to the boards, several sections in text spotted, sometimes more heavily in the margins; a few plates age-toned, usually mildly, or with a few spots, most plates, however, near-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.
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