Rare part of the Conchologia Iconica by Lovell Reeve

Reeve, L. A.

Conchologia Iconica. Monograph of the genus Mangelia.

Published 1846
Item ID 70487

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London, Lovell A. Reeve, 1846. 4to (28.0 x 22.0 cm). Title page and eight hand-coloured lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves, plus index leaf. Original The Oast House, Brook, Ashford pictorial wrappers.

Rare copy of the turrid genus Mangelia (Mangeliidae), being a part of the Conchologia Iconica, started by Lovell Reeve in 1843 and finished (rather than completed) long after Reeve's death in 1865 by G. B. Sowerby, comprising 20 volumes in all. This monograph includes the description and illustration of many species described by Lovell Reeve. Most of the descriptions in the Conchologia Iconica (of species and specimens) are based on material collected by the most famous shell collector of the 19th century, Hugh Cuming (1791-1865). "...Reeve had become acquainted with Cuming, and Reeve’s life was changed forever. ...Their association was such as to encourage Reeve to begin the Conchologia Iconica in 1843 primarily for description of Cuming material. Many of the Part covers for the Iconica carry the wording “Illustrated chiefly from the Cumingian Collection" (Petit). The wrappers, with L. Reeve & Co.'s Kent address, indicate that the hand-colouring might have been done at a later time, following original examples. A clean copy with the plates beautifully and accurately hand-coloured. Caprotti II, p. 49 (213); Nissen ZBI, 3331. Petit, Zootaxa 1648, p. 30.

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