Berlin, Gebrüder Borntraeger, 1938-1944 [1960-1961], -1960. Two volumes in three. Large 8vo (25.1 x 17.1 cm). 2,497 pp.; 6,726 text figures. Uniform pebbled half cloth over linen boards. Spines with six raised bands and gilt title.
The successor to the well-known work by Thiele and still the most important basic monograph on the Gastropoda; important because of the numerous taxonomical decisions and the illustration of numerous type figures. Published in the series, Handbuch der Paläozoologie edited by O. H. Schindewolf, but dealing with extant taxa too. Part 1 (in two volumes), by Wilhelm August Wenz (1886-1945), contains a general part and the part on Prosobranchia. This is the very good reprinted edition. Of the first edition, nearly all copies were destroyed by fire during WWII. Part II (Euthyneura), by Adolf Michael Zilch (1911-2006), is the original edition. Bindings are uniform. Slight wear to spines, small repair to the half-title margin of the first volume, otherwise very good, clean. Not in Nissen.