Detroit, Frederick Stearns, 1895. 8vo (22.3 x 13.8 cm). viii, 196 pp., 11 lithographed, engraved, and phototype plates. Later blue buckram with gilt lines and title on the spine.
The preface states that Frederick Stearns (1831-1907) visited Japan twice and collected many new and little-known molluscs. Stearns made a simple catalogue, with one plate, of the shells collected during his first visit, but it was Henry Pilsbry who reviewed the material more thoroughly, and published part of the results in the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and in The Nautilus. This work, published by Stearns, contains the catalogue and results, as well as a great deal of additional information. Provenance: inscribed on the second blank John T. Gulick and Addison Gulick [i.e. the malacologist the Reverend John Thomas Gulick (1832-1923) who was active in Japan, and his son and fellow malacologist, Addison (1882-1969), who was born in Japan. The middle initial T., present in his entry in 2400 Years of Malacology (2021 ed.) seems to be an error], and with the stamp of the American malacologist Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020) here, and on the front free endpaper and top margin of the title. A single, pencilled annotation, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Rare. Not in Nissen.