A very rare piece of malaco-Australiana and Tasmaniana

Legrand, W.

Collections for a monograph of Tasmanian land shells.

Published 1971
Item ID 75205

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Hobart Town, Tasmania, [the author], 1871. 8vo (22.4 x 14.4 cm). iii, [36] pp.; two tissue-guarded lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves; two printed additional slips. Later black half linen over patterned boards. Gilt title on the spine. Original printed wrappers bound in.

This is the second, enlarged and corrected edition of a very rare work by the Australian malacologist William Legrand (1820-1902). First privately published in, probably, June 1871 (date on the first preface), then reissued by the author in September of the same year (date on the second preface), with additional new species, a new, additional index and printed data slips. The descriptions are on unnumbered page rectos only. The first is dated "June 1870, additions to August 1871"; others have various dates, or are not dated. It is not clear if individual leaves were published prior to June 1871. This is without doubt by far the most sought-after work on Tasmanian malacology. Inscribed by the author in the top margin of the front wrapper, and dated Feb. 1875. On the front free endpaper and title top margin a stamp of the American malacologist and malaco-historian Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020). Weak dampstaining to the lower margin of the plates. Fore margin of the front wrapper and edges of the first leaves a bit nibbled by some rodent or marsupial; otherwise a very good, clean copy. Ferguson, 11562a. Not in Nissen ZBI.

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