Perhaps the first work entirely devoted to a fossil malacofauna

Brocchi, G. [B.]

Conchiologia fossile subapennina con osservazioni geologiche sugli Apennini e sul suolo adiacente.

Published 1814
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Milano, Reale, 1814. Two volumes in two. 4to (30.1 x 23.4 cm). 712 pp. ([1]-240; 241-712); 16 finely engraved plates. Uniform 20th-century red buckram with gilt title on the spines.

Perhaps the earliest works entirely devoted to fossil molluscs, in this case from the well-preserved Pliocene faunas of northern Italy. The plates are quite detailed and arguably rank among the most accurate of the period. Many species were first described and figured in this work. This is the magnum opus of the Italian geologist, palaeontologist and malacologist Giovanni Battista, (or Giambattista) Brocchi (1772-1826). Most specimens on which this work was based are still preserved in the natural history museum of the University of Florence. Uncut, very wide-margined. Stamp of the American malacologist Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020) in the top margin of the half-titles. A very good, complete copy. Caprotti II, p. 12 [176]; Nissen ZBI, 586; Ward & Carozzi, 319.

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