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Cambridge, The [Cambridge] University Press, 1900. Folio (32.3 x 23.6 cm). Title page, 142 pp. [numbered 271-412]; two hand-coloured lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves. Contemporary half morocco over linen boards. Gilt title on the spine. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Original printed wrappers bound in.
A rarely seen work on the very diverse and now partly extinct malacofauna of the Hawaiian Islands, written by the British malacologist Ernest Ruthvan Sykes (1867-1854). Attractively bound and with beautiful, hand-coloured plates. Contrary to what is stated on the title page, Plate XII has two coloured figures. ADDED are offprints (from the Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London) of two preliminary 'Hawaiian' papers by Sykes, each with a fine, lithographed plate; one with its original printed wrappers, the other tipped in, viz. Preliminary diagnoses of new species of non-marine Mollusca from the Hawaiian Islands. Part. II (1897; 2 pp.) and Illustrations of, with notes on, some Hawaiian non-marine Mollusca (1899; 2 pp.). All plates are by the same artist, J. Green. Also ADDED: an index to the genera, neatly written on graph paper, in an old hand. Provenance: stamp of the American malacologist Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020) on the first blank and front wrapper top margin. Light shelf-wear, otherwise an excellent, clean copy. We have never had a copy before. There are no auction records. Nissen, 4631.