A manual of conchology, according to the system laid down by Lamarck, with the late improvements by de Blainville. Exemplified and arranged for the use of students. Illustrated by thirty-six plates containing more than two hundred types, drawn from the natural shell.
New York, NY, Harper & Brothers, 1838. 8vo (23.2 x 14.4 cm). 191 pp.; 36 lithographed plates. Contemporary grapevine-patterned full cloth. Spine with gilt title.
Definitely one of the least common early 19th-century books on malacology. The American naturalist of English descent, Thomas Wyatt (ca. 1799-1873) was one of the first malacologists, outside France, to fully embrace the Lamarckian genera. Provenance: with the small stamp of the American malacologist Dwight Willard Taylor (1932-2006) in the top margin of the front free endpaper recto. The contemporary binding is simple but quite elegant. Slight wear to spine ends; endpapers spotted, text and plates, however, clean. A very good, clean copy. There are no auction records after 2004. Caprotti II, p. 62 (226); Nissen ZBI, 4486.