Author Philippi, R. A. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer oder wenig gekannter Conchylien.
Published 1845
Item ID 41608
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Cassel, Theodor Fischer, 1845-1851. Three parts in three (complete). 4to (28 x 21.5 or 22 cm) [12], [8], [8] pp.; 144 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates with ca. 900 accompanying text sheets. Uniform contemporary red half calf over red grained boards. Spines with four raised bands; compartments with gilt titles and number. The German (later Chilean) conchologist Rudolf Philippi (1808-1904) initiated and edited this series, but he was not its only author. Contributors include various specialists such as Dunker, Koch, Pfeiffer, a.o. Philippi made several other contributions to conchology, this being the largest and most important one. Genera treated include, for instance: Pecten, Haliotis, Trochus, Solen, Littorina, Venus, Natica, Helix, Bulimus, Achatina, Nerita, Strombus , etc., etc. The Veneridae, Arcidae, Helicidae (s.l.), Melaniidae, Trochidae, Bulimidae, Unionidae, Tellinidae, and Fasciolariidae are particularly well represented. As are the Littorinidae. The fine plates were printed by the famous "lithographische Anstalt von Th. Fischer in Cassel" and most probably all drawn by Philippi himself. In each volume, the important index of shells is present. The plate numbering is erratic, the page numbering even more so. Fortunately, a former owner has added - in small, light pencil - a continuous numbering, also added in the indexes, making them a great deal more useful. Some text a bit foxed, or more uniformly tanned, as usual. A few plates have some marginal foxing and 18 plates have slightly darker paper. Spotting and tanning are frequent in copies of this series: in this set however, it is quite limited. In all, a very good and attractively bound, complete set. Caprotti, p. 210; Nissen ZBI, 3154. A very rare and important series of well-illustrated monographs