Author Adams, H. and A. Adams The genera of Recent Mollusca; arranged according to their organization. [Atlas]
Published [1853]-1858
Item ID 68055
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London, John van Voorst, [1853]-1858. "8vo" size (24.5 x 14.9 cm). Half title, title page; 138 plates of which most are hand-coloured, with explanatory text leaves. Contemporary half calf with gilt title on the spines. Rare hand-coloured edition of this standard work on molluscs which is the source of many new, valid names and of type-designations. Uncoloured copies are rather common, but the last coloured copy on sale is probably the one listed in Junk's "Conchology. Old and rare books list 52" (published ca. 1986). As noted in that catalogue, the fine colouring is confined mainly to the living animals. There are an unusual high number of living specimens figured. Many living animals were drawn by Arthur Adams while on board the "Samarang" as the ship's surgeon and zoologist. Under the command of Edward Belcher, H.M.S. Samarang explored the eastern seas from 1843 to1846. A few neatly handwritten taxonomical annotations on the explanatory leaves, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Nissen ZBI, 25. The very rare hand-coloured edition