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Forbes, E. & S. [ C. T.] Hanley

A history of British Mollusca and their shells.

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London, John van Voorst, 1848-1853. Four volumes in four. Large 8vo (24.5 x 15.2 cm). Half titles and titles; 2,064 pp., 203 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, as follows. I: lxxx, 486 pp.; plates A-I, K-U, W, AA-PP, RR-VV, XX-ZZ, AAA-SSS; II: viii, 557 pp.; III: x, 616; IV: vi, 302; plates I-CXXXIII, CXIV A-F. Contemporary full polished tree calf by F. Bedford. Spines with five raised, gilt-lined bands; compartments rich gilt with elaborate floral patterns, red and green morocco labels with gilt title; boards with gilt floral borders, gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.

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Weight 6100 g
Tax6% (Tax)
Weight6100 grams



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London, John van Voorst, 1848-1853. Four volumes in four. Large 8vo (24.5 x 15.2 cm). Half titles and titles; 2,064 pp., 203 finely hand-coloured engraved plates, as follows. I: lxxx, 486 pp.; plates A-I, K-U, W, AA-PP, RR-VV, XX-ZZ, AAA-SSS; II: viii, 557 pp.; III: x, 616; IV: vi, 302; plates I-CXXXIII, CXIV A-F. Contemporary full polished tree calf by F. Bedford. Spines with five raised, gilt-lined bands; compartments rich gilt with elaborate floral patterns, red and green morocco labels with gilt title; boards with gilt floral borders, gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.

The finest set ever of what is widely regarded as the best 19th century work on British molluscs. Written by the Manx naturalist and mentor to Thomas Henry Huxley Professor Edward Forbes (1815-1854), and the English malacologist Sylvanus Charles Thorp Hanley (1819-1899). It contains some new species, excellent illustrations and detailed descriptions, as well as critical analysis of many doubtful species and numerous interesting facts not to be found in any other work. This is the rarer coloured edition, quarto format, in a stunning, contemporary binding by the English bookbinder Francis Bedford (1799-1883). "The work of Bedford is not excelled by that of any English bookbinder of his time. If not distinguished by much originality, it is always in good taste, and although it may not be quite equal in finish to that of the best of the contemporary French binders, for soundness and thoroughness it could not be surpassed. Bedford appreciated tall copies, and a book never came from his hands shorn of its margins ... He obtained prize medals at several of the great English and French exhibitions" (DNB). For collations see Fisher and Tomlin, in the Journal of Conchology , and A. Reynell in the Proceedings of the Malacological Society . A few, minimal spots, somewhat more on the first blank of the second volume, first and second blank and front free endpaper verso of the third volume, and on plate KK; otherwise a very clean, excellently coloured set without any markings and toning whatsoever. DNB Suppl. I, p. 162; Nissen ZBI, 1406.

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