Hanley, S. [C. T.] and W. Theobald
Conchologia Indica: illustrations of the land and freshwater shells of British India.
(Excluding 9% VAT)
London, L. Reeve, -1876. 4to (27.2 x 20.8 cm). xviii, 65 pp.; 160 hand-coloured, lithographed plates. 20th-century dark green buckram. Gilt title on the spine.
The magnum opus of both authors, the British malacologist Sylvanus Charles Thorp Hanley (1819-1899), and the British-Indian malacologist William Theobald (1829-1908). The fine plates are by George Brettingham Sowerby II. Both the land and freshwater fauna are highly diverse and contain an unusual number of colourful and peculiarly shaped shells. Many are described and illustrated here for the first time. ADDED: Prashad's 1927 work On the Dates of Publication of Hanley and Theobald's "Conchologia Indica"(J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal N.S. 22 ), showing the actual publishing data of the parts, between 1870 and 1876; and a photocopy of an additional work, by Coan and Kabat (2002) on dating Hanley's taxa (in The Festivus Vol. 34). Marginal repairs to the last plate, tiny chip in the title page fore edge; a few, light spots to a few plates; otherwise a very good, clean and complete copy. Nissen ZBI, 1828.
With spectacular shells on fine, clean plates