Hartmann, J. D. W.
Erd- und Süsswasser-Gasteropoden der Schweiz. Mit zugabe einiger merkwürdigen exotischen Arten dargestellt und beschrieben.
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St. Gallen, Scheitlin und Zollikofer, -1844. 4to (25.2 x 16.7 cm). xx, 227 pp.; 84 engraved and finely hand-coloured plates [numbered I-XII, I-XII, I-XII, 37-60, X, VII, 63-84]. Contemporary grained half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines, ornamental bands and title. Speckled edges.
A very rare, originally hand-coloured copy of an important contribution to the malacology of Central Europe, in particular the Alps and adjacent areas. Written by the Swiss malacologist, Johann Daniel Wilhelm Hartmann (1793-1862). He included beautiful illustrations of many spectacular tropical land snails, and of aberrant (teratological) specimens for good measure, making the work even more important and attractive. Plate numbering is erratic. The last 12 plates are tinted. Tipped in: B. B. Woodward's collation of this work, as well as a later collation, both conform our copy. Many light, pencilled annotations in an old hand including a consecutive numbering of the plates; a stamp of the American malacologist Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020) in the top margin of the title page. Some scattered foxing on the last plates; otherwise a very good, clean copy. We found no auction records. OCLC reports about ten copies world-wide. Caprotti II, p. 30 ; Nissen ZBI, 1852.
A very rare work, beautifully hand-coloured