A seldom-seen complete set of Stoliczka's Magnum Opus

Blanford, H. F. [AND] Stoliczka, F.

Palaeontologia Indica, being figures and descriptions of the organic remains procured during the progress of the geological survey of India. Cretaceous fauna of Southern India. [I] The fossil Cephalopoda of the Cretaceous rocks of Southern India: Belemnitidae-Nautilidae by Henry F. Blanford, Ammonitidae, with revision of the Nautilidae, &c. by Ferd. Stoliczka. II. The Gastropoda of the Cretaceous rocks of Southern India. III. The Pelecypoda, with a review of all known genera of this class, fossil and Recent. IV. The Brachiopoda, Ciliopoda, Echinodermata, Anthozoa, Spongiozoa, Foraminifera, Arthrozoa and Spondylozoa.

Published [1861]-
Item ID 75358

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Calcutta, Geological Survey Office, [1861]-1886. Four volumes in four. Large 4to (33.7 x 24.3 cm). 1521 pp.; 202 plates with explanatory text leaves. Uniform contemporary half calf over linen boards. Spines with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands and gilt title.

A very early and very uncommon work on the rich Cretaceous molluscan faunas (Vols. I-III) and other invertebrates (Vol. IV) of India, published in the Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India with the descriptions and fine illustrations of many new and poorly known species, usually being quite well preserved. The author of the first section is the British palaeontologist and malacologist Henry Francis Blanford (1834-1893). The author of all other parts is the Moravian zoologist and palaeontologist Ferdinand Stoliczka (Czech: Stolička (1838-1874). "Stoliczka studied geology and palaeontology at Prague and the University of Vienna under Professor Eduard Suess and Dr Rudolf Hoernes. ... In 1862 Stoliczka joined the Geological Survey of India (GSI) under the British Government in India after being recruited by Dr Thomas Oldham (1816-1878). In Calcutta he was assigned the job of documenting the Cretaceous fossils of southern India and published them in the Palaeontologia Indica, along with William Thomas Blanford. By May 1873 this work was completed with four volumes totalling nearly 1500 quarto size pages with 178 plates" (Wikipedia). These numbers are wrong: a collation of this set is as follows; [I] ([1861]-1865, [1886]). 239 pp. [iv, vii, 216, xii]; 95 plates (I-XCIV, LXVIa); II (1867-1868) 517 pp. [(v), xiii, 499]; 28 plates; III (1871) 560 pp. [xxii, 538]; 50 plates. IV [1872-1873; published in four sections, viz. Brachiopoda, Ciliopoda, Echinodermata, and (all) other groups] 205 pp. [iv; ii, 32; ii, 32; ii, 59; ii, 70]; 29 [7; 3; 7; 12] plates. The last plate includes several shark teeth. Added to the first two volumes is a title page for both parts combined, issued in 1886. Damp stain to the last few plates in Volume I; a few explanatory leaves (on somewhat lesser quality paper) in Vol. I and II toned - a few with a tear, another with a chip in the margin; Volumes II and III skilfully rebacked, with the original spine covers preserved; last several text leaves in Vol. III brittle and mounted on transparent leaves - one leaf with some text loss; occasional, mostly light spotting, otherwise (i.e., mostly) very good, clean, unmarked. Cat. BM(NH) p. 904, [p. 173 Blanford, p. 2027 Stoliczka]; Nissen ZBI 3998 (in part). Not in Ward and Carozzi.

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