"Exotic Conchology Or Drawings And Descriptions Of Rare Beautiful Or Undescribed Shells" 1968 SWAINSON, William
w/ 48 plates
D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc
An edition limited to 2,000 copies
11 3/4" x 9 1/2"
Editor R. Tucker Abbott notes in his preface that this is "one of the most beautiful and most rare of shell books. produced in London in three editions, from 1821 to 1841. The early issues were so rare that the book remained a bibliographical puzzle until comparatively recently." This facsimile reproduces the complete third (1841) edition plus portions of the first and second editions.