Testacea Britannica or Natural History of British Shells, marine, land, and fresh-water, including the most minute: systematically arranged and embellished with figures.
London, J. White, 1803-1808. 3 parts (including supplement) bound in one. 4to (265 x 210mm). pp. (2), xxxvii, (3), 1-291, (1); (2), 293-606, (4); (2), v, (1), 183, (1), with 3 engraved title-pages of which 2 hand-coloured, 2 hand-coloured engraved title-vignettes and 30 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, blind stamped and gilt spine, marbled sides (hinges skilfully repaired at a later date).
The rare coloured issue with the often lacking third supplementary volume, which was issued five years later. George Montagu (1753-1815) was an English naturalist and is best known for his pioneering 'Ornithological Dictionary' of 1802. Montagu had an interest in marine and freshwater natural history, and in 1803 published his Testacea Britannica, a History of British Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells. This described 470 species of molluscs, 100 of which were new to the British list. "... the coloured plates are of considerable beauty, and the book is a monument of careful study and enthusiasm" (DSB). A fine copy. Nissen ZBI, 2875.
Item nr. 9476
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