Histoire Naturelle Générale et Particulière de tous les Genres de Coquilles Univalves Marines à l'état vivant et fossile publiée par monographies: GENRE OLIVE.
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Paris, Didot, 1835. Folio (405 x 285 mm). pp. (8), with 35 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. (Together with:) GENRE COLOMBELLE. pp. (4) with 13 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary brown half calf, gilt lettered spine, marbled sides.
The superb plates were engraved after drawings by Prêtre, the best French natural history artist of the period, and are all exquisitely handcoloured.
Duclos started in 1835 his 'Histoire Naturelle Générale et Particulière de tous les Genres de Coquilles Univalves Marines' but soon realized that he had undertaken far too big a task. He only published on the beautiful and decorative family Olividae and the Colombella, which were his favourites.
The superb plates were engraved after drawings by Prêtre, the best French natural history artist of the period, and are all exquisitely handcoloured. The work is a great rarity and was probably published in a very small edition. Duclos had a predilection for smooth, polished marine shells, as is evident from the sale catalogue of his shells published in 1854. Some occasional foxing.
Library stamp of Roberto Massimo Lawley (1818?1881) on printed titles. Lawley was a non-academic naturalist who made a major contribution to the Tuscan scientific community of his time. He was involved in the foundation of two societies (Società Italiana di Malacologia, 1874?1899; Società Toscana di Scienze Naturali, 1874?today) and a publishing house (Biblioteca Malacologica Italiana).
B.M.(N.H.) I, 485.