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Author
DONOVAN, E.
Title
The Natural history of British shells, including figures and descriptions of all the species hitherto discovered in Great Britain...
Published
London: Printed For The Author, 1804.
Description
Five volumes bound in 3, 8vo., 180 hand-coloured copper-engraved plates, lacks text leaf for plate 95, some browning and damp staining to preliminary text vol. I. Contemporary green half morocco; gilt fillet to boards; appropriate gilt shell motifs to spine compartments; and gilt lettered; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; plates clean and fresh. An attractive set of the FIRST EDITION of this fine early work on British conchology with very well-drawn plates. MS inscription to prelim "Emma de Montmorency from her Affectionate Papa".

Coloured plates in order:

Volumes 1 & 2.

1. Ostrea Varia. / Pecten Obsoletus.
2. Turbo Cimex. / Turbo Pullus.
3. Patella Pellucida / Patella Fissura.
4. Strombus pes Pelecani.
5. Haliotis Tuberculata.
6. Cardium Aculeatum.
7. Lepas Anatifera.
8. Trochus Magus / Trochus Conulus.
9. Serpula Spirorbis.
10. Pinna Muricata.
11. Buccinum Lapillus..
12. Ostrea Subrufus.
13. Helix Nemoralis..
14. Patella Vulgata.
15. Buccinum Lineatum.
16. Nerita Pallidulus / Nerita Fluviatilis..
17. Venus Chione.
18. Turbo Fasciatus.
19. Tellina Bimaculata / Tellina Tenuis.
20. Nerita Glaucina / Nerita Littoralis.
21. Patella Hungarica / Patella Parva / Patella Reticulata.
22. Turbo Cinctus / Turbo Terebra.
23. Mytilus Modiolus.
24. Donax Crenulata.
25. Mytilus Discors.
26. Anomia Ephippium.
27. Bulla Lignaria.
28. Turbo Clathratus.
29. Donax Trunculus / Donax Irus.
30. Lepas Balanus / Lepas Costata / Lepas Conoides..
31. Murex Despectus.
32. Cardium Medium / Cardium Ciliare / Cardium Pygmaeum.
33. Turbo Littoreus / Turbo Rudis.
34. Ostrea Pusio.
35. Murex Erinaceus.
36. Lepas Intertexta / Lepas Balanoides.
37. Arca Glycymeris.,
38. Murex Corneus.
39. Helix Cornea / Helix Lapicida.
40. Mytilus Umbilicatus.
41. Tellina Inaequivalvis / Tellina Variabilis.
42. Venus Exoleta / Venus Sinuosa.
43. Cypraea Pediculus.
44. Venus Verrucosa.
45. Ostrea Striata.
46. Solen Siliqua.
47. Tellina Carnaria.
48. Dentalium Entalis.
49. Ostrea Maxima
50. Solen Ensis.
51. Helix Auricularia / Helix Stagnalis.
52. Trochus Zizyphinus.
53. Solen Legumen.
54. Cardium Laevigatum.
55. Mytilus Cygneus.
56. Lepas Diadema.
57. Voluta Tornatilis.
58. Mactra Lutraria.

Volumes 3 & 4.

59. Turbo Striatus.
60. Tellina Trifasciata.
61. Mactra Solida.
62. Pholas Crispata.
63. Arca Nucleus.
64. Tellina Plana / Tellina Rivalis.
65. Helix Zonaria.
66. Bulla Pallida.
67. Venus Decussata.
68. Venus Striatulus.
69. Pholas Parvus.
70. Mytilus Barbatus
71. Turbo Lineatus.
72. Turbo Perversus.
73. Mya Margaritifera.
74. Trochus Cinerarius.
75. Helix Vortex.
76. Buccinum Reticulatum.
77. Venus Islandica.
78. Arca Caudata.
79. Bulla Resiliens.
80. Turbo Muscorum.
81. Mytilus Pellucidus.
82. Mya Declivis.
83. Venus Granulata.
84. Helix Pomatia.
85. Mya Arenaria.
86. Murex Decollatus.
87. Helix Vivipara.
88. Bulla Hydatis.
89. Mya Ovalis.
90. Turbo Lacteus.
91. Murex Costatus.
92. Mya Trunctata.
93. Helix Tentaculata.
94. Strombus Costatus.
95. Serpula Vermicularis.
96. Tellina Cornea.
97. Tellina Fabula.
98. Tellina Fausta.
99. Helix Contorta.
100. Serpula Granulata.
101. Mya Depressa.
102. Turbo Fontinalis..
103. Tellina Rigida.
104. Buccinum Undatum.
105. Helix Laevigata.
106. Mactra Stultorum.
107. Cardium Echinatum / Cardium Tuberculatum.
108. Mya Dubia.
109. Murex Carinatus.
110. Solen Marginatus.
111. Trochus Terrestris.
112. Turbo Duplicatus..
113. Mytilus Anatinus.
114. Solen Antiquatus.
115. Venus Cancellata.
116. Ostrea Lineata.
117. Pholas Striata.
118. Pholas Dactylus.

Volume 5.

119. Murex Antiquus.
120. Bulla Aperta / Bulla Cylindrica.
121. Venus Undata.
122. Mya Ovata.
123. Tellina Inaequistriata.
124. Ardium Edule / Cardium Rusticum?
125. Mactra Glauca.
126. Mactra Subtruncta.
127. Trochus Papillosus.
128. Mytilus Edulis / Mytilus Ungulatus.
129. Patella Albida.
130. Venus Borealis.
131. Helix Hortensis.
132. Chama Cor.
133. Sabella Tubiformis.
134. Chama Cor.
135. Arca Lactea.
136. Helix Arbustorum.
137. Ostrea Jacobaea.
138. Voluta Triplicata.
139. Sabella Alveolata.
140. Mactra Hians.
141. Mytilus Rugosus.
142. Mya Glycymeris.
143. Bulla Patula.
144. Nerita Nitida.
145. Teredo Navalis.
146. Patella Intorta.
147. Patella Lacustris.
148. Lepas Tintinnabulum.
149. Venus Lactea.
150. Patella Oblonga.
151. Helix Hispida / Helix Ericetorum.
152. Pinna Laevis.
153. Solen Pellucidus.
154. Buccinum Glaciale.
155. Trochus Conicus. / Trochus Cinereus.
156. Murex Angulatus.
157. Helix Rufescens / Helix Pallida.
158. Arca Noae.
159. Turbo Reticulatus.
160. Lepas Borealis.
161. Mactra Radiata.
162. Dentalium Octangulatum.
163. Tellina Depressa.
164. Lepas Dilata.
165. Voluta Laevis.
166. Lepas Scalpellum / Lepas Anserifera.
167. Nerita Intricata.
168. Helix Putris / Helix Bullaoides.
169. Murex Bamffius / Murex Emarginatus.
170. Venus Fasciata
171. Patella Militaris.
172. Turbo Subulatus.
173. Turbo Mammillatus.
174. Mya Pictorum.
175. Helix Fragilis / Helix Fontinalis.
176. Mya Praetenuis.
177. Turbo Albus.
178. Turbo Vittatus / Turbo Interruptus / Turbo Costatus / Turbo Pallidus.
179. Turbo Acutus / Buccinum Brunneum / Murex Elegans / Murex Septem-Angulatus.
180. Murex Despectus.

References
Nissen ZBI, 1147
Hand coloured plates
180
Binding/Size
S=8vo
Category
British Isles, Conchology, Natural history
Value
$0-5,000
Stock ID
1197