Conchology, or the natural history of shells: containing a new arrangement of the genera and species, illustrated by coloured engravings executed from the natural specimens, and including the latest discoveries.

Conchology, or the natural history of shells: containing a new arrangement of the genera and species, illustrated by coloured engravings executed from the natural specimens, and including the latest discoveries. George Perry.

London: Printed by William Miller, by W. Bulmer and Co., 1811. Large folio, 61 fine handcoloured engraved plates, illustrating hundreds of specimens, and interleaved descriptive text. modern quarter calf and marbled boards, with red label; a fine tall, uncut copy with the plates clean and crisp.

Perry's Conchology was the subject of considerable criticism at the time of publication and many of the leading conchologists, such as L. A Reeve, author of the Conchologia iconica, were particularly scathing. Nonetheless many of Perry's new generic and specific names are now firmly entrenched in the scientific literature. Most of the specimens illustrated came from various private sources, among them Elizabeth Bligh's outstanding shell collection which contained many beautiful and rare examples obtained from the South Seas by her husband, William Bligh of the Bounty. Conchology is one of the most handsome of all shell books and the only one with aquatint plates.

Nissen ZBI 3134. See also Dance. S. Peter. A history of shell collecting. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1986.

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