REEVE, Lovell Augustus (1814-1865)
Conchologia Systematica, or Complete System of Conchology: In which the Lepades and Conchiferous Mollusca are described and classified according to their natural organization and habits
London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1841-1842. 2 volumes, quarto. (11 3/16 x 8 1/2 inches). , 195pp.; , 338pp. Folding letterpress table and 300 hand-coloured engraved plates.
Publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, glazed yellow endpapers.
Provenance: Frederick du Cane Godman (bookplate)
First edition, with beautiful illustrations of shells.
Lovell Augustus Reeve was an English publisher, conchologist and natural history dealer who wrote extensively on the topic of mollusc shells. In this work, his first book, Reeve presents comprehensive and detailed observations on the science and history of conchology. For each shell, he describes its qualities and classification. This fine example with important provenance to Frederick DuCane Godman, the English naturalist who conceived, authored, and underwrote the groundbreaking Biologia Centrali-Americana. Born into a wealthy English family in 1834 (his father was a partner in the British brewer Whitbread), Godman studied at Eton and Cambridge, where he met his later co-author Osbert Salvin and founded the British Ornithological Union. Much influenced by the 1859 publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Godman and Salvin believed that a complete examination of the flora and fauna of Central America would reveal patterns on the distribution of species and evolution.
Dance 240; Nissen ZBI 3332.