SOWERBY, George Brettingham (1788-1854)
A Conchological Manual
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1852. 8vo. (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches). vi, , 337pp. 29 hand-colored engraved plates, two folding letterpress tables.
Half red morocco over marbled boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second, gilt decorations in the others, marbled endpapers, marbled edges.
Fourth edition, considerably enlarged and improved, with nearly seven hundred illustrations of shells. A number of the species included are found in Australian or Pacific waters.
"In this edition many synonyms have been rectified, some dates have been given, a few doubtful or unnecessary definitions have been altered or expunged; descriptions of many additional genera, illustrated by new figures, have been inserted, and the work made as complete as its purely conchological character will admit" (vi). George Brettingham Sowerby was the second son of James Sowerby, the noted English naturalist and illustrator, who he assisted with illustrated works. After his father's death, Sowerby and his brother completed his work on fossil shells and published the later parts of the "Mineral Conchology of Great Britain." G. B. Sowerby became a notable conchologist and zoologist in his own right, publishing about 50 papers on molluscs. He published several comprehensive, illustrated books on the subject, the most important being the "Thesaurus Conchyliorum." He also dealt in shells and natural history objects.
Nissen ZBI, 3910.