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The Natural History of British Shells
by Edward Donovan, F.L.S. (1768-1837)

London: Printed for the author, and for F. and C. Rivington, No 62, St. Paul's Church-yard
by Pye and Law, St. John's Square, Glerkenwall
1799-1803


Original hand-coloured engravings over 200 years old
Sheet size: approx. 5.5 x 9.25 inches

Detail from Plate 94—Strombus

Donovan produced this work in 60 parts over five years, with 180 hand-colored engravings based on his own drawings. A dedicated naturalist and collector, he opened his collections to the public in 1807 as the London Museum and Institute of Natural History. Having exhausted his wealth in his lifelong determination to expand his collections and publish his books (the profits of which were kept by the booksellers), Donovan was reduced to penury toward the end of his life.

Blue Rayed Limpet, Pl. 3
PLATE 3
PATELLA PELLUCIDA
BLUE RAYED LIMPET
$100
Corvorant's Foot Plate 4
PLATE 4
STROMBUS PES PELECANI
CORVORANT'S FOOT
$125
Thorny Wing, or Sea Ham Plate 10
PLATE 10
PINNA MURICATA
THORNY WING, OR SEA HAM
SMALL LIMPET Plate 21
PLATE 21
PATELLA HUNGARICA LARGE FOOL'S CAP
PATELLA PARVA SMALL LIMPET
PATELLA RETICULATA RETICULATED MASK LIMPET
$100
DIVIDED MUSCLE
PLATE 25
MYTILUS DISCORS
DIVIDED MUSCLE [SIC] [MUSSEL]
$100
RIBBAND
PLATE 29
DONAX TRUNCULUS RIBBAND
DONAX IRUS FOLIATED PURR
$100
ACORN SHELLS
PLATE 30
LEPAS BALANUS RIDGED ACORN SHELL
LEPAS COSTATA RIBBED ACORN SHELL
LEPAS CONOIDES CONE ACORN SHELL
$100
Plate XXXV
PLATE 35
MUREX ERINACEUS
[URCHIN]
$125
SEA LOUSE COWRY, OR NUN
PLATE 43
CYPRAEA PEDICULUS
SEA LOUSE COWRY, OR NUN
$80
TOOTH SHELL
PLATE 43
DENTALIUM ENTALIS
TOOTH SHELL
NOTE: THERE ARE SOME ODD PAPER 'WRINKLES' THAT WOULD NOT BE TERRIBLY NOTICEABLE ONCE MOUNTED/MATTED.
$40
SCYMETAR [SIC] [SCIMITAR]
PLATE 50
SOLEN ENSIS
SCYMETAR [SIC] [SCIMITAR]
NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW LIGHT FOX MARKS.
$60
GREAT HORSE, OR SWAN MUSCLE [SIC] [MUSSEL]
PLATE 55
MYTILUS CYGNEUS
GREAT HORSE, OR SWAN MUSCLE [SIC] [MUSSEL]
NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW TINY LIGHT FOX MARKS.
$125
WHALE ACORN SHELL
PLATE 56
LEPUS DIADEMA
WHALE ACORN SHELL
NOTE: THERE IS SOME LIGHT SMUDGING
$125
FLESH-COLOURED TELLEN
PLATE 57
TELLINA CARNARIA
FLESH-COLOURED TELLEN
NOTE: THERE IS SOME FOXING
$100
SILVERY ARK
PLATE 63
ARCA NUCLEUS
SILVERY ARK
$75
PALE, OR CYLINDRIC BULLA
PLATE 66
BULLA PALLIDA
PALE, OR CYLINDRIC BULLA
NOTE: THERE ARE A FEW TINY LIGHT FOX MARKS.
$85
SMALL PIDDOCK
PLATE 69
PHOLAS PARVUS
SMALL PIDDOCK
NOTE: THERE IS SOME LIGHT BUCKLING TO THE PAPER, MOSTLY UPPER AND LOWER RIGHT
$85
REVERSED, OR OAT
PLATE 69
TURBO PERVERSUS
REVERSED, OR OAT
$85
TAILED ARC SHELL
PLATE 78
ARCA CAUDATA
TAILED ARK SHELL
$65
CYLINDRIC, OR MOSS WREATH SHELL
PLATE 80
TURBO MUSCORUM
CYLINDRIC, OR MOSS WREATH SHELL
VERY FAINT FOX MARKS
$85
SHORTENED MUREX, OR ROCK SHELL
PLATE 80
MUREX DECOLLATUS
SHORTENED MUREX, OR ROCK SHELL
A FEW UNOBTRUSIVE FOX MARKS
$95
PINNACE DIPPER, OR BUBBLE SHELL
PLATE 88
BULLA HYDATIS
PINNACE DIPPER, OR BUBBLE SHELL
SOFTLY AGE-TONED PAPER
$80
RIBBED STROMBUS
PLATE 94
STROMBUS COSTATUS
RIBBED STROMBUS
LIGHT FOXING
$95
RIBBED STROMBUS
PLATE 94
STROMBUS COSTATUS
RIBBED STROMBUS
LIGHT FOXING
$95

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