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Description: Distribution of Australasian sea snails of the genus Voluta, some with a 30 cm shell

COX, James Charles.
Distribution of Australasian volutes.

Sydney, Alexander W. Douglas, 1872. 8vo. Contemporary blue paper wrappers. Set in roman types, the title-page with two words in a modern textura and the author's name in sans-serif. 21, [1] pp.

English-language accounts of the distribution of 48 species of sea snails of the genus Voluta around Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and other southwest Pacaific islands, sometimes with descriptive notes on variations in form or colouration. He also comments on the beauty of some species. Several species discussed were newly discovered by Cox himself. With a 4-page introductory note, a table of contents and an alphabetical index. Writing in 1872, Cox already notes that the once common Voluta magnifica, whose shell can grow to about 30 cm in length, has been so highly prized by collectors that it is now hard to find. He also describes several other spieces as formerly abundent but now rare. In the 140 year since he wrote, environmental stresses have so threatened the habitats of these molluscs that the habitats and numbers of many have shrunk drastically. The present little book is the earliest reliable guide to their former distribution, for as Cox notes the earlier studies were largely based on examples collected by sea captains on their voyages, and they often failed to accurately record the locations where they were found. This makes the present work essential for any study of their environmentla history.
With the last (blank) and first leaves foxed, and an old vertical fold through the leaves, but still in good condition. The wrappers are foxed and waterstained, with the spine tattered. A remarkable record of the distribution of 48 species of Australasian sea snails in the mid-19th centruy.
WorldCat (6 copies, all but 1 in Australia); not in Ferguson.
  • Number: 1060106
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum







 
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