Sea Shells of the World, A. Gordon Melvin, 1974, Near Fine w/Near Fine DJ

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Sea Shells of the World
A. Gordon Melvin and Lorna Strong Melvin (Photographer)
Charles E. Tuttle Company
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Used: Excellent
Sku: 00397
Notes: A Near Fine book in a Near Fine dust jacket, Thirteenth Printing, 8vo, 8 1/2" x 6 1/4." Dark blue cloth-covered boards in a black paper dust jacket. Gilt lettering to book spine. White lettering to dust jacket spine. Color illustrations of seashells on front panel. Covers pristine and intact with relatively sharp tips, except for minuscule bumping, binding tight. Dust jacket clean and intact except for slight wear to tips and edges and slight rubbing. Dust jacket not price-clipped. Red facsimile handwriting to back panel. Pages pristine and intact except for some age toning (slight yellowing, mostly near edges). 27 full-page, color plates and 27 full page, black-and-white plates. 167 pp., including 54 plates, Glossary, Book List, and Index. A beautiful and comprehensive, yet concise, reference book about seashells from around the world. Perfect for the conchologist or shell collector. Excerpt from front flap: "All of the over 1,100 shells are illustrated, with those shells in which color is of prime importance shown in the 27 color plates and those in which other characteristics are most important shown in the 27 black-and-white plates. Synonyms and popularly used 'common names' are given and are also listed in the complete index. Each shell is identified and briefly described, and its location and approximate purchase price are given--the latter a feature rare in such guides. ... Also, in interest of practicality, the descriptions and the shells are facing one another, so the reader can avoid the annoyance of continual page-flipping."

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