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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. 21, [1] pp.
€ 950
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 Pacific 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 species as formerly abundant but now rare.
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 water stained, with the spine tattered. A remarkable record of the distribution of 48 species of Australasian sea snails in the mid-19th century. WorldCat (6 copies, all but 1 in Australia); not in Ferguson.
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Australia, new zealand & pacific  >  Australia & New Zealand | Natural History
Natural history  >  Shells & other Invertebrates | Zoology (General incl. Faunas)