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Popular British Conchology by George Brettingham Sowerby - 1st Edition - 1854 - from E C Books (SKU: 032225)

Popular British Conchology

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Popular British Conchology

by George Brettingham Sowerby

  • Used
  • good
  • hardcover
  • First
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London : Lovell Reeve, 1854 A good copy with 20 hand coloured illustrations drawn by Sowerby and printed by Vincent Brooks. In the original decorative cloth binding with a gilt mollusk on the front board. This book forms part of Lovell Reeve's Popular Natural History series, designed for young people with aim of giving them an insight into the natural world. The decorative cloth bindings are very distinctive as is the good quality of the illustrations - with many of the volumes having hand coloured plates. This copy has been expertly rebacked to preserve the original spine and endpapers. It is therefore sound and tight. The front board has a couple of small indentations to the edges and a bumped top corner. The spine is dulled. The endpapers have slight marking. Contents: publisher's catalogue; half title; frontispiece; title page; preface; list of plates; text with 19 further plates; index. The paper has brown toning, particularly to edges and there is slight folding evident to the top page corners at the beginning of the book (probably related to the corner bumping). An early owner has written 'Chapter 18' above the chapter heading with roman numerals. Plate 1 has a professional repaired paper tear and page 232 has some red offsetting from the red on the shell on the following plate page. Overall a good sound copy of a scarce work.


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E C Books GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
Popular British Conchology
George Brettingham Sowerby
George Sowerby; Vincent Brooks
Decorative Cloth
Book condition
Used - Good
Jacket condition
Quantity available
1st Edition
Lovell Reeve
Place of Publication
Date published
mollusca; lovell reeve; popular natural history series; victorian natural history; victorian children's books; sowerby
Bookseller catalogs
NATURAL HISTORY; Freshwater and Marine Life, including fish and fishing; Conchology;
16mo - over 5¾ - 6¾" tall

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Birsay, Orkney
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About E C Books

E C Books is a small online bookselling business, specialising in pre 20th century works:natural history, science, history, and travel, aiming for rarer and more unusual books. Our largest stock area is Natural History, where we have a good range of books from the 1700-1800's, many finely illustrated. Other areas include children's books, particularly late 1800's-early 1900's - again illustrated; and literature pre 1900.When you order books from us we ensure that they are properly packed to protect condition, and we always use recorded or 'signed for' postal services for more secure delivery. Please note that we have recently moved to the beautiful Orkney Islands, where we intend to open a bookshop over the next year. Because of our location we cannot guarantee 'next day' delivery but we will get your purchase to you as quickly and safely as we can.Please note that the buyer is responsible for the payment of any tax or duty on import.


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