Brisbane: The Jacaranda Press, 1961. First Edition. Large format hardcover (29 x 21.5cm), pp. , 210, [2, blank], richly illustrated with 29 colour plates featuring O. H. Rippingale’s water colour illustrations of “about six hundred shells”; red morocco with lettering in gilt on the spine and shell illustration in gilt on the cover, edges dyed (red), red marbled endpapers, illustrated dust wrapper. Signed and numbered by the authors.
Top edge a little dust toned, bottom edge faintly rubbed, shallow dings to top and bottom edges; top corners gently bruised, only noticeable inside covers; a couple of light scratches to edges of text block, dye a little lighter in places; first and last pages a touch toned, plates have caused faint toning to facing page, previous owner’s stamp on title page, pencil writing in top corner of last page, otherwise mostly clean with occasional spotting throughout; dust wrapper is price clipped with light edgewear, head and tail of spine lightly creased with 2mm and 8mm closed tears at head, light toning and foxing to inside flaps. Item #926
This beautifully illustrated book deals with members of the Phylum Mollusca family which are prolific on the Great Barrier Reef.