Plate No. 15, "CERITHIUM," from "Spécies Général et Iconographie des Coquilles Vivantes"
This print is an original 1800s print of Plate No. 15, "CERITHIUM" from the well-respected French work "Spécies Général et Iconographie des Coquilles Vivantes, comprenant la collection du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, la collection Lamarck, celle du Prince Masséna et les decouvertes récentes des Voyageurs." - Archivally matted and ready to frame! - Measurements: 6 x 8 inches. - Matting: 10 x 12 inches. - Condition: FINE. Some barely noticeable foxing. --- The original publication, printed in Paris by Rousseau/ Baillière, (1834-1880), consisted of 11 volumes with 165 parts and 902 fine hand-colored engraved plates. One of the most desirable works on shells, it was published over a period of almost half a century. Kiener made use of the famous Delessert collection and that of the Natural History Museum of Paris, which together comprised the largest and most varied collection of conchological material on the continent. "He soon put it to good use; and in 1834 he published the first part of his 'Spécies.' This exquisitely illustrated series, started before the Sowerbys and Reeve began to issue theirs, appeared at intervals up to 1879, when eleven volumes had been completed. All are devoted to the illustration of marine gastopods with the exception of the tenth volume, which includes a monograph on the bivalve genus Thracia. The eleventh volume is the work of Paul Fischer. All the illustrations are by celebrated French engravers and artists of the day." (Dance. Hist. of Shell Collecting p. 137).