First edition. 109 engraved plates (planches vol.); viii, 664 pp. with 2 folded tables (text vol.). 2 vols. 8vo. In Boards, with American Medical Provenance. Publisher's printed purple boards, spines sunned and lightly edgeworn, some foxing, heavy at preliminaries, ex-Bowdoin College Library, early call-number labels to spines, withdrawn plates to front paste-downs, small blind stamp on title pages, withal an attractive set in original boards Nissen ZBI, 391. Item #239541
This zoological manual of mollusks and conches (though de Blainville's definition was vague) contains impresive engraved plates by Prêtre and Turpin, the best French natural history artists of the period.
The author, Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777-1850), studied art in Paris as a young man but turned to natural history. Appointed to the French Academy of Sciences in 1825, he succeeded Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in the chair of natural history in 1830. He was an expert on several zoological species and rejected the idea of evolution. He also coined the term paleontology in 1822.
A remarkable presentation copy, inscribed, "David H. Storer from his friend J. Mason Warren" on flyleaf.
David Humphreys Storer was a zoologist and physician. He was a graduate of Bowdoin in 1822 and Harvard Medical School in 1825. He specialized in obstetrics and was a professor at both the Tremont Street Medical School and Harvard Medical School, where he also served as dean. He actively pursued his interest in natural history, publishing several reports on fish in Massachusetts.
J. Mason Warren (1811-1867) in 1835 assumed his father's medical practice, specializing in plastic surgery in Boston and performed the first Rhinoplasty in America.
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