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The Encyclopedia of Shells Hardcover – September, 1991

4.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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This book for serious shell collectors, not vacationers, provides color photographs of over 1000 types of shells. While the photographs are exceptionally clear, they are unfortunately almost all the same size, without a representation of scale, regardless of the actual size of the shell. Distribution, habitat depth, and relative availability to collectors are explained in descriptions. Coverage is worldwide with extensive representation from the Far East, including many shells rarely seen by casual shell collectors. Nevertheless, libraries having one of the editions of R. Tucker Abbott and S. Peter Dance's Compendium of Seashells (1990, American Melacologists. 4th ed.) will not need this volume unless their collections are exhaustive.
- Susan Klimley, Columbia Univ. Libs.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816027021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816027026
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,871,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best shell identification books I have ever seen. Not only is it perfect for the amature, but for the professional as well. We use it in our business everyday. The color photography is fantastic, this book also makes a great tabletop book.
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I purchased this book after finding a multitude of unusual shells on barrier islands after a hurricane. This is a beautiful book with brilliant color pictures of each shell. These is a quick reference guide that shows a variety of information including location, water depth, average size, scientific, and common names. Also the star system that identifies whether the shell is common/uncommon/rare. Each time we visit the beach/islands, my kids and I look forward to identifying our shell treasures. The kids get really excited when we find a two star shell (uncommon). Great as a coffee table book also, I often find my guests thumbing through it.
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I've used many different shell guides to identify my finds, but this one has enough pictures to show which of the many species I may be looking for. Also, I like the detailed info and the star rating system for indicating rare/common/uncommon. For the amateur collector trying to sort out family, genus and species, this guide gives a clear picture of the information.
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A nice general reference; I like the features of depth offered and relative abundence. I would give this another star if it only had more representative species. Still, highly recommended.
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This is a great book. Just what I was looking for. I needed a field guide type book on seashells, since I'm a big collector. If you're like me, this is the book for you. Weather you're a beginning collector or serious. It is a good sized book, pretty large, thick book full of many pages of different types of seashells. Each specific seashell photograph is accompanied with detailed information on the size, distribution, depth, and how common or rare. I know it doesn't seem like one, but this is a great big field guide. Don't judge a book by its cover! I was surprised myself. I didn't think it was until I opened it.
In the beginning, it also explains the scientific anatomy of the shells, and how they grow, the organs of the living animal, different classes of shells, etc. It also talks about the history of man's uses of shells in different cultures since early times and how the forms of shells are used in the inspirations of the arts. It is a wonderful book. It really is like a encyclopedia of shells. I just love it!!!

Rehana(Chicago, IL.)
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Format: Hardcover
For shell collectors and enthusiasts, this is a great reference guide. The incredible variety of shapes and colors are beautifully displayed in this amazing book. I first saw this book on my local library shelves, and realized I had to add it to my own book collection. Actually, I was also surprised at how inexpensive it was. Many hours will be spent pouring over the photos and information that this book has to offer.
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This book is excellent for beginners and pro shell collectors alike. Lots of information and GEORGOUS pictures. So glad I have this book, great for referencing at any time! Very satisfied customer!
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This replaced a water damaged book I had. In great condition as presented. A bit outdated but nice for comparison purposes.
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