A lovely, fresh copy with good provenance: Bradley Martin was perhaps the greatest collector of natural history books of the post-war era. His collection was sold at auction by Sothebys in a series of sales some twenty years ago.
This is an important work on bivalves and univalves including many Pacific specimens. Twenty-three specimens are from New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land; 10 from New Zealand; 15 from the South Seas; 2 from the Pacific Islands; and one from Otaheite. Specimens are also identified as coming from the collections of Mrs. Bligh, Mr. Latham, and the museums of Mr. Bullock and Sir Ashton Lever.
The artist, John Clarke, is possibly the same Clarke who worked on John Eyre’s famous four-part panorama of Sydney, published in London in 1810.
The book was issued (possibly in parts) over a number of years with variations as to make-up of text, date of plates, and identity of printers.
Folio (46 x 28.5 cm), text watermarked “T H” and dated 1818, 61 hand-coloured aquatint plates after drawings by John Clarke, on Whatman paper dated 1820-1824; without half-title. Uncut in original pink boards; rubbed with wear to edges, joints sometime repaired.
Provenance: Pine Coffin (armorial bookplate); Bradley Martin (bookplate).
Forbes, 425; Nissen ZBI 3134.
Stock ID: 93879