Exotic Conchology: Or, Figures and Descriptions of Rare, Beautiful, Or Undescribed Shells, Drawn on Stone from the Most Select Specimens; the Descriptions Systematically Arranged on the Principles of the Natural System
Plate book featuring shells form North America, Brazil, Japan, New Guinea, New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean with a significant subset of shells collected in Australia (plates V, XVIII, XXVII, XXXVIII, XLIV). Six plates feature shells from Elizabeth Bligh's (VI, XI, XVIII, XXII, XXIV, XVII) and the Brodrip collections.
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Page 34 - ... type. It is evidently rare, and may be from Mexican waters. (Orcutt.) TYPE in Orcutt Collection? Type locality, near Santa Barbara, California. RANGE. California. Haliotis rufescens Swainson, 1822 Plate 90, fig. 2 ; Plate 89, fig. 2 Bligh Catalogue, Appendix 2. Conchologia Iconica, Haliotis, fig. 6. Testa ponderosa, leviter striata, aliquando nodis sparsis deformi, rufescente : spira brevi ; labii exterioris extremitate antica gibba : labio interiore angusto; foraminibus levatis, remotis (3 aut...
Page 3 - But they forget, that, in Birds particularly, every family has a decided peculiarity of form and habit, and that all originally possessed the gracefulness of life and action, which does not remain with the preserved skin ; and, that, to delineate a shell with a proper degree of accuracy, as complete a knowledge of design, colouring, and chiaro-scuro, is requisite, as in painting a cabinet picture of still life.
Page 24 - MITRA. No internal channel or groove at the upper extremity of the aperture ; outer lip curved from its two extremities ; the base of the aperture not contracted, the interior always smooth ; spire lengthened, acute ; shell without coronating tubercles, but not polished. Representing the Volutce and Turbinellidte.
Page 3 - Arts" ha.ve attained in this country, is so great, as to be obvious in the embellishments of/the*.minor pamphlets which daily issue from the press, the delineations of Zoological • subjects in general remain uninfluenced by this universal improvement ; and, with a few exceptions, present lamentable deficiencies in design, drawing, perspective, and the most common principles of light and shade ; any one of which would not be tolerated, even in the frontispiece to the most humble of our periodical...
Page 21 - Shell smooth, almost polished ; outer lip thickened internally ; suture enamelled ; lower plaits the smallest ; apex of the spire various : 1. fusiformis, Sw. Bligh. Cat. 2. undulatus. Ex. Conch, pl. 27. 3. Junonia, Ex. Conch, pl. 33. 4. stromboides. 5. papillosa. Sw. Sow. gen.
Page 34 - ... remotis (3 aut 4 apertis). Shell ponderous, obsoletely striated, sometimes deformed by scattered nodules, reddish ; spire small ; outer lip at the top gibbous ; inner lip narrow ; perforations elevated, remote, only three or four open. In proportion as the back of the shell is worn down, the color becomes a brighter red. It attains to a very large size, and when in perfection is a beautiful species. Inhabits the Galapagos and California. (Swainson.) Shell large, heavy and solid, oval, not very...
Page 3 - ... and thus, we have reiterated copies of the mis-shapen figures given by the writers of the last century, perpetuated with all their glaring faults, in the hot-pressed volumes of the present day.
Page 21 - HARPULA Sw. Spire developed as in the last, but the tip is generally more slender, and the plaits are numerous.