Memoir on the Pearly Nautilus (Nautilus Pompilius, Linn) with illustrations on its external form and internal structure.

£800

FIRST EDITION, 15 lithographs, including 8 full page monochrome lithograph plates, original purple cloth, paper label, 4to (293 x 232mm), London, Richard Taylor, 1832

FIRST EDITION, 15 lithographs, including 8 full page monochrome lithograph plates, original purple cloth, paper label, 4to (293 x 232mm), London, Richard Taylor, 1832

Owen’s First Monograph.

According to DSB X, p.261, “The Atention of the scientific community was first focused on Owen in 1832 when he published Memoir on the Pearly Nautilus. Which was based on a single specimen of this delicate organism that was previously known only by its shell. In this superb piece of descriptive anatomy he also modified Cuvier’s Cephalpoda and proposed two orders that were considered valid until 1894.”

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