Coquillages de Polynesie

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Coquillages de Polynesie
By Bernard Salvat & Claude Rives

1975, Les Editions du Pacific, hard cover, cloth binding with dust jacket, stitched binding, 392 pages, page size 7.5 by 10.5 inches (19.5 by 27cm), color photos on almost each page (varying size) as well as maps, charts, etc., French text

This is a truly magnificent book and it is one, that as the years go by, is harder and harder to find. The first part of the book gives us an excellent introduction to shells and shell life and a special look at the shells of Polynesia and the part that shells have played in the Polynesian culture. The balance and the greater part of the book is an identification guide to 446 species of shells that inhabit the waters of these islands. Many of these shells are photographed live in their habitat and the quality of the plates borders on being very good to being excellent. This book can be considered as much of a coffee table book as well as being a guide to these shells and to these islands.  There is a smaller, paper covered edition, "Shells of Tahiti" that is in English, but the smaller size diminishes the beauty of the photographs that you have in this edition. This is a used copy but apart from some wear on the dust jacket it can almost pass as new. 

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