Porcelaines Niger & Rostrees de Nouvelle-Caledonie
Niger & Rostrate Cowries of New Caledonia
by J.M. Chatenay
1977, published by the author, New Caledonia, in French & English, laminated paper covers, 109 pages, book size is 6¾ by 8¾ inches (14 by 21 cm), about 47 full page color plates and 2 maps
Even though this book is now quite old it reamians the standard reference work about these rare and unusual shells found (almost exclusively in) New Caledonia. This book shows the gradation and degree of rostration and melanismin found in these shells and shows us what determines the merely uncommon from the super-rare. The book is quite scarce with only 5000 copies originally printed. The copies that I now have are possibly a reprint byut I do not have real evidence of that.