Sea Shells of Southern Africa
by Richard Kilburn & Elizabeth Rippey
9780869540947, published in 1982, published byMacmillan, South Africa, Hardcover with printed dust jacket, 22 by 29.5 cm., 8.5 by 11.5 inches, 249 pages, contains 49 full page color drawings and 230 stippled drawings in black and white in the text.
South Africa, because of its unique geographic position, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, has produced an interesting and in many cases endemic molluscan fauna. Although this book is now somewhat dated in the 38 years that have now passed since it was published, it is still one of the best and most sought after books covering the shells of South Africa. There are only three photographs in the book, in its appendix.The beautiful color illustrations found in this book are more than adequate to show the shells in full detail. They remind me of illustrations found in many antique shell books. Add to that Kilburn's expertise on the shells of South Africa and you now have a most remarkable book. This is used book and it shows some slight wear on the edges of its' dust jacket and on its' cover. There is a tear in the gutter of the spine on its' lower end that has been reinforced with tape.