Sea Shells of the West Indies
by Michael Humfrey
1975, Taplinger Publishing NY, hardcover cloth over boards with printed dust jacket, about 5¼ by 8½ inches (about 13.5 by 21.5 cm) 351 pages not including 32 full page color photographic plates and also about 19 b/w line drawn figures in the text, covers more than 650 species
Although this book was published nearly 40 years ago the lack of literature about the marine mollusk mollusks found in the Caribbean Sea makes it a book still very useful today. The central focus of the shells in this book are those found in Jamaica generally between the tide line and down to a depth of about 35 fathoms. But almost without exception these shells can be found in other parts of the Caribbean Sea and many have a range that extends to Florida to the north and Brazil to the south. The author has done a very good job with his written descriptions and the color plates are very well done for a book published at this time. As well as the shell identification section the book also contains some well written information about shells and shell collecting.
This is a very nice copy of this now fairly uncommon book. The dust jacket has been wrapped in a plastic cover somewhat unevenly but it did keep the jacket intact. The previous owner has written their name on the front endpaper and the edges of the book show some rubbing from shelf ware.