Shells of Land and Water
A Familiar Introduction to the Study of the Mollusks
by Frank Collins Baker
No ISBN, published in 1903, by A.W. Mumford, Chicago, IL., hard-covered in gray cloth on boards with brown printed spine and front cover, 7.25 by 10.5 inches (19 by 26.5 cm.), 175 page, illustrated 8 full page color plates and numerous half-tone and line engravings
This is book is one that many of the malacologists in the first half of the last century "cut their teeth" on. The author was a curator of the Chicago Academy of Science which was founded in 1857. This book is a clearly written and truly informative work on the natural history and biology of mollusks. Today there are several cheap reprints of this book on the market but their quality is so poor (as is the case with most of the reprints you can find) that they are not worth having. This is a used copy of the original first edition of this book. It has a few stains on its front cover and the front cover has a bump on the upper, outer corner. There is some shelf-wear to the edges of the covers and the pages are becoming slightly toned. It is a book worth having in anyone's shell library.