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Shells of the Caribbean
by J.B. Lozet & C. Petron

ISBN 2-85700-042-1, published in 1977by Les Editions du Pacific, Tahiti, French Polynesia, paperback, about 12.5 by 18 cm, or 5 by 7.25 inches, 138 pages,  English edition, 256 shells illustrated by color photos of varying sizes with their descriptions

This is an old book but one that is still pretty much relevant apart from a few nomenclatural changes. It is a concise but quite informative guide to shells found in the Caribbean Sea, but it also includes, for some reason, shells from as far north as Bermuda and south from northern Brazil. The shells are well illustrated with color photographs and the reproduction of the photos is quite high for an inexpensive book published 45 years ago as of this writing. There is quite a nice amount of descriptive material about the shells pictured and the families to which they belong.  The small size of the book makes it a good travel companion for a Caribbean collecting trip. Some of the shells are quite rare and have restricted ranges, others can be commonly found even by casual collectors. These are used books but they are, apart from some rubber stamped and written names of the previous owners on their flyleaf pages, in very nice condition. They have sewn bindings unlike many inexpensive paperbacks, and a few not so inexpensive books as well, which means that they will not fall apart after they are opened a few times

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