Shells of the Western Pacific In Color
by T. Kira & T. Habe
2 volume set 1964, Hoikusha, hard- covers with printed dust jacket, 224 & 233 pages, about 7½ by 10¼ inches (about 18.5 by 26 cm) page size, volume 1 has 72 page size full-color plates and volume 2 has 66 page size color plates
This is a remarkable set of books at an extremely low price.It provides identifications, descriptions and illustrates over 1700 species of mollusks found in the Western Pacific, mainly those that are found in Japan. The study mainly concentrates on marine shells but some coverage of terrestrial and freshwater mollusks is included. These books are entirely in English and the descriptive material is thorough and general locality data and size ranges for each species are given. Although these books are long out of print they remain today an invaluable source of information on the shells found in this part of the world. These are used books and as often is the case with these two books, the dust jackets are torn in spots. But the body books are almost new.