A Handbook of Illustrated Shells
In Natural Colors
From Japanese Islands and Their Adjacent Territories
by Shintaro Hirase, Revised and Enlarged Edition by Isao Taki
No ISBN, published in 1951 by Bunkyokaku, Tokyo, Japan, Hardcover in slipcase, about 14.5 by 21cm., 5.5 by 8.25 inches, 345 pages in total including 130 full page size color plates and 4 full page black and white plates,
Hirase's "A Handbook of Illustrated Shells" is a revised and expanded edition of his 1934 "A Collection of Japanese Shells." Shintaro Hirase's father Yoichirao Hirase, the noted Japanese conchologist who was for many the first Japanese contact that communicated with western shell collectors. For many of us, the "Handbook" was the first book on the Japanese mollusks that we added to our libraries. Taki has revised and updated the taxonomy in this book. Many shell names have changed and changed again to the present day. Non-the-less, this book is a keystone publication for subsequent study of these mollusks. Most of the mollusks in this book are marine mollusks in the primary classes. There are sections on the terrestrial and freshwater shells too. The illustrations are mostly small in size but meticulously done to help recognize and identify the shells. This is a used book with wear wear to the slipcase and some minor wear to the covers. The plates and the text are in very nice condition for a book of this period. The shell's names are in standard scientific notation and in Japanese. Some pages of text are in Japanese and also given in English translation.