Atlas of Aquatic Molluscs in China
by Zheng Xiaodong, Qu Xuecun, Zeng Xiaoqi, & Li Qi
ISBN 978-7-5552-0003-1 published by Qingdao Publishing House, in 2013,, in cloth covers with printed dust jacket, about 21 by 28.5cm. or 8½ by 11 inches, 557 pages plus a bilingual index of 22 pages and 1 additional information page., written in Chinese but with traditional scientific names
Many of you may be unaware of the tremendous interest in mollusks that has taken place at a rapidly growing pace in China over the last years. This interest has led to a huge increase in the number of top quality books about mollusks that have been published recently. This book is an example of just how good the books that we are seeing can be. It is an over sized book and the top quality photographic illustrations are also large making for easy recognition and identification. All classes of mollusks are covered with the greatest emphasis on the marine gastropods found in shallow water to the continental shelf. The book is in Simplified (Mandarin) Chinese and that is going to be an obstacle to these books becoming general reference works in the west. Although I have a built in, in- house translator here in the form of my wife, Juying, I find that I can scan in the text from the books and run them through an online translation program and get a fairly accurate translation of the text. Of course being familiar with the terms one is used to seeing in other books helps us get back on track when the translation program takes off on a track all its own.
This book and the other shell books from China as well as being excellent quality works are also very low in price. They could not be produced in the USA or anywhere else and sold for the prices that carry. I hope that this and the other books from China that we are offering become somewhat well received. If the sales are even modestly successful we intend to bring in many other books from China and from Taiwan that we can offer you.