Fieldbook of Illinois Land Shells
by Frank Collins Baker
Published in 1939 by the State of Illinois Natural Survey Division, Urbana, Illinois, as Manual 2, hardcover with gold stamped title and spine, 166 pages, the page size is about 4 by 7 inches, 10.25 by 18cm., the text is illustrated with drawings and there are several black and white photographs and a map in the introductory chapter,
I have had several copies of "Fieldbook of Illinois Land Shells" in the past, but I do not recall any of them being a hardcovered book. The book is 80 years old when I am writing this review, but it is still a thorough guide to the snails and slugs found in Illinois in 1939. Baker's descriptions are well worded, and the drawn illustrations are sharp. The pages are slightly toned. The covers show some wear. The front flyleaf contains a lengthy dedication to Ken (Emberton) by William D. Hummon is rubber-stamped with Hummon's name. It is probably a gift to Emberton from either one of his mentors or a friend and colleague.