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Compendium of Seashells: A Color Guide to More Than 4,200 of the World's Marine Shells [Hardcover]

R. Tucker Abbott , S. Peter Dance

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  • Hardcover: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Pub (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966172000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966172003
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.1 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,091,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference for world wide seashells Dec 4 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
There currently is no better comprehensive guide to world wide marine shells than this new edition of the 'Compendium'. If you were a budding shell collector starting a library on this subject, this would be the most important book to get. The 'Compendium' is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the world's amazing variety of marine shells, displaying images of over 4200 species with their common AND scientific names. This feature alone enables any collector to access the rapidly increasing information available on the subject of worldwide molluscs - for instance on the internet - by targeting a particular species directly by its scientific name. This book is not only beautiful to look at but is also a great resource of general information on the subject, providing the most useful reference to date for all advanced seashell connoisseurs and collectors worldwide.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general reference for collectors Jan. 19 2005
By K. Kasabian - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an incomparable worldwide reference for both amateur and serious shell collectors alike. Though comprehensive, it is not a complete resource for all 30,000+ species of marine mollusks; rather, the book includes a wide range of the most attractive, desirable, rare and available shells today. Much attention is given to the following groups: cones, cowries, volutes, murexes, scallops, thorny oysters, limpets and periwinkles.

The shells in this book are grouped according to species and each includes a photograph of the shell, usually in pristine condition. This is good for the buyer, though it can sometimes be confusing for collectors who acquire shells on the beach, since found specimens typically vary greatly in appearance from a gem-quality specimen. This makes identification more challenging.

Nevertheless, this book is at the heart of my shell book collection; if you typcially collect shells in one particular region, it would probably be a good idea to supplement this with a field guide devoted to shells in that region.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every seashell collector's library. April 8 2002
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We have used the Compendium since it was first published as our primary identification reference. It is well organized, the pictures clear and colorful. It is a valued reference used by many in our museum library.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars praise for an excellent book Oct. 4 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This excellent and well organized reference work contains 4,200 full colour photos of dead shells and is designed for the amateur collector. All categories of marine shells are described and illustrated from all the oceans of the world. It includes geographical and ecological information on over 180 species of cowries, 334 cones, 132 volutes and 140 scallops. It is also invaluable for anyone who is interested in identifying what they find along the seashore or see in the ocean. I have owned this book since 1992 and have not come across a superior book on the same subject. However it is in this day and age sad to see all those thousands of dead marine creatures and I would certainly not encourage anyone to collect shells as a hobby. Lets protect and preserve the marine environment for future generations... For divers or indeed budding shell collectors who are interested in seeing/identifying live shells in their natural habitat. I would highly recommend 'Nudibranchs and Sea Snails' by Helmut Debelius [over 1000 excellent colour photos of living subjects] This book focuses on the Indo-Pacific region and is the best book I have ever seen on this subject illustrating living creatures. If the people who collected shells could see the stunning beauty of the live animal I am sure they would have second thoughts about killing them either directly or by proxy.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best seashell book ever! Jan. 16 2002
By Patricia K. Teague - Published on Amazon.com
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Since childhood, I've loved the beach and seashells. In our library are a dozen or so books on shells, but this is undoubtedly the best I've ever read. Small, unimportant shells that abound on the Gulf Coast are difficult to find in ordinary books, resulting in the fact that I'd picked them up since childhood, but didn't know what they were. I know now, thanks to the "Compendium of Seashells." If a person could have only one book on seashells, this is the one to buy.

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