Common Sea-Shells of California 1881 by Josiah Keep ~ Monterey Bay ~ Conchology ~ Mollusks ~ Mills College ~ Seashells ~ Pacific Coast Ocean

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Title: Common Sea-Shells of California

Author: Josiah Keep
Illustrator: George H. Baker

Description: Board in red cloth with gilt lettering on the front cover. Some wear and soiling to cloth. Decorative bookplate from a San Mateo school on front pastedown. Title page and flyleaves toned, with the rest of the text printed on better quality paper. School library rubber-stamp on several pages (sparing the plates, except the final one which has a faint imprint). Sixteen plate illustrations. Includes Index, Index of Illustrations, and Errata. 64 pages. 6 x 4 inches.

Written and published by Keep to provide a convenient and well-illustrated manual of the more common shells found on the coast of California. The first chapter treats the structure of Mollusks, the second gives directions for finding, studying, and preserving specimens; the remainder of the volume is taken up with descriptions of the several species. Most shells in this volume were collected at Monterey Bay.

Josiah Keep (1849-1911) was a conchologist and Professor at Mills College. The illustrations were made by George H. Baker of San Francisco [presumed to be George Holbrook Baker (1827-1906), artist, art teacher and lithographer.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: Printed for the Author by Upton Bros.
Place: San Francisco
Year: 1881

Keywords: conchology, Monterey Bay, mollusks, Mills College, Monterey County, natural science, seashells, antique, Pacific Coast, George Holbrook Baker,

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