Houghton Mifflin Company (Second Edition, 1951). Index. 236pp. 4.75 x 7.5 inches. Hardcover. Illustrated.
From the rocky headlands of Maine to the long sandy beaches of the Texas coast stretch thousands of miles of good shell-collecting grounds and anyone who has an interest in the seashore — bird watcher, fisherman, or just plain beachcomber — will want to own A Field Guide to the Shells. It has been heartily recommended by professional naturalists, and highly praised by reviewers who call it “epoch making and fascinating,” “of great value to the student and layman, as well as to teachers and scientists.”
This revised and enlarged edition of the book contains all the information needed for amateur or expert to identify over 500 different kinds of shells. There are over 1000 outstanding natural photographs, many of them in full color.
The descriptions are complete but concise and written in non-technical language. Much of the text has been revised and the nomenclature brought up to date. And to make this new edition even more useful to the growing army of shell collectors, common or popular names have been included wherever possible.
The purose of the Field Guides is primarily identification, but this book also tells where the various kinds of shellfish are found, how they live and secure food, how they protect themselves from enemies, their value to man, and many other curious and interesting facts about them.
For the new collector there is information on how to empty and clean shells and how to record finds, as well as a basic system of classification and identification by assocation.
Take this book with you whenever you go to the shore. Do not leave it at home on your library shelf; it is a Field Guide meant to be used.
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