Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Conchologia Iconica

I've been lost for about a month in the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive, a 501(c) (3) non-profit, is building a digital library of cultural artifacts in digital form with free access to researchers, historians, scolars, and the general public.

To continue my spiny oyster discussion, I found a wonderful source there: Conchologia Iconica; or, Illustrations of the Shells of Molluscous Animals by Lowell Reeve (1814-1865). Nearly twenty volumes of the set published in 1856 can be viewed in the Internet Archive in full text. Volume nine contains the monograph on Spondylus, illustrated by eighteen color plates, which I have added to the Information Pages on AnitaBeads.com. They are all incredibly beautiful!

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