MARTINI, F.H. & CHEMNITZ, J.H.

Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet. Neu hrsg. u. vervollständigt von H.C. Küster. Nach dessen Tode fortges. von Wilh. Kobelt und H.C. Weinkauff.

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Nürnberg, Bauer & Raspe, 1837-1920. 23 volumes. 4to (270 x 215mm). With 1533 engraved or lithographed plates almost all finely hand-coloured (5 plates in facsimile). Contemporary half calf with gilt lettered spine (9 vols) and the remaining in later cloth with gilt lettered spines.

one of the rarest and most important of all shell iconographies

A large part of one of the rarest and most important of all shell iconographies. A complete set contains 458 parts with 3406 plates, published from 1837 to 1920. We offer 1533 plates with accompanying text of the 3406 published. We have listed below the contents of the monographs which are found in volumes 1 to 23.
A complete collation of the work is given by F.W. Welter-Schultes in the 'Archives of Natural History' vol. 26 (2) pp. 157-203, giving full bibliographical details of the copy in the Göttingen University Library.
"In 1837 Heinrich Carl Küster began to publish an enlarged edition of Martini and Chemnitz's 'Conchylien-Cabinet', the great encyclopaedia of shells published in Nuremberg during the second half of the previous century. Some of the figures in the first edition reappear in the second? Many specialists, including Louis Pfeiffer, a leading German authority on land shells, helped bring Küster's work to a successful conclusion, but progress was slow. The last part did not appear until 1920, more than 83 years after the first, by which time a total of 3,373 plates had appeared, most of them hand coloured, and accompanied by thousands of text pages" (Peter Dance & David Heppell, Shells p. 82).
'The large number of described taxa makes the 'Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet... an undeniable requirement for taxonomists in malacology... Most volumes are composed of several sets of pages and plates (Lieferungen) which were published separately. In many cases, several decades elapsed between the first and the last Lieferung of one particular volume, which implies that the knowledge had greatly increased in the meantime" (Welter-Schultes).
In our catalogue 278 (1999) we offered a complete copy of the above work priced Fl. 175.000 (Euro 80.000). The only complete copy we have seen on the market since many decades.

(1)- Vol. I (12), (1, 2, 3 and 4 partly). PFEIFFER, l. Die Schnirkelschneken (Gattung Helix?) (Nürnberg 1846-1897). Coloured plates 1-182 + 12bis.
(2)- Vol. I (12), (4). PFEIFFER. L. Die Schnirkelschnecken. Nürnberg 1897. pp. 525- 859, with coloured plates 183-228.
(3)- Vol. I (12b) (1). MOELLENDORFF, O. VON & KOBELT, W. Die Raublungenschnecken (Agnatha). Erste Abtheilung: Rhytididae & Enneidae. Nürnberg 1905. pp. 362, with 1-41 plates (22 coloured) plates.
(4)- Vol. I (12b) (2). KOBELT, W. Die Raublungenschnecken (Agnatha). Zweite Abteilung: Streptaxidae und Daudebardiidae. Nürnberg 1906. pp. 211, with coloured plates 42-72. (5 plates in photocopy).
(5)-Vol. I (12) (6). KOBELT, W. Die Familie der Heliceen Sechte Abteilung Gattung Helix (L). Nürnberg 1906. pp. 308, with coloured plates 300-376.
(6)- Vol. I (13a) KOBELT, W. Die Gattung Placostylus Beck. (Bulimus. Neue Folge). Nürnberg 1891. pp. 142, with 32 coloured plates.
(7)- Vol. I (14). KÜSTER, H.C. Die Schliessschnecken und die verwandten Gattungen (Clausilia, Balea, Cylindrella, Megaspira). Nürnberg 1837. pp.355 with 38 coloured plates.
(8)- Vol. I (15). KÜSTER,H.C. Die Gattungen Pipa, Megaspira, Balea und Tornatellina. Nürnberg 1852. pp. 194, with 21 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. I (15a). PFEIFFER, L. Die Gattung Cylindrella Pfr. Nürnberg 1862. pp. 80, with 9 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. I (16) (1). KÜSTER, C.H. Die Ohrschnecken (Auriculacea). Nürnberg 1844. pp. 1-76, with 1, 1*, 2-9 coloured plates.
(9)- Vol. I (16) (2). KOBELT, W. Die Familie Auriculacea. Zweiter Teil. Nürnberg 1901. pp. 77-316, with coloured plates 10-33.
(10)- Vol. I (17a). KÜSTER, H.C., DUNKER, W. & CLESSIN, S. Die Familie der Limnaeiden enthaltend die Genera Planorbis, Limnaeus, Physa und Amphipeplea. Nürnberg 1886. pp. 430, with 55 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. I (17b). KÜSTER, H.C. Die Gattungen Limnaeus, Amphipeplea, Chilina, Isidora und Physopsis. Nürnberg 1862. pp. 77 with 12 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. I (18) (1). PFEIFFER. Die gedeckelten Lungenschnecken. (Helicinacea et Cyclostomacea). Nürnberg 1846. pp. 78, with 10 coloured plates.
(11)- Vol. I (27). KOBELT, W. Die Gattung Turritella Lam. Nürnberg 1897. pp.81, with 21 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. I (28). CLESSIN, S. Die Familie der Eulimidae. Nürnberg 1902. pp. 273, with 41 coloured plates.
(12)- Vol. II (1). PHILIPPI, R. Der Gattung Nautica und Amaura. Nürnberg 1852. pp. 164, with coloured plates A, 1-19. (Together with:) Vol. II (2). PHILIPPI, R.A. Die Kreiselschnecken oder Trochoideen (Gattungen Turbo, Trochus, Solarium, Rotella, Delphinula, Phasianella). Nürnberg 1846. pp. 98, with coloured plates A, 1-19. (Together with:) Vol. II (3). PHILIPPI, R. PHILIPPI, R.A. Die Kreiselschnecken oder Trochoideen (Gattungen Turbo, Trochus, Solarium, Rotella, Delphinula, Phasianella). Nürnberg 1846. pp.372, with 49 coloured plates.
(13)- Vol. II (4). PHILIPPI, R.A. Die gattungen Delphinula, Scissurella und Globulus. Nurnberg 1853. pp. 57, with 8 (7 coloured) plates. (Together with:) Vol. II (4a). THIELE, J. Scissurelliden und Fissurelliden. Nürnberg 1912. pp. 168, with 20 plates. (Together with:) Vol. II (5-8). PHILIPPI, R.A. Die Gattungen Phasianella und Bankivia. Nürnberg 1853. pp. 52, with 6 coloured plates (with:) PHILIPPI, R.A. Die Gattungen Adeorbis, Skenea, Orbis und Fossarus. pp. 14, with 1 coloured plate (with:) PHILIPPI. R.A. Die Gattung Solarium. pp. 42, with 4 coloured plates (with:) PHILIPPI, R.A. Die Gattung Risella. pp. 10, with 1 coloured plate.
(14)- Vol. II (9). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattung Litorina. Nürnberg 1882. pp. 114, with 14 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. II (10). MARTENS, E.VON. Die Gattung Nerita. Nürnberg 1879. pp. 303, with coloured plates A, 1-23.
(15)- Vol. IV (1). KÜSTER, C.H. Die Flügelschnecken (Strombea). Nürnberg 1845. pp. 110, iii & iv, with 30 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. IV (2). KÜSTER, H.C. & WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Familie Coneae oder Conidae I: Conus Linné. Nürnberg 1875. pp. 413, with coloured plates A, 1-71.
(16)- Vol. IV (3). WEINKAUF, H.C. & KOBELT, W. Die Familie Pleurotomidae. Erste Abtheilung. Nürnberg 1887. pp. 248, with coloured plates A, 1-42. (Together with:) Vol. IV (4). KOBELT, W. Das Genus Cancellaria. Nürnberg 1887. pp. 110, with 24 coloured plates.
(17)- Vol. V (1). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattung Oliva. Nürnberg 1878. pp. 172, with coloured plates A, B, C, 1-39. (Together with:) Vol. V (1a). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattung Ancillaria. Nürnberg 1878. pp.44, with 12 coloured plates. (with:) Vol. V (2). KÜSTER, H.C. Die Familie der Walzenschnecken. (Volutacea, Menke). Nürnberg 1841. pp. 234 with 56 coloured plates.
(18)- Vol. V (3). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattungen Cypraea und Ovula. Nürnberg 1881. pp. 231 with coloured plates A, 1-53. (Together with:) Vol. V (4). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattungen Marginella und Erato. Nürnberg 1879. pp. 166 with 26 coloured plates.
(19)- Vol. VI (1). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattung Sigaretus. Nürnberg 1883. pp. 50, with coloured plates A, 1-10. (Together with:) Vol. VI (1b). WEINKAUFF, H.C. Die Gattung Haliotis. Nürnberg 1883. pp. 88, with 30 coloured plates. (with:) Vol. VI (1c). SCHMALZ, C. Die Gattung Pleurotomaria. Nürnberg 1901. pp. 172, with 22 (16 coloured) plates.
(20)- Vol. VII (1). ANOMYMOUS. Mollusca Acephala. Kopflose Mollusken. Nürnberg (1843-1868). pp. 84, with 18 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. VII (2). KÜSTER, C.H. & KOBELT, W. Die Gattungen Spondylus und Pecten. Nürnberg 1888. pp. 296, with 73 coloured plates.
(21)- Vol. VII (2a). THIELE, J. Familia Limidae. Nürnberg 1920. pp. 66, with 10 plates. (Together with:) Vol. VII (3). DUNKER, W. Die Gattung Avicula. Nürnberg 1872. pp. 84, with 27 coloured plates.
(22)- Vol. VIII (1). ANONYMOUS. Mollusca Elatobranchia. Malleacea. Hammermuscheln. Nürnberg (1840). pp. 108, with 50 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. VIII (2). KOBELT, W. Die Gattung Arca L. Nürnberg 1891. pp. 238, with 49 coloured plates.
(23)- Vol. VIII (3). KÜSTER. H & CLESSIN, S. Die Familie der Mytiludae. Nürnberg 1889. pp. 170, with 36 coloured plates. (Together with:) Vol. VIII (3a) DUNKER, W. Die Gattung Lithophaga. Nürnberg 1882. pp. 32, with 6 coloured plates. (with:) Vol. VIII (4). KÜSTER, H.C. Die Gattungen Tridacna und Hippopus. Nürnberg 1868. pp. 8, with 3 coloured plates. (with:) VIII (5). CLESSIN, S. Die Familie der Chamiden. Nürnberg 1889. pp. 56, with 20 coloured plates.

Nissen ZBI, 2723. See also Smith & England, Martini and Chemnitz (Küster's edition) Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet... (Journal of the Soc. for Bibl. of Nat. Hist., I, 4). As well as Welter-Schultes excellent recent bibliographical contribution.