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The better book about shells - dave r - 11-01-2008

That all rather depends what you want it for.
As a straight identification guide the Encyclopedia is very good with the latest nomenclature, the downside is it does not give distribution of species or size range so you don't know if the species you have is correctly identified as it looks like the picture but comes from elsewhere. It only gives the locality and size of the specimens figured.
The Compendium has been the shell collectors 'Bible'for many years, it is a bit dated now but it does at least give the distribution and sizes of the species illustrated plus a few other odd bits of information. It has chapters on collecting and shell biology and morphology which the encyclopedia does not. It has been out of print for a while now but overall I would go for the Compendium of seashells it as it has much more information and illustrates other shells such as bivalves and Chitons whereas the Encyclopedia of Marine Gastropods is purely a picture book and, as the title states, is purely Gastropods.
Hope this has given you some help,
Dave  


The better book about shells - pomj - 11-01-2008

Hi,

I'd like to buy a quality book about shells to help me identify my seashells and for the pleasure to read it.

Which book is the best ?
I think it can be one of these books but i'm not sure :
- ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MARINE GASTROPODS
- COMPENDIUM OF SEASHELLS

Thanks for you help, i can't make any mistake about this purchase because i can buy only one book (it's too expensive for me).


The better book about shells - pomj - 11-02-2008

Thanks for your advice.
Well, it seems the perfect book doesn't exist.

It's true that it's important the book illustrates bivalves.


The better book about shells - dave r - 11-04-2008

Sadly the perfect book does not exist, and I doubt it ever will. The nearest you will get is the screen you are looking at now!
Dave


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