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1. Starter Library.

2. Advanced Amateur Library.

3. The Specialist Library.


1. Starter Library.

Just a few books will do it.

G. T. Poppe & Y. Goto - European Seashells Volume I
for an introduction to shell collecting

R. T. Abbott & S. P. Dance - Compendium of Seashells
a color guide to 4200 marine shells

R. T. Abbott - Compendium of Landshells
a color guide to 2000 land shells

S. P. Dance - A History of Shell Collecting
to get a perspective on the situation you are in.




2. Advanced Amateur Library.

This library covers the vast majority of shells that you can expect to acquire.

ABBOTT, T. R.
1974 American Seashells - 2nd Edition - 663 pp., 24 pls. - van Nostrand Reinhold Co. , New York, USA.

ABBOTT, T. R. & DANCE, P. S.
1990 Compendium of Seashells - 4th Edition - 411 pp., 4200 figs. - E.P. Dutton, Inc., New York, USA.

ALF, A., KREIPL, K. & POPPE, G. T.
2003 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Turbinidae. Subfamily Turbininae, Genus Turbo. Conchbooks. 68pp., 95pls.

ANSEEUW, P. & GOTO, Y.
1996 The Living Pleurotomariidae - 202 pp., numerous plates and figures. Elle Scientific Publications, Osaka, Japan.

BAIL, P. & POPPE, G.T.
2001 A Conchological Iconography. A Taxonomic Introduction to the Recent Volutidae. Conchbooks. 30 pp., 5 pls.

BAIL, P., LIMPUS, A. & POPPE, G. T.
2001 A Conchological Iconography. Genus Amoria. Conchbooks. 50 pp., 93 pls.

BAIL, P., LIMPUS, A. & TERRYN, Y.
2005 A Conchological Iconography. The Recent Volutes of New Zealand. With the a Revision of the Genus Alcithoe H. & A. Adams, 1853. 73pp., 62pls.

BASLY SANTA MARIA, J.
1982 Moluscos Marinos del Norte de Chile - 49 pp., 12 pls. - W. Morales A., Vina del Mar, Chile.

BERNARD, P. A.
1984 Coquillages du Gabon - 140 pp., 73 pls. - Pierre Bernard, Libreville, Gabon.

BOSCH, D. & BOSCH, E.
1982 Seashells of Oman - 206 pp., Numerous figs. - Kathleen Smythe Ed.

BOSCH, D. T., DANCE, P. S., MOOLENBEEK, R. G., & OLIVER, G. P.
1996 Seashells of Eastern Arabia, 296 pp., 1274 figs. Motivate Publishing, London.

BRATCHER, T. & CERNOHORSKY, W. O.
1987 Living Terebras of the World. A Monograph of the recent Terebridae of the World. - 240 pp. 68 pls. American Malacologists Inc., Melbourne, Florida, USA.

BURGESS, C.M.
1970+- first edition.
1985 Cowries of the world - 289 pp., 18 pls. - numerous figs. - Seacomber Publications, Cape Town, South Africa.

COSSIGNANI, T.
1994 Bursidae of the World. - 119 pp., numerous figs. - Ed. L'Informatore Piceno, Ancona, Italy.

DANCE, Peter S
1986 A History of Shell Collecting. - 265 pp., 32 pls. numerous text figs. E.J. Brill - Dr. W. Backhuys, Leiden.

DHARMA, Bunjamin
1988 Siput dan Kerang Indonesia (Indonesian Shells) - 111 pp., 35 pls. - PT. Sarana Graha - Jakarta, Indonesia.
1992 Siput dan Kerang Indonesia (Indonesian Shells II) - 135 pp., 38 pls. - Verlag Christa Hemmen - Wiesbaden, Germany.

DRIVAS, Jean & JAY, Maurice
1988 Coquillages de La Reunion et de l'Ile Maurice - 159 pp., 58 pls. - Delachaux & Niestle, Lausanne, Switzerland.

ESTIVAL, Jean-Claude
1981 Cones de Nouvelle-Caledonie et du Vanuatu. - 125 pp., 34 pls. - Les Editions du Cagou, Papeet, Tahiti.

FAIR, Ruth H.,
1976 The Murex book - An illustrated Catalogue of Recent MURICIDAE (MURICINAE, MURICOPSINAE, OCENEBRINAE) - 138. pp., 23 pls., 363 figs. - Ruth H. Fair, Honolulu, Hawaii.

FRAUSSEN, K. & TERRYN, Y.
2007 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Buccinidae. Genus Neptunea. Conchbooks. 166 pp., 154pls.

GEIGER, D.L., & POPPE, G.T.
2000 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Haliotidae. Conchbooks. 135pp., 83 pls.

GIANNUZZI-SAVELLI, R., PUSATERI, F., PALMERI, A., & EBREO, C.
1994 Atlante delle conchgilie Marine del Mediterraneo. (Atlas of the Mediterranean Sea Shells) Vol. I. (ARCHEOGASTROPODA). - 125 pp., 395 pls. - La Conchiglia, Roma, Italy.

GOFAS, S., AFONSO, J. A. P. & BRANDAO, M.
1989? Conchas e Moluscos de Angola (Coquillages et Mollusques d'Angola) - 144 pp., 51 pls. - Universidade Agostinho Neto / Elf Aquitaine Angola.

GROH, K., POPPE, G. T. & CHARLES, M.
2002 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Acavidae. Conchbooks. 69 pp., 44pls.

GOTO, Y. & POPPE, G. T.
1996 A listing of Living Mollusca. 4 Volumes. - 1899 pp. - L'Informatore Piceno Ed. , Ancona, Italy.

HABE, T.
1968 Shells of the Western Pacific in color - Vol. II - 2nd Edition - 233 pp., 66 pls. - Hoikusha Publishing, CO., Ltd., Osaka, Japan.

HABE, T. & ITO, K.
1974 Shells of the World in colour - Vol. I: The Northern Pacific. - 176 pp., 56 pls. - Hoikusha Publishing CO., Ltd., Osaka, Japan.

HABE, T. & KOSUGE, S.
1974 Shells of the World in colour. Vol. II: The Tropical Pacific. - 194 pp., 68 pls. - Hoikusha Publishing CO., Ltd., Osaka, Japan.

HENNING, T. & HEMMEN, J.
1993 Ranellidae & Personidae of the World. - 263 pp., 30 pls. - Verlag Christa Hemmen, Wiesbaden, Germany.

HILL, L. & CARMICHAEL, P.
1995 The World's Most Beautiful Seashells. - 240 pp., numerous plates. - Carmichael Publications, Florida, USA.

HINTON, A. G.
1978 Shells of New Guinea and the Central Indo-Pacific - 2nd Edition - 94 pp., 44 pls. - Printed in Hong Kong.
1978 Guide to Australian Shells - 82 pp., 78 pls. - Robert Brown & Associates Pty. Ltd. - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
1978 Guide to Shells of Papua New Guinea - 74 pp. - 69 pls. - Robert Brown & Associates Pty. Ltd., Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

HORIKOSHI, M.
1989 Sea Shells of the World. The shapes and patterns designed by nature from the Ninomiya Collection. - 86 pp., 48 pls. Ed. by Masaki Miya, Akira Asakura and Taiji Kurosomi, Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba University, Japan .

HOUART, R.
1994 Illustrated Catalogue of Recent Species of Muricidae, named since 1971. - 179 pp. 28 pls. Verlag Christa Hemmen, Wiesbaden, Germany.

INDO PACIFIC MOLLUSCA
1959-1973 Monographs of the Marine Mollusks of the Tropical Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Volumes 1 - 2 - 3 - Edited by R. Tucker Abbott.

KAY, E. A.
1979 Hawaiian Marine Shells - Reef and Shore Fauna of Hawaii. Section 4: MOLLUSCA. - 653 pp., 195 figs. - Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

KEEN, A. M.
1971 Sea Shells of Tropical West America. 2nd Edition - 1064 pp., Numerous figs. - Stanford University Press - Stanford, California, USA.

KENSLEY, B.
1973 Sea-Shells of Southern Africa - Gastropods. - 236 pp., 910 figs. - Maskew Miller Limited - Cape Town, South Africa.

KILBURN, R. & RIPPEY, E.
1982 Sea Shells of Southern Africa. - 249 pp., 45 pls., 230 figs. - Eleanor Mary Cadell Ed. - Johannesburg, South Africa.

KIRA, Tatsuaki
1955 Coloured illustrations of the Shells of Japan. - 204 pp., 67 pls. - Hoikusha Publishing CO., Ltd., Osaka, Japan.
1965 Shells of the western Pacific in color. - Vol. 1 - 2nd edition - 224 pp., 72 pls. - Hoikusha Publishing CO., Ltd., Osaka, Japan.

KOSUGE, S. & SUZUKI, M.
1985 Illustrated Catalogue of Latiaxis and its related groups . Family Coralliophilidae. - 83 pp., 50 pls.- Special Publication No. 1 - Institute of Malacology of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

KREIPL, K., POPPE, G.T. & all
1999 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Strombidae. Conchbooks. 58pp., 130pls.

KRONENBERG, G. & BERKHOUT, J.
1984 STROMBIDAE. - 121 pp., 9 pls, 52 figs. - Stichting Biologia Maritima - Marien biologische publicatie 3 - Den Haag, The Netherlands.

KURODA, T., HABE, T. & OYAMA, K.
1971 The Sea Shells of Sagami Bay - English and Japanese parts. - English part: 512 pp., 120 pls. - Biological Laboratory Imperial Household, Japan.

LAMPRELL, K.
1986 Spiny Oyster Shells of the World: Spondylus . - 84 pp., 30 pls. - Robert Brown & Associates, Pty., Ltd. - Bathurst, NSW, Australia.

LAN, T.C.
1979 Rare Shells of Taiwan in Color. - 144 pp. 63 pls. T.C. Lan Ed. - Taipei, Taiwan.
1993 The Classic shells of the World. - 222 pp. 211 pls. T.C. Lan Ed. - Taipei, Taiwan.
LILTVED, W. R.
1989 Cowries and their relatives of Southern Africa. - 208 pp., 299 figs. - Gordon Verhoef, Seacomber Publication, South Africa.

LIPE, R.
1991 Marginellas. - 40 pp., 18 pls. - The Shell Store, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, USA.

LORENZ, F. Jr. & HUBERT, A.
1993 A Guide to Worldwide Cowries. - 579 pp. 124 pls. - Verlag Christa Hemmen, Wiesbaden, Germany.

MARINCOVICH, L. Jr.
1973 Intertidal Mollusks of Iquique, Chile. - 49 pp., 102 figs. - Natural History Museum, Science Bulletin 16, Los Angeles, California, USA.

MATSUKUMA, A., OKUTANI, T. & HABE, T.
1991 World Seashells of Rarity and Beauty. - Revised and Enlarged Edition. - 206 pp., 156 pls. - National Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan.

MONTEIRO, A., TENORIO, M.J. & POPPE, G.T.
2004 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Conidae. The West African and Mediterranean species of Conus. Conchbooks. 102pp., 164 pls.

OKUTANI, T., TAGAWA, M. & HORIKAWA, H.
1988 Bivalves from Continental shelf and slope around Japan. - 190 pp., 160 pls. - Japan Fisheries Resource Conservation Association, Japan.
1988 Gastropods from Continental shelf and slope around Japan. - 203 pp., 160 pls. - Japan Fisheries Resource Conservation Association, Japan.

OLIVER, G. P.
1992 Bivalved Seashells of the Red Sea. - 330 pp., 46 pls., Numerous figs. - Verlag Christa Hemmen & National Museum of Wales - Wiesbaden, Germany / Cardiff, Wales.

PECHAR, P., PRIOR, C. & PARKINSON, B.
1979 Mitre Shells from the Pacific and Indian Oceans - Robert Brown & Associates Pty. Ltd. - Bathurst, Australia.

PETUCH, E. J. & SARGENT, D. M.
1986 Atlas of the Living Olive Shells of the World - 253 pp., 39 pls., Some maps - The Coastal Education & Research Foundation - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

PETUCH, E. J.
1987 New Caribbean Molluscan Faunas. - 154 pp. - 29 pls. - The Coastal Education & Research Foundation - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.

POPPE, G. T.
2008 Philippine Marine Mollusks. Volume 1. (Gastropoda – Part I). Conchbooks. Hackenheim, Germany. 759 pp., 312 pls.

POPPE, G. T.
2008 Philippine Marine Mollusks. Volume 2 (Gastropoda – Part II). Conchbooks. Hackenheim, Germany. 848 pp., 313-707 pls.

POPPE, G.T. & BAIL, P.
2004 A Conchological Iconography. The Tribe Lyriini. A Revision of the Recent Species of the Genera Lyria, Callipara, Harpulina, Enaeta and Leptoscapha. Conchbooks. 93 pp., 68 pls.

POPPE, G. T. & GOTO, Y.
1991 European Seashells . - Volume I. (POLYPLACOPHORA, CAUDOFOVEATA, SOLENOGASTRA, GASTROPODA). - 352 pp., 40 pls. 29 figs. - Verlag Christa Hemmen, Wiesbaden, Germany.
1992 Volutes. - 348 pp., 107 pls., Numerous figs and maps - L'Informatore Piceno Ed. , Ancona, Italy.
1993 Recent Angariidae. - 53 pp., 10 pls., figs. - L'Informatore Piceno Ed. , Ancona, Italy.
1993 European Seashells . Volume II. (SCAPHOPODA, BIVALVIA, CEPHALOPODA). - 221 pp., 32 pls., 62 figs. -Verlag Christa Hemmen - Wiesbaden, Germany.

POPPE, G.T. & GROH, K.
1999 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Harpidae. Conchbooks. 17pp., 51pls.

POPPE, G. T. & SENDERS, J.
1994 An annotated Price Catalogue of Marine Shells. 311 pp. - L'Informatore Piceno Ed. , Ancona, Italy.

POWELL, A. W. B.
1979 New Zealand Mollusca. Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells - 500 pp., 119 figs. - William Collins Publishers Ltd. - Auckland, New Zealand.

RADWIN, G. E. & D'ATTILIO, A.
1976 Murex Shells of the World. An illustrated Guide to the Muricidae - 284 pp. - 32 pls., 192 figs. - Stanford University Press - Stanford, California, USA.

RAINES, B. K. & POPPE, G. T.
2006 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Pectinidae. Conchbooks. 402 pp., 320 pls.

RICE, T.
1971 Marine Shells of the Pacific Northwest - 102 pp., 40 pls. - Ellison Industries Inc., Edmonds, Washington, USA.
1995 A Catalog of Dealer's Prices for Marine Shells. 136 pp. - Of Sea and Shore Publications, Washington, USA.

RCKEL, D., ROLAN, E. & MONTEIRO, A.
1980 Cone Shells from Cape Verde Islands. - 156 pp., 8 pls., 131 figs. - Printed in Spain.

RCKEL, D., Korn, W. & Kohn, A. J.
1995 Manual of the Living Conidae - 517 pp. - 84 pls. Verlag Christa Hemmen, Germany.

RIOS, E. C.
1985 Seashells of Brazil. - Revised Edition - 328 pp. - 102 pls. - Universidade de Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Brazil.

ROMBOUTS, A.
1991 Guidebook to Pecten Shells, Recent Pectinidae and Propeamussiidae of the World. - 157 pp., 29 pls. - W. Backhuys, Universal Book Services, Oegstgeest, Netherlands.

SALVAT, B. & RIVES, C.
1975 Coquillages de Polynesie. - 391 pp., 446 figs. - Les Editions du Pacifique, Papeete, Tahiti.

SHARABATI, D.
1984 Red Sea Shells. - 128 pp., 49 pls., some figs. and maps - KPI Limited, London, England.

SHIKAMA, T.
1964 Selected shells of the World, illustrated in colours(II). - 212 pp., 70 pls., Numerous figs. - Hokuriyu-Kan, Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

SHIKAMA, T. & HORIKOSHI, M.
1963 Selected shells of the World, illustrated in colours . - 154 pp., 102 pls., Numerous figs.- Hokuriyu-Kan, Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

SPRINGSTEEN, F. J. & LEOBRERA, F. M.
1986 Shells of the Philippines - 377 pp., 100 pls. - Carfel Seashell Museum, Manila, Philippines.

VERHAEGHE, M. & POPPE, G.T.
2000 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Ficidae. Conchbooks. 31pp., 27pls.

VOS, C. & TERRYN, Y.
2007 A Conchological Iconography. The Family Tonnidae. Conchbooks. 121 pp., 63 pls.

WALLS, J. G.
1979 Cone Shells. A Synopsis of the living CONIDAE - 1021 pp., numerous figs. - T.F.H. Publications Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey, USA.
1980 Conchs, Tibias and Harps. - 191 pp., 82 maps and numerous figs. - T.F.H. Publications Inc., Neptune City, New Jersey, USA.

WEAVER, C. S. & duPONT, J. E.
1970 The Living Volutes - A Monograph of the Recent Volutidae of the World. - 375 pp., 79 pls., 43 figs. Delaware Museum of Natural History - Monograph series No. 1, Greenville, Delaware, USA.

WILSON, B.
1993 Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranchs Gastropods, Part One. - 408 pp., 44 pls. numerous figs. and maps - Odyssey publishing, Kallaroo, WA, Australia.
1994 Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranchs Gastropods, Part Two (Neogastropods). - 370 pp., 53 pls., numerous figs. and maps - Odyssey publishing, Kallaroo, WA, Australia.

WILSON, B. R. & GILLETT, K.
1971 Australian Shells - 168 pp., 106 pls. - Charles E. Tuttle Company - Australia / Japan.

YOO, J. S.
1976 Korean Shells in Colour - 196 pp., 30 pls. - Il Ji Sa Publishing Co., Seoul, Korea.

ZEIGLER, R. F. & PORRECA, H. C.
1969 Olive Shells of the World. - 96 pp; 13 pls., 4 figs. - Zeigler & Porreca, Rochester, New York, USA.




3. The Specialist Library.

ALL PUBLICATIONS that you can acquire.