Date of d'Orbigny's Canary Is work

February 3, 2000
From: Julie Marshall

Dear Bill,

Concerning your earlier message. The confusion in the date for d'Orbigny's work could possibly have arisen because it appeared as part of the following work:

Webb, Philip Barker and Berthelot, S. Histoire naturelle des Iles Canaries. Paris, 1835-44. 3 volumes & Atlas

Volume 2, part 2 of this work (published 1836-44) was the Zoologie part. It consisted of 5 sections and d'Orbigny's Mollusques... was section 5. According to the Catalogue of the Library of the British Museum of Natural History the Mollusques section had 152 pages and 14 plates. An entry in the US National Union Catalog has the publishing date of the Mollusques section as 1839?.

The work by Webb & Berthelot was originally issued in 106 fortnightly parts!

Of course all this does not solve the 1834 reference as Webb's work first appeared in 1835 unless the fortnightly parts appeared earlier.

Best wishes

Julie Marshall

Marshall, J., 2000 (Feb 3) Date of d'Orbigny's Canary Is work. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Julie,
Thanks for the details. It looks like Lemche's date may have been an error which has not been noticed previously. If anyone else has comments they would be very welcome.
Bill Rudman.

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