THE ROMANCE OF SHELLS: In Nature & Art by Louise  Travers


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Probably it is unfair to review this text without seeing the decorative and informative line drawings and the 8 four- color plates. But, even granted a bias in favor of anything dealing with shells, this reader felt that the text missed a considerable margin, potential markets. The informed conchologist- or malacologist --even those in the amateur class, will feel that the text is discursive, unorganized, and only too often sentimental. There is none of the exquisite poetry of an Anne' Lindbergh, nor the brilliant blend of science with imaginative prose of a Rachel Carson.... The neophyte, with little or no established interest in the subject, may- if exposed to the book-catch the contagion of her enthusiasm and go on to more serious study. There is a great deal of information packed into these pages, but it serves only to indicate to those in the know that Mrs. Travers has gone beyond the ranks of those who pick up shells because they are colorful, and really knows what she is talking about. For the uninformed it might well result in considerable confusion until further information sorted out the classifications, the sources of supply, the know- how of handling and preparation and collecting. Final chapters tell how to use shells in decorative crafts. Here the lovely

Publisher: Morrow-Barrows