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Where is the Miller collection?

Just published: a paper on Konrad Miller, giving a short biography and a list of described taxa. Most of his fossil material has been located, but for me the big question is: where is the Miller collection with Recent material from Ecuador?

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The above label shows his handwriting, and can thus be a guidance for searches in museums. Likely in Germany, but I also probed the Salzburg collection (in vain!) as he bequeathed in later life his legacy to Salzburg University.

Any suggestions about his Ecuadorian material would be very helpful.

Breure, A.S.H. A little-known German naturalist: Konrad Miller (1844-1933) and his malacological contributions.  Archiv für Molluskenkunde, 148 (2): 129-136.

Malacological contacts mid-19th century

This time attention for a recent paper about the history of malacology, with a sociological twist: Breure & Heiberger published a study about contacts between malacologists in the mid-19th century and applied network analysis on their data.

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The abstract reads as follows:

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This project is continued to span the period 1800-1920 in order to investigate the longitudinal development of the processes observed.

Breure, A.S.H. & Heiberger, R.H. Reconstructing science networks from the past: eponyms between malacological authors in the mid-19th century. – Journal of Historical Network Research, 3 (1): 92-117.

Crosse bio-bibliography

Hippolyte Crosse is for many malacologists a well-known name, but only limited information is until now published about his life and work. Just published: an extensive biography with data on his collection and his work for the Journal de Conchyliologie, his correspondents, an extended collation of this Journal for the years 1850-1900, an analysis of the subscribers to this Journal in the same period, a comparison with the German journal Malakozoologische Blätter, a collation of the molluscan parts of the Mission au Mexique et Guatemala (1870-1902), and a bibliography of Crosse’s publications.

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We trust this will be useful for many malacologists, not only those interested in Neotropical snails.

Breure A. S. H. & Fontaine B., 2019. Joseph Charles Hippolyte Crosse (1826–1898) and his contributions to malacology: a biography and bibliography. Colligo, 2(3) [Hors Serie 1]. Link to online full-text


Pantepui snails

Just published: a chapter on the land snails of the Venezuelan Pantepui region. It is a slightly updated summary of what was published some years ago, while in the meantime only slight progress was made.

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For the species reported hitherto from this area the taxonomy is summarised, and data on the ecology and biogeography is presented.

The rest of the book presents a lot of information on this interesting area of South America, both general and on the flora and fauna. The illustrations are plentiful and often spectacular.

Breure, A.S.H., 2019. Land snails: an updated summary: 247-261. — In: Rull, V., Vegas-Villarrúbia, T., Huber, O. & Señaris, C. (eds.) Biodiversity of Pantepui: the pristine ‘Lost World’ of the Neotropical Guayana Highlands. Academic Press, Cambridge

Two new papers

Just out today are two new papers, both related to the history of malacology and linked to one of the important malacologists of the second half of the 19th century, Hippolyte Crosse.

The first paper describes the letters which Henri Drouët sent to Crosse. Quoting the abstract “The correspondence between Henri Drouët (1829-1900) and Hippolyte Crosse (1826-1898) is presented, both as the original French text and in a modern English translation; annotations are provided for the context. The main features of these 53 letters are given, and an analysis is given of the relationships with other malacologists during the second half of the nineteenth century”. The correspondence shows, among others, how divided the malacological community was at that time between followers from Bourguignat (‘Nouvelle École’) and the rest.

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The second paper looks on contacts bridging the Atlantic. Hippolyte Crosse has corresponded with many people all around the world during his editorship of the Journal de conchyliologie 1861 to 1898. From his correspondents in North America Thomas Bland and William Binney were his most important contacts, who sent him respectively 45 and 31 letters during 1863-1885. These letters are transcribed and reveal many exchanges of shells, anatomical data, but also give an impression of the wide group of American malacologists to which the two men had access. The publication date of the third livraison of the molluscan part of ‘Mission au Mexique et Guatemala’can be fixed before end of April 1873. The contacts between the three men may be best explained by closeness of friendship and scientific authority. The paper also reveals how Crosse played the role of middle-man between these American malacologists and e.g. Louis Pfeiffer in Germany.

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Both papers can be downloaded via my Publications page.

Breure, A.S.H. & Hovestadt, A., 2019. Bridging the Atlantic: the correspondence of Thomas Bland and William Binney with Hippolyte Crosse, between 1863 and 1885. – Folia conchyliologica, 49: 3-54.
Breure, A.S.H. & Audibert, C., 2019. A candid view of relations between malacologists in the second half of the nineteenth century: the correspondence of Henri Drouët with Hippolyte Crosse. – Folia conchyliologica, 49: 55-95.

Roeters van Lennep (1820-1879)

Freshly pressed: a new paper on the history of malacology, i.e. about the 19th Century Dutch cabinet collector H.C. Roeters van Lennep.

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H.C. Roeters van Lennep was one of the most famous Dutch shell collectors during the mid-19th century, for whom we here present new and additional biographical information. His collection was auctioned in 1876, but so far only a limited amount of information has been published on this topic. The details of the auction are reconstructed on the basis of his correspondence with H. Crosse. Such new information provides an insight into who buyers were during the auction, which prices were realised, and where parts of the material ended up. There ap- pears to have been a second auction in 1879 where possibly a large part of the remainder of the first auction was sold.

Breure, A.S.H. & Backhuys, W. Herman Christiaan Roeters van Lennep (1820-1879) and the auction of his collection. – Spirula, 418: 10-16.

Colonel Messager: a new paper

Freshly pressed: a new paper on the mysterious ‘Colonel Messager’ that is mentioned in the literature. This research was based on archival material in the Dautzenberg collection in Brussels, and the Messager material that is present in Paris.

The abstract reads: “We present a brief biography of Louis Gabriel Martin Messager, a French military who served in several French colonies during the last part of the 19th century and who is mentioned several time in the malacological literature as ‘Colonel Messager’. We present details on his collecting activities, also reflected in his correspondence to Bavay and Martel, and illustrated by some samples from his former collection. Also a list of eponyms is included”.

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Unfortunately we have been unable to find a picture of Messager, hence his name remains somewhat mysterious in the end.

Breure, A.S.H. & Páll-Gergely, B., 2019. More than just a name: Colonel Messager and his correspondents. – Zoosystema, 41 (2): 7-19. Link