Headed to the seashore before the summer ends? Maybe you’ll see some of the species pictured above, which Joachim Johann Nepomuk Spalowsky described, many for the first time, in 1795. Though the scientific value of his descriptions is indisputable, the plates are truly mesmerizing. Many were highlighted with a metallic material to mimic the iridescence of the shells in real life.
T. II and T. VIII from Prodromus in systema historicum testaceorum