Exposition methodique des genres de l'ordre des polypiers: Avec Leur Description et Celle des Principales Especes, Figurees dans 84 Planches, les 63 Premieres Appartenant ... L'histoire Naturelle des Zoophytes d'ellis et Solander by Jean Vincent Felix Lamouroux (Paperback, 2013)
A professor of natural history at Caen and a member of the Academie des Sciences, Jean Vincent Felix Lamouroux (1779-1825) made significant contributions to the field of marine biology. Following the appearance in 1816 of his Histoire des polypiers corralligenes flexibles, he published in 1821 the present work, drawing upon John Ellis and Daniel Solander's seminal Natural History of Many Curious and Uncommon Zoophytes (1786). It divides more than 130 genera kwn at the time into twenty groupings. Taxomy has progressed considerably since Lamouroux's day, yet this work, complete with eighty-four exquisitely drawn plates, serves to illuminate the contemporary understanding and classification of some remarkable marine organisms, principally those which take the form of polyps, such as corals. Moreover, a copy of this work is kwn to have been consulted by Charles Darwin aboard the Beagle on his famous voyage of discovery the following decade.