On Sale: July 1, 2009
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Antoine Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville (1680 1765)
was so bewitched by seashells that he authored one of the
world's most spectacular books dedicated to seashells. His
La Conchyliologie ou Histoire Naturelle des Coquilles de
Mer, d'Eau Douce, Terrestres et Fossiles, published at Paris
in 1780, was a summa of contemporary knowledge in the
complementary fields of mineralogy and conchology, and was
so popular as to turn the study of natural history into a
fad in Paris. A botanist and art lover, Dezallier drafted
life-size drawings of the seashells, hand-coloring them in
rococo style and even using a mirror to illustrate them to
best effect. TASCHEN's complete reprint of these 80 splendid
hand-colored copper engraved plates, distinguished by their
vivid colors and vast selection of rare, beautiful species,
is taken from one of the finest original copies
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