DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE (Antoine Joseph).... - Lot 42 - Lynda Trouvé

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DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE (Antoine Joseph).... - Lot 42 - Lynda Trouvé
DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE (Antoine Joseph). La Conchyliologie, ou histoire naturelle des coquilles de mer, d'eau douce, terrestres et fossiles ; avec un Traité de la zoomorphose, ou représentation des animaux qui les habitent ; ouvrage dans lequel on trouve une nouvelle méthode de les diviser. Paris, Guillaume de Bure, 1780. 2 strong volumes in-4, blue waiting cardboard. The most beautiful edition of this remarkable treatise of a "curious of natural sciences" in the Age of Enlightenment. The illustration includes a frontispiece after Boucher (with an additional state to the flying state), an engraved portrait after Rigaud, 19 plates out of text. The album of this third edition is enclosed, a vol. in-4 marbled half calf, spine ribbed and decorated, p. of title (contemporary binding), containing an engraved frontispiece title, 2 intermediate frontispieces (a view of the isle of Aix and divers in action), 79 plates of shells engraved out of text in intaglio (78 announced in the table of the prospectus) after Jacques and Guillaume de Favanne representing more than 2000 testaceae (before the letter, with handwritten titles for some), with its prospectus of 4 pp. Plate VI (worms) is cut out, completed and laminated. The atlas is enriched with a small manuscript notebook (early 19th c.) of 12 ff. (figures quoted by Mr de Lamarck histoire des invertébrés) and 11 leaves (small format or full page) containing original drawings of shellfish in ink or graphite. This work, which testifies to the persistence of a "culture of curiosity" (K. Pomian) in the Age of Enlightenment, includes a lexicon of conchyliological terms, a presentation of the different classes of shells and their description, the way to arrange a natural history cabinet, a presentation of the most famous cabinets in Europe, etc. Some paper tears in the covers, worming in the upper margin of several pages and plates of volume II, otherwise a good copy as issued.
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