DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, Antoine Joseph (1680-1765)
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: Chez de Bure, 1780. Quarto, 3 vols. (11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches). 3 engraved frontispieces, engraved portrait and 80 engraved plates by J. Robert, F.A. Aveline, Jacques Juillet, Pierre Vernet, V. Vangelisti, Jacques Mesnil, J.B. Bradel, J.B.F. Germain, J.A. Herisset, H. Le Roy, Joseph Breant and Giraud after Guillaume and Jacques De Favanne.
Contemporary green quarter morocco, spine gilt, marbled endpapers, marbled edges.
Third enlarged edition of the second part of "L'Histoire Naturelle éclaircie dans Deux de ses Parties Principales."
This edition, known as the "De Favannes" edition, was published after the author's death and edited by the engraver and publisher Jacques de Favanne de Montcervelle and his son. They greatly expanded this edition from the 1742 edition, including many new plates, tables, and glossaries. This copy contains the complete suite of plates, which is often lacking, bringing the total number of plates to 80. Antoine Joseph Dezallier d'Argenville was a naturalist known for his treatises on landscape gardening, shells and fossils. His position and interest in the arts combined to produce a work that is probably unique amongst the great conchological books of the 18th century in that the author's approach was primarily aesthetic. His intention was to provide something that was beautiful to look at with a classification system that would serve the needs of the courtly owners of "cabinets of curiosities." The book describes various varieties of shells and corals, with a description of the shape, geographic location, and manner in which they are collected.
Nissen ZBI 146; cf. Dance 21, 22.