Lot 29 of 222:
Early work on classifying corals and shells w/32 plates  

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L'Histoire Naturelle éclaircie dans deux de ses Parties Principales. La Lithologie et la Conchyliologie

Dezallier d'Argenville, Antoine Joseph


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2 parts in 1 (as issued). [viii], 491, [1] pp. Engraved frontispiece and 32 copper engraved plates of shells and corals. (4to) 28.5x21 cm (11x8"), period mottled calf, spine with six panels elaborately gilt decorated, brown leather label lettered in gilt; re-cased with new marbled endpapers. First Edition. 

One of the earliest efforts to classify and catalogue corals, shells and mollusks under the general term conchology - a term coined by Dezallier d'Argenville in this work. 

Lot Amendments

Light wear and scuffing to leather; some light foxing, margins in four gutters a little stained, early ownership signature at bottom margin of title page; a solid, handsome copy.

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