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Cubieres, Simon Louis Pierre
Histoire abrégée des coquillages de mer, de leurs moeurs, et de leurs amours
Versailles: Ph.-D. Pierres, 1799-1800. Cubieres, Simon Louis Pierre. An VIII [1799-1800]. Histoire abrégée des coquillages de mer, de leurs moeurs, et de leurs amours. Ph.-D. Pierres, Versailles, [4], viii, 202 p., 21 plates. 1/4 leather with marbled boards, a Very Good to Fine copy. This romantic conchology was specifically addressed to female readers as a subject worthy of their study. The text is a melange of natural history observations, remarks on the use of shells in commerce and art, and moral parables drawn from the life of mollusks. The author was a dilettante naturalist, a favorite courtier of Louis XVI, and possessor of an admirable natural history cabinet. During the revolution, after a brief imprisonment, he was keeper of the statues at Versailles, and was sent to Rome as one of the commissioners in charge of removing art works from that city. Nissan ZBI 995.
Bookseller: Breck Bartholomew Natural History Books [United States]
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