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L'Histoire naturelle eclaircie dans une de ses parties principales, la Conchyliologie, qui traite des coquillages de mer, de rivière et de terre . Augmenté de la zoomorphose .
Paris, De Bure aîné, 1757 - 2 parts in one vol, 4to (289 x 215 mm), pp xxii 393 [1, blank]; 84 cvii [-cviii], with engraved frontispiece and 40 engraved plates, all in contemporary hand-colouring, sections with engraved headpieces; text ruled in red throughout, some occasional slight marginal spotting, a fine copy in contemporary olive morocco, elaborate rococo gilt panels featuring pairs of birds in the corners, spine with gilt panels with pomegranates, gilt edges, yellow silk pastedowns and endleaves, binder's ticket of Derome le jeune on front free endleaf. A special fine-paper deluxe copy with original hand-colouring and ruled in red of the first separate edition of the conchology. Dezallier's Conchyliologie previously appeared as one of two parts of his Histoire naturelle in 1742 (the second part being devoted to minerals and fossils), with only 29 plates. The two parts were then published separately, in enlarged editions, the Oryctologie, or fossils and minerals, in 1755 and the present work on shells in 1757.This special issue is printed on a different paper stock than the uncoloured issue; the text is ruled in red, and the plates finely coloured in water- and body-colours.The plates are numbered 1 - 29 (the frontispiece being plate 1), followed by three plates (Premier - Troisième), and nine numbered plates in the second section. The frontispiece is by Boucher, and engraved by Chedel. Each plate has a caption giving the name of the subscriber who paid for its production. It is likely that plates 2-29 were designed and drawn by Dezallier himself.Dezallier (1680-1765) was an arts connoisseur and artist, garden designer, and naturalist, and had studied engraving under Bernard Picart, painting with Roger de Piles, and architecture with Alexandre Le Blond. He served as secretary and later counsellor to the King. He amassed a famous cabinet des curiosités, which formed the basis of the present work. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and major contributor to the Encyclopédie.Provenance: ex-libris of Mortimer L. Schiff (1877-1931) and entry from the 1938 auction, lot 1324; bought by Maruice Burrus (1882-1959) from Maggs the same yearNissen ZBI 145 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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