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    Sale 12259

    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 508

    [DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, Antoine Joseph (1680-1765)]. L'Histoire naturelle eclaircie dans une de ses parties principales. La Conchyliologie qui traite des coquillages de mer. Paris: De Bure, 1757.

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    [DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, Antoine Joseph (1680-1765)]. L'Histoire naturelle eclaircie dans une de ses parties principales. La Conchyliologie qui traite des coquillages de mer. Paris: De Bure, 1757.

    2 parts in one volume, 4° (288 x 220 mm). Titles printed in red and black. Engraved title-page, 40 engraved plates. 18th-century brown sheep gilt, sides with central coat-of-arms of Count Franz von Walsegg, upper cover gilt-lettered “Fr. Ant. S.R.I. Comes de Wallsegg MDCCLXVIII”, spine in 6 compartments with 5 raised bands, green morocco lettering-pieces in 2, the rest gilt-decorated (some light rubbing or wear, spine sunned). Provenance: Franz Anton von Walsegg (b.1740?) (binding dated 1768), whose library was acquired by: Liechtenstein Library (bookplate on pastedown).

    Second edition. Originally a painter, Dezallier d’Argenville developed an interest in natural history. Throughout his life and travels, he assembled one of the finest specimen cabinets in 18th-century France. Brunet II: 523; Nissen ZBI 145.


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