Lot 3
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Dezallier d'Argenville, Antoine Joseph

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • "Nouvelle Edition de la Conchyliologie de M. d'Argenville donnée par MM. Favanne père et fils," manuscript, [Paris, c.1784]
4to (286 x 218 mm), manuscript title-page, 3 engraved frontispieces, 80 engraved plates after Guillaume and Jacques de Favanne, HAND-COLOURED IN THE STUDIO OF THE FAVANNES, interleaved with manuscript lists of the subjects in each plate, contemporary half russia, joints repaired, some wear at extremities


Joseph Achard, signature on front flyleaf, presumably his manuscript interleavings; G. Price, 1st Fusiliers (18 September 1847 inscription on front flyleaf); Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, book label

Catalogue Note

A FINELY COLOURED COPY, FROM THE STUDIO OF JACQUES DE FAVANNE, AND WITH MANUSCRIPT NOMENCLATURE OF THE SHELLS AND THEIR PRICES IN THE SALE OF THE CELEBRATED COLLECTION OF COUNT DE LATOUR D'AUVERGNE. The plates are taken from the third edition of Dezallier d'Argenville's Conchyliologie, published posthumously by the Favannes in 1780. Below the title there is a pasted-on note by Favanne explaining that this copy was coloured and given to the bookseller Royer. He notes that the present copy is at least as beautiful and as well done, if not more beautiful, as those others that he has supervised and retouched with his own hand for Messieurs De Bure, the publishers of the second edition in 1757. The manuscript title states that the interleaved lists give the names of every shell recognisable from Michel Adanson's classification, along with Linnaean synonyms. Lot numbers and prices from the 1784 sale of Count de Latour d'Auvergne’s collection are also provided.