Publisher: Paris: Chez de Bure l’Aine, 1742.
Edition: First edition.
Condition: Recased with new marbled endpapers; some light foxing; margins in four gutters a little stained; fine, handsome copy.
Book ID: 20232
Description4to, 2 parts in 1 (as issued), contemporary mottled calf, spine with six panels elaborately gilt -decorated, brown leather label, gilt lettering. Engraved frontis and 32 copper engraved plates of shells and corals.
Comments¶ 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. L'Histoire Naturelle was revised twice.