2 Conchology /ADANSON, M/ Virtual Book Fair 106


Description: One of the most esteemed works in the history of conchology

ADANSON, Michel.
Histoire naturelle du Sénégal. Coquillages. Avec la relation abrégée d'un voyage fait en ce pays, pendant les années 1749, 50, 51, 52 & 53.

Paris, Claude-Jean-Baptiste Bauche, 1757. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary tan calf, sewn on 6 cords, richly gold-tooled spine with red morocco label in the 2nd of 7 compartments, gold-tooled board edges, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. With general title-page and 2 half-titles, large folding engraved map of Senegal by Ph. Buache after the author, and numerous illustrations of shells on 19 folding engraved plates by Thérèse Reboul after sketches by the author. Further with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, decorated initials, factotums, etc., and a decorations built up from cast fleurons. [8], 190; XCVI, 275, [1 blank] pp.

First edition of a famous work on the natural history and especially the shells of Senegal by Michel Adanson (1727-1806). The first part contains the account of his five-year voyage of exploration in Senegal, 1749 to 1753, and the second part is entirely devoted to the history of the shells of Senegal, which are also most accurately illustrated on 19 engraved plates. For its author this work opened the doors of the French Academy of Sciences when he was just thirty years old. Still, the present book was intended as a first abstract of a much larger work planned to appear in eight volumes, but which was never published. An English edition appeared in 1759 and a German edition in 1773. It still is one of the most esteemed works in the history of conchology.

Old owner's entry on title-page. Binding slightly rubbed, otherwise in good condition.
Chadenat 2760, 4167; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe 2883 ("très-estimée"); Howgego, to 1800, A12; Nissen, ZBI 27.
  • Number: 1060306 (5492)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum