Dezallier D'Argenville Antique Shells
Copper Plate Engravings 1780

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

Tellin Shells DZS183 $125
Each print measures approximately 8 inches by 11 ½ inches long

We are pleased to present a selection of prints from La Conchyliologie ou Histoire Naturelle des Coquilles de Mer, d'Eau Douce, Terrestres et Fossiles by Dezallier d'Argenville, published in Paris in 1780.

Desallier d'Argenville was an advisor to King Louis XV and his work La Conchyliologie gained enormous popularity. He coined the word conchyliologie, or Conchology. The present much enlarged third edition is rarer than the first edition & was published posthumously by Jacques de Favanne and his son Jacques Guillaume. The excellent plates are after drawings by father and son and are engraved by Aveline.

The shells are arranged in unusually dynamic patterns which makes these 225 year old shells seem quite modern. They have been beautifully hand colored in England by one of the few remaining professional colorists whose specialty is fish and shells. The condition of the plates is excellent, on thick, high quality chain lined paper. The colors are very vibrant & there is almost no foxing as can be seen by the photos. Each print is folio size, measuring approximately 8 inches by 11 ½ inches. There is no descriptive text or title page as these prints were bought as a collection of prints. The photos are very accurate, so please review carefully. All our prints are authentic antique prints and guaranteed to be from the date stated. These prints are almost 200 years old.

We accept credit cards & PayPal. Florida state residents pay Florida state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $12.95 in the US. International shipping starts at $35 and may vary according to the destination country and the size of the prints. Buyers are responsible for all customs duties. Items can be combined to save on postage. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 14 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK or send email to

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