Testaceo-Theologia, oder Gründlicher Beweis des Daseyns und der vollkommnesten Eigenschaften eines Göttlichen Wesens, aus natürlicher und geistlicher Betrachtung der Schnecken und Muschelen, zur gebuhrenden Verherrlichung des grossen Gottes
By Lesser, Friedrich Christian
Pp. (vi), 984, (lxxx Register); frontispiece portrait in fine facsimile, 22 engraved plates with 157 numbered figures of shells. Original one-half brown calf leather, spine with four raised bands lettered in gilt on morocco title label in one compartment, over sprinkled paper boards, page edges with sprinkle decorations, thick 8vo (175 x 115 mm). Presents an early account of shells in art, medicine, commerce and their use as a currency. This volume documents the important German shell collections in the early 18th century. Over 100 collections are described including those of Negeleins, Raths Sandrart and Schulenberg. The work is illustrated with fine line drawings with 157 numbered figures of shells. From the private library of South African author Morris J. Cohen with his custom color book plate on the front endpaper. See also Nissen ZBI 2459 and Dance 190.
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|Condition Description||Endpapers only with some marginal light browning, the text and plates are bright and clean, the original half leather binding is very attractive; a tight copy in near fine condition.|