Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe
by Marisa Anne Bass, Anne Goldgar, Hanneke Grootenboer, Claudia Swan
with contributions by Stepahnie S. Dickey, Anna Grasskamp,and Roisin Watson
ISBN (13) 9780691215761, published in 2021 and © by Princeton University Press, in hardcovers, page size is about 7.25 inches by 10 inches, about 8.5 by 25.25 cm., 214 pages of descriptive information which are illustrated throughout by full color and monotone figures.
Conchophilia: Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between humans and shells in Europe from the 1600s to the early 1700s. More than just a "Man and Mollusk" book, Conchophilia goes beyond to examine the many ways in which shells were used and valued during this time period.
From elaborate nautilus cups and shell-encrusted grottoes to delicate miniatures and exquisite jewelry, the book explores how shells were incorporated into art, architecture, and decorative arts. It also delves into the scientific study of shells, the global trade in shells, and the role of shells in philosophical inquiry and issues of race and gender.
"Conchophilia" is a beautifully illustrated book that is both informative and engaging. It is a must-read for anyone interested in shells, art history, or the history of molluscan science and technology.